The Apple iPhone X is hitting stores around the world in November. Despite the fact that this is the most expensive iPhone ever, many consumers are ready to pay the full price from $999 to $1,149 for it.
However, remember that there are some different models of the iPhone X and some won’t be fully compatible with your carrier. So, you should check all the info carefully before placing the order. The safest option is to buy a factory-unlocked iPhone X so that you can switch carriers easily and use overseas without any limitation. The most comprehensive iPhone X model is A1865 and we’re going to show you how to buy it.
The quickest way to buy an unlocked iPhone X is placing an order on Apple’s website. The SIM-free version has been available on Apple Store starting December 2017 and you can activate it with any carrier worldwide.
Besides, the A1865 model is available via Sprint and Verizon; Previously, you couldn’t buy it without an active contract/account with the carriers. You would have to provide info like wireless number, billing zip code, and SSN even when you agree to pay full price. If you have a contract, all of the iPhones are unlocked, including the ones from Apple iPhone upgrade program and Apple iPhone installments. The good news is that Apple no longer requires carrier activation before making the purchase. We now have an option to skip carrier activation. After receiving the iPhone X, you can insert an active SIM card and use it as an unlocked phone.
Don’t buy the AT&T or T-Mobile versions because they don’t have CDMA networks, so it won’t have good coverage when you switch to Sprint or Verizon. Having said that, the model is perfect if you just use it with GSM carriers.
Remember that you should buy directly from Apple only. All iPhone X purchased from Bestbuy, T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon will come locked for at least a few months. For instance, you will have to wait 40 days to unlock T-Mobile phones, 50 days for Sprint, and 60 days for AT&T.
Verizon phones used to be unlocked even when you didn’t use their service. However, that’s no longer the case as they started locking phones since early 2018. The decision was made to combat phone theft; Verizon phones were attractive as they can be resold on the black market and used with different carriers.
Walk into Apple Store
Apart from the online store, you actually can buy unlocked iPhone X at a physical Apple Store. You can just walk into a store and ask to pay full price for an unlocked iPhone. They will bring you a sealed iPhone without the need of verifying an active account on one of those carriers.
So, how do you manage to buy an unlocked contract-free iPhone X? Share with us in a comment below.