In the market for an unlocked iPhone X? You’re in luck.
As 9to5Mac reported yesterday, Apple is now offering the option to buy the tenth-anniversary handset without a carrier. If you choose this option, the device will arrive SIM-free, and you’ll be able to activate it with any carrier that supports the iPhone.
Note that if you go with the SIM-free model, you can’t take advantage of any carrier financing options and need to pay for the phone in full ($999 for the 64GB model or $1,149 for 256GB version). Orders placed today are slated to arrive by Dec. 13, according to Apple’s website.
The iPhone X earned an “excellent” rating in PCMag’s review, nabbing props for its “updated design,” “powerful processor,” “excellent screen,” “first-of-its-kind augmented reality front camera,” and—of course—its ability to create animoji.
“The iPhone X sets the stage for Apple’s next decade, with a sharp new design and a future focus on augmented reality,” PCMag’s Lead Mobile Analyst Sascha Segan wrote in the review.
Meanwhile, recent test results from Cellular Insights revealed that Qualcomm-powered iPhone X models sold by Sprint and Verizon get consistently better speeds on America’s most common LTE band than the Intel-powered version sold by AT&T and T-Mobile. The SIM-free model Apple is selling is expected to be the Qualcomm version, as that one supports all four US carriers.
“Getting an iPhone with the Qualcomm modem is still the way to go if you want the best possible LTE performance,” according to Segan. “You can do that by purchasing the factory-unlocked, SIM-free model directly from Apple in the US or Australia, or by purchasing a Verizon Wireless or Sprint unit.”