Difference of iPhone 6 Models A1549, A1586, A1589, A1522, A1524 and A1593 Explained

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is not officially available at the time of writing; however, you can buy it from eBay and maybe Amazon from other sellers. It’s been some time since iPhone 6, 6S and 6 Plus were released and now you can get hands-on experience of iPhone Xs Max – the latest generation till today. If you are looking to buy iPhone 6S and 6 Plus keep in mind, you will have the option to choose a model like A1549, A1586, A1589, A1522, A1524 and A1593. These models are different from one another in terms of cellular frequencies they operate on so be careful to choose the right iPhone 6 model for you.

Difference Between iPhone 6 Models A1549, A1586, A1589, A1522, A1524 and A1593

Many online sellers on services like eBay and likewise are shipping iPhone 6 and its upgraded variant iPhone 6 Plus with free global shipping option. But free shipping is not the online option you should consider because of their cellular compatibility with your carriers. iPhones are the same in every aspect, including specifications except cellular connectivity. With the launch of iPhone 6/6 Plus you have features like VoLTE (Voice over LTE) technology which means you can have a full range of CDMA on GSM version of iPhone. Not just that, another example could be buying a sim-free T-Mobile phone and avoid CDMA to use it on Verizon. Few carriers offer VoLTE including T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T in the United States; CSL, SmarTone and Hutchinson Telecom in Hong Kong; SK, KT and LG U+ in South Korea. Another carrier that supports VoLTE technology is StarHub in Singapur.

VoLTE is common these days and is used by the latest generations of iPhones and Android. If you are looking for compatibility, look at the back of your iPhone’s box for model number. It is quite easier to pick up the right iPhone 6 model because its models are less compared to iPhone 5S. Let’s have a look at the iPhone 6’s Model numbers:

iPhone 6 Models

It has 4.7 inches of the screen along with three different model numbers, including iPhone A1549 (GSM), A1549 (CDMA) and A1586. Following are complete details of these models:

1. iPhone 6 A1549 (GSM)

iPhone 6 A1549 (GSM) It is compatible with almost all major cellular carries in the United States and Canada. The supported LTE Bands of iPhone model A1549 (GSM) are:

1 (2100 MHz), 2 (1900 MHz), 3 (1800 MHz), 4 (AWS), 5 (850 MHz), 7 (2600 MHz), 8 (900 MHz), 13 (700c MHz), 17 (700b MHz), 18 (800 MHz), 19 (800 MHz), 20 (800 DD), 25 (1900 MHz), 26 (800 MHz), 28 (700 APT MHz) and 29 (700 de MHz)

The GSM version of iPhone 6 also works on UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA at following bands:

(850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz) and GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

Below are few part numbers of the A1549 GSM Model of iPhone 6:

United States:

iPhone 6 16GB Gold (GSM) T-Mobile MG562LL/A
iPhone 6 64GB Gold (GSM) T-Mobile MG5D2LL/A
iPhone 6 128GB Gold (GSM) T-Mobile MG592LL/A
iPhone 6 16GB Space Gray (GSM) T-Mobile MG542LL/A
iPhone 6 64GB Space Gray (GSM) T-Mobile MG5A2LL/A
iPhone 6 128GB Space Gray (GSM) T-Mobile MG572LL/A
iPhone 6 16GB Silver (GSM) T-Mobile MG552LL/A
iPhone 6 64GB Silver (GSM) T-Mobile MG5C2LL/A
iPhone 6 128GB Silver (GSM) T-Mobile MG582LL/A

iPhone 6 16GB Gold (GSM) AT&T MG4Q2LL/A
iPhone 6 64GB Gold (GSM) AT&T MG502LL/A
iPhone 6 128GB Gold (GSM) AT&T MG4V2LL/A
iPhone 6 16GB Space Gray (GSM) AT&T MG4N2LL/A
iPhone 6 64GB Space Gray (GSM) AT&T MG4W2LL/A
iPhone 6 128GB Space Gray (GSM) AT&T MG4R2LL/A
iPhone 6 16GB Silver (GSM) AT&T MG4P2LL/A
iPhone 6 64GB Silver (GSM) AT&T MG4X2LL/A
iPhone 6 128GB Silver (GSM) AT&T MG4U2LL/A

Canada:

iPhone 6 16GB Gold Unlocked MG3D2CL/A
iPhone 6 64GB Gold Unlocked MG3L2CL/A
iPhone 6 128GB Gold Unlocked MG3G2CL/A
iPhone 6 16GB Space Grey Unlocked MG3A2CL/A
iPhone 6 64GB Space Grey Unlocked MG3H2CL/A
iPhone 6 128GB Space Grey Unlocked MG3E2CL/A
iPhone 6 16GB Silver Unlocked MG3C2CL/A
iPhone 6 64GB Silver Unlocked MG3K2CL/A
iPhone 6 128GB Silver Unlocked MG3F2CL/A

2. iPhone A1549 CDMA

This model is also known as the global version of the iPhone 6 because it supports all spectrum frequencies like A1549 (GSM) and also CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (with 800, 1700/2100, 1900 and 2100 MHz bands). It works with following bands of 4G LTE:

1 (2100 MHz), 2 (1900 MHz), 3 (1800 MHz), 4 (AWS), 5 (850 MHz), 7 (2600 MHz), 8 (900 MHz), 13 (700c MHz), 17 (700b MHz), 18 (800 MHz), 19 (800 MHz), 20 (800 DD), 25 (1900 MHz), 26 (800 MHz), 28 (700 APT MHz) and 29 (700 de MHz)

The UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA Bands it supports are:

850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz

Tip: If you buy an unlocked version of iPhone 6 from Verizon you can use it on other GSM networks like T-Mobile and AT&T as well. Following are a few part numbers of this model:

United States:

iPhone 6 16GB Gold (CDMA) Verizon Wireless MG5Y2LL/A
iPhone 6 64GB Gold (CDMA) Verizon Wireless MG652LL/A
iPhone 6 128GB Gold (CDMA) Verizon Wireless MG622LL/A
iPhone 6 16GB Space Gray (CDMA) Verizon Wireless MG5W2LL/A
iPhone 6 64GB Space Gray (CDMA) Verizon Wireless MG632LL/A 
iPhone 6 128GB Space Gray (CDMA) Verizon Wireless MG602LL/A
iPhone 6 16GB Silver (CDMA) Verizon Wireless MG5X2LL/A
iPhone 6 64GB Silver (CDMA) Verizon Wireless MG642LL/A
iPhone 6 128GB Silver (CDMA) Verizon Wireless MG612LL/A

3. iPhone 6 A1586

It is sold as a locked device by carriers in the United States like Sprint, C Spire, US Cellular. It is the best version but getting it unlocked in the US if not that easy. However, you can buy a factory unlocked version of A1586 model of iPhone 6 from Europe or Asia. The unlocked version is also available on Amazon from a few retailers on the store. This model works on following 4G LTE Bands:

1 (2100 MHz), 2 (1900 MHz), 3 (1800 MHz), 4 (AWS), 5 (850 MHz), 7 (2600 MHz), 8 (900 MHz), 13 (700c MHz), 17 (700b MHz), 18 (800 MHz), 19 (800 MHz), 20 (800 DD), 25 (1900 MHz), 26 (800 MHz), 28 (700 APT MHz), 29 (700 de MHz), 38 (2600 MHz), 39 (1900 MHz), 40 (2300 MHz) and  41 (2500 MHz).

Works with CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz), GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz) and TD-SCDMA 1900 (F), 2000 (A) too.

This variant of iPhone supports both TD-SCDMA bands of China Mobile and Band 39 for TD along with 38 and 30 bands that are available in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. The LTE version works on China Mobile, Hutchison, SmarTone in Hong Kong, Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, O2 in Germany; Optus, Telstra and Vodafone in Australia; and EE, 3, O2, Vodafone in the United Kingdom. Following are the part numbers of A1586 Model:

United States:

iPhone 6 16GB Gold (CDMA) Sprint MG6C2LL/A
iPhone 6 64GB Gold (CDMA) Sprint MG6J2LL/A
iPhone 6 128GB Gold (CDMA) Sprint MG6F2LL/A
iPhone 6 16GB Space Gray (CDMA) Sprint MG692LL/A
iPhone 6 64GB Space Gray (CDMA) Sprint MG6G2LL/A
iPhone 6 128GB Space Gray (CDMA) Sprint MG6D2LL/A
iPhone 6 16GB Silver (CDMA) Sprint MG6A2LL/A
iPhone 6 64GB Silver (CDMA) Sprint MG6H2LL/A
iPhone 6 128GB Silver (CDMA) Sprint MG6E2LL/A

iPhone 6 16GB Gold Sprint Factory Unlocked MG492LL/A
iPhone 6 64GB Gold Sprint Factory Unlocked MG4J2LL/A
iPhone 6 128GB Gold Sprint Factory Unlocked MG4E2LL/A
iPhone 6 16GB Space Gray Sprint Factory Unlocked MG472LL/A
iPhone 6 64GB Space Gray Sprint Factory Unlocked MG4F2LL/A
iPhone 6 128GB Space Gray Sprint Factory Unlocked MG4A2LL/A
iPhone 6 16GB Silver Sprint Factory Unlocked MG482LL/A
iPhone 6 64GB Silver Sprint Factory Unlocked MG4H2LL/A
iPhone 6 128GB Silver Sprint Factory Unlocked MG4C2LL/A

4. iPhone 6 A1589

A1589 variant is exclusive for China Mobile, and you should only buy it if you are sure you won’t be using any other cellular operator on it. iPhone 6 A1589 is compatible with TD-LTE bands 38, 39, 40, 41 as well as SCDMA 1900 (F), 2000 (A) and GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz). It is also worth mentioning that this model also supports UMTS (WCDMA)/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz) and FDD-LTE (band 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29) only on International Roaming. Certainly, 3G and 4G LTE of A1589 will not be compatible with China Unicom and China Telecom.

iPhone 6 Plus Models

At the time of writing iPhone 6 Plus is still a well-used device around the globe even after the launch of iPhone Xs Max. It has a 5.5-inch screen along with 3 model numbers that are A1522 (GSM), A1522 (CDMA) and A1524. However, the A1522 (GSM) bands are similar as iPhone A1549 (GSM), and A1522 (CDMA)’s bands are like A1549 (CDMA) and A1593 has same bands as A1589 while A1524 has bands corresponding to A1586 model. If you want to dig deeper and know more details are below.

1. iPhone 6 Plus A1522 (GSM)

It is a popular version of iPhone 6 Plus which works on almost every carries around the world including, Canda, the United States and Puerto Rico. The compatible bands of the device are:

  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29)

Following are a few part numbers of A1522 Model:

United States:

iPhone 6 Plus 16GB Gold (GSM) T-Mobile MGC12LL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 64GB Gold (GSM) T-Mobile MGC72LL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 128GB Gold (GSM) T-Mobile MGC42LL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 16GB Space Gray (GSM) T-Mobile MGAX2LL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 64GB Space Gray (GSM) T-Mobile MGC52LL/A
iPhone 6 Plus128GB Space Gray (GSM) T-Mobile MGC22LL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 16GB Silver (GSM) T-Mobile MGC02LL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 64GB Silver (GSM) T-Mobile MGC62LL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 128GB Silver (GSM) T-Mobile MGC32LL/A

iPhone 6 Plus 16GB Gold (GSM) AT&T MGAN2LL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 64GB Gold (GSM) AT&T MGAW2LL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 128GB Gold (GSM) AT&T MGAR2LL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 16GB Space Gray (GSM) AT&T MGAL2LL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 64GB Space Gray (GSM) AT&T MGAU2LL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 128GB Space Gray (GSM) AT&T MGAP2LL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 16GB Silver (GSM) AT&T MGAM2LL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 64GB Silver (GSM) AT&T MGAV2LL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 128GB Silver (GSM) AT&T MGAQ2LL/A

Canada

iPhone 6 Plus 16GB Gold Unlocked MG9P2CL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 64GB Gold Unlocked MG9W2CL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 128GB Gold Unlocked MG9T2CL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 16GB Space Grey Unlocked MG9M2CL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 64GB Space Grey Unlocked MG9U2CL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 128GB Space Grey Unlocked MG9Q2CL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 16GB Silver Unlocked MG9N2CL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 64GB Silver Unlocked MG9V2CL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 128GB Silver Unlocked MG9R2CL/A

2. iPhone 6 Plus A1522 (CDMA)

It also works with most frequencies available in the world and can be bought through Verizon. It is worth mentioning here that all Verizon phones are factory locked and they work on most CDMA and GSM networks. If you want to know the model is compatible with carries in your home country, check if your carrier has the following frequencies:

  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29)

Following are a few parts of A1522:

United States:

iPhone 6 Plus 16GB Gold (CDMA) Verizon Wireless MGCM2LL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 64GB Gold (CDMA) Verizon Wireless MGCU2LL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 128GB Gold (CDMA) Verizon Wireless MGCQ2LL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 16GB Space Gray (CDMA) Verizon Wireless MGCK2LL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 64GB Space Gray (CDMA) Verizon Wireless MGCR2LL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 128GB Space Gray (CDMA) Verizon Wireless MGCN2LL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 16GB Silver (CDMA) Verizon Wireless MGCL2LL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 64GB Silver (CDMA) Verizon Wireless MGCT2LL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 128GB Silver (CDMA) Verizon Wireless MGCP2LL/A

3. iPhone 6 Plus A1524

iPhone 6 Plus A1524 is available through Spring in the United States and sold as a locked device. However, if you want to get an unlocked version of A152, grab one from Asia or Europe. It has a wide range of spectrum frequencies, and it is safe to say it is compatible with all carriers in the world. The only problem is getting unlocked version is difficult in the US. However, checking online platforms like Amazon, eBay might help you get one. It has support for following frequencies:

  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • TD-SCDMA 1900 (F), 2000 (A)
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29)
  • TD-LTE (Bands 38, 39, 40, 41)

If you get this phone and travel around the world, it will be compatible with most cellular carries. You can use A1524 model of iPhone 6 Plus in countries like Hong Kong, France, Germany, Japan, China, Singapore, United Kingdoms and Australia.

Following are the parts of A1524 Model:

United States:

iPhone 6 Plus 16GB Gold (CDMA) Sprint MGCX2LL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 64GB Gold (CDMA) Sprint MGD42LL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 128GB Gold (CDMA) Sprint MGD12LL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 16GB Space Gray (CDMA) Sprint MGCV2LL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 64GB Space Gray (CDMA) Sprint MGD22LL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 128GB Space Gray (CDMA) Sprint MGCY2LL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 16GB Silver (CDMA) Sprint MGCW2LL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 64GB Silver (CDMA) Sprint MGD32LL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 128GB Silver (CDMA) Sprint MGD02LL/A

iPhone 6 Plus 16GB Gold Sprint Factory Unlocked MGAA2LL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 64GB Gold Sprint Factory Unlocked MGAK2LL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 128GB Gold Sprint Factory Unlocked MGAF2LL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 16GB Space Gray Sprint Factory Unlocked MGA82LL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 64GB Space Gray Sprint Factory Unlocked MGAH2LL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 128GB Space Gray Sprint Factory Unlocked MGAC2LL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 16GB Silver Sprint Factory Unlocked MGA92LL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 64GB Silver Sprint Factory Unlocked MGAJ2LL/A
iPhone 6 Plus 128GB Silver Sprint Factory Unlocked MGAE2LL/A

4. iPhone 6 Plus A1593

It is a model exclusive distributed by only China Mobile, perhaps the largest cellular carrier in the world. If you want to use any other network, I’d strongly recommend you not to buy it. It supports the following frequencies:

  • GSM / EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • TD-SCDMA 1900 (F), 2000 (A)
  • TD-LTE (bands 38, 39, 40, 41)
  • UMTS(WCDMA) /HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • FDD-LTE (band 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29)

These frequencies are only for roaming can’t be used inside China.

That was all about differences in iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Models. If you still have any confusion do let me know in the comment section below.

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