US to UK

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by LessO2, Mar 22, 2015.

  1. LessO2 macrumors regular

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    There is a possibility I might move to the UK for a job, I plan on being there for awhile (at least three years). I am off-contract with Verizon (unlimited data) on iPhone 6+. Probably going to have to say goodbye to that if I go (unless there's an idea someone has).

    Can I take my US iPhone and have it function properly on a UK carrier? I'm not looking to roam, but rather purchase a plan with a carrier, probably O2 (reading a lot of positive comments about them).

    Keep in mind I am not very technically savvy, have no idea on what SIM cards are, etc....so if that's part of the response, please dumb down how it works.
     
  2. angusmcfisher macrumors member

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    If you're on Verizon then you'll have either the A1549 or the A1522, which use slightly different bands to the version sold in Europe (A1586 and A1524).

    Source: http://www.macworld.co.uk/news/iphone/why-not-buy-us-iphone-for-uk-3481491/

    Furthermore, personally I would recommend Three over o2. They have unlimited 4G data for peanuts.
     
  3. dictoresno macrumors 601

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    Pretty sure there will be zero issues with the Verizon iPhone 6+ in the UK. It has all the band's necessary and is fully unlocked.
     
  4. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Since yours is the Verizon model, it'll work fine in Britain.

    There's 4 types of iPhones, all of them have these in common: GSM bands, UMTS bands and FDD-LTE bands. What differentiates them are:
    1. GSM (North America - AT&T model). Lacks CDMA EV-DO and TD-SCDMA and lacks TDD-LTE.

    2. CDMA (Verizon). Lacks TD-SCDMA and lacks TDD-LTE.

    3. Global/Sprint (international model purchased outside of the United States). Has everything (basically the ultimate iPhone).

    4. China version. Lacks CDMA EV-DO and has modified wifi radios to comply with Chinese regulations.

    As far as I know, British operators use FDD-LTE. I've always used EE whenever I happen to be in Britain and their LTE coverage isn't bad.
     

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