Here's how to order Surface Duo outside of the US

Surface Duo
Surface Duo (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Surface Duo is set to launch on September 10, but only in the U.S.
  • Fortunately for Microsoft fans in other countries, you can easily order a Duo for international shipping.
  • It will likely cost a bit more than the $1,400 starting price because of customs and other fees.
  • If you're in the U.S., Surface Duo is available to preorder now starting at $1,400 (opens in new tab).

If you're based outside of the U.S., you're likely used to Microsoft leaving your country out of the initial launch territories for its Surface devices. That's true with the new Surface Duo, but there is a way you can get your hands on one, it just might cost a little more. A online retailer called Big Apple Buddy offers to ship products sourced from the U.S. around the world, and it happens to have Surface Duo available.

Despite its silly name, Big Apple Buddy says it sources its Surface Duo units from Best Buy. In other words, you should receive the real deal if you place an order. Listed prices remain what they are at retailers in the U.S., at $1,400 for the 128GB model and $1,500 for the 256GB model.

Ordering through Big Apple Buddy will, however, cost you a bit more. Between international shipping and potential customs fees, the price could be significantly higher depending on the country in which you're based. Big Apple Buddy also includes a service fee that will inflate the price further.

As an example, we figured what it would cost to have a Surface Duo shipped to London. On top of the initial $1,400 price, Big Apple Buddy includes a $50 service fee and $91 for international shipping. That brings the price up to $1,541 for the 128GB model, and that's before any additional taxes or customs duties are figured in.

Surface Duo London Shipping Cost

Source: Windows Central The cost of shipping a 128GB Surface Duo to London via Big Apple Buddy. (Image credit: Source: Windows Central)

Still, if you want to get your hands on a Surface Duo outside of the U.S., this is probably your best bet until Microsoft officially launches it in your country. Just make sure it supports the network bands your carrier uses (opens in new tab) ahead of time.

For those of us located inside the U.S., the Surface Duo is expected to launch on September 10. You can preorder it now through Microsoft, AT&T, and Best Buy.

Microsoft Surface Duo


Dan Thorp-Lancaster

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

  • It looks great, but I've been an early adopter of first gen products too many times to go the extra mile to get one of these sent to the UK. Until devs are making use of (and thus a compelling case for) the two screen set up it's too much of a gamble at that price. Specs aren't exactly bleeding edge (no 5G?) either. Hope I'm wrong but buying 1st gen MS hardware is often a gamble.
  • I don't think it applies anymore, not in this case at least. You get what you buy here, which is a unique form factor and a decent phone.
  • What developer do you want here? Facebook on two screens... Come now is android, if you want it buy it. Apps are there, there's nothing special that Twitter needs to do to improve your experience.
  • Why are you concerned about no 5G? Aren't you Brits burning down those 5G towers?
  • Don't even need to read the article. Of course you can get it, anywhere in the universe, if you pay a LOT more money. And this phone is already really expensive. So thanks but can't do it.
  • I figure Amazon will soon have the unlocked version too.. they've got a good relationship with Microsoft. And once Amazon's got it, it can be shipped anywhere.
  • The battery will likely limit the ability to receive overseas, at least as far as the shipper won't be bothered with all the hoops they have to jump through for the sake of ones or twos sales. They will of course leap tall buildings for bulk shipments
  • The math is next. Before even deciding to buy it from that site, since it is from non EU, I will have to pay 25% more for double taxation and 10% for customs. That is 35% on the (original price + shipping + their fee). That phone would be too expensive for 1 year warranty. I will wait for it to come to EU
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