Become a MacRumors Supporter for $50/year with no ads, ability to filter front page stories, and private forums.

Christian 5G

macrumors 65816
Original poster
Jun 16, 2010
1,073
740
Orange County, CA
Hello,

I have a question about the next iPhone and had a question about the "unlocked capability" on the online preorder night.

Will there be an option unlocked phone when the new iPhone comes out on the pre-order night - or only the carrier one's?
 

Cutiekitty92

macrumors 68030
Apr 11, 2015
2,781
2,158
UK
I sure believe so as I'm after an unlocked handset too which I will be purchasing from Apple directly for preorder
 

pokerplayer73

macrumors 6502
Aug 18, 2011
259
59
Florida, USA
I had to buy an iPhone6 for a friend overseas. I ordered one for TMobile, for which you pay full price. When it comes in, first step, take the tmobile sim out. Put my ATT sim in, powered it and it recognized ATT sim right away. Hence, unlocked. It worked fine for my friend in his country as well.
 

hawon

macrumors member
Sep 8, 2009
86
11
No matter what carrier you are purchasing it from, all iPhone are unlocked.
 

nepalisherpa

macrumors 68020
Aug 15, 2011
2,258
1,330
USA
No matter what carrier you are purchasing it from, all iPhone are unlocked.

Not so in the UK.
A phone bought from a carrier is locked to that carrier. The only unlocked iPhones are those bought from an Apple Store or direct from Apple without a carrier contract.

Not in the US either. I believe only T-Mobile phones are unlocked. I know for sure AT&T is not.
 

Shadowbech

macrumors G3
Oct 18, 2011
9,038
5,894
For the 6 and 6/6 Plus, the Sim Free models didn't release till around January. So I assume it would be the same situation for the 6S and 6S Plus. They will likely do pre-orders for the carrier models first and then later once the supply meets demand is when they will likely start selling sim-free models.

But I'm sure they will take pre-orders for the t-mobile models as they are also unlocked.
 

Shadowbech

macrumors G3
Oct 18, 2011
9,038
5,894
Not in the US either. I believe only T-Mobile phones are unlocked. I know for sure AT&T is not.
Unless you purchase the AT&T model as Device only, then it comes unlocked. But that is purchased from the Apple store. I'm not sure about the ones being purchased from AT&T store.
 

hawon

macrumors member
Sep 8, 2009
86
11
Not in the US either. I believe only T-Mobile phones are unlocked. I know for sure AT&T is not.
Unless you purchase the AT&T model as Device only, then it comes unlocked. But that is purchased from the Apple store. I'm not sure about the ones being purchased from AT&T store.

I'm not sure about AT&T model purchased from AT&T store but I have tried to swap SIM cards from T-Mobile AT&T and Verizon to each other's and all worked without an issue. Wasn't that the point of Apple sim? Devices come unlocked choose your carrier.

I have not encountered any singled locked iPhone 6....
 

chabig

macrumors G4
Sep 6, 2002
11,238
8,927
Last year, Apple waited until January to release the official "Unlocked and contract-free" iPhone. I expect the same this year.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Applejuiced

hovscorpion12

macrumors 68030
Sep 12, 2011
2,571
2,519
USA
The Sim Free iPhone will most likely not be available on pre-orders, but the Unlocked T-Moble variant will be offered for pre-orders. Simply remove the T-Mobile sim card and replace it with any US carrier sim and the iPhone will recognize it as (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint...etc).
 

Martin81

macrumors regular
Oct 14, 2013
210
102
Germany
It depends on where you life. In Germany for example unlocked phones can be preorded and are available in stores.
 

rui no onna

Contributor
Oct 25, 2013
14,405
12,377
For US market.

Any iPhone bought full price from Apple Store (brick: all; online: possibly T-Mobile only):
unlocked (but not necessarily whitelisted on Sprint and Verizon)

Verizon: unlocked (per FCC agreement)

Sprint: locked (until contract/installment obligations are fulfilled)

AT&T: locked (until contract/installment obligations are fulfilled)

T-Mobile: locked (until contract/installment obligations are fulfilled)

As for SIM-free, it's generally released later than the carrier SKUs. The SIM-free iPhone 4S was made available around a month after the 4S's release. Longest interval between carrier and SIM-free versions appear to be the 6/6 Plus (around 3-4 months).
 

Applejuiced

macrumors Westmere
Apr 16, 2008
40,672
6,533
At the iPhone hacks section.
I'm not sure about AT&T model purchased from AT&T store but I have tried to swap SIM cards from T-Mobile AT&T and Verizon to each other's and all worked without an issue. Wasn't that the point of Apple sim? Devices come unlocked choose your carrier.

I have not encountered any singled locked iPhone 6....

Stop posting nonsense.
Just because you tried an unlocked phone you think every iphone sold is automatically unlocked?
Apple sim has nothing to do with people getting phones under contract or by using "next" payments.
 

rui no onna

Contributor
Oct 25, 2013
14,405
12,377
For reference:

iPhone 4S
initial: Oct 14, 2011
SIM-free: Nov 11, 2011

iPhone 5
initial: Sep 21, 2012
SIM-free: Nov 29, 2012

iPhone 5s
initial: Sep 20, 2013
SIM-free: Nov 22, 2013

iPhone 6/6 Plus
initial: Sep 19, 2014
SIM-free: Jan 6, 2015
 
  • Like
Reactions: nburwell

nia820

macrumors 68020
Jun 27, 2011
2,131
1,980
My suggestion would be to buy an iPhone online from UK or another country where celluar bands are compatible with your carrier.

I'm currently living in Qatar and all iPhones (or any smartphone) is unlocked and sim free whether it is from the carrier or not.
 

duaneu

macrumors 6502a
Jun 19, 2010
717
279
Bellevue, WA
OP was asking about online pre orders. We know about the full price in store option, but in the past, T-Mobile model has been the only online option at launch for unlocked.
 
  • Like
Reactions: karmatourer

C DM

macrumors Sandy Bridge
Oct 17, 2011
51,390
19,458
OP was asking about online pre orders. We know about the full price in store option, but in the past, T-Mobile model has been the only online option at launch for unlocked.
Well, technically speaking so have been the Verizon versions as well, since as of iPhone 5 they have to be factory unlocked.
 

duaneu

macrumors 6502a
Jun 19, 2010
717
279
Bellevue, WA
Well, technically speaking so have been the Verizon versions as well, since as of iPhone 5 they have to be factory unlocked.
Well, technically speaking so have been the Verizon versions as well, since as of iPhone 5 they have to be factory unlocked.

But you can't preorder the Verizon version online without signing up for Verizon service. T Mobile is the only contract free option online until the sim free model is released, usually months later.
 
  • Like
Reactions: rui no onna

bohbot16

macrumors 6502a
Mar 22, 2009
674
10
Does anyone know if the AT&T iPhone comes unlocked if you buy it through AT&T for full price and have a Mobile Share Value no contract postpaid plan?
 
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.