12 Replies Latest reply: Jan 12, 2014 5:36 AM by diesel vdub
MikeZ_28 Level 1 (0 points)

While visiting the US, if i buy an iPhone 5S and bring it to Australia, Will it work on the 4g LTE network?

  • William Lloyd Level 7 (21,040 points)
  • gdgmacguy Level 7 (20,535 points)

    Not necessarily, and you can look this up on Apple's website for yourself.  The only model that is guaranteed to work with Australian LTE is model A1530 which is NOT sold in the US

  • sukhd Level 1 (0 points)

    The US iPhone has all most the LTE bands in Australia, so yes. Apple only lists a few carriers it has deals with, but the map William Lloyd shared is pretty right on.

  • tonefox Level 6 (9,160 points)

    Obvious comments:  You will have no warranty cover in Australia. You will have to pay ( I'm sure you wouldn't dream of smuggling) various taxes on importing the phone into your country. That's after you have paid the US sales tax on top of whatever you are looking at as the US price.

     

    Don't be dumb. Buy the iPhone in the country in which you intend to use it.

  • sukhd Level 1 (0 points)

    tonefox wrote:

     

    Obvious comments:  You will have no warranty cover in Australia. You will have to pay ( I'm sure you wouldn't dream of smuggling) various taxes on importing the phone into your country. That's after you have paid the US sales tax on top of whatever you are looking at as the US price.

    Applecare is global.

    Don't be dumb. Buy the iPhone in the country in which you intend to use it.

    It is smart to buy an iPhone that has LTE in more countries you visit, rather than one primarily for home. For example the Verizon iPhone 5, supports LTE in the US, Japan and Europe. You can't get that from the local UK iPhone.

  • deggie Level 9 (52,739 points)

    Do a quick search in these dicussions, or in Google, and you will find out that AppleCare for the iPhone is not global.

  • sukhd Level 1 (0 points)

    I've had good luck, perhaps.

  • deggie Level 9 (52,739 points)

    That would be it. Hold on to that four-leaf clover.

  • diesel vdub Level 7 (21,995 points)

    sukhd wrote:

     

    Applecare is global.

    Warranty and support for the iPhone has never been global.  Apple clearly states in their warranty that they can restrict warranty and support to the country of origin, and they do just that.

     

    The only exception is for the EU, where a device purchased in any EU country can get warranty support in any other EU country.

  • wegras Level 6 (15,070 points)

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

     

    This shows what will and what will not work on 4G globally as far as Apple are concerned ,if you know better .........................

  • Nate5182 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have an unlocked iPhone 5s model A1533 that I bought in the US.  I am currently living in Manila, Philippines and use Smart as my provider.  I have been unable to connect to their LTE service even though they operate on band 1, which is supported by my iPhone model.  I have contacted Smart support a few times, they keep directing me to Apple's Lte page that shows only the A1530 model is supported by them.  I have to believe there is a way to get the A1533 model to work, but I have yet to find a way. 

  • diesel vdub Level 7 (21,995 points)

    That is too bad.  If the carrier states on the A1530 model will work on LTE on their network, then that is the case.