Carrier Good news for dual SIM fans, buy iPhones in Hong Kong

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  1. pika2000 macrumors 603

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    Buy iPhones in Hong Kong if you want a true dual SIM iPhone.
    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT209086
     
  2. Shirasaki macrumors G3

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    You neglect the fact that Chinese iOS is different from US version and they may have their own hardware limitations as well.
     
  3. gabizou macrumors newbie

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  4. pika2000 thread starter macrumors 603

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    Mainland, I don’t know, but iPhones sold in Hong Kong is pretty much use the global software.
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    That’s for the eSIM phones, and I don’t care about eSIM anymore. Just give me two physical SIM slots.
     
  5. dontwalkhand macrumors 603

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    Will this limit things like US Apple Pay? I know I can add Japanese Suica cards to US Apple Pay just fine, but I don't want it to be a future limitation, and I want my US cards to work.
     
  6. asoksevil macrumors 6502

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    The physical dual sim is only available for the impone Xs Max right?
     
  7. pika2000 thread starter macrumors 603

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    No. All the China/Hong Kong version of the new iPhones have dual nano SIM slot
     
  8. Manatlt macrumors 6502a

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    Apple are stupid to only give western markets the eSIM version. I don't know if EE locks eSIMs but I know AT&T (US) does.
     
  9. kleinhond macrumors newbie

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    Why are two slots preferable over the e-sim?

    I ask because I know little about e-sims and I can't work out if this handset would be better suited to my needs or a two-slot from Hong Kong (where I bought my current X).

    I divide my time between Australia and Europe, and travel a lot within Asia and the Americas.

    I use my EE UK sim in Europe and my Optus sim in Aus (both sim-only deals), and sometimes buy local sims elsewhere on arrival.

    What would you go for if you were me? I notice Australia wasn't even mentioned in the e-sim country lost, tho EE was for the UK.
     
  10. slowlife macrumors newbie

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    I travel a lot and two physical sim slots are easier to deal with since you don’t know which carrier still doesn’t support E-SIM in a future destination country. Pop sims in out, forget about headaches and wasting time about how to get the carriers to connect e-sims. Also, it could be that once your e-sim is tied and active, you can’t use it on another network. This is an extreme case of the constant globe trotter...
     
  11. JPack macrumors 601

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    HK isn’t China.
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    No, it won’t. The HK version uses the same hardware as the U.S. in fact, it has access to more bands. I have an HK version of iPhone X and it works with U.S. Apple Pay.
     
  12. Truefan31 macrumors 68040

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    How do you get a hk version iPhone if you’re in the US?
     
  13. questionmark macrumors member

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    No, this is not true, only Xs MAX and Xr, but not Xs.
     

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  14. Manatlt macrumors 6502a

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    Or in the UK. Without going to the scalpers.
     
  15. pika2000 thread starter macrumors 603

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    That's right, thanks for the correction. Only the Xs Max and Xr have the real dual SIM slots.
     
  16. ET007 macrumors member

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    I would also like to know if someone has an answer to this question other than suggesting to fly to Hong Kong or purchasing it overpriced on ebay.
     
  17. Lyn2012 macrumors 6502

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    I’m interested as well. I need both UK and Spanish SIMs and although Apple lists Vodafone ES as using eSIM, I spoke to them yesterday and they deny it.
     
  18. fongyuen macrumors 6502

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    At this point, short of those methods you mentioned, I think it will be very hard to get one from HK. You'll be competing with Chinese buyers who may also be wanting to purchase from HK as there's a significant price discrepancy just across the border. Even if you had a friend going to HK, they may not necessarily be able to get it, all of the Apple Stores in HK are almost always jammed pack with people, usually Mainlanders.
     
  19. JaJaWa macrumors 6502

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    Is the attached image correct? Thanks
     

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  20. JPack macrumors 601

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    No. The 5.8" Xs in China doesn't support a second physical SIM. It is a single SIM device (no eSIM).
     
  21. asoksevil macrumors 6502

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    So basically only the iPhone XR and XS Max have the physical dual sim?
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    Perhaps because they are unaware of this? Not everybody in CS are aware of the latest updates. Give it a 1-2 week and people should catch up.
     
  22. JPack macrumors 601

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    Yes
     
  23. ricky86 macrumors newbie

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  25. mpshah27 macrumors newbie

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    I'm interested in this option but guessing there's going to be a premium on these units.
     

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