T-Mobile’s CEO Talks About SIM Locked iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

What is Apple SIM lock? John Legere from T-Mobile discussed this topic during the Re/code’s Code/Mobile event. He explained what Apple SIMlock status means and when you get it. For example, when a user purchases the new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus at a full price directly from Apple he or she gets a fully unlocked smartphone which can support any network. The similar thing happens to the iPad mini 3 and iPad Air 2.

T-Mobile SIM card is locked when you get the new iPhone 6 directly from T-Mobile or AT&T store. The carriers offer the Apple SIM that is pre-coded to their particular network. In other words, once you got the iDevice where TMobile SIM is locked you can not longer use it as an interchangeable because it will work with one carrier only, the one you bought your gadget from.

This happens to T-Mobile SIM locked iPhone 6 / 6Plus and iPad. You have to stay with your mobile company until you decide to unlock the smartphone or tablet.

If you buy the new iPad from Apple you will receive a tablet with an interchangeable SIM card inside that supports T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T. So anyone who is looking for the fully unlocked tablet has to make the purchase from Apple store and not from the carrier’s store.

As Legere notes, the new iPhone 6 / iPhone 6 Plus are two models that are very successful. As he says, any modern “store without the iPhone is sh*t” and he is right as the high demand for the new “fruit” smartphone is only growing. The supply of these popular handsets still haven’t caught up to the demand.