11 Replies Latest reply: Jan 3, 2013 1:53 PM by SLAVKOiPhone
zoobs67 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

if i buy an unlocked iPhone 5 in Europe will it work in Canada as well??

  • 1. Re: unlocked iPhone 5
    chrisfromgastonia Level 5 Level 5 (4,185 points)

    An unlocked phone will GSM model, you would have to make sure that both carriers are on the same frequencies also.

  • 2. Re: unlocked iPhone 5
    varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,765 points)

    If it is truly unlocked, then it should work on GSM with any compatible carrier, but LTE will not be available.

     

    Regards.

  • 3. Re: unlocked iPhone 5
    SLAVKOiPhone Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, it should work since Europe uses GSM. 

     

    The only concern you should have is the wireless network you will be using in Canada, yours or Canada's.  If you choose one of Canada's then you will need to insert a new iPhone 5 Sim card from a Canadian wireless network store; such as Rogers Wireless Network. 

     

    If you are visiting Canada for a short time then choose from these plans: http://www.rogers.com/web/content/wireless-products/plans?cm_sp=wireless-_-pay_a s_you_go-_-plans_banner

     

    There is also a daily talk plan for $1 per day. 

     

    As for excessive cell Data usage (LTE) have no fear since a lot of establishments have free WiFi, eg. Fast Foods (McD's, Starbucks, Time Hortons etc.), hotels, libraries.  Some cities have free WiFi downtown.  Some have pay for WiFi.  There is a free App for WiFi spots mapped out and includs a downloadable data base.

     

    If you're moving to Canada then get the 6GB plan, but it might not be available.  They're usually available when a new iPhone model arrives (it's a 3 year contract, though).

  • 4. Re: unlocked iPhone 5
    SLAVKOiPhone Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes there will be LTE.  Canada has had LTE since summer of 2011 in Ottawa, by Rogers Wireless Network.  Now even the small towns across Canada have LTE, and its the standard mobile signal.

  • 5. Re: unlocked iPhone 5
    SLAVKOiPhone Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    There might be a LTE band issue (frequency used).  You'll need to email Rogers.com and tell them the exact model you have.

     

    I have an iPhone 5 GSM model A1428.  It works in North America.

     

     

     

    Message was edited by: SLAVKOiPhone.  Added my model of iPhone 5.

  • 6. Re: unlocked iPhone 5
    varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,765 points)

    The European-model iPhones do not support the LTE frequencies used by the Canadian carriers.

     

    http://www.apple.com/iphone/LTE/

     

    So an iPhone 5 purchased in Europe will work on Canada only on GSM.

  • 7. Re: unlocked iPhone 5
    zoobs67 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    So is LTE really nescessary to have?  i'm really new to all this.  is Wifi good enough or what does LTE actually do?

  • 8. Re: unlocked iPhone 5
    zoobs67 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    also i'm living in Hungary at the moment but live in Canada during the summers.  it didn't even show Hungary on the LTE frequency chart you showed me.  does that mean it doesn't have it at all you think?  so maybe do you think it would be better to buy the phone in Canada or here in Hungary?

  • 9. Re: unlocked iPhone 5
    varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,765 points)

    LTE is a cellphone technology that offers better data transfer rates than GSM. Whether or not you will need that increase in performance will depend on how you intend to use your iPhone.

     

    Hungary does not at this time have any LTE carriers, at least none that support the iPhone. So you would be using GSM in Hungary whether or not you would use LTE in Canada. So it's really up to you where you purchase. If you would like to have the higher performance at least for the part of the year you'll be in Canada and will be in a location where a carrier offers LTE, you may wish to buy in Canada.

     

    Regards.

  • 10. Re: unlocked iPhone 5
    zoobs67 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    thank you so much for all your help

     

    take care

  • 11. Re: unlocked iPhone 5
    SLAVKOiPhone Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Ask your mobile network providers what LTE frequencies they will be using in the future and when. 

    I, too, looked at the chart varjak paw provided and noticed those (700MHz) are the old analog television frequencies used for decades in Canada.

     

    If you will be using GPS while driving in Canada then you will love the LTE speed of data transfer.  Currently when LTE is crowded with users at lunch then the iPhone switches to 3G (which is alright at 7Mbps speed on the iPhone 5).

     

    Wait until the iPhone 5S model comes out, or iPhone 6, to see what new components Apple has placed inside.  Who knows, maybe they will be able to pack in and make a model that can do 4 or 5 frequencies that work.

     

    Technical side note:

    Dropping the NFC (near field communication chip) would be pleasant news, since I have a Bosnian Identity Card that has a transponder inside, which allows authorities (even hobbists) to follow my whereabouts anywhere in a NATO country (or where ever their troops and equipment are located).  I also have a FAST card (Canada/US truck driver border transponder card) that has the same capability.  I will definately be avoiding any iPhone with NFC, especially if I were to visit an evil police state.  Our former member of parlaiment (years ago in RIM's electoral riding) stated he was born in Hungary and he knows what a police state is (when making a point to the national news regarding distancing himself from something), so even in Canada it would be unwise to place a NFC chip in an iPhone.