Just in time for Santa, Apple has decided to quietly take the step of selling iPhone X devices without a SIM card, letting lucky owners decide later which carrier they’d like to use.
“SIM-free” means your iPhone doesn’t ship with a carrier SIM card,” Apple said in the fairly low-key announcement of the change, 9to5Mac reports. “The SIM-free iPhone sold on apple.com and at the Apple Store is unlocked. That means you’re free to use a SIM card from any carrier that provides service for iPhone.”
This is also good news for frequent travelers who need to swap out compatible SIM cards in different countries.
So what’s behind the change?
According to Business Insider the move could signal Apple is awash in iPhone X supplies and looking to move some product. Buying one without a carrier SIM card means you’ll have to pay full price, up front, between $999 and $1129. According to 9to5Mac, if you order today, your SIM-Free iPhone X will be delivered by December 12.
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