The new Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus might not be as hot as last year since the iPhone X has got all the attention with a new design and features. However, they are still great phones, especially when you can’t afford the expensive iPhone X.

Before hitting the order button, make sure to check out the guide carefully because the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus come in some different model numbers and some might not be fully compatible with your carriers. This year, we have the iPhone 8 A1863, A1905, and A1906, and iPhone 8 Plus A1864, A1897, and A1898, according to the tech site TechWalls.com. Let’s check out their differences.

iPhone 8 A1863 vs A1905 vs A1906

iPhone 8 A1863 details

This one is said to be the global variant having both CDMA and GSM support. The markets where this model is available include United States, Puerto Rico, Australia, Hong Kong and China. This is also the model number of the unlocked SIM-free version.

Network bands supported by iPhone 8 A1863

  • The FDD LTE bands supported are as follows: 1 (2100 MHz), 2 (1900 MHz), 3 (1800 MHz), 4 (AWS), 5 (850 MHz), 7 (2600 MHz), 8 (900 MHz), 12 (700 MHz), 13 (700c MHz), 17 (700b MHz), 18 (800 MHz), 19 (800 MHz), 20 (800 DD), 25 (1900 MHz), 26 (800 MHz), 28 (700 APT MHz), 29 (700 de MHz), 30 (2300 MHz), 66 (AWS-3)
  • The TD LTE bands supported are as follows: 38 (TD 2600 MHz), 39 (TD 1900 MHz), 40 (TD 2300 MHz), 41 (TD 2500 MHz)
  • TD-SCDMA 1900 (F), 2000 (A)
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)

iPhone 8 A1905 details

This model is very similar but it lacks support for TD-SCDMA and CDMA EV-DO Rev. Therefore, it won’t work on Verizon and Sprint in the US. You can still make calls through VoLTE on Sprint and Verizon but it is a model that is meant to be sold with AT&T and T-Mobile. You can find the model in European and Asian countries like the UK, France, Germany, Denmark, Greece, Italy, Spain, Singapore, and Australia.

Network bands supported by iPhone 8 A1905

  • LTE bands 1 (2100 MHz), 2 (1900 MHz), 3 (1800 MHz), 4 (AWS), 5 (850 MHz), 7 (2600 MHz), 8 (900 MHz), 12 (700 MHz), 13 (700c MHz), 17 (700b MHz), 18 (800 MHz), 19 (800 MHz), 20 (800 DD), 25 (1900 MHz), 26 (800 MHz), 28 (700 APT MHz), 29 (700 de MHz), 30 (2300 MHz), 66 (AWS-3)
  • TD-LTE bands 38 (TD 2600 MHz), 39 (TD 1900 MHz), 40 (TD 2300 MHz), 41 (TD 2500 MHz)
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)

iPhone 8 A1906 details

This model is made only for the Japanese market. It has the FeliCa Type-F NFC contactless technology in the device, which would help them have the Apple Pay service in Japan. It is available through AU, Docomo, and Softbank networks.

Network bands supported by iPhone 8 A1906

  • FDD-LTE bands 1 (2100 MHz), 2 (1900 MHz), 3 (1800 MHz), 4 (AWS), 5 (850 MHz), 7 (2600 MHz), 8 (900 MHz), 11 (1500 MHz), 12 (700 MHz), 13 (700c MHz), 17 (700b MHz), 18 (800 MHz), 19 (800 MHz), 20 (800 DD), 21 (1500 MHz), 25 (1900 MHz), 26 (800 MHz), 28 (700 APT MHz), 29 (700 de MHz), 30 (2300 MHz), 66 (AWS-3)
  • TD-LTE bands 34 (TD 2000), 38 (TD 2600), 39 (TD 1900), 40 (TD 2300), 41 (TD 2500), 42 (TD 3500)
  • TD-SCDMA 1900 (F), 2000 (A)
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)

iPhone 8 Plus A1864 vs A1897 vs A1898

iPhone 8 Plus A1864

Just like the A1863 model of iPhone 8, the A1864 works with most of the CDMA and GSM carriers and it is the global model. In the U.S., you will be able to purchase the phone available via Sprint and Verizon. You can also buy it in Puerto Rico, Hong Kong and China. The SIM-free unlocked version of iPhone 8 Plus also has this model number.

Network bands supported by iPhone 8 Plus A1864

  • The FDD LTE bands supported are as follows: 1 (2100 MHz), 2 (1900 MHz), 3 (1800 MHz), 4 (AWS), 5 (850 MHz), 7 (2600 MHz), 8 (900 MHz), 12 (700 MHz), 13 (700c MHz), 17 (700b MHz), 18 (800 MHz), 19 (800 MHz), 20 (800 DD), 25 (1900 MHz), 26 (800 MHz), 28 (700 APT MHz), 29 (700 de MHz), 30 (2300 MHz), 66 (AWS-3)
  • The TD LTE bands supported are as follows: 38 (TD 2600 MHz), 39 (TD 1900 MHz), 40 (TD 2300 MHz), 41 (TD 2500 MHz)
  • TD-SCDMA 1900 (F), 2000 (A)
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)

iPhone 8 Plus A1897

This model number is available in a few countries, and in the U.S. via AT&T and T-Mobile as well. You can also find it in the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Singapore, France, Denmark, Spain, and Australia.

Network bands supported by iPhone 8 Plus A1897

  • LTE bands 1 (2100 MHz), 2 (1900 MHz), 3 (1800 MHz), 4 (AWS), 5 (850 MHz), 7 (2600 MHz), 8 (900 MHz), 12 (700 MHz), 13 (700c MHz), 17 (700b MHz), 18 (800 MHz), 19 (800 MHz), 20 (800 DD), 25 (1900 MHz), 26 (800 MHz), 28 (700 APT MHz), 29 (700 de MHz), 30 (2300 MHz), 66 (AWS-3)
  • TD-LTE bands 38 (TD 2600 MHz), 39 (TD 1900 MHz), 40 (TD 2300 MHz), 41 (TD 2500 MHz)
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)

iPhone 8 Plus A1898

This model is made only for the Japanese market because of the FeliCa Type-F NFC contactless technology in the device.

Network bands supported by iPhone 8 Plus A1898

  • FDD-LTE bands 1 (2100 MHz), 2 (1900 MHz), 3 (1800 MHz), 4 (AWS), 5 (850 MHz), 7 (2600 MHz), 8 (900 MHz), 11 (1500 MHz), 12 (700 MHz), 13 (700c MHz), 17 (700b MHz), 18 (800 MHz), 19 (800 MHz), 20 (800 DD), 21 (1500 MHz), 25 (1900 MHz), 26 (800 MHz), 28 (700 APT MHz), 29 (700 de MHz), 30 (2300 MHz), 66 (AWS-3)
  • TD-LTE bands 34 (TD 2000), 38 (TD 2600), 39 (TD 1900), 40 (TD 2300), 41 (TD 2500), 42 (TD 3500)
  • TD-SCDMA 1900 (F), 2000 (A)
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)

So, those are the models for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. Leave a comment below if you have any question.

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11 Comments

  1. Hey, I am from Germany and want to buy an iPhone 8 in the US.
    Which model do I have to take in order to use it with one of the German carriers (Telekom, O2 Telefonica, Vodafone)?

    For me, it is important that I can phone and use LTE.

    Thank you very much in advance!

  2. I would like to buy an I phone 8 plus. I live in Argentina. Wich model will be better?(1863/1897/etc)
    I really appreciate your help.
    Thank you very much for your time.
    Have a good day

  3. Regarding the models sold in Japan this article is a bit misleading. According to apples website the difference in FeliCa support was true for iPhone 7 and 7 plus, but not in iPhone 8 and 8 plus. The difference in 8 and 8 plus japan models is support for certain LTE-bands.

    1. Hello
      Color is just Color for user attraction .. 1864 /1863 is Global model and will work in all over the world

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