iPhone X iPhone X regulatory markings

rworne

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I'm looking to buy an iPhone X for use in Japan. The rub is I want it to have the Japanese "geteki" markings on the page located here:

Settings->About->Legal->Regulatory

Ideally, there should be an entry for Japan there.

An hour on the phone with Apple went nowhere.

I already know the Verizon and AT&T models lack this mark, Sprint likely does, and TMobile and the "unlocked" version are unknowns.

If anyone has the model sold in the US as the unlocked version, can you check the regulatory page and let me know if it has an entry for Japan? Or better, post a screenshot of it.

Thanks!
 

niji

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Feb 9, 2003
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hi

sorry. i dont have the answer to your question.
but wouldn't the A1902 model be the only one with the giteki mark?

https://www.apple.com/iphone/LTE/#iphone-X

for what its worth, au, docomo, softbank do not check if this giteki mark is on any device used with their SIM cards.
and its really not a factor in re-sale value anymore.
and even if there is no giteki mark it can still be serviced by apple japan if still on apple care.
 

rworne

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Jul 23, 2002
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Thanks for the replies.

It looks as if there is no option aside from buying one in Japan.

I checked the Japanese equivalent of the FCC that issues the markings and Apple only saw fit to register the Japanese-specific iPhones unlike they did with some of the sprint models a few years ago.

On the bright side, the same site also said Apple applied for approval of the HomePod.

For those of you reading who are wondering why this is a big deal:

Unless you are a non-resident on a 90-day tourist visa, it is illegal to use an unapproved radio device in Japan. Penalties include confiscation, ¥1,000,000 ($10,000) fine and up to 1 year in jail. This includes cell phones.

Japanese cell providers will not activate phones without the mark, and buying a SIM from an MVNO can also be problematic.

It used to be totally illegal until last year when they loosened the restrictions because of the upcoming 2020 Olympics.
 
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