US iPad compatible in the UK?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by syc23, Feb 11, 2011.

  1. syc23 macrumors member

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    Hi chaps, new member 1st post here so be gentle :)

    I'm going to Miami for a holiday later this year and have been thinking about buying a iPad Wifi as it's a lot cheaper than it is in the UK (which is no surprise).

    Can someone advise if there's any problems with getting in to work in UK with my UK iTunes account?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. OllyW Moderator

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    It's the same as the one's sold in the UK. The only difference is the plug adapter on the charger.
     
  3. Phil A. Moderator

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    The only other thing to double check (apart from the plug adapter as mentioned above, which will be different) is whether Apple will honour the warranty on a US purchased iPad in the UK.
     
  4. syc23 thread starter macrumors member

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    Cool. I expect Apple UK can supply the UK power adapter?
     
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  6. Phil A. Moderator

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    It's actually the same power supply but with a different plug. So, you can either buy a new adapter from Apple (around £26) or, if you have an iPod or older iPhone charger with a removable plug, you can just use the one from that
     
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  8. Evgenyy macrumors regular

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    I bought mine in the US on the launch day and it came with the UK adapter tip in the box.
     
  9. Donny Jepp macrumors member

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    The lowest end model in the UK is priced at 429 pounds. That's about 690 US dollars. Do you understand how currency conversion works? 1 pound in the UK is not equal to 1 dollar in the States. It's MUCH cheaper in the US.
     
  10. nazuk macrumors 6502

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    Don't buy an adapter from Apple...

    ...you can get a travel adapter - 2 pin USA to 3 Pin UK version from Walmart or Target for around $4, that's about £3

    Look in their luggage or travel sections.

    You don't need anything fancy, just a travel adapter.

    Failing Walmart or Target, go to some independent electronics shop that sells camera and stuff - and buy one for no more than about $8

    Anything more, and you are being ripped off.

    I've done that loads of times with all my Apple gear from the US, used here in the UK.

    PS: My iPad was imported from the US - WiFi version - works absolutely great, no worries, and works fine with iTunes.

    Good luck!
     
  11. OllyW Moderator

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    Don't forget the UK price includes VAT and tax is not included with the US price (even though their sales tax is much lower).

    UK price = £439 inc VAT = £366 before tax = $585 US.

    You are allowed up to £390 personal import allowance so you don't have to pay any import duty on the 16GB wi-fi model. It ends up costing £312 plus local sales tax so you'll save at least £100. :)
     
  12. Zcott macrumors 68020

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    I believe iPad warranties are worldwide.
     
  13. northy124 macrumors 68020

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    To completely avoid this, buy a case and install some apps on the iPad and take with you the plane and waltz on through customs with nothing to declare....
     
  14. OllyW Moderator

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    Why would you want to avoid paying no import duty? :confused:
     
  15. northy124 macrumors 68020

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    Oh I don't know to not pay additional taxes, it defeats the purpose of importing if you have to pay more taxes after buying in the US, may as well buy it here.
     
  16. thunderbunny macrumors 6502a

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    But you'd have to throw away the box which is the coolest bit. Other than the iPad and charger.
     
  17. northy124 macrumors 68020

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    And? why would you keep the box? it is a waste of cardboard once I have the iPad, Charger and other relevant details I need.
     
  18. OllyW Moderator

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    The only tax you have to pay is the local tax in the US. You don't have to pay anything when you come back as long as it cost less than £390.
     
  19. ZilogZ80 macrumors 6502a

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    To you maybe. I am keeping my iPad box. It will fit nicely into my vintage computer collection (in a few years time of course!) :D
     
  20. northy124 macrumors 68020

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    But what I am saying is if it costs more, then the guy should buy a case and put a couple of apps on it, make it look like it is used and bring it through without declaring fuss avoiding imort taxes.

    Obviously you pay local US sales tax.
     
  21. DukeOfHunslet macrumors member

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    The only problem you should have with buying a US iPad and then using it in the UK is when playing racing sim games...

    ...you'll find your car is on the wrong side of the road.:)
     

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