What is Model A1586 & A1524?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by entlassen, Sep 12, 2014.

  1. entlassen macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2014
    I'm looking at the bottom of the iPhone 6 page at the Apple Store site.
    I see the following models listed:

    Model A1549 (GSM) - I'm guessing these two are AT&T
    Model A1522 (GSM)

    Model A1549 (CDMA) - I'm guessing these two are for Verizon
    Model A1522 (CDMA)

    Model A1586 - What are these for?
    Model A1524

    My questions are:
    1) What carrier(s) are Model A1586/A1524 for?
    2) What model is the T-mobile contract-free phone using?

    The reason I'm curious is because the A1586/A1524 model seems to have the bands of the A1549 GSM & CDMA models combined, plus a few more, which seems to make it a more useful/universal phone to buy. Just wondering how to get it.
  2. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    In the US
    A1549 / A1522 (GSM): AT&T, T-Mobile
    A1549 / A1522 (CDMA): Verizon
    A1586 / A1524: Sprint

    Unfortunately, Sprint doesn't unlock their phones for US at the moment and there's a good chance these new iPhones won't get unlocked either so I'd stick to the Verizon model if I were you. If you can buy the A1586 / A1524 models unlocked from overseas, by all means, go for it.
  3. entlassen thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2014
    Would the next best thing would be phone model sold by Verizon, since it has both CDMA and GSM capabilities? (whereas the GSM model doesn't have CDMA). I know that full-priced Verizon phones come unlocked. Does Verizon allow people to buy their full-priced iphones and not commit to one of their plans? What additional hoops would I need to jump through to get a Verizon phone and use it on AT&T on Day 1?
  4. rritterson macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2008
    DC USA
    Probably China too, since those are the models that support FD-LTE, TD-LTE and TD-SCDMA.

    I think rui no onna is wrong and Sprint uses A1549/A1522. The difference between 1586/1524 and the other models are the extra bands I mention above, and I don't think Sprint uses any of them.
  5. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    Sprint uses TD-LTE Band 41. Also, that info I posted comes from Apple's website.

  6. entlassen thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2014
    Seems like the A1586 / A1524 is definitely the most "global" phone with the most bands. But how do we buy an unlocked version in the US? Sprint supposedly carries that model, but Sprint is very difficult to unlock phones with.
  7. Bilemshious macrumors member


    Sep 15, 2003
    Right. I'm thinking of buying full-price for the Sprint iPhone 6 Plus and trying to restore before activating it. Will that work like people are saying about the TMo version?? Also there are services online that talk about unlocking phones. Isn't that an option?
  8. ricky86 macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2013
  9. ricperry1 macrumors newbie


    Jul 13, 2008
    These models are also the ones for sale in Japan. My spouse bought the iPhone 6 Plus and it's the A1524 model. We walked in to a couple of stores, and that was the model number on the back of the show-room demos as well. I'll probably be getting one before we get back to the USA next year.
  10. SHNXX macrumors 68000

    Oct 2, 2013
    1586/1524 are the models that you can buy in many nations unlocked (China, Korea, UK, Hong Kong, etc).

    But the prices are a little higher than the US.

    In the US, the full-price iPhone 6 starts at 650+tax, so about $700-710.

    In China, the full-price iphone 6 is 5288 CNY, which is $863.

    In UK, the full-price iphone 6 is 539 £, which is $845.

    In Korea, the full-price iPhone 6 is 850K KRW + 77K KRW for VAT so that's about $842.

    In summary, one saves about $150 when one buys from the US, but unfortunately it would have to be the full-priced Sprint phone, which cannot be unlocked apparently to use with other US Carriers.
  11. fruitninja macrumors regular


    Apr 28, 2014
    A1586/A1524 are in Europe, among other places.

    But any difference between them? Or A1586 is the 6 and A1524 is the 6 Plus? I'm not sure.
  12. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two

    My wife has the A1586. It's an iPhone 6. I have the A1524. My phone is a 6+.

    We're both on Sprint.

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