Update: December 5 2017
On December 4 2017, Apple officially started selling the SIM-Free unlocked iPhone X.
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On September 12, 2017 Apple announced their new iPhone X (iPhone Ten). While the iPhone X isn’t available for pre-order until October 27, Apple does have pricing and details available on apple.com. However unlike the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus Apple isn’t showing the option for a SIM-Free iPhone X yet. With iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, Apple has this year offered the SIM-free phones as soon as pre-orders started on September 15. Perhaps as in previous years we’ll have to wait several weeks or months even before having the option to order the SIM free model. I will update this article when the SIM-free iPhone X is available.
The SIM-free iPhone X if and when it is released is unlocked and can used with any wireless carrier, it’s compatible with the AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint. There are no contracts, you’ll pay the full retail price for the SIM-free iPhone X which is either $999 or $1149 depending on if you choose 64GB or 256GB of storage. The SIM-Free iPhone X will also be compatible with numerous prepaid wireless networks including but not limited to Straight Talk, Net 10 Wireless, Total Wireless, Tracfone, Cricket, MetroPCS, Simple Mobile, AT&T Prepaid, Verizon Prepaid, and others.
The SIM-free iPhone X will be compatible with both the CDMA network technologies used by Verizon and Sprint as well as the LTE technology used by AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint.
The SIM-free iPhone X is model A1865. The SIM-free iPhone X should be the same model that Apple sell to Sprint and Verizon customers. AT&T and T-Mobile customers receive the iPhone X Model A1901. That model is identical to the A1865 except they do not support the CDMA network technologies uses by Verizon and Sprint. If you are really interested in the technical details, the A1885 supports TD-SCDMA 1900 (F), 2000 (A) and CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900, 2100 MHz) radio technologies while the A1901 does not.
I bought my iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone SE, and iPhone 7 Plus SIM-free and appreciated the options to use those iPhones on my choice of cellular networks.
Now what if you want to buy and unlocked iPhone X but don’t want to buy it from Apple? Your best option is to buy the full price Verizon model. That phone is also unlocked. If you want to use it with the Sprint network or a prepaid wireless company that uses the Verizon network you will still need to check the serial number of your phone to make sure it is eligible to be activated on their network. Your best option to buy the full priced Verizon model other than Apple is Best Buy. Just make sure you understand the return policy in case you have a problem activating the phone. Most Verizon stores and resellers will not sell you the full price phone if you are not activating a new phone line or transferring an existing one. Verizon like all the other carriers are only interested in selling phones to their customers, not people looking to use the phone’s with other wireless providers. Best Buy in my experience does sell full price carrier model phone without activation.
Using iPhone X Outside the USA
Now that iPhone X SIM-free option is available, this is your best option for buying a phone in the US and using in another country. With the SIM-free option, you’ll be getting the A!865 model which is compatible with GSM, CDMA, and LTE. CDMA isn’t widely used outside the United States so the A1901 GSM / LTE model should also work in countries that use GSM / LTE. Now although these either of these phones should be compatible in your country, you should check apple.com to see if the carrier you want to use in your country supports the iPhone X. See https://www.apple.com/iphone/LTE/
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