6 Replies Latest reply: Sep 25, 2013 2:23 PM by tomfromchicago
tomfromchicago Level 1 (10 points)

Question:  I want to buy an iPhone 5 and currently live in China.  My home is in the US and I may return there in 1-2 years.   Which iPhone works in the US better, one sold in the Chinese market or Hong Kong?  I know nothing about the different network technologies between Hong Kong, China, and the US and assume that there are differences.

 

Thank you very much.


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8), 8 gigs of RAM, 15: Matte screen
  • carl wolf Level 6 (14,625 points)

    Check the country online store for the available iPhone models.  Then, you can compare the various iPhone models for the various communications protocols.  You can do that as easily as we can.

  • tomfromchicago Level 1 (10 points)

    carl wolf wrote:

     

    Check the country online store for the available iPhone models.  Then, you can compare the various iPhone models for the various communications protocols.  You can do that as easily as we can.

    If I knew how to do this I would not have asked here.  I know nothing about mobile phones.  Nothing.   It is an entirely bewildering concept to me and I wanted help here.  Clearly the wrong place to go.

  • diesel vdub Level 7 (21,995 points)

    A US iPhone is unlikely to work on LTE outside of North America due to differences in LTE bands used.

    Warranty and support are only valid in the country of origin.

     

    Purchase the device in the country it is intended to be used in.

  • xtremecarbon Level 4 (2,235 points)

    About the warranty and support thing...take a look at this. http://www.apple.com/support/products/faqs.html

     

    No longer do you have to be in the country where you purchased the device to use AppleCare +

  • diesel vdub Level 7 (21,995 points)

    Yes, I'm aware of the changes in AppleCare+ announced yesterday.  However, warranty restrictions still exist for users that do not purchase AppleCare+.

  • tomfromchicago Level 1 (10 points)

    diesel vdub wrote:

     

    A US iPhone is unlikely to work on LTE outside of North America due to differences in LTE bands used.

    Warranty and support are only valid in the country of origin.

     

    Purchase the device in the country it is intended to be used in.

    Hello, I am able to buy either a Hong Kong or Chinese iPhone to be used in the US.  Would that be possible?