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# 19764 29-Feb-2008 15:44
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Is there such a thing as a cheap 850Mhz GSM phone? If so, what models?

I am after a phone that makes use of the NextG network in Australia, don't need any bells and whistles. It's just that the NextG has much better coverage than 2G in the 'bush'.  It's only needed for making calls and sending text messages.

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  # 113854 29-Feb-2008 22:05
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Be careful! The Australian NextG network is not GSM 850 (2G), but UMTS 850 (3G), so a GSM 850 phone will not work on NextG.
UMTS 850 phones are quite rare at this time - to get an overview of some models see Telstra's online shop (
Anyway when buying a phone you should make sure it really supports UMTS 850, as a lot of phones come in different versions for different markets. E.g. the European version of the Motorola V3xx doesn't support UMTS850 but only UMTS2100, whereas the Australian version does.
Btw. if you want that phone to work in NZ later, it must support GSM 900 + GSM 1800 + UMTS 2100 for Vodafone or GSM 850 + UMTS 2100 for Telecom's new network.

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  # 113857 29-Feb-2008 22:47
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ok, thanks for the info, it all seems a bit hard.  I guess we'll just lump crap coverage in the outback/bush


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  # 113871 1-Mar-2008 07:19
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allstarnz: ok, thanks for the info, it all seems a bit hard. I guess we'll just lump crap coverage in the outback/bush

Can you hire a handset when you get to OZ

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  # 113873 1-Mar-2008 07:59
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My advice would be to check out a pawn shop/2nd hand shop when you arrive in oz. They are normally overflowing with phones that are literally worthless these days.

Just be aware that most phones sold in Oz are SIM locked to the providers network.

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