Apple iPhone 14 series: Are you planning to get an iPhone 14 series device imported via a friend, colleague, family member or relative? Here's what to keep in mind. The iPhone 14 series is out with a new iPhone 14 Plus option this time, instead of the mini. With the Pro models getting major design and hardware updates and new features and improvements across the series, the iPhone 14 models are roughly the same price as last year’s iPhone 13 series during launch, but only in the US. In India, the iPhone 14 series starts at Rs 79,900 for the non-Pro models and Rs 1,29,900 for the Pro models. Comparatively, Apple announced a much lower starting price of $799 (about Rs 63,590) for the non-Pro models and $999 (about Rs 79,507) for the Pro models. That’s a pretty big difference in price, but does it justify getting an iPhone 14 from the US via a friend or relative? Here are a few pointers to keep in mind before you do that. 1. Additional $30 for an unlocked device + Sales tax Let’s start with the most important aspect, the pricing. While the iPhone 14 series kicks off at $799 in the US, these are models locked to a specific US-based carrier like AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or Verizon. To be able to use an iPhone outside the United States with an Indian cellular service like Airtel or Jio, you will need what’s called an ‘unlocked’ iPhone. Apple charges a $30 premium for an unlocked iPhone 14, meaning the non-Pro variants start at $829 and not $799 (about Rs 65,978 instead of Rs 63,590), while the Pro models will start at $1,029 and not $999 (about Rs 81,895 instead of Rs 79,507). There’s sales tax as well which is added to the purchase. This differs by state to state, though some US states have 8 to 10 per cent sales tax, which will push up the price further. The price is still lesser than what you’d spend in India, but you should still keep the small bump in mind. 2. Switching to e-SIM The iPhone 14-series has made a complete switch to e-SIMs or electronic SIMs, which means any iPhone 14 model purchased from the US will not have a physical SIM slot where you can push in your own SIM card, irrespective of size. To use an iPhone 14 series device from the US or any other e-SIM phone in India, users will first need to switch their number from a physical SIM to an e-SIM by getting in touch with the respective telecom’s customer care. Major Indian telcos like Jio, Airtel and Vi do support e-SIMs, but this will be an extra process.