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Could I bring a iphone back from usa?

Most Useful Answer CTPAHHIK  May. 7, 2014 at 10:04

Yes.
Model A1533 (GSM)*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25) - Missing 2600Mhz band

Model A1457*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20) - has all European

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CTPAHHIK  May. 7, 2014 at 10:04

Yes.
Model A1533 (GSM)*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25) - Missing 2600Mhz band

Model A1457*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20) - has all European

Jimbo95  May. 7, 2014 at 11:22

Make sure you buy an unlocked one direct from Apple - not a 'contract-free' one from a mobile network provider or third-party retailer.

Also be aware that the iPhone warranty is not international, so if you ever need to return it for some reason, it'll have to be returned to Apple in the USA.

Finally, you should declare an item of that value at customs, so be prepared to pay import duties and VAT

Betas  May. 7, 2014 at 11:27

... Or just keep the phone in your pocket and either throw away the box, flatten the box or bring it through and risk no one notices its an iphone box.
Had plenty of friends bring me stuff from abroad boxed and they have never been stopped or paid customs on it, especially as its legitimately a gift or item bought for personal use.

CTPAHHIK  May. 7, 2014 at 11:32

You don't need to declare or pay customs for personal use items. Make sure to remove all stickers and use phone in US before bringing it to UK. Something like connect to iTunes, load your contacts, apps, etc. In case customs check it's clear that it's a personal use item that is not boxed for resale.

Jimbo95  May. 7, 2014 at 13:50

> You don't need to declare or pay customs for personal use items.

Not true. You do need to declare IF they exceed your personal allowance of £390, which an iPhone easily could on its own, without all the other items you've bought whilst there.

Read: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/customs/arriving/arrivingnoneu.htm

CTPAHHIK  May. 7, 2014 at 17:15

If you take it as worded then you have to declare. However, you will not be asked about items you are wearing. Clothing, jewelry, phone, etc. can easily exceed allowance, but customs don't seem to be interested in those.
I doubt it ever occurred to anyone to declare a jacket or suite or handbag being worn that was bought outside of EU. Either one can be over 1K.

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