1. drrf69's Avatar
    Hi All:

    I recently purchased a T-Mobile unlocked version of the iphone 5S, model A1533 and intended to use it in China under China Mobile. Was hoping that 4G was usable but then quickly realized it doesn't seem to be. Didn't do my homework beforehand as I thought "unlocked" meant it should be compatible with most of the stuff and news around stating China adopting global 4G technology, etc. Can anyone confirm if there is hope is making my iphone 4G compatable in China or I should just sell the phone at a lost and buy a new iphone 5S in China? Thanks!
    06-18-2014 04:01 PM
  2. the_tech_eater's Avatar
    No. There isn't any hope of it being compatible. China uses a different type of radio.


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    06-18-2014 04:06 PM
  3. drrf69's Avatar
    No. There isn't any hope of it being compatible. China uses a different type of radio.


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    That sucksss...paid so much for nothing .huh
    Anyways thanks for the help
    06-19-2014 02:08 AM
  4. boovish's Avatar
    You can resell it, and maybe even get a couple more dollars than what you payed.
    06-20-2014 08:51 AM
  5. drrf69's Avatar
    You can resell it, and maybe even get a couple more dollars than what you payed.
    How is that possible? I got it for US$650 ...how can i get more than that if i sell it??
    06-20-2014 10:09 AM
  6. scruffypig's Avatar
    Hi All:

    I recently purchased a T-Mobile unlocked version of the iphone 5S, model A1533 and intended to use it in China under China Mobile. Was hoping that 4G was usable but then quickly realized it doesn't seem to be. Didn't do my homework beforehand as I thought "unlocked" meant it should be compatible with most of the stuff and news around stating China adopting global 4G technology, etc. Can anyone confirm if there is hope is making my iphone 4G compatable in China or I should just sell the phone at a lost and buy a new iphone 5S in China? Thanks!

    https://www.apple.com/iphone/LTE/

    It depends on the phone company in China that you plan to use the iPhone with and the bands and frequencies used by them, so your service may be spotty, limited and not guaranteed, or no service.

    According to Apple, an iPhone with model number A1533 or A1532 isn't compatible with China Mobile's 3G, 4G or LTE.

    Only an iPhone with model number A1518, A1516, A1530, or A1529 on the back of the iPhone is certified to support TD-SCDMA and TD-LTE in China.
    Last edited by scruffypig; 06-22-2014 at 07:49 PM. Reason: clarity.
    06-22-2014 07:25 PM
  7. ajl's Avatar
    It doesn't depend on anything. It will not work for you. Quite sorry
    06-23-2014 01:16 AM
  8. drrf69's Avatar
    https://www.apple.com/iphone/LTE/

    It depends on the phone company in China that you plan to use the iPhone with and the bands and frequencies used by them, so your service may be spotty, limited and not guaranteed, or no service.

    According to Apple, an iPhone with model number A1533 or A1532 isn't compatible with China Mobile's 3G, 4G or LTE.

    Only an iPhone with model number A1518, A1516, A1530, or A1529 on the back of the iPhone is certified to support TD-SCDMA and TD-LTE in China.
    Thanks for the info..i know i won't be able to use china mobile services..but i did some quiery with a friend in china..and he said that it is possible to use china unicom's 3G services for model A1533...so i am happy with that now..
    06-23-2014 02:00 PM
  9. scruffypig's Avatar
    Thanks for the info..i know i won't be able to use china mobile services..but i did some quiery with a friend in china..and he said that it is possible to use china unicom's 3G services for model A1533...so i am happy with that now..
    I would imagine that there would be some sort of service available for international tourists, maybe not wide spread and limited to touristy places.
    06-24-2014 06:33 AM

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