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Would it work out cheaper to get an iPhone 5C over in America and bring it back home?

Would it work out cheaper to get an iPhone 5C over in America and bring it back home? I'm going on holiday, not just to pick up the phone ;)

More importantly! Would it work in the UK!!?

Most Useful Answer matt101101  Sep. 25, 2013 at 21:31

Much cheaper, bought from Apple the 16gb model is $549, which works out at (currently) £341.40; saving you over £100. Apart from having the wrong wall charger, the phone should work fine, as far as I'm aware.

An official Apple wall charger from Apple UK is £15, so you'd still be far better off buying the phone in the US and the charger here. Of course, this won't be necessary if you already own an appropriate charger.

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matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 25, 2013 at 21:31

Much cheaper, bought from Apple the 16gb model is $549, which works out at (currently) £341.40; saving you over £100. Apart from having the wrong wall charger, the phone should work fine, as far as I'm aware.

An official Apple wall charger from Apple UK is £15, so you'd still be far better off buying the phone in the US and the charger here. Of course, this won't be necessary if you already own an appropriate charger.

rs990  Sep. 26, 2013 at 00:22

Don't forget that you might also need to pay sales tax on top of the $549. The amount of tax will depend on where you buy it.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 26, 2013 at 01:37

Don't forget that you might also need to pay sales tax on top of the $549. The amount of tax will depend on where you buy it.
Some states allow you to claim it back (eg Texas) and it's usually far lower than the rate of VAT you'd pay over here in England.

robh10  Sep. 26, 2013 at 02:47

Not sure it works on the same LTE frequencies so 4G might not work in the UK

Rykco25  Sep. 26, 2013 at 08:27

If anything goes wrong with the iPhone you will have to take it back to the states to get it repaired under warranty.
I am also tempted with this as we are off to Australia in 2 weeks.

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