Verizon iPhone 6 in Japan

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by puma1552, Oct 1, 2014.

  1. puma1552 macrumors 601

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    Curious, from my understanding all Verizon iPhone 6 models are factory unlocked, regardless of whether or not you have a contract.

    So, they should work in Japan just fine.

    However, does anyone know if a Japanese carrier will give you a SIM without buying the device from them? When I last lived in Japan back in the iPhone 4 days, they absolutely would not let you bring your own device and give you a SIM - you HAD to buy the iPhone from the carrier.

    Has this changed or is it still the same?
     
  2. Acronyc macrumors 6502a

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    Since Apple now sells unlocked iPhones directly on their website and at Apple stores in Japan, I think this practice has changed and that you can get a contract now with just a SIM card.

    I bought an unlocked iPhone 6 from Apple here in Japan and just went to my local AU shop to change my contract from 3G to LTE and get a new SIM card. It was no hassle at all so I don't think you'll have a problem. It might depend on the carrier, though. AU was fine for me, but I'm not sure about SoftBank or DoCoMo.
     
  3. puma1552 thread starter macrumors 601

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    Cool, do I need to start a new contract then with a SIM purchase? Or can I just buy a SIM and go month to month?

    Might be moving back to Japan before my iPhone 6 contract here in the states is up - would kind of blow to have to start a new contract on a phone that might be a year or more old by that point.
     
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