T-Mobile will offer “n0-contract” versions of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the US as it will take a month more for Apple to release the “unlocked” versions in the Apple Store.
The reason for Apple delay to release unlocked versions of iPhones is that the company receives a commission when the customers make calls through the carrier under contract. Customers prefer unlocked iPhones even though it is priced higher. Contract versions of the iPhone 6 is being offered at a low price of $199 from Verizon, AT&T and Sprint. T-Mobile has listed a “contract-free” iPhone 6 for 649 and the iPhone 6 Plus for $749.
T-Mobile is the only US carrier to offer the unlocked iPhones while other carriers are expected to offer the version in the coming days. These ‘contract-free’ devices might come with a T-Mobile SIM though Apple users have reported the use of any network carrier like AT&T in the devices. Sprint’s unlocked iPhones will not be accessible to domestic carriers, but can be used overseas.
Consumers who opt to purchase the unlocked iPhones from T-Mobile will have to pay-off any installment balance remaining on it and use its network for 40 days, the usual policy followed by the company. Apple confirmed the availability of the unlocked variant from T-Mobile though it did not explain the labeling on the device. Consumers who buy contract iPhones also have the legal right to unlock their devices after the period in a law passed by the Congress. The iPhone 6 contract-free version is the current option for users to get hands on the devices in the US.