Starting today, Apple is selling an unlocked and SIM-free version of the iPhone X at its retail and online stores. Before, Apple only sold an unlocked version of the iPhone through Verizon, but that meant you needed to have a Verizon account to purchase it.
The unlocked, SIM-free iPhone X will start at the same $999 price as the carrier versions and go up to $1,149 for the 256GB model. Apple previously sold two versions of the iPhone X: a GSM variant that worked with AT&T and T-Mobile and a CDMA variant that worked with Verizon and Sprint.
Once you buy the unlocked and SIM-free iPhone X, it’ll work on all major carrier networks. You can even used a pre-paid SIM.
The iPhone X models that are sold through an individual carrier are usually locked, even if you paid for the device outright. Typically, customers are required to call their carrier to get the phone unlocked to move freely between networks. This has been the main allure of buying a phone unlocked right away.
So, if you’re wondering which iPhone X variant to get this holiday season, the unlocked and SIM-free version should be your top choice.