Apple just made the iPhone X a more attractive offering by introducing an unlocked and SIM-free version of the flagship device in the US.
The iPhone maker launched the unlocked and SIM-free version of the device featuring full support of GSM and CDMA networks in the U.S. This means Apple fans can now purchase the unlocked version and thus they get to enjoy the freedom of not being tied to one specific carrier. It also means users will be able to choose their specific trim based on color and other features such as the storage size.
U.S customers who want to purchase the unlocked iPhone X can do so on Apple’s website and the pricing for the device will remain the same. This means users can make a purchase for the base iPhone X with an internal memory of 64 GB at $999 while the 256 GB version will be available at $1149.
“The unlocked version of the handset, which starts at $999, was previously only available if you bought it through Verizon or Best Buy, which charged a $100 premium over financed carrier versions of the phone until consumer backlash pushed the retailer to pull the product entirely,” wrote The Verge in a post.
The unlocked version of the iPhone X is similar to the newly announced SIM-free, unlocked version of the device which was sold by Verizon. The carrier has been selling unlocked versions of handsets for quite some time but users had to have Verizon account credentials in order to buy the unlocked version.
The sale of a SIM-free or unlocked version of the iPhone X is particularly an interesting deal especially for people who are constantly on the move or those who regularly switch between Android and iOS devices. It makes sense for these type of people to purchase the unlocked or SIM-free option to avoid being limited to one SIM especially if they prefer to have one device but carry multiple SIMs.
Apple is also working to make sure that customers receive their ordered devices as soon as possible, contrary to previous reports about shipping delays due to the shortage of components.