How to ship an iPhone or an Android smartphone

At Eurosender, we offer the best solutions for sending mobile phones internationally, whether you are buying a fancy new cell phone abroad or delivering electronics to your customers. Find out how to ship an iPhone or any other smartphone safely and cost-effectively to any destination in the world. Check the regulations, FAQ and packaging sections to prepare your shipment properly.

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What services can you use for sending a smartphone internationally?

Transportation solutions to consider depending on the size and time-sensitivity of your shipment:
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HOW TO PACK

How to pack a smartphone for shipping?

  1. Put the device in its original packaging.
  2. Wrap the box in bubble wrap to provide an additional layer of protection.
  3. Put the original box into a larger box.
  4. Add cushioning materials so that the original box cannot move.
  5. Seal the box with duct tape.
  6. You can also add a warning label saying “Fragile” or “Handle with care” on the box.

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SHIPPING REGULATIONS

Regulations on shipping cell phones internationally

In most cases, it is possible to ship a cell phone internationally by either mail or courier. The only smartphone model not allowed for shipping by air is Samsung Galaxy Note 7 due to battery problems.
As of today, smartphones containing attached, non-removable lithium-ion batteries can be sent by all modes of transport, provided they comply with the parameters set forth in the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria:

Single-cell batteries: No more than 2 cells, ≤ 20Wh
Multi-cell batteries: No more than 4 cells, ≤ 100Wh

Lithium batteries exceeding the above specifications cannot be transported by air but can be carried by road or travel by sea.
When shipping your iPhones or other smartphone models, it is recommended not to charge the battery to more than 30%. You can find the relevant transportation recommendation for your specific mobile phone in the manufacturer’s product information sheet.

When shipping in routes that include non-EU countries, a customs declaration will be required.

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FAQs – Shipping smartphones internationally

What is the cheapest way of shipping an iPhone or an Android smartphone?
The cheapest way of shipping an iPhone or other smartphone is by using the regular shipping service, provided by every mail or courier company. At Eurosender, our most affordable shipping solution is the Regular Service that allows you to send a mobile phone by courier throughout Europe. When sending a mobile phone abroad, choose the Express Service to have your equipment delivered within 24-72h worldwide.
How to ship an iPhone safely?
Always ship your iPhones and other smartphone models in their original packaging, which has been tailored to protect your gadget model. Alternatively, you can use a cardboard box with enough padding to make sure your device is safe and still for transport. Simply follow our guidelines on how to pack your smartphone properly for shipping by post or by courier. Do not forget to create a back-up copy of important data on your device before sending it across the country or abroad.
Can I send a mobile phone overseas?
Yes, all you have to do for sending a mobile phone overseas by courier is to choose the countries of pickup and delivery on our booking tool and click “Book shipping” to fill out the form and place your order. At Eurosender, we collaborate with reputable international couriers to make sure we always have the right shipping service for you, no matter where you wish to ship.
Do I get transport insurance when sending a mobile phone abroad with Eurosender?
It depends on the selected shipping service and the type of article being transported. In most cases, basic shipping insurance is included in the price of the service. For extra protection of your items, we also offer additional insurance options that can be purchased during the order process.
Always keep the original invoice of your device as it serves as proof of its value. This document will be required by the courier company in case you decide to start a claim procedure for damage or loss. Please consider that insurance may not apply when shipping used or second-hand cell phones and other electronic devices.
Is it safe to send a mobile phone by courier internationally?
With the right packaging and documents, it is certainly safe to send mobile phones by courier. Most shipping companies are fairly used to transport such items as they are very popular among shippers. When shipping a mobile phone overseas, you will need the original invoice of your item and to pay for the applicable customs fees on the destination country. Read more about the customs clearance procedure.
With which couriers can you send a mobile phone?
Several couriers around the world allow users to send mobile phones locally and abroad. Here are a few examples of companies that offer shipping service for iPhones overseas: DHL, FedEx, DPD, USPS, Royal Mail.
Don’t waste time getting quotes with each courier separately! Get an instant price at Eurosender for the service that is the best match for your needs. We work with more than 100 courier companies to make sure we get the most affordable quote for you.

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Take into consideration these guidelines when shipping cell phones and other electronic devices. Nevertheless, please consider that following them does not guarantee that the courier company will transport your package without restriction. In case you decide to ship used or second-hand electronic devices, Eurosender will not be held responsible for any damages caused by the transportation of your shipment.