iPhone 6s from the US to use in the UK

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by TorontoSS, Oct 29, 2015.

  1. TorontoSS macrumors 6502

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    hi there

    My husband is going to the us next month and is going to get us both some iPhone 6s'. I would like to know if it's better to get the T-Mobile one or the sim free one to use in the uk?

    If you buy a sim free version in the uk, what is the model number? And what's the model number of the sim free one in the US and the T-Mobile one?

    Thanks a lot!
     
  2. gurase macrumors regular

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    T-Mobile/UK sim-free: A1687
    US sim-free: A1633

    The only difference between the 2 models is the A1633 contains an additional LTE band which will be used by AT&T in the US. You shouldn't notice a difference between the 2 models in the UK. I would get the A1633, otherwise just get whichever one is in stock.
     
  3. TorontoSS thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for your advice. I think we're getting the a1633.

    As it includes all of the bands I'm making the assumption that it will work. Thank you!
     
  4. AFEPPL macrumors 68030

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    Unless you are going portland or some other state with 0 sales tax the saving is pretty pointless.
    When i did the math it was cheaper to just get a contract phone than a US phone with a UK £15/month SIM only deal.

    And the £ to $ rate is even worse now..
     
  5. TorontoSS thread starter macrumors 6502

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    its a good 120£ saving when i calculated (with 8% sales tax). The phone is cheaper and the contract is cheaper...I stopped with contracts about a year ago but thanks for your advice! I use about 7gb of data too so i wouldn't be able to go for the cheapest contract.
     
  6. AFEPPL macrumors 68030

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    I've just re-run the math, i forgot we get a 20% discount off the plan.

    To get a US phone for me would be more expensive, 10GB plan is £32/month handset is $917 or £612 making £1379 over 2 years. Where as a contract would be £47/month, £59 for the handset giving a total of £1187 over 2 years or £192 less than a phone from the US.

    But good luck.
     
  7. sandiegosouthpaw macrumors newbie

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    I'm in the Scotland using my T-Mobile (no LTE band 30) iPhone 6s Plus without issue on 0(2). I believe the unlocked/sim-free US iPhone does include band 30, but it doesn't really matter since band 30 isn't used in the UK anyway. I know I can have the VAT waved on large purchases here, perhaps there is something similar when exiting the US?
     

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