Unusual iPhone 14s appeared in Russia with two physical SIM cards, no card slot at all, and also without the ability to mute the camera sound and with FaceTime not working.
“Two-card” models are versions for the Chinese market, which are officially released only for the PRC. Models without a SIM slot and only with eSIM are American. With non-switchable sound – Japanese and Korean. Without FaceTime – for Arab countries.
In addition, there are iPhones in stores with activation problems and with chargers for plugs in other countries. All this is imported as part of parallel imports. And at the beginning, these and similar models were cheaper, but now the prices are almost equal. According to market participants, previously such models “caused confusion among consumers”, but now the features are “paying much less attention”.
M.Video-Eldorado confirmed the availability of versions with eSIM, a regular SIM card and two slots. The first ones were a little cheaper. A 128 GB tighter iPhone 14 with eSIM costs 84,999 rubles, with a regular SIM card – 89,999 rubles.
In this case, the constantly on sound or turning off the video connection can be bypassed. You just need to activate your smartphone not in Japan or the UAE, but in Russia.
Note that earlier “localized” versions had already appeared on sale, but most often they were Chinese models, because “simless” iPhones appeared only in the 14 line.