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Topic # 115039 11-Mar-2013 21:57 Send private message

Are these network locked at all? If I buy one outright on prepay can I use it on other networks be it local or offshore?

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  Reply # 778232 11-Mar-2013 22:00 Send private message

I bought one brand new from TradeMe and it works with a Skinny sim. So I don't think it is locked



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  Reply # 778236 11-Mar-2013 22:10 Send private message

Perfect as that is the intended plan... actually have just found the r201 model so had better do some more research as to which to get!

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  Reply # 778239 11-Mar-2013 22:15 Send private message

Wade: Perfect as that is the intended plan... actually have just found the r201 model so had better do some more research as to which to get!


I am not sure R201 supports 850MHz UMTS/3G, which Telecom and Skinny operate on.

On Vodafone's website, it did not say R205 supports UMTS 850 either.  However, if you go to a shop and look at its packaging, is said the Oceania versions supports UMTS/3G 850, 900 and 2100.



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  Reply # 778242 11-Mar-2013 22:27 Send private message

A bit more googling confirms the R205 is the better newer option, warehouse stationery have the 205 on special and jb hifi have the 201 on special. I intend on using 2D sim eventually but would be nice to have 850mhz 3G covered as a just in case

Many thanks for your help!

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  Reply # 778256 11-Mar-2013 22:58 Send private message

Vodafone NZ does not SIM lock any device it sells




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  Reply # 778292 12-Mar-2013 06:48 Send private message

We used a R201 and R205.

The 205 was a far better unit, more compact and better battery life.

There is a newer pocket wifi with 3G DC which is $199 for my money I'd be going with that one, but then again I'd also be using it on Vodafone :)




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  Reply # 778312 12-Mar-2013 08:03 Send private message

Cheers for that, everything points toward the R205. Had seen the newer DC version but for its intended use normal 3G speeds will suffice. Both the wife and I are on telecom plans with our phones but tethering is a pita, nor can VF or TNZ get even close to the 2D's 12gb for $99 offering.



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  Reply # 785881 23-Mar-2013 13:46 Send private message

Picked one of these up from JB Hifi this morning, so far so good, setup is easy. At $94 Incl 2GB data with 60 day expiry, its pretty good value also, impressed to find it comes with a usb AC charger as well


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