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Having the Desire shipped from the UK to the US?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by IO3, Apr 18, 2010.

  1. IO3

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    I might purchase the Desire from clove.co.uk because of the significant price difference, but the only problem is that I have no idea if I will have to pay any VAT/import taxes/whatever when I receive the phone in the US.
    Any Americans here know how this works?
     

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  2. Loriolus

    Loriolus Well-Known Member
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    HTC Desire doesn't have the US 3G bands. Are you gonna be ok with edge speeds? AT&T should have it's variant pretty soon.
     
  3. IO3

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    Thanks but it's ok, I'm not even from the US. Someone is gonna bring me the phone from the US, so I just need to know if there are any fees and stuff when importing the phone to the US. So far I asked in 3 different forums and haven't got a single answer :(
     
  4. nx1977

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    What country will you be using in?

    The UK desire only works in EU countries.
     
  5. kopkiwi

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    Plus New Zealand and Australia ;)
     
  6. w00yee

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    plus China ;)
     
  7. IO3

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    Should work fine in Israel as well, and that's where I am :D
    Still looking for information on importing it from the UK to the US tho :(
     
  8. nx1977

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    Why UK>US? You'll pay customs charges at each country.

    Why not UK>Isreal?
     
  9. IO3

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    Because in Israel I'll have to pay 33%, which is about $180 :(
    Anyway, I found that there is no import tax on phones imported from the UK, but I'm still unsure about the VAT :thinking:
     
  10. JayCee

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    How come?
    I was under the impression it's quad band.
     
  11. nx1977

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    Only for 2G. It doesnt cover the US bands for 3G, only Europe and Asia/Pacific

    Network Bands2

    Europe:

    • HSPA/WCDMA: 900/2100 MHz
    • GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
    Asia Pacific:
    • HSPA/WCDMA: 900/2100 MHz
    • GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
     
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  12. Shofar

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    I'm from Israel too - where do you get the 33% VAT is 16.5%

    I'm planning on having one shipped to me here but will wait till the skies clear so the mail is running fine.

    Shofar
     
  13. Shofar

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    Thanks for the helpful info:
    Do you know what the 3G US bands are?

    Shofar
     
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