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Do international phones work in the US?

It’s a very familiar temptation to those around us around the guide Tom’s desk: a great new product has been announced, but chances are slim, it’ll officially make it to our shores. Do you wait in the hope that release plans will change and the product will eventually end up in the US, or beware of the wind and import it as soon as you can find an overseas release on an e-commerce site?

When it comes to most technology, the risk is minimal. Most devices these days are functionally identical across regions, except for the type of power adapter it is packaged with. But smartphones have fundamental differences, and they are more complex.