Importing an Iphone

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by mumbles87, Sep 5, 2012.

  1. mumbles87 macrumors newbie

    Sep 5, 2012
    Hello everyone,

    I am traveling to the USA from the Uk in april. By then the Iphone 5 should be out and bug free lol so I have been considering buying one out there

    the iphone 4s is around $649 sim free however if you paid UK prices your looking $800-900 so obviously a huge saving.

    How easy is it to buy a sim free phone out there?

    and what issues would I have taking it home and sticking a standard micro sim from a vodafone contract in there.. (i currently have an iphone 4)

    I am fully aware that any contracted fone etc out there are locked to a network however sim free i am under the impression are like ours which is free for any sim to be insterted?

    thanks in advance for any help

    all the best

  2. madsci954 macrumors 68030

    Oct 14, 2011
    Sounds like you're talking about buying unlocked. It's as easy as walking into an Apple Store and buying it unlocked there. They start at $649.99 and go up $100 for each storage size bump. After the new iPhone launches, they might still sell the 4S in 8GB storage for $549.99 unlocked.

    As far as I know, you should not have any problems taking it back to the UK and using a local SIM.
  3. moosquared macrumors regular


    Nov 10, 2010
    Yep. Like the poster above said. Just go into any apple store and tell them that you want a factory unlocked phone. You will pay the full retail price for it.

    As long as it's factory unlocked, you shouldn't have any trouble using it in the UK. Any micro-sim will do.

    I should mention that if anything goes wrong, the warranty is only valid in the US. Happened to my boss. He bought his phone in London and apple stores in Hong Kong & Singapore won't repair his phone unless he pay a certain amount. They said it's only valid at at the country where you purchased the item. Although sometimes you get a nice (or perhaps clueless) genius, s/he will just happily accept your phone for repair.
  4. jj47 macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2012
    Wow America really do get the iPhone cheap. £100 cheaper to buy there.
  5. mumbles87 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 5, 2012
    lol thanks everyone for the help.

    I like the word clueless here as apple "genius'" are helping to downgrade the word. more like apple "specials"

    but yes I am looking for a factory unlocked. thanks for the tip on the iphone 4s 8gb however I will only be looking for a 5

    also thanks for the heads up about the warranty. That said I think having phone insurance via my bank will cover me as they will cover the phone for loss theft or damage etc.. worst comes to worse smash the thing lol

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