Apple Offers Its iPhone 6 Models Unlocked

Apple is making world travelers -- and some domestic customers -- happy this New Year by selling unlocked iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones to the masses. That means customers can use the device on any wireless carrier without signing on the dotted line of a two-year contract.

Of course, that option comes at a premium. Buying an iPhone 6 without a contract will cost you at least $649. But the freedom may be worth it to some hardcore Apple users who want the ability to move from Verizon to AT&T to T-Mobile to Sprint -- or take the phone to nations beyond the United States.

With the unlocked iPhone, there is no SIM card that ties you to any specific carrier. That means travelers can insert a SIM card that works with a carrier in France, for example, and avoid roaming charges that can run up the cellular bill in a hurry.

Is this Right for You?

According to Apple, the unlocked iPhone includes all the features of other iPhones. The company said if you don't want a multi-year service contract, or if you prefer to use a local carrier when traveling abroad, the unlocked iPhone is the best choice.

However, Apple explained, for consumers who choose T-Mobile as the carrier, your iPhone comes with a T-Mobile SIM card already installed and you would need to contact T-Mobile or visit an Apple Retail Store to activate your iPhone.

"Otherwise, the unlocked iPhone does not come with a nano-SIM card for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, or iPhone 5c so you'll need to get one from any supported carrier worldwide," Apple said. "To start using your iPhone, simply insert the SIM card into the slot and turn on iPhone by pressing and holding the On/Off button for a few seconds. Then...

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