iPhone XR IPhone XR Model A2105

tejaykay

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Hi All -

I will be in NYC in 2 weeks and am hoping to pick up an iPhone XR for my wife. I note that there is no option to buy without carrier, but by all accounts all the phones are sold unlocked. Is this correct?

Can I pop a UK 3 (Three network) sim into one of the US phones?

I know the UK model needs to be model A2105.

Many thanks
Tim
 

Newtons Apple

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Even if paid in full, I have pretty sure you need to activate with that carrier's SIM card. After that you are good.

You might contact them and see if they would help you out.
 

gurase

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Even if paid in full, I have pretty sure you need to activate with that carrier's SIM card. After that you are good.

You might contact them and see if they would help you out.
I never activated my Verizon XR on Verizon. It is unlocked.

Your best bet is the Verizon or T-Mobile model. There are multiple reports of the AT&T model being locked, even full price from Apple.

There are some LTE band differences between the US and UK models, but the US model will still work in the UK if unlocked.
 

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I never activated my Verizon XR on Verizon. It is unlocked.

Your best bet is the Verizon or T-Mobile model. There are multiple reports of the AT&T model being locked, even full price from Apple.

There are some LTE band differences between the US and UK models, but the US model will still work in the UK if unlocked.
I said I was pretty sure, which mean not positive.

The OP stated that they only wanted one model, the A2105 to work with their carrier.
 

gurase

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I said I was pretty sure, which mean not positive.

The OP stated that they only wanted one model, the A2105 to work with their carrier.
Then there would be no way for them to buy a phone in the US since the A2105 is not sold here.
 

tejaykay

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Thanks both. That is helpful and I appreciate both of your feedback.

If anyone can recommend the best model based on their experience with UK networks and US model iPhones, that would be fab.

Thanks
 

KeepCalmPeople

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A quick bit of googling yields:
Three UK uses bands in the 800, 1800 and 2100 MHz frequencies, primarily 1800MHz.
These correspond to bands 20, 3 and 1.
Both the UK model A2105 and the US A1984 (CDMA and GSM) iPhone Xr models support all 3 of these bands, so...

You're good!

Just make sure you buy an unlocked full price phone.
 

dasycar

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Hi All -

I will be in NYC in 2 weeks and am hoping to pick up an iPhone XR for my wife. I note that there is no option to buy without carrier, but by all accounts all the phones are sold unlocked. Is this correct?

Can I pop a UK 3 (Three network) sim into one of the US phones?

I know the UK model needs to be model A2105.

Many thanks
Tim
I bought mine last Friday. I’m moving back to Spain in January. I told them about it, and before buying it we checked in the computer (I had already checked by myself at home, but it was really nice of them to check before I bought it)
They don’t have “unlocked ones”. When you ask for it they will give you one with and AT&T card inside. The phone is unlocked, just trash the SIM card.
 
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tejaykay

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A quick bit of googling yields:
Three UK uses bands in the 800, 1800 and 2100 MHz frequencies, primarily 1800MHz.
These correspond to bands 20, 3 and 1.
Both the UK model A2105 and the US A1984 (CDMA and GSM) iPhone Xr models support all 3 of these bands, so...

You're good!

Just make sure you buy an unlocked full price phone.
Perfect. Thank you