iPhone XS US iPhone for Int’l use

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by kryten3000, Oct 15, 2018.

  1. kryten3000 macrumors 6502


    Apr 7, 2010
    Ecuador (Cotopaxi)
    I will be in the States for 3 days next month and plan on visiting an Apple store to check out and purchase one of the three new SIM-free iPhones

    I’m heading to Europe for 2 weeks for vacation and was thinking of using T-Mobile for the for the entire trip (US/Europe). Once again using my Claro SIM when I get back home.

    This presents some questions:

    Can I use my non-US SIM during activation?

    If I have to use my US SIM (T-Mobile) for activation will I have issues using my Claro SIM when I get home?

    Any suggestions for avoiding issues with having my phone end up becoming “Carrier Locked”?
  2. Vermifuge macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2009
    Someone correct me if i'm wrong, but iOS12 seems to have stopped required a SIM to activate. At least as far as unlocked phones are concerned. I did a factory reset of my iPhone X and IOS did not force me to insert a SIM of any type to get the phone up and running.
  3. Shadowbech macrumors 601

    Oct 18, 2011
    Planet iPhone
    Correct and even on my Sim-Free Model XS Max, it did not require me to insert the sim card to go through the set up at all.
  4. niji Contributor


    Feb 9, 2003
    wow. didn't know this.
    this is great news.
  5. kryten3000 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Apr 7, 2010
    Ecuador (Cotopaxi)
    Thanks for the input.

    Another idea I had was to purchase the new phone through Apple’s non-IUP financing scheme called Apple iPhone Payments. If I did it that way I would again use T-Mobile. When I return home would my device work with my local SIM or would the phone be carrier locked to T-Mobile?
  6. Caspavio macrumors regular


    Apr 18, 2018
    just buy an unlocked phone, that should work with most, if not all, teleco.

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