iPhone 6s from the US to use in the UK

TorontoSS

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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!
 

gurase

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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.
 

TorontoSS

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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!
 

AFEPPL

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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..
 

TorontoSS

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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.
 
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AFEPPL

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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.
 

sandiegosouthpaw

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Oct 9, 2015
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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!
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?