Apple starts selling unlocked, SIM-free iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus


It's been almost a full month since Apple started selling its new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in the United States and all big Western European markets, and the popular phones are now available across the globe. Up until now, though, you could only buy them via one of the four major carriers in the United States.

This changes today as Apple officially starts sale of the unlocked, SIM-free version of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus via the Apple Store.

Prices remain the same: starting from $650 for the 32GB iPhone 7 and $770 for the 32 gig iPhone 7 Plus.

However, if you pin your hopes on this unlocked version to finally get your hand on the elusive Jet Black model, we have some bad news. The unlocked Jet Black iPhone 7 and 7 Plus remain extremely limited in supply, and waiting times for the shiny new iPhone trim range from 3 to 5 weeks for the 7 model, and a whopping 6 to 8 weeks for the 7 Plus version.

While all other colors for the iPhone 7 ship immediately, the iPhone 7 Plus seems to be in much shorter supply: the shipping times for all other colors than Jet Black for the 7 Plus reach 3 to 4 weeks.

source: Apple

Related phones

iPhone 7
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10 Fusion, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 1960 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
iPhone 7 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10 Fusion, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2900 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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10 Comments

1. androide

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 27, 2014

phonearena what bout the blowing iphones im hearing. care to share?

2. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Pretty sure those were isolated cases rather than design errors.

3. Ticklemyfancy

Posts: 214; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

It still is news.

4. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Fair enough. But Android trolls will go "iPhones also explode here and there like the Note 7!"

5. Darkkracker

Posts: 255; Member since: Jun 11, 2016

Got to give it to Tim Cook, holding back production to drive up demand trick works on those isheep peeps Everytime.

6. bolosantosi

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

Is this actually not a note 7 article? Good job

7. libra89

Posts: 2270; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Finally!

8. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

So there is no sim card slot in these phones and you have to work with the phone manufacturer to activate the phone on the carrier network? I don't like the idea. It gives too much control to Apple or whoever makes a phone like this, and I just love the convenience of being able to easily swap out my sim card to a new phone in mere seconds, and switch at any time, as many times as I want. This is just another form of control that Apple is so good at.

9. zennacko unregistered

There is a sim card slot, but it's empty. It means that the phone isn't bound to any carrier, upgrade plan or BS contract. You pay, it's yours, activate on whatever carrier you want, CDMA or GSM, in the world.

10. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Oh ok. So basically it's a fancy way of saying unlocked. I guess it was confusing because the title says "unlocked, sim-free". Normally they would just say unlocked.

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