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Buying an iPhone in Doha airport duty free?

furou

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Oct 7, 2019
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Hi,
I’m traveling through Doha airport and I’m thinking about getting an iPhone 11 there. I’d like to make sure the iPhone they sell isn’t limited in anyway like having FaceTime disabled, or any other weird software differences.
Many thanks!
 

Silvrbill

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Dec 20, 2013
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Hi,
I’m traveling through Doha airport and I’m thinking about getting an iPhone 11 there. I’d like to make sure the iPhone they sell isn’t limited in anyway like having FaceTime disabled, or any other weird software differences.
Many thanks!
I believe the phones for the Arab market don't have Face Time installed and there is no way to install it on those phones.
You'll need to find out what market it was manufactured for.
I've been in Qatar many times but I can't tell you for sure about the phones they sell there.
 
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Super Spartan

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Mar 10, 2018
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Hi,
I’m traveling through Doha airport and I’m thinking about getting an iPhone 11 there. I’d like to make sure the iPhone they sell isn’t limited in anyway like having FaceTime disabled, or any other weird software differences.
Many thanks!
Not sure about Doha but I do know that in Dubai Duty Free it's the same so I guess that it should have FaceTime.

There are many shops here in Dubai that sell imported iPhones from the US and other parts of the world that have FaceTime and they work flawlessly. Bought an iPhone 1 Pro that way and FaceTime works like a charm with a VPN though. ExpressVPN is what I use.
 
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Andrew McIntosh

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Feb 27, 2020
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Hi,
I’m traveling through Doha airport and I’m thinking about getting an iPhone 11 there. I’d like to make sure the iPhone they sell isn’t limited in anyway like having FaceTime disabled, or any other weird software differences.
Many thanks!


If you buy an iPhone 11 at Hamad international it will be an international version that won’t gave any restrictions on it and will cost approx £100 less than UK Apple prices, if you purchase your iPhone in Doha itself, then you will have FaceTime removed but your phone will be approx £300 less than Apple UK price! So, how important is FaceTime to you?

There is a way of installing FaceTime in a phone that you bought in Arab states, you will need to jail break the phone then let Apple reinstall genuine update to it - I’ve done this with an iPhone 6, 6s, 8, x and an 11pro. I live in Doha but like to use FaceTime.

Hope this info helps....you may have already purchased one though, looking at your date of post.
 
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furou

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Oct 7, 2019
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If you buy an iPhone 11 at Hamad international it will be an international version that won’t gave any restrictions on it and will cost approx £100 less than UK Apple prices, if you purchase your iPhone in Doha itself, then you will have FaceTime removed but your phone will be approx £300 less than Apple UK price! So, how important is FaceTime to you?

There is a way of installing FaceTime in a phone that you bought in Arab states, you will need to jail break the phone then let Apple reinstall genuine update to it - I’ve done this with an iPhone 6, 6s, 8, x and an 11pro. I live in Doha but like to use FaceTime.

Hope this info helps....you may have already purchased one though, looking at your date of post.
Thanks! That’s a great answer. Unfortunately they didn’t have the configuration I wanted (Storage size and color) do I ended up not buying.
 
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