iPhone XS US iPhone for Int’l use

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  1. kryten3000 macrumors 6502

    kryten3000

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

    kryten3000

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    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

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

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