SIM-free iPhone 6s, 6s Plus now available at Apple Online Store

For those looking to buy the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus unlocked, Apple has started selling SIM-free variants of both handsets. The unlocked version of the iPhone 6s has the model number A1633, while the 6s Plus is A1634.

From Apple:

The SIM-free iPhone comes without a wireless contract commitment or carrier financing. It doesn't come with a nano-SIM card for iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, or iPhone 5s. And because it's unlocked, it isn't tied to one carrier, so you can get a nano-SIM from any supported carrier worldwide, such as AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, or Sprint in the United States.

You can also use the device on a wide variety of international carriers (opens in new tab).

The caveat here is that going SIM-free entails full upfront payment for the phone, with no carrier incentives available. Here's how much you'll be shelling out for the new iPhones:

iPhone 6s:

  • 16GB - $649
  • 64GB - $749
  • 128GB - $849

iPhone 6s Plus:

  • 16GB - $749
  • 64GB - $849
  • 128GB - $949

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Harish Jonnalagadda

The clumsiest man in tech.

  • I wish you guys would get this right, it's so offensive the way you always think that the USA is "the world." To those of use outside the US, "sim-free" iPhones (known to us as simply "iPhones"), have been available and the preferred way to purchase for literally years and years. In fact I've bought every iPhone but the first one and I don't think I've *ever* bought an iPhone that had a SIM in it or was bound to a cell provider. How hard would it have been to title the article "US finally gets sim-free iPhones" or some such? How much effort would it take to put a few little words in the article that let people know that you are aware of the 50% or more of your readership that doesn't actually live in the USA? The prices in particular are only US prices. The iPhone is far more expensive literally everywhere else. That alone should have have made you realise how stupid (and offensive) the article is without the disclaimer.
  • Agreed Sent from the iMore App
  • I get that the vast majority of websites cater to a US-centric reader and how that can be annoying to an online reader but this comment seems silly to me. If you aren't in the US then obviously you know that the phone you buy from Apple is sim-free and that the title is clearly geared towards a US audience. If I am scrolling through a list of articles and I find one that isn't pertinent to me I just don't click into it. Side note: I believe that Rene has said on the podcast before that a majority of readers are in the US, but I could be misremembering that.
  • Something so trivial hardly warrants such a negative, whiney response. If reading something as insignificant as what amounts to information from a press release bothers you so much, stick to tech blog sites in the country where you reside. Get over it, move along, these aren't the droids you're looking for.
  • Complain on iMore; this is ALL you do... Jesus, you must live a miserable life. Sent from the iMore App
  • Agree Completely, I couldn't believe that I Read the whole tyrannical response .... Lol
  • You are looking to be offended. Your problem not amores. Oh and keep buying those iPhones!
  • That dude is just a chronic complainer.
  • You realize that in your own rant you gave the USA credit for 50% of imore's readership and traffic? If I had a website and 50% of the traffic came from one country, I would tailor a lot of my efforts to that country. Sent from the iMore App
  • I've been very happy to have an unlocked iPhone straight from Apple for every single iPhone I've ever owned, and on day one launch. I don't pay retarded extortionate rates either to the carrier. I pay 15 euros per month for unlimited calls to mobile/landlines in France, landlines in Europe, unlimited sms and 6 gb of 4G data. The phone is mine and all support and legal responsibility for EU's 2 year legal contract is direct with Apple, as the vendor. The US is so behind.
  • Uh, no. You could always buy an iPhone unlocked at full price from launch at the Apple Store or online in the US - if you pay full price, the phone is unlocked. Sent from the iMore App
  • Wow. This was unexpected. The last few years, unlocked variants were unavailable until late December. The unlocked iPhone 6 showed up in January of this year.
  • Where? I bought my unlocked iPhone 6 online from Apple (not in the US), last October. Sent from the iMore App
  • Aside from these not having a sim card included, how is this any different from buying a T-Mobile variant at full price from the Apple Store, which is what I did on launch day? I just took out the T-Mobile sim and popped in my AT&T sim. Never activated it or used it with T-Mobile.
  • If you would have activated it on T-Mobile, it would be sim locked to T-Mobile, but since you activated it on AT&T it is not locked to T-Mobile. I had that problem last year with the 6+. Activated it on T-Mobile when everyone including the Apple reps said it was essentially an unlocked phone. I found out the hard way that it is unlocked IF you don't activate it first. I had to have T-Mobile unlock it so I could restore it to get the "Congratulations, your phone is now unlocked" message in order to put a different carrier sim in. Verizon phones don't do that though. I've activated on Verizon and then popped a T-Mobile sim in and worked perfectly.
  • I thought Verizon and T-Mobile used different and incompatible systems, CDMA vs. GSM?
  • Their systems are incompatible but the iPhones are identical. They have both radios in them.
  • Apple goes the route of universal phones, which is a good thing. Sent from the iMore App
  • Nobody gives a sh*t that you live outside the U.S. And if the article does not apply to you or readers from your country, there's no sense in whining about it. If you want a website that caters every article to non-U.S. readers, then please look elsewhere. I for one was waiting for the SIM-free variant and this article led me to purchase a new phone.
  • You guys should update on the pricing that you can get the SIM free version in store on the iPhone Upgrade Program as well. I just called two stores and verified that. Also missed out on getting the Plus I've been holding out for because I wasn't sure if I could get it on the program or if I had to pay full price only. By the time I figured it out (after the first call before the 2nd) it was already snagged up in the reservations.
  • You can get it, but citizens still requires it be activated in store on a carrier. Went through this in store. Sent from the iMore App
  • Oh good! The article concerned me. I just reserved a sim-free phone. Taking back my 6s for the plus and this was the only option available, and time is running out for me to get a refund.
  • I'm pretty sure most people buy iPhones on contract or at least that uses to be the case in the US until the US carriers decided to stop the subsidiary of phones. Posted via the iMore App for Android