Currently, if you were to purchase an iPhone 5S for use on T-Mobile or another prepaid network from one of Apple’s retail locations, you’d have to purchase the phone unlocked and then visit your carrier of choice or provide your own SIM card to have it activated for use. This makes purchasing the unlocked iPhone in an Apple Store unnecessary, since you can buy unlocked iPhones directly from carrier stores.
A new report coming from 9to5Mac states that Apple is readying its retail locations to sell and activate iPhones for use on T-Mobile’s prepaid network as well as AT&T’s prepaid GoPhone service. The report claims Apple Stores will begin receiving AT&T GoPhone SIM cards and activation kits, and will be using existing T-Mobile SIM cards for customers choosing to go with T-Mobile’s prepaid plans in the near future. This will, in theory, boost unlocked iPhone sales in Apple stores, as part of Tim Cook’s initiative to bring more customers into Apple’s retail locations. This is also likely an effort to clear out the remaining iPhone 5S and 5C stock before the launch of the iPhone 6 this fall.
Apple is reportedly planning to begin selling prepaid iPhones starting in the last week of June.
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