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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
 

ThomasJL

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This is good news for customers who travel overseas and need to use foreign SIM-cards.
 

MICHAELSD

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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.
 

netnothing

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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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thisisnotmyname

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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
 

avanpelt

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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?

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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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.

iphonexssimfree-800x482.jpg

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
Finally, about time!!!
 

mmomega

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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?
 

Tonyyyperez

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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?
 

Bryan Bowler

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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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