Sending unlocked iPhone to other country?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by vonWachtstain, Nov 25, 2011.

  1. vonWachtstain macrumors regular

    Nov 20, 2011
    My friend from Poland wants me to buy him two unlocked iPhone 4S. How do you go about mailing it to another country? Specifically I mean if its legal? I know that when you fly they usually don't allow person to have two laptops. You have to pay some tax if its not for personal use? I want to help him but not if its going to be a hassle.
  2. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    You can ship the phones, but you must fill out a customs declaration including the true value of the phones. Your friend will likely then have to pay a hefty import tax based on that declaration.

    You could falsify the paperwork of course, but you said that you want to stay legal so I'm assuming you are not willing to do that. Also you'll likely want to insure the shipment for the true value in case of a shipping loss, and the customs officials get suspicious if the customs declaration says the package is worth $100, but it's insured for $1,500.
  3. mofunk macrumors 68020


    Aug 26, 2009
    I'm not sure but you can call Apple and see if you can gift it to him. Since there is a UK store, it may be possible if you gift the iPhone here and have it shipped to your friend.
  4. vonWachtstain, Nov 25, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2011

    vonWachtstain thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 20, 2011
    Dude, you rule! I was not aware of this at all. Thank you

    EDIT: it appears it won't work because you pay price of the country you are sending it to. So if I send it to Germany I pay German price. Sux
  5. ds111 macrumors member

    Dec 27, 2009
    No, you don't pay German price, you pay in German currency. It'll still be the same $599 USD non-contract price, just converted to euros, which is 445 euros, not 629 as Apple Store Germany says it is.

    It's a conversion, not a translation, which means it converts U.S prices, instead of going by Apple's germany prices.

    Hope that makes sense. As always, your bank/creditcard may have fees associated with currency exchanges.
  6. razorbeard macrumors newbie

    Nov 26, 2011
    "Shop the appropriate international Apple Online Store to place an order with a U.S. credit card." Which means that he would have to go to the German Apple Online Store and pay for the iPhone in its Euro price (629 = $840), regardless of where the billing address originates.

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