Which model to buy for UK, US use

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  1. Qbnkelt macrumors 65816

    Qbnkelt

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    Hi everyone.

    First, apologies if this question has been asked before. I'm feeling my way around the forum so if I didn't search correctly please forgive me.

    Now then.....I've got a friend back across the pond who will be buying an iPhone. I'm suggesting the Plus since he's got colossal hands. He travels quite frequently, all over the world.

    I've searched this site and it appears that he should pick up model A1687. Can you confirm whether my understanding is correct?

    Many thanks!

    http://www.apple.com/iphone/LTE/
     
  2. Shadowbech macrumors 68040

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    Is he buying from UK to use in US? Or vice versa? Either way as long as it's unlocked it will work fine.
     
  3. Flow39 macrumors 68000

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    Looks like that's the one! A1687 is the SIM-free unlocked model right?
     
  4. Shadowbech macrumors 68040

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    In U.S the sim free model is a1633/a1634
     
  5. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    The 6s is a world phone. The only different model really is the Japanese version.
     
  6. Flow39 macrumors 68000

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    Good to know! Thanks
     
  7. WarcraftWidow macrumors member

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    A1687 should work fine. It should be usable on any network including AT&T even though AT&T is not listed on that page. The difference with the A1634 model is that A1634 supports the new AT&T band 30 which hasn't even been rolled out everywhere but should be faster once it is. An unlocked A1634 would be useable on any GSM/LTE network such as t-mobile and most of the rest of the world.

    One thing I'm not sure of though is A1687 is listed as having a GSM and a CDMA variant. It is possible that the CDMA variant only supports Sprint and Verizon for voice and SMS and that trying to use the CDMA A1687 on AT&T or t-mobile wouldn't work (it definitely would work for data, just not voice). Likewise, it is possible that the GSM A1687 would not work on Sprint and Verizon for voice.

    TLDR: Most of the world runs on GSM. An unlocked A1687 (GSM variant) or the unlocked A1634 would work just fine but may not be useable on Verizon/Sprint in the US.
     
  8. Tripzter macrumors newbie

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    The unlocked A1633 or A1634 Model works fine on VZW with an active SIM Card. VZW doesn't whitelist the IMEI of the A1633 or A1634 and lists phone type as "NON VZW DEVICE".
     

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