Buying an ipad from the us to use in the uk

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    Does anyone know if it works out cheaper to import an iPad from the us to the uk? I worked it out to be just under £400 included tax. Does this seem right ?
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    Which model are your referring to 16, 32 or 64 GB and WiFi or 3G?

    If you're buying the 3G you need to be aware that the Verizon iPad2 has the CDMA chipset that won't work in the UK, so you'll need to be sure to get an AT&T model.

    You'll need to get a power outlet adaptor too, though they're easily available at all Apple Stores.

    Although there has been a pretty strong indication that Apple will be charging the same in the UK for the iPad2 that they originally charged for the iPad1, I have yet to see any definitive statement - you might want to wait to see what the actual costs are going to be.

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    seriously, i'd wait the extra week or 2 and purchase a proper 'uk' ipad, even if it'll cost us a bit extra.
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    My dad got me mine from the US ( ipad1) and it was £100 cheaper but apparently the warranty is only valid in the USA. It is wifi only. I have been using the charger with an adaptor and it's fine. I have a uk iPhone and was wondering if I used that charger on the iPad would it be ok?
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    @Isla, the iPad comes with a worldwide guarantee. I bought mine in the US and recently had it repaired in Europe under guarantee.
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    I'd confirm what Kevmal said - all Apple products have a world-wide guarantee and I've never had any problem having an Apple product repaired under warranty. My son lives on the US West Coast, so I often buy Apple products there.

    If you use an iPhone charger to charge the iPad it will charge very slowly and will display the 'Not Charging' message. The iPhone (and other USB) charger can only muster 500 mA (½ amp) whereas the charger supplied with the iPad charges at 2A (2 amps). However, there's no problem charging the iPhone with the iPad charger - the extra charging capacity of the iPad charger won't 'damage' the iPhone, the iPhone takes what it wants from the charger, the charger is not 'force feeding' the iPhone.

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    I ordered mine from the US store, for use in Belgium. As for price, if you acn still get free shipping, it might work out for you.


    Tim
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    Thanks Tim....I love this forum, I'm learning so much!
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    Tim,

    Your reply was excellent. I have a pad and phone and wondered if I could save taking some pieces on the road when traveling. Based on your post, I can get by by taking just the pad charger and cord and a dock to firefly adapter and use the 110 volt outlet in our Ford Flex to keep both topped up. Thanks from one Scot to another, although I now reside in the USA

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