Although Apple hasn’t given a direct option for purchasing a SIM-free iPhone XR, if you Pay in full with a one-time payment, you’ll get an unlocked iPhone XR with SIM card for the chosen carrier. The device will be ready to use with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon.

If you choose carrier financing from AT&T or Verizon though, your iPhone XR will be locked to your carrier.

How to Buy iPhone XR Unlocked (SIM-free)

  1. Go to the iPhone XR buying page on Apple Store (link →).
  2. Select your carrier.
  3. Then select the iPhone XR color and variant you want to purchase.
  4. On the payments option page, select One-time payment.
  5. You’ll see the “Unlocked iPhone with [carrier name] SIM” text mentioned on the next page. This means that your iPhone XR is unlocked and will ship with a SIM card of the selected carrier.

Note: Don’t choose carrier financing. If you choose carrier financing from AT&T or Verizon to pay for the full amount, your iPhone will be locked to your carrier.

Also read: How to use Dual SIM on iPhone XS and iPhone XR

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9 Comments

  1. Hi. So does this mean I can still get the phone shipped to me (in Zambia) from the US and be able to activate and use it here, since it’s unlocked?

    • Shivam Reply

      Since Apple is calling it an “unlocked iPhone” when paying in full, I strongly believe it should work in other countries too. But I’m not sure.

  2. Mushfiquer Rahman Faysal Reply

    Hello, i am from Bangladesh and planning to get an iphone Xr from USA by my cousin. but i am having trouble understanding the unlocked version here since the sim free version is not available in USA. if i pay in full while purchasing it, will i be able to use it in Bangladesh or is it only for USA?

    please let me know ASAP. my cousin will be flying out of USA very soon

  3. Mushfiquer Rahman Faysal Reply

    Hello i am from Bangladesh and i want to know whether that one-time payment will allow carriers in my country too or is it only unlocked for USA? please let me know asap

    • Shivam Reply

      Since Apple is calling it an “unlocked iPhone” when paying in full, I strongly believe it should work in other countries too. But I’m not sure.

  4. Can this t mobile iphone be turned on without t mobile sim.
    I.e if we remove the sim before turning on and just discard it. And put our own sim, it will activate right?
    It doenst require T mobile pre activation to turn on

    • Shivam Reply

      Right. You can remove the T-Mobile SIM and put in any other SIM to activate your unlocked iPhone XR.

      • Cool thanks. Just checked in India 3 bands are used for LTE- 3,5,40. which are there in the us model also. so wud work perfectlly.

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