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What is an imported iPhone and can any SIM card work on it?

Date: 22 Sep 2015   Posted By: Aman Thakur     Group: General Questions    Category: Other Questions   

I am going to buy an iPhone, but the seller is saying that it is an imported iPhone. So what is an imported iPhone? Is it that it will be unlocked already and is that all SIM in India can work in that phone? I also wish to know if iPhone 5S available in India at cheaper price in Delhi in Palika bazaar? What is the price?

Unsure about what is an imported iPhone? Let our experts explain what an imported iPhone signifies and if you can use any SIM with it?

Author: Srujan Shoxx    22 Sep 2015      Member Level: Silver     Points : 6  (Rs 6)    Voting Score: 0

An imported product is a product which is shipped from other country to our country.If the seller is saying that the mobile is imported then that mobile is not bought in India. Seller might have bought the mobile in foreign country say Singapore and he wants that mobile to sell in India. To make it clear, think that your friend goes to Singapore and you ask him to buy a new iPhone. You get iPhone from your friend when he returns to India. So it is an imported iPhone.
Yes, if he is a certified seller it will be already unlocked and yeah all indian sim's will work in it.
maybe its available at cheaper rate but i would suggest not to buy from local bazaar's like palika bazaar and all because mostly these come to be frauds and you may get involved in it.
So, before buying it check carefully and clear all your doubts by asking the seller.

Author: Timmappa Kamat    22 Sep 2015      Member Level: Platinum     Points : 7  (Rs 7)    Voting Score: 0

Well, a phone is a phone after all - whether imported or not. There should be no issues with it. Make sure you have checked it with different SIM cards before actually buying it right away. Check whether the phone supports Indian frequency bands.
Another important point worth mentioning here is warranty. You will not get any sort of warranty on imported models. In case of an unfortunate event of your device needing repairs, you will entirely be at the mercy of the concerned seller.
Also make sure you are not getting a price who have is unreasonably lower. It could mean the existence of some issues with the device.
And finally, never go for an imported phone from an online store. You may not get to check it for the conditions.

Author: Mahesh    22 Sep 2015      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 5  (Rs 5)    Voting Score: 0

Prior to Apple Iphone 4S the manufacturing of the phone was limited to the iphones that are cellular network specific. And in order to use them outside specific cellular networks SIM, you had to use Jailbreak method.

And this way almost every iphone imported from foreign country had to go through jailbreak process. And this is one reason many people had trouble importing apple iphones from imported stock.

After Iphone 4S the manufacturing has now changed with two options. One being phone allowed to use irrespective of which cellular network you are using.

Another is to use iphone specific to cellular network. Internal functionality didn't changed this way but only the hardware had few changes.

Now that we have options of open Iphones, you don't have any issues importing the phone from US or singapore. Just make sure that you are not getting the cellular specific phone.

Also do note that if the phone supports specific 2G/3G and 4G LTE frequencies specific to the continent in which you wish to use the phone.

In case of warranty, it is not bound by geographical location and you can get support in any iphone store in the world.

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