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649 Views 11 Replies Latest reply: Feb 14, 2013 12:36 PM by Gonzalodiezrios RSS
Gonzalodiezrios Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Feb 14, 2013 1:15 AM

Hi,

 

I'm going in a few days to the USA, and I would like to buy an unlocked iPhone 5, but I don't know wich model (A1428, A1429 GSM or CDMA) I have to buy in order to use it in Spain.

 

Btw, wich would be the price or the 16GB one, 649$ as it appears at the website apple.com, or may I have to add a 7% of taxes? I'm going to NY.

 

Thank you very much for your answers.

 

Regards

iPhone 5
  • imobl Level 4 Level 4 (3,280 points)
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    Feb 14, 2013 8:11 AM (in response to Gonzalodiezrios)

    Taxes will depend on location of purchase.

     

    Warranty will be valid only in US. LTE/4G will not b

    function outside of US or Canada. Buy locally in

    your country to avoid these problems. If you buy

    in Spain or EU, warranty will be valid throughout the

    EU.

  • KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (35,840 points)
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    Feb 14, 2013 11:50 AM (in response to Gonzalodiezrios)

    The warranty for iPhones sold in the EU is valid anywhere in the EU.  You will not be able to get a US iPhone serviced in the EU.

     

    The A1429 GSM is not sold in the US at all. The unlocked iPhone sold in the US is the A1428 GSM. The only variation of the A1429 sold in the US is the CDMA model. They are neither advertised, nor sold as unlocked.

     

    Buy a phone in the EU instead.

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (166,905 points)
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    Feb 14, 2013 12:05 PM (in response to Gonzalodiezrios)

    They gave you incorrect information. It has been confirmed here many times, by users like you who found out to their sorrow when they actually tried to get service, that US iPhones cannot be serviced anywhere but in the US.

  • KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (35,840 points)
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    Feb 14, 2013 12:08 PM (in response to Gonzalodiezrios)

    Since the A1428 GSM is not sold in the EU, I'd love to know how they think they would go about replacing it if it needed service...

  • Peter Gillespie Level 6 Level 6 (10,750 points)
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    Feb 14, 2013 12:25 PM (in response to Gonzalodiezrios)

    So you clearly know more than every one else here

    You have  been advised correctly but don't bother

    coming back complaining when it all goes wrong

    It is your money do what ever

  • KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (35,840 points)
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    Feb 14, 2013 12:24 PM (in response to Gonzalodiezrios)

    That's my point... they can't change a US unlocked phone there because they don't have that model to exchange it with. The A1428 GSM is not sold outside of the US and Canada at all and no stores outside the US and Canada carry them as service stock.

  • pdroth Level 5 Level 5 (4,765 points)
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    Feb 14, 2013 12:28 PM (in response to Gonzalodiezrios)

    You have a few answers, but I just want to add a few things:

     

    Tax in NYC is 8.625%.    The Apple Store on 59th and 5th Avenue is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

     

    You can buy an unlocked GSM phone, as well as a Verizon CDMA phone at full price which is also unlocked, but the LTE bands in the US phones are NOT compatible with the same LTE bands used outside the US.   Hence the different part #'s.

     

    In short, I would follow everyone's advice and buy an unlocked unit in your home country if possible.

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