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Topic # 192330 7-Mar-2016 05:10
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I am in the UK and thinking of buying an S7 to bring home to NZ and seek a refund of the VAT. I understand how the whole VAT refund thing works but I remember some years ago you had to be careful buying overseas to make sure the phone had the correct mobile network bands so that it would work in NZ. Is this still the case - it's something I know nothing about. If I buy an S7 from say, Carphone Warehouse, how can I be sure it will be compatible with NZ networks?


Thanks in advance.



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  Reply # 1507468 7-Mar-2016 13:59
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Google up on the Spark/Vodafone/2degrees network bands and see if the phone sold in UK supports those bands.

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  Reply # 1507547 7-Mar-2016 15:44
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?If able buy the phone in duty free store where the vat isnt included in sale price.


I bought my HTC hero (2009) at carphone warehouse in uk and filled out the paperwork and waited and waited and waited. Now you mentioned it once they removed the "processing fee" it wasnt really worth the hassle.




If doing it now, Id just buy it from duty free in nz if possible.


Easier to use CGA and less likely to have warrantee problems.


More confident the frequencies wont be an issue.







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