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You told us: Most of you have imported a phone or bought one when overseas

This probably doesn't reflect the typical consumer, but it's still an interesting result.

Published onNovember 29, 2022

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Ryan Haines / Android Authority

There are loads of smartphone brands out there, but you might not be able to buy some brands in your neck of the woods. You therefore might be forced to import a device if it’s not available in your market.

I recently wrote about my experience using a Pixel 7 Pro that I had bought while in the US, and we also used the post to ask whether you’ve ever imported a phone before or bought one when overseas. Well, the results are in, and here’s how you voted.

Have you ever imported a phone or bought one when overseas?


Just over 1,700 votes were cast in this poll, and it turns out that a massive two-thirds of respondents indeed imported a phone before or bought one while overseas. Of course, we are a smartphone-focused website, so we’ll undoubtedly attract enthusiasts who are more likely to import a device. But it’s still a pretty interesting result.

A couple of comments mention importing a Pixel device, which isn’t a surprise given the subject matter of the article in the first place. However, we wouldn’t be surprised if some respondents also imported phones from the likes of Xiaomi and Huawei in the past.

In any event, 32.6% of surveyed readers noted that they’ve never imported a smartphone before or bought one when traveling internationally. This is understandable, as you’re on your own in terms of after-sales support and repairs.

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