can i buy one in the usa even tho i live in the uk?????

Discussion in 'iPad' started by perry245, Jan 28, 2010.

  1. perry245 macrumors member

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    Hi so i am going to be going to orlando in june and i was wondering if i buy the ipad over there will it work ok in the uk and what are the disadvantages of buying the ipad in the usa?
     
  2. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    No Apple has built in a secret chip and as soon as you take it to the UK it will explode (don't take it on an airplane!).
    But honestly the only disadvantages I see are the iBooks store not working and the possible inability to buy iPad only Apps.
     
  3. skubish macrumors 68030

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    Sure it will work.
    Disadvantages
    1. 3G will not work until someone unlocks it.
    2. Paying tariffs when you bring it back to the UK.
     
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    The only problem will be the sockets. The plugs are different, so if you need to charge it through the mains, you're going to need an adapter.
     
  6. ukcolinr macrumors regular

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    I doubt very much you'll be able to use the iBooks app just because you purchased the iPad in the US. You will need an iTunes account to make purchases and when it see's you have a UK iTunes account it'll just kick up an error I expect.

    Also bare in mind if you buy in Orlando you'll be subject to FL TAX 6.5%, not as much as UK no, but then theoretically you should declare the purchase re-entering the UK (purchases over £390) and then have to pay VAT on top of that. If you don't declare it and get caught walking through nothing to declare you'll have to pay the VAT and whatever fine they give you.

    You'll also only get a US Mains charger, not a major issue I know but just thought I'd throw it in there.

    I too am considering buying mine in the US. Undecided at the moment - will have to work with some figures.

    Make sure before you fly out to Orlando to check in Dixon's TAX free in departures, if they're stocking them there by then, you can ask them to ship it to your home address after you've returned (for only £6), this way you (totally legally) avoid paying VAT :) This usually works out cheaper than buying it in the US once you take into account their sales taxes! (Can you tell I travel a lot? lol)

    Hope this helps :)

    Colin
     
  7. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    The device is unlocked :)
     
  8. skubish macrumors 68030

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    I stand corrected but you still need to make sure your carriers 3G bands are supported. For example you won't be able to use T-Mobiles 3G in the US because the iPad doesn't support the band.
     
  9. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    One disadvantage would be no warranty support. Apple's warranty is only valid in the country of purchase.
     
  10. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    Do we even know if this can support the UK iTunes Store? Will Apple stop it from synching during the verification process?
     
  11. ukcolinr macrumors regular

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    The only device this is currently true for is the iPhone. All other Apple Warranties are worldwide. How this will work with the iPad at the moment is anyones guess.
     

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