This should be welcome news for those looking to get their hands on an iPhone X unit, but finding it challenging to do just that. Apple is now offering the unlocked, SIM-free version of one of its flagship devices for this year for customers based in the United States. This version should fully support both GSM and CDMA networks.
To get started in ordering a SIM-free iPhone X, customers will have to go visit Apple’s official website, and then select the buy without a carrier option. After that, it is only a matter of picking the color (space gray or silver), and the memory configuration with the corresponding pricing -- the 64 gigabyte edition of the iPhone X fetches for $999, while the 256 gigabyte edition is priced at $1,149. Buyers can either choose to personally pick up their purchase at the nearest outlet, or have the unit delivered. It should be noted though the unlocked, SIM-free version might not ship until December 12th.
A little more than a month ago when the iPhone X first hit store shelves in the country, the ship times had lengthened to five to six weeks. This led many to wonder when an unlocked version will ever be made available, with all those limited availability concerns. Getting an unlocked iPhone X would have been ideal for those who want to purchase the latest flagship from Apple without having to commit to a specific mobile operator via a regular two year agreement. Moreover, having an unlocked unit would provide some flexibility, because users need only activate the device at any US or international wireless service provider by buying a SIM card.
The iPhone X is one of the most highly awaited iPhone releases in recent years, and it helps that the device’s year of release happens to be the tenth anniversary of the iPhone’s existence (the first ever iPhone was launched back in 2007). But according to information provided by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, it seems that the delayed release of the device has affected Apple’s market share in a number of key mobile markets across the globe.
Indeed, the delayed iPhone X release, plus the slower than expected demand for the other 2017 iPhone models (the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus) has allowed competitor Android to improve its market share by 8.2 percent in the US, 4.3 percent in the top five European mobile markets, and 7.5 percent in Japan during the third quarter of this year. Still, Apple is poised to post yet another big holiday season as it finishes the year, and could very well ride the winter momentum into the first quarter of 2018.
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