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  Reply # 795127 8-Apr-2013 16:52 Send private message

Heylo folks,
Great forum! I have just joined as I've got a quick question for the Note 2 gurus in New Zealand . Hope you can help me!

I am in Singapore at the moment and travelling to New Zealand later this week. I would like to purchase a Galaxy Note 2 from a retailer here and bring it with me to New Zealand. When I was mentioning this to a friend of mine, I was told that I better check things as not all Android phones (or phones from other countries) work with New Zealand sim cards and/or networks.

Is there any truth to this rumour? I am purchasing the phone from a commercial electronics export house (and hence at a slightly lower price - but every dollar counts :) ) and I think this should be a Korean model (I have heard there are US models, Korean models etc etc)

Thank You very much in advance. I just don't want to make a costly purchase and find out I cannot use the phone straight out of the box in NZ.

Kind regards, GLG

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  Reply # 795137 8-Apr-2013 17:02 Send private message

looked at the specs for N7100 - yes it will work for 3g. you might not realised vodafone in NZ has LTE but you need to sign onto postpaid to get it.

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  Reply # 795139 8-Apr-2013 17:05 Send private message

As long as you get a N7100 or N7105 (The Dual Carrier, LTE Enabled version) it will work fine in New Zealand.

Just be sure you get a _genuine_ Samsung phone. There are some fakes out there, they can look like the real thing initially.

FYI I bought my N7105 in NZ, but it was the Hong Kong "version". A simple reflash with the Vodaofone NZ firmware and it's exactly the same as a NZ purchased one. Well expect Vodafone won't support it, but hardware and software it's the same thing.

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  Reply # 795147 8-Apr-2013 17:31 Send private message

Thank You Muppet. Hopefully, whatever "version" of the phone I get, Hongkong or otherwise, it should work fine with NZ sim cards and networks.

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  Reply # 795158 8-Apr-2013 17:54 Send private message

as a matter of interest what price are they in Singapore




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  Reply # 795162 8-Apr-2013 18:04 Send private message

I'll be selling my 2 Degrees version in the near future if anyone is nearly ready to buy. Padfone Infinity here I come!.

EMAIL ME DIRECTLY DO NOT REPLY HERE :-)

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  Reply # 795860 9-Apr-2013 21:39 Send private message

jeffnz: as a matter of interest what price are they in Singapore


Bought mine today for 665SGD. Have to register the device with Samsung online for that.



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  Reply # 798353 12-Apr-2013 12:33 Send private message

The clear out continues, genuine Samsung USB OTG adaptor in it's original box with manual, make me an offer VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE including freight ($4) or pickup central Wellington.

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  Reply # 798649 13-Apr-2013 00:46 Send private message

muppet: As long as you get a N7100 or N7105 (The Dual Carrier, LTE Enabled version) it will work fine in New Zealand.

Just be sure you get a _genuine_ Samsung phone. There are some fakes out there, they can look like the real thing initially.

FYI I bought my N7105 in NZ, but it was the Hong Kong "version". A simple reflash with the Vodaofone NZ firmware and it's exactly the same as a NZ purchased one. Well expect Vodafone won't support it, but hardware and software it's the same thing.


Guess what. The phone I bought in Singapore is part of a shipment that was originally bound for Australia on their network Optus. Looks like folks at one of the export firms in Singapore siphon out a few pieces to the local market before sending the bulk through. Therefore phones like mine end up with "country specific" firmware.

When I switch my Note 2 on it says "Samsung Note-2 <blah blah>" and then "Yes Optus!" followed by starting up. There is a niggle with the Samsung firmware in Australia.. the bottom row of icons (below the line of dots) on the home screen(s) are not editable. 

Can anyone help with advice on whether it is possible to remove this version of Andriod and replace it with a more generic Samsung Andriod (same JellyBean)? 

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  Reply # 802422 19-Apr-2013 18:09 Send private message

Last month i bought a hong kong version of the GN2 from Omni but i have noticed it uses a lot of ram, it sits around 500 to 690 and when i clear it it drops to around 450 mb in use, is this normal? I'm very new to the android scene and smart phone game and set about looking on googleplay for a good hardware specs app and found a few which gave me some strange answers when it came to how many cores the phone has. One says it's running 3 another says it's running 4. Other than google ply, what's a good site to get safe apps from?

Totally new to this, would like some help please.



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  Reply # 802425 19-Apr-2013 18:12 Send private message

That RAM usage is normal.

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  Reply # 802440 19-Apr-2013 18:30 Send private message

scottjpalmer: That RAM usage is normal.


Whew!

I thought i bought an overclocked triple core or dual core.

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  Reply # 802563 19-Apr-2013 22:28

Right now I'm using 1.3G of RAM on my GN2

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  Reply # 970433 21-Jan-2014 09:10

After 14 months of riding in my pocket, the proximity sensor wasn't working too well. I'd pull my phone off my face and the screen would be black, making it hard to hangup etc. So after consulting Dr Google who sent me to the ifixit specialist, I swallowed some brave pills and cracked open my phone. After wrestling the bezel off, removing the front camera/lightsensor/proximity sensor, I swept all the dust out of the interior of my phone with a small paintbrush, reassembled and, voila. Proximity sensor now working.

As an aside, I've ordered a new 'midframe' aka bezel from ebay to replace my dented concrete-pocked one. Supposedly an OEM, but for $18 I'm reserving judgement til I see it.

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