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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by origin_of_symmetry, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. origin_of_symmetry

    origin_of_symmetry Well-Known Member
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    I'm going over to the US in Sept and it's generally known that stuff is cheaper out there than it is here in the UK.

    Logistically, could I buy a Desire out there (sim-free) and bring it back here and my only issue be the plug, or do I need to be aware of anything else... ie taxes for bringing it into this country? (Never bought anything like that abroad before so am pretty clueless!)

    Looking at finances, I probably won't be buying one now til I return from the US anyway :(, so I figured I could kill two birds with one stone (and maybe get a better deal over there too)

    Is it worth the hassle of buying over there or should I just wait and buy one here when I get back?
     

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  2. Anthony1

    Anthony1 Well-Known Member
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    As far as I'm aware the Desire isn't a quad band phone. Meaning that if you bought one in the US (if it's even on sale there yet?) it won't work back here in the UK.
     
  3. lfront

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    I think you just wouldn't have 3g service when you return home. I have an unlocked phone bought from the UK and it works on tmobile here in the US but I don't get 3g.. just edge.
     
  4. lfront

    lfront Active Member
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    Not yet... I've heard August?
     
  5. origin_of_symmetry

    origin_of_symmetry Well-Known Member
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    Oh.... that will certainly scupper my plans! lol

    I wasn't aware it wasn't on sale there yet! Nevermind, will just buy one here when I get back, I was only trying to save a few pennies ;)
     
  6. nx1977

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    As above, US and UK 3g frequencies aren't the same, so I wouldn't buy a US one if I were you.

    Also, being wise to this practice, most warranties are only valid in the territory they were originally sold in. So be very careful buying electricals abroad. Savings v warranty isn't a risk I'd take personally
     
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