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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Which iPhone 5s and 5c Model to buy for United Arab Emirates (Etisalat and Du) and from where?

The LTE Bandwidths used in UAE are 3 (1800 MHz) and 7 (2600 MHz) as explained in a previous post:

Therefore, I would recommend purchasing the iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c from one of the following countries:
  • United Kingdom, France and Germany.
My second choice will be to buy it from one of the following countries:
  • Australia, Hong Kong, Korea, New Zealand and Singapore
The models recommended are therefore: 

First Choice:
  • iPhone 5s: Model A1457
  • iPhone 5c: Model A1507
Second Choice:
  • iPhone 5s: Model A1530
  • iPhone 5c: Model A1529
I would strongly advise against buying from the USA because of the following Apple statement: "LTE band support is based on the iPhone 5 model number and configuration for EITHER CDMA OR GSM networks. Listed LTE band support does not guarantee LTE support by all carriers running on the same bands. LTE wireless service availability may be limited even where bands are supported."



If you do not want to take any chances, then I recommend purchasing an iPhone 5s or 5c from Du or Etisalat once they launch in UAE.

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