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thasan

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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.
 

thasan

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It's not modified. The only limitation is FaceTime Audio is not available.
Thanks. But how about a full reset or with EU AppStore account? Do you know.
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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.
That’s what I am hoping for. But Want to know for sure. :)
 

makr

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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. :)

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

JPack

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Why is that?

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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Thanks. But how about a full reset or with EU AppStore account? Do you know.

No, phone features are linked to the region-specific model.

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

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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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That's another coin in my "I will never ever visit China on vacation" piggy bank.
 

DeanL

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That's another coin in my "I will never ever visit China on vacation" piggy bank.

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

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.

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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