Will an American iPhone 5S work in the UK?

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  1. gusping macrumors 6502

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    Hi,

    I'm going to America soon and was wondering if i bought an unlocked iPhone 5S from an Apple store, will it work on any carrier in the UK despite the different network bands etc? I have one year left on my contract with an iPhone 5 however as the 5S is much cheaper in America i was wondering if i could simply buy the 5S and put my current sim card in it.

    Thanks.
     
  2. FlyUnlock.com macrumors member

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    You must buy the one that uses the same band (or at least supports it)
     
  3. Adam552 macrumors 6502

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    In the US they sell the A1533 model unlocked (according to Apple's site).

    This is same as one of the models sold in the UK (see tech specs): http://store.apple.com/uk/buy-iphone/iphone5s
     
  4. gusping thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The US and UK store both list all models with the different bands so i'm not sure which is which... :S
     
  5. gusping thread starter macrumors 6502

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    http://www.apple.com/iphone/LTE/ If you go to the third section, with the iPhone 5S being 'Model A1453', that has the same bands as my current iPhone 5 (Model A1429) which is the very bottom section. Both support EE which is my current carrier so does that mean this model will work?
     
  6. Adam552 macrumors 6502

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    The unlocked iPhone 5s model that is sold in the US is A1533 (GSM). The other models I guess are bought on contracts.

    They're both pretty similar ^^. I think it would work as long as it doesn't need to use LTE Bands 18, 26.

    Edit: pretty convinced it will work after looking at that page
     
  7. biohead macrumors 6502

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    The US iPhone 5S models don't support Band 7 LTE. EE and Vodafone will be using this frequency (2600MHz) and so you may be unable to get a 4G connection.
     
  8. d123 macrumors 68000

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    True, a US model will get 800 and 1800, so will have reasonable LTE coverage, might be a bit congested in towns where 2600 is going to be used for fill in.

    Check the network you want to use (eg EE has a big 1800 network) and decide if you can do without 2600 coverage.
     

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