I'm trying to understand what is the difference between buying an unlocked iPhone 6 with T-Mobile SIM versus just a regular unlocked iPhone 6? They seem to be the same price: http://store.apple.com/us/buy-iphone/iphone6/4.7-inch-display-64gb-silver

Apple's info page states this:

Purchasing an unlocked iPhone means you will not qualify for the lower iPhone price associated with a contract or a carrier installment plan. The unlocked iPhone 6 model is A1586. The unlocked iPhone 6 Plus model is A1524. The T-Mobile iPhone 6 model is A1549. The T-Mobile iPhone 6 Plus model is A1522. For details on LTE network support, please see www.apple.com/iphone/LTE.

Can someone translate it?

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If you look closely at http://www.apple.com/iphone/LTE/, the SIM-Free unlocked models (A1586, A1524) supports ALL of the LTE bands of the T-Mobile unlocked phones (A1549,A1522), PLUS some additional networks.

Here is the exact verbiage on the page (easy to overlook): "Models A1586 and A1524 also support LTE networks listed for models A1549 and A1522." which basically means "same as the T-Mobile phone ... and then some..."

I picked up a 6 and 6plus sim-free earlier this year to be used on our mobile share value AT&T plan in the US; the Apple Store employee essentially pushed me out the door with the SIM-free model. Said it had additional bands, potentially better resale value, etc...

Hope this helps clear it up.


There are a few different standards for cellular communication in America, so there's an iPhone to account for each one of those.

iPhone 6 (GSM/North America)


iPhone 6 (CDMA/Verizon)


iPhone 6 (Global/Sprint)


iPhone 6 (China Mobile)


Source and more details: everymac.com

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