Other purchasing an iPhone from China

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  1. zoran macrumors 68030

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    Has anyone purchased (physically) from China a new iPhone? Is it really worth it?
     
  2. TiggrToo macrumors demi-goddess

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    It kinda depends on where you are geographically located otherwise. I'd personally question the value and rationale of purchasing any device direct from China that's not through a reputable supplier chain unless you're resident in the Peoples Republic.
     
  3. zoran thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I don't understand that argument!
     
  4. TiggrToo macrumors demi-goddess

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    Why buy a phone directly inside China if you're based in, say, Europe.
     
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    You'd have to check compatibility. For example, list of LTE frequencies may overlap but not be exactly the same. Plus, you may have to pay import duties. I purchased in China because of long-term work/residency. I'd have preferred to buy it at home. Model numbers and specifications are listed on the Apple website.
     
  7. zoran thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I don't understand the LTE frequency thing nor the model numbers and specifications!
     
  8. nnoble macrumors 6502

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    Go to this page here, and navigate down to Wireless and Cellular. Take a note of the LTE bands. Then go to the China apple store and make the comparison. Differences may not be crucial but you'd need to research further. My SE bought here in China worked fine in UK last time I was home.
     
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    Don’t forget that your consumer protection laws in many European countries work with the buyer and seller of a product, not the manufacturer. Please don’t expect any similar treatment if you purchase goods in other parts of the world. Anything outside the one year manufacturer’s warranty you’ll have no consumer law to assist you.
     
  10. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    There are no cheap Apple products, everybody knows this. You are taking a huge chance. Best scenario u are buying a user-refurb, worst an outright fake.
     
  11. Shirasaki macrumors 604

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    The short answer is not worth it. Not to mention the stripped down iOS with weird feature sets that are probably not working out well outside China.
     
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    I wouldn't. The level of censorship they require will likely limit the ability to fully utilize iOS.
     
  13. ericwn macrumors 68000

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    I’m not sure the device would differ in any measurable way when taken out of China and activated with a non-Chinese SIM and Apple ID. Have you come across any information that suggests the device will suffer from limitations?
     
  14. maerz001 macrumors 6502a

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    So how do u save?

    Last time I bought something from China I had to pay 30% import tax
     
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    Honestly I'm just being cautious with my thoughts on that.

    Really, there is no good way to save on an Apple iPhone aside from buying used, a sale, or previous years models.
     
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    It might be built into the firmware. I know in the past I had a phone die on me while I was in the middle of a couple months in Asia, I bought a used one as a replacement which happened to originally be from Korea. Apparently in Korea they require it to be impossible to turn off the camera shutter noise and that restriction stuck with it even when activated with a US SIM card.
     
  18. Krayzkat macrumors 6502

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    iPhones in China are just cheap American knock-offs
     
  19. rugmankc macrumors 68000

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    Based on what proof-----
     
  20. nnoble, May 27, 2018
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    No. They are not all knock-offs. You’re simply displaying knee-jerk prejudice.
     
  21. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Except for the actual iPhones from Apple.
     
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  23. Krayzkat macrumors 6502

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    I thought that was so obviously a joke
     
  24. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Apparently quite a ways from obvious.
     
  25. JPack macrumors 68020

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    There's so much misinformation here, it's ridiculous.

    One of the benefits is obviously saving on the VAT. The other benefit is the guaranteed Qualcomm modem as Chinese consumers are more educated in terms of specs. After the iPhone 7 debacle with Intel and Qualcomm, Apple sells only Qualcomm iPhone 8 and X units in China.
     

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