Finally! SIM-Free, Unlocked Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Available

iPhone users who’d rather not be locked into a two year contract with a mobile carrier, rejoice. After a longer than usual wait, the unlocked versions of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus can finally be purchased outright.

Apple recently made the unlocked versions of both devices available and they’re currently for sale on the Apple Store website.

Apple usually makes unlocked versions of its phones available within three to four months of the devices being released. This time, heavy demand for the the phones may have delayed release of the unlocked versions, 9to5mac.com speculates.

Apple introduced the latest version of its flagship mobile device, the iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 phablet, in Sept. 2014. And the company sold a record 10 million phones in its first weekend.

Right now, the unlocked iPhone 6 starts at $649 and the iPhone 6 Plus phablet has a $749 base price.

The starting price of the iPhone 6 brings 16GB of storage. More storage from the 64GB model costs $749 and the 128GB version sells for $849.

The base price on the iPhone 6 Plus gets you 16GB of storage. The 64GB model sells for $849 and the 128GB version has a $949 price tag on it.

An unlocked smartphone means the device is sold directly to consumers without an SIM card inside.

This allows buyers of the phone to choose from AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile or any other carrier they prefer.

Obviously, the unlocked version of any device carries the weight of the full cost initially.

Otherwise, new iPhones are usually purchased by users who will pay for the device over the course of their typical two year contract with a mobile carrier.

Those phones are pre-loaded with SIM cards specific to the carrier. Once someone buys an unlocked iPhone, all they need to do is insert a SIM card in the appropriate slot and turn on the phone.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, in the unlocked versions, will walk users through the activation process once they insert their new SIM card.

The iPhone 6 standard model features a 4.7-inch display with a high 1334-by-750 pixel resolution.

At the same time when iPhone 6 was introduced, Apple also unveiled, for the first time, a phablet version of the device. The iPhone 6 Plus features a larger 5.5-inch display and even more detailed 1920×1080 pixel resolution.

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BlackBerry Direct Sales Woos Small Businesses and Companies With Cheap Unlocked Phones

Just last month, BlackBerry announced an interesting sales initiative dubbed the BlackBerry Direct Sales Program. The program is supposed to, for the first time, allow IT administrators and business owners to directly purchase and deploy in-volume unlocked BlackBerry devices from the company’s Smartphone Business Sales Team, and now their efforts seem to be paying off.

“We’re starting to see a very positive reaction from our customers,” BlackBerry ecommerce product marketing manager Richard Lamb told Nicholas Greene in a BlackBerry post. “People are happy to hear from BlackBerry, and happy to talk to our team.”

According to BlackBerry, a variety of features are attracting businesses to the program. Here are the big ones.

Blackberry Direct Sales Features

Cost and Convenience

BlackBerry says that unlocked BlackBerry devices that are sold directly from the company are significantly cheaper compared with those sold by carriers and that buying unlocked devices this way can slash total cost of ownership over several years.

Businesses “don’t have to worry about the long-term costs of subsidies, and they’re able to negotiate better service plans, as well,” explains BlackBerry sales representative Elliott Coulter. “This can save them anywhere from 75 to 100 dollars per device.”

Businesses and companies that purchase directly from BlackBerry enjoy a 30-day money back guarantee, dedicated account manager, one year complimentary support, one year manufacturer’s warranty, volume purchasing and payment advantages as well as free shipping that significantly reduces the device costs. The only catch here is that as a business, you must be willing to buy in bulk.

A Wide Range of Devices

Businesses are enjoying a wider selection of BlackBerry devices. You can ask for products that may be hard to come by in your region. These may include models such as the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition and BlackBerry Leap.

Direct and Dedicated Line of Support

Businesses that are using the BlackBerry Direct Sales Program are enjoying a direct line of support and considerable security expertise.

“When customers contact the direct handheld sales team, they’re dealing with BlackBerry experts,” says Coulter. “We work with all OSes and brands, and can get answers much more quickly than if they were going through a third party. Small businesses are used to trolling support forums or going to Google for answers — we connect them directly with a product manager, who can assist them with any problem they encounter.”

Other advantages accompanying the BlackBerry Direct Sales Program include deeply customized service for customers already working for those that have ties with BlackBerry, fast delivery and deployment and superior security and productivity — something that BlackBerry has become known for over the years.

This program will most likely benefit both small and big companies, but an immediate impact would be to smartphone retailers that are looking for unlocked, high-quality smartphones at affordable prices. The fact that they can get direct support and 30-day money back guarantees makes it even better.

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BlackBerry Direct Sales Woos Small Businesses and Companies With Cheap Unlocked Phones

blackberry direct

Just last month, BlackBerry announced an interesting sales initiative dubbed the BlackBerry Direct Sales Program. The program is supposed to, for the first time, allow IT administrators and business owners to directly purchase and deploy in-volume unlocked BlackBerry devices from the company’s Smartphone Business Sales Team, and now their efforts seem to be paying off.

“We’re starting to see a very positive reaction from our customers,” BlackBerry ecommerce product marketing manager Richard Lamb told Nicholas Greene in a BlackBerry post. “People are happy to hear from BlackBerry, and happy to talk to our team.”

According to BlackBerry, a variety of features are attracting businesses to the program. Here are the big ones.

Blackberry Direct Sales Features

Cost and Convenience

BlackBerry says that unlocked BlackBerry devices that are sold directly from the company are significantly cheaper compared with those sold by carriers and that buying unlocked devices this way can slash total cost of ownership over several years.

Businesses “don’t have to worry about the long-term costs of subsidies, and they’re able to negotiate better service plans, as well,” explains BlackBerry sales representative Elliott Coulter. “This can save them anywhere from 75 to 100 dollars per device.”

Businesses and companies that purchase directly from BlackBerry enjoy a 30-day money back guarantee, dedicated account manager, one year complimentary support, one year manufacturer’s warranty, volume purchasing and payment advantages as well as free shipping that significantly reduces the device costs. The only catch here is that as a business, you must be willing to buy in bulk.

A Wide Range of Devices

Businesses are enjoying a wider selection of BlackBerry devices. You can ask for products that may be hard to come by in your region. These may include models such as the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition and BlackBerry Leap.

Direct and Dedicated Line of Support

Businesses that are using the BlackBerry Direct Sales Program are enjoying a direct line of support and considerable security expertise.

“When customers contact the direct handheld sales team, they’re dealing with BlackBerry experts,” says Coulter. “We work with all OSes and brands, and can get answers much more quickly than if they were going through a third party. Small businesses are used to trolling support forums or going to Google for answers — we connect them directly with a product manager, who can assist them with any problem they encounter.”

Other advantages accompanying the BlackBerry Direct Sales Program include deeply customized service for customers already working for those that have ties with BlackBerry, fast delivery and deployment and superior security and productivity — something that BlackBerry has become known for over the years.

This program will most likely benefit both small and big companies, but an immediate impact would be to smartphone retailers that are looking for unlocked, high-quality smartphones at affordable prices. The fact that they can get direct support and 30-day money back guarantees makes it even better.

Image: BlackBerry

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