We’re now well and truly into iPhone launch day and the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are now Apple’s flagship smartphones. Available via the usual outlets, including Apple Stores, the new smartphones are proving popular amongst early adopters just as they tend to do around this time of year.
In the United States, Apple usually launches carrier specific phones with SIM-free models being made available only two to three months after the launch. Because of this, every year there seems to be confusion whether these phones when bought from Apple Store and paid in full are unlocked or not.
Well now, we have a confirmation. If you have bought your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus from an Apple Store (this is the important bit), it comes unlocked, be it the AT&T model, Sprint or Verizon’s.
You will just have to follow the simple steps outlined below to complete the unlock process, after which your brand new iPhone will work just fine no matter which SIM card you put into it.
Here’s what you need to do.
Step 1: Unpack your new iPhone and make sure that the SIM card it comes with is inside it.
Step 2: Turn the iPhone on and connect it to a computer.
Step 3: Launch iTunes.
Step 4: Follow the carrier activation prompts and you will see a message confirming that your device has been unlocked.
That’s about as simple as these things can get.
Again, it is important to note that this unlocking method will only work if you have paid in full for AT&T, Verizon or Sprint model at an Apple Store. This wont work if you bought the iPhone form the carriers even if you paid the full price.
If you bought your iPhone from a carrier and also paid the full off-contract price then you can get your new phone unlocked too but in that case you’ll need to request the unlock via the carrier and no doubt wait a few days for it to be processed.
(source: The App Factor)
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