Can I Buy an iPhone 14 from the US to use in India?
Finally, Apple has released its most waiting series iPhone 14. This time Apple introduced a new iPhone 14 Plus, along with other models. This means there will be four models in iPhone 14 Series. These four new models are iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max. The iPhone 14 Plus replaces iPhone mini model. That means we will not see any mini models from iPhone 14 series this time. The pricing of the iPhone 14 series is the same as last year’s iPhone 13 models.
This time, Apple brought new technology with the iPhone 14 series to the United States. The technology is called new eSIM technology. Apple removes the physical SIM card slot in the iPhone 14 lineup in the US. That means the new iPhone 14 series US models won’t have a physical SIM card slot. So, there is considerable concern among all iPhone users about whether they can use a US variant iPhone 14 phone in India or not. In this article, we will clear your doubt and tell you how you can use a US variant iPhone in India.
Is it possible to use a US variant iPhone 14 model in India?
Well, the answer is yes. You can use any US variants iPhone 14 model in India. Make sure you only buy unlocked phones from the US. However, there will be no physical SIM card slot in any US variants of iPhone 14 models. According to Apple company, these US-based iPhones cannot activate with a physical SIM. Anyways, nothing to worry about it. The eSIM technology has been available in India for many years now. It is confirmed that our major telecom providers, like Jio, Airtel, and Vi, support eSIM technology.
To use a US-based iPhone 14 model in India, you first need to switch your number from a physical SIM card to an eSIM. For this process, your telecom customer care will help you. All major telecom companies have listed how to activate an eSIM on their website. After switching your old SIM card to a new eSIM, you can use US variants of iPhone 14 or any other eSIM smartphone. Switching to eSIM technology will help you in the future too.
Disadvantages of Using US-based iPhone 14 in India:
Buying the latest iPhone 14 from the US has both advantages and disadvantages. You can get iPhone 14 models at a little lower price than in India if you buy from the US. But you must keep some things in mind before purchasing a US-based iPhone.
No 1. Switching to eSIM technology
Although switching your physical SIM card to eSIM technology is good for the future. But, there will be some disadvantages. Users could not transfer anything saved on their old physical SIM card. That means you cannot save contacts or anything on the new eSIM.
No 2. No satellite connectivity feature in India
This new iPhone 14 series comes with a unique feature called satellite connectivity, which Apple advertised during its launch keynote. This feature allows users to send emergency messages without Wi-Fi or cellular connectivity. But the sad thing is that this feature is only available in the United States and Canada. So, even if you buy a US-based iPhone, you cannot use this satellite connectivity feature on your iPhone 14 model.