1. androider7's Avatar
    I read on here about someone from the UK who bought a Note 5 from an eBay seller based in America who sources the phones from Singapore.

    Is it possible to do this and manage to use the phone on UK networks without any problems as if you bought the phone from a shop here? Region locks sound like an issue, and maybe there are other things I haven't thought about.

    Is doing this a sensible idea or are there a whole host of problems with it?

    The specific network I'm thinking about is giffgaff.
    02-06-2016 08:14 AM
  2. usman khushnood's Avatar
    No.problems at all. I am in uk using it on Vodafone and it works great i bought mine in pakistan when i ws there on holiday. The model number u would want to get in UK is 920C it works on all networks and all 4g bands.
    About network lock. U need to confirm that with your seller. But most of them on ebay come unlocked.

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    02-06-2016 08:20 AM
  3. androider7's Avatar
    Thanks for the helpful advice.

    Is that model basically the 32GB single SIM one?

    Do you know anything about the SM-N920i? 64GB wouldn't be bad for the price.
    02-06-2016 08:36 AM
  4. Dan_B1979's Avatar
    As above

    920C or 920CD if you want dual sim capability; both will work on all UK networks inc LTE/4G

    A few of us, inc myself, have used imobile_uk or t-dimension on eBay UK to buy their Note 5 and both chip from within the UK, ask no import fees etc
    02-06-2016 08:37 AM
  5. Dan_B1979's Avatar
    Thanks for the helpful advice.

    Is that model basically the 32GB single SIM one?

    Do you know anything about the SM-N920i? 64GB wouldn't be bad for the price.
    Ideally needs to the 'C' version for full UK network and LTE/4G coverage!
    02-06-2016 08:38 AM
  6. usman khushnood's Avatar
    N920C comes in both 32 and 64 gb. I have personally got N920C dual which is also known as N920CD (32gb) it's the same as 'c' but dual sim version. Like Dan mentioned if you get 'c' variant it will cover all the uk and european networks.
    I know that on N920i Vodafone 4g wont work. And i am sure o2 is the same. So for some networks n920i will be fully functional. But not on all.of them im not too sure about giffgaff but i think its the same as o2.
    Ideally try finding n920c even if ur network does support n920i 4g because in the future if u have to sell it in uk there wont be amy problems.

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    02-06-2016 08:45 AM
  7. Dan_B1979's Avatar
    Yup, most UK networks need Band 20 for 4G/LTE, the 920i doesn't support this but the 920C does!

    The 64GB's are rare as hens teeth though, so good luck hunting one down

    You could always use something like this though: Leef Access microSD Card Reader with microUSB 2.0 Connector for Android: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories
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    02-06-2016 08:57 AM
  8. androider7's Avatar
    Thank you all for the support.

    So I looked at the shops recommended, from t-dimension-us it says that it comes from Hong Kong, and I might need to pay VAT. Did you say there was a way around it?

    The other recommended seller has no listings right now so I will probably stick with this one.

    Also what would be the difference if I bought from the American seller I saw recommended on another thread?
    02-06-2016 09:04 AM
  9. usman khushnood's Avatar
    Yes or u can just use a normal 99p otg cable to connect any if ur flash drives that u already have.

    Try getting hold of the 64 gb though. But if u cant thn trust me its nt the end of the world u have other external storage options.

    Like otg card readers or otg usb flash drives.

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    02-06-2016 09:33 AM
  10. Dan_B1979's Avatar
    02-06-2016 10:50 AM
  11. poppy's Avatar
    Got my note 5 n920c here :-


    No problems with it what so ever. It's a UAE model and comes with a UK plug!
    02-06-2016 01:18 PM
  12. androider7's Avatar
    Do any other reliable sellers have them from from countries like Singapore and UAE so they will come with a UK plug socket charger?

    That way I can get it fully sealed with all the factory cables and booklets in the box.

    The seller I found from Texas sells the phones all in box sealed and unopened with booklets and everything but not sure if it comes with a UK plug charger.

    The t-dimension store gives you a power adapter based on your region but it says:

    "What's in the box
    Samsung Galaxy Note 5 N920C Single Sim 4G 32GB Black
    A Power Cord/Travel Adaptor"

    Sounds like this one isn't coming in original box, no booklets, and has obviously been opened.
    02-06-2016 08:33 PM
  13. Dan_B1979's Avatar
    They come boxed, not always sealed, but they'll have everything in there that should be in there (booklet, cable and original charger)

    You'll probably get a bog standard charger adapter, which for me, I binned and bought this: Aukey Quick Charge 3.0 18W USB Wall Charger for Galaxy: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics

    It's a brilliant charger and uber-fast!

    Both t-dimension and imobile_uk are respected sellers and a lot of folk have bought their Note 5 from them and no issues to report!

    02-07-2016 05:20 AM
  14. PP763's Avatar
    Fonis.com/uk. N920C 2 day shipping from dubai and everything is sealed with stickers intact. 32 and 64gb versions available

    Posted via the Android Central App
    02-07-2016 07:04 AM
  15. Dan_B1979's Avatar

    They're also over £100 more expensive!
    02-07-2016 07:33 AM

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