I'm from New Zealand but am currently in the United States for the next few months. I plan to buy an unlocked iPhone 7 from Apple, use an AT&T SIM (which I already have) in it while I'm here, and then take it back to New Zealand.

I know the phone should be unlocked so I'm not too worried about that, but I don't really know much about the 3G and 4G bands. Are the iPhone 7 bands compatible with cellphone networks in New Zealand? I've tried searching already for an answer but most are from several years ago.


It will work fine, you can check for any phone and network at sites like Willmyphonework.net, where both US models of the iPhone 7 come up clear for all NZ phone networks on all frequencies (2G, 3G, 4G).

On a side note, you are required to pay import taxes on the phone when you take it home to New Zealand. The value of the phone (even a few months after purchase) exceeds the NZ$700 personal goods concession. If you still go through the green channel or otherwise don't pay, you are comitting a criminal act. In practice, it is unlikely you would be caught, but if you were, penalties would likely be severe.

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    That website is super handy, thanks so much! Also I had no idea about that so thank you for letting me know!
    – E Flynn
    Sep 15 '17 at 21:51

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