Can I purchase an i phone in the USA and bring it to Canada

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The iphones are slightly cheaper in the USA. Can I purchase one there and bring it to Canada and have it activated by Koodoo with a Koodoo plan?
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If you buy it directly from Apple, im hearing some people are having ZERO trouble getting them to work in canada, others it just takes a few tweaks to the settings. You will have to do some more research.

Heres a post from an apple forum
Yes it will work in any network as long it unlocked when you bought it , and Telus is supported by Apple so it shouldnt be a problem , just make sure you activate the iphone when you are in canada so you could save some time activating it again when you get to canada , when ever you switch network you have to erase all content to activate it the new network how ever if you are activating it on A cdma ne3twork you will have to call the carrier to get it activated not a=unlike a gsm phone where you can just replace SIM xcard and erase all contents and settings or restore to factory it will activate automatically .you could check this article for network and carrier that support the iphone http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1937?vi... Thanks hope this helps

and heres the link i got it from https://discussions.apple.com/thread/...
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Yeah Im not thinking that's going to be needed. But initial setup may require some settings to be changed. As long as the phone is staying connected to 1 network (koodo) it should be fine.
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Goran, I'm not talking about reactivating different networks. I get an international GSM for that. I'm talking about purchase an apple iphone in the usa from apple because its cheaper than in canada even with the exchange differences.
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U should be just fine Miranda ! There is an IMEI checker on koodo website. U could always enter the new iphones IMEI into the website when u purchase the phone in the states and if for some reason it says it won't work. U can return the phone while ur still there. But honestly you should be just fine
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Just be wary about where you're buying it from.  Retailers such as eBay don't always include import taxes on electronics so you may end up having to pay those taxes when its delivered.  If you do end up buying a US iPhone be sure to set up the APN within the settings to ensure you can receive cellular data
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You can ignore the comments about CDMA networks above. Koodo and other Canadian carriers work on GSM. The US model you buy should be AT&T compatible. Doing an initial set-up with a US- or Canadian-bought iPhone is no different.

You did say buy in the USA and bring it over. If you are travelling outside of Canada, you can personally bring back $800 of merchandise tax and duty free after a 48-hour absence. More detailed rules are here.

http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/travel-voyage/pdt-pdt-eng.html

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