iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max to be Available SIM-Free at Launch

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    Apple will offer SIM-free iPhone XS and iPhone XS models for pre-order according to Apple's website, which means customers will be able to purchase the new smartphones without a carrier.

    The SIM-free models are not always offered for newly launched iPhones, especially when supplies are tight, so the availability of SIM-free models suggests iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max supply will be plentiful this year.

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    SIM-free models are unlocked and can be activated with any carrier at a later date, making them an appealing purchase choice.

    To purchase a SIM-free device, the outright price must be paid upfront. The iPhone XS starts at $999, while the iPhone XS Plus starts at $1,099. Apple plans to begin offering pre-orders this Friday, likely at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time based on past iPhone launches.

    Article Link: iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max to be Available SIM-Free at Launch
     
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    The haters will read this as a sign that this phone is a failure and not expected to sell well .... too me it sounds they managed to produce plenty of phones. Still doing my yearly tradition of getting up at 2:55am to order at 3:01am :)
     
  4. KrisLord macrumors 65816

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    Always wondered why sim free wasn’t available immediately in the US when it was in other markets.
     
  5. Theyayarealivin macrumors 6502

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    The iPhone XS accepts nano chip right?if I have an AT&T phone I can just pop my old iPhone X sim in is that correct? Please clarify.
     
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    Been waiting on this for years. Of course now I have no desire to go from my X to either of these phones.
     
  8. ThomasJL macrumors 6502a

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    This is good news for customers who travel overseas and need to use foreign SIM-cards.
     
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    I will definitely be buying the SIM free model.
     
  10. alpi123 macrumors 6502

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    A bit of common sense won't hurt, but as far as your question goes - the capability is the same.
     
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    Awesome, now let’s do this every year. It’s downright annoying having to validate with a carrier, especially for a pre-order, even though I use Verizon.
     
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    I notice that when I choose the XS Max via the iOS app, even if I choose the "Replace this iPhone option" (I'm on AT&T) and I choose One-time payment, that the last screen says "Unlocked iPhone with AT&T SIM".

    So isn't this the same as choosing "Buy a new iPhone" and the SIM-free option?
     
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    Might be able to put pressure on your carrier to wave that $35 new device activation fee this way. Walk into retail and say, "hi, want to keep my business, I'm about to switch my SIM and don't want to get charged, otherwise I'm walking next door." Better than the annual call to customer service to get them to reverse the charge. :p
     
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    But S!!!
     
  15. avanpelt macrumors 68030

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    Yes, the end result for you is the same either way -- you will have an unlocked iPhone with an AT&T SIM card in it. The 'Replace the phone on your AT&T account' option gets you a brand new AT&T SIM card with the phone that you can either activate (which will then deactivate your existing SIM card, I think) or you can destroy the new SIM and use your existing SIM card -- up to you. The SIM-free option is just that -- bring your own SIM.
     
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    At those prices, the supply shall be plentiful...
     
  17. luvbug macrumors regular

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    But, but ... there is no iPhone XS PLUS. (As stated in the article).
     
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    Finally, about time!!!
     
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    So purchasing the Sim free model, you can activate with the eSIM rather than using the physical SIM?
    Or does anyone know if the physical SIM needs to be occupied or activated in order to use the eSIM?
    Or it does not matter?
     
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    Yes, that’s possible. However (I don’t know this for certain) you may need to call your carrier to provision the new phone.
     
  21. Tonyyyperez macrumors newbie

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    My big question, is how this dual sim thing works with the carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile who lock their phones, did this finally make them not able to lock the phones?
     
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    To clarify: all models, except those sold in China, will have a SIM tray AND the E-SIM. I just want to make certain that you understand that there is no model available without a SIM tray.
     
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    Understood. :)

    Never hurts to clarify for the masses.

    I already have the SIM free iPhone X. ;)
     
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  25. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

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    Sim-free for me! I move all the time and am never sure which carrier I will need in a given area. I am due to move again in a month or so from now and I don't even know where I'm going yet.
     

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