8 Replies Latest reply: Sep 18, 2012 10:01 AM by wegras
JPDeM Level 1 (10 points)

I bought a GSM iPhone 5 from the Apple website in Canada (obviously unlocked).


I read somewhere that there are three models of iPhone 5 and that the GSM model sold in Canada may not work overseas, particularly in Asia.

Is that true????

I travel a lot and spend a fair amount of time in China where I usually switch for my Chinese SIM. Is my yet-to-be-received iPhone just a paperweight when I travel?

  • Ethmoid Level 6 (10,815 points)

    You might be okay, but it has to do with the LTE frequencies with the iPhone 5 that are not country wide compatible - it depends what frequency they have it China.  If not, then the phone will still work with 3G.

  • pennypup Level 1 (0 points)

    As far as I can see you WONT BE ABLE TO USE THE PHONE ANYWHERE! BECASUE YOU CANNOT GET A SIM. I expect mine on Friday but will be sending staright  back. Having parted with £600 but not be able to use it is not acceptable. I only bought it as the apple site http://store.apple.com/uk/browse/home/shop_iphone/family/iphone says it will come preloaded. Now, after calling ALL the phone provides NO ONE can get me one, nor even knows when they can offer me one. Get my £600 back to me apple! NOW.

  • modular747 Level 6 (18,430 points)

    Get my £600 back to me apple! NOW.

    Who are you talking to?

  • Ethmoid Level 6 (10,815 points)

    Well, if you purchase an unlocked iPhone from the Apple website, then it means exactly what it says - unlocked is unlocked and this means that it will not come preloaded with anything.


    What you need to do is approach the phone companies in the UK that support the iPhone, those being 02, Orange, Vodafone and 3 and get a SIM only deal with one of them so that you can use your phone.


    In the UK, I feel it is always a mistake to order the iPhone direct from Apple.  If you want an iPhone initially or you want to upgrade, then go through the phone companies and take out a contract with them and you WILL NOT pay £600 for an iPhone.  Depending on the contract you take out, you will probably end up paying less than half price for the phone.


    When you receive the phone on Friday, send if back to Apple for a refund and then go to the phone companies and purchase it there on a contract and then your phone will work, but anyway, you should still be able to get a SIM only contract, but if a phone is sold as unlocked, then that is exactly what it is, so no sim card included.


    Also, this is not helpful to the OP and is not really answering his specific question.

  • pennypup Level 1 (0 points)

    I am admonished! But the apple website leads you to believe it DOES come with a sim http://store.apple.com/uk/browse/home/shop_iphone/family/iphone FAQS. The rlevant point to the OP is that if I were he/she I woudl not rely on being able to go to any country and get a SIM, as it appears at the moment that is a huge problem. Modular 747 I am talking in exasperation to no one. It is rhetoric. (I assume you were about to tell me this is not apple. I am not stupid)

  • Ethmoid Level 6 (10,815 points)

    Well no.  If you read what it says carefully, it does state PayAsYouGo is available for the phone on 3, 02 and Vodafone, which means that the phone comes with nothing and you need to approach any of these companies to get a sim only contract or go into one of the stores and purchase the phone on PAYG directly.


    Unlocked really does mean unlocked, so you can change the sim as many times as you like without a problem.  If you need this, then yes, purchase an unlocked iPhone, but if being on a contract does not matter, then go through the phone companies - it really is much cheaper.

  • JPDeM Level 1 (10 points)

    Thanks, I am fine with 3G when I travel.

    Of course when buying a phone unocked directly from Apple it comes without a SIM. Have to go to the service providers for this. Doesn't everybody know this?

  • wegras Level 6 (15,035 points)

    All the UK  carriers carrying the iP5 will have nano sims in stock before Friday


    All if not most have sim only deals where you only buy the usage ...ie O2 simplicity etc

    My O2 nano sim  is in mail and will arrive tomorrow

    and I just activate it to switch my simplicity contract over