iPhone XS Max Dual physical sim outside china iPhone Xs Max

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  1. thasan macrumors 65816

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    hi all,
    I am able to get an iPhone xs max from china for use in the EU. I heard iOS 12 in those phones will be heavily modified and different from the rest of the world. I’m worried that I may not be able to use the phone properly or use it in EU AppStores or use EU sims easily. Can anyone confirm this?
    Many thanks for this.
     
  2. JPack macrumors 68040

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    It's not modified. The only limitation is FaceTime Audio is not available.
     
  3. kryten3000 macrumors 6502

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    Additionally, setting the region to a EU country and re-installing the iOS *may* result in an iPhone that you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.
     
  4. AppleHaterLover macrumors 68000

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    Why is that?
     
  5. thasan thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks. But how about a full reset or with EU AppStore account? Do you know.
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    That’s what I am hoping for. But Want to know for sure. :)
     
  6. makr macrumors regular

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    I guess activating it outside China and setting up your location somewhere else would do the trick. :)
     
  7. JPack macrumors 68040

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    There's no official answer, but it's most likely a move to protect domestic carriers.

    FaceTime audio was introduced in iOS 7 and during that time, China was trying to protect its domestic carrier business from these free phone services.

    We saw a similar move in 2009 with the iPhone 3G which lacked Wi-Fi. During that time, China was trying to protect its new 3G networks.
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    No, phone features are linked to the region-specific model.

    FaceTime audio is the only restriction. But in exchange, you get dual physical SIM.
     
  8. AppleHaterLover macrumors 68000

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    That's another coin in my "I will never ever visit China on vacation" piggy bank.
     
  9. DeanLubaki, Sep 30, 2018
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    DeanLubaki macrumors 6502a

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    ...as if the US never engaged in protectionism in any form ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Don't spread misinformation. The iPhone 3G lacked Wi-Fi in China because it didn't support their standard, WAPI.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WLAN_Authentication_and_Privacy_Infrastructure
     

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