Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




24 posts

Geek


# 223693 13-Oct-2017 06:26
Send private message

Hello,

 

Firstly, if this is not the best forum category for this question, I welcome it to be moved.

 

I searched, but could not find a recent suitable thread on which to ask.

 

Can anyone offer recent experiences, preferably positive, but also cautionary, of known

 

NZ parallel importers offering mobile devices?

 

I am especially interested to hear any recent experiences of using 'supero.co.nz' please.


Create new topic
5603 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 1882745 13-Oct-2017 07:21
One person supports this post
Send private message

Big issue with imports is 4G. Lots of different frequency bands support or not. Also carrier aggregation may not work. Some will still only support 3G band 900 or 850 but not both.
For basic calling etc, then usually you'll be fine.




Chorus has spent $1.4 billion on making their xDSL broadband network faster and even more now as they are upgrading their rural Conklins. If your still stuck on ADSL or VDSL, why not spend $195 on a master filter install to make sure you are getting the most out of your connection?
I install - Naked DSL, DSL Master Splitters, VoIP, data cabling and general computer support for home and small business.
Rural Broadband RBI installer for Ultimate Broadband and Full Flavour

 

Need help in Auckland, Waikato or BoP? Click my email button, or email me direct: [my user name] at geekzonemail dot com


618 posts

Ultimate Geek


  # 1882813 13-Oct-2017 09:17
Send private message

A long while ago I bought a parallel import Samsung Galaxy S.

It came preloaded with Chinese applications I could not uninstall and the Software update functionality said it wasn't a genuine Samsung OS so refused to update the OS.

I eventually won a refund from the seller (with a restocking fee..) as none of this was mentioned when I bought it, I wasn't happy with the chinese apps as I had no idea what access they had to my data etc.

I ended up spending the extra $150 to get a genuine device from Noel Leeming. This was from eKing.co.nz, who have now gone under.

 

And more recently a couple years ago a work mate bought the original Galaxy Edge parallel import and again it had Chinese Apps built in he couldn't remove and also said it wasn't genuine when he opened up Software update. I told him not to buy it and he immediately regretted it.

 

Anecdotally, even saving money on buying cheaper phones from PBTech etc comes with many risks, dotted across even Geekzone typically involving the warranty, claiming water damage etc and being assessed 'in house' repair agent rather than going to the genuine repair agent.

 

In short YMMV but be wary. If you're saving money, it's likely to cost you at some point. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 
 
 


1775 posts

Uber Geek


  # 1882814 13-Oct-2017 09:28
Send private message

The key thing is to do your research; ensure you know the exact model you're buying and how this is compatible in NZ.  You can usually find out which models support which frequency bands and compare this to NZ's bands.

 

I've had positive experiences, most recently with a Xperia M4 Aqua from parallel imported - fully compatible with all NZ networks and the dual-SIM version for less than best price available on single-SIM official import.


569 posts

Ultimate Geek

Subscriber

  # 1882815 13-Oct-2017 09:29
Send private message

Give them a ring and talk to them.
Oh wait you can't.
There is no contact phone number on their web site.

 

Nothing worrying about that at all.


54 posts

Master Geek


  # 1905914 22-Nov-2017 18:31
Send private message

Just used CoolMobile -Auckland for Samsung Note 8 x 2  ordered Sunday arrived all sealed boxes Tuesday so far no problems with any of them  


2514 posts

Uber Geek
Inactive user


  # 1906111 23-Nov-2017 07:09
Send private message

ask yourself if it is worth the risk for a saving of $100 - $150 on a $1000 item?

 

If there is a problem are you willing to let them sort it out without the support of the manufacturer?

 

CGA is only any good if the company you are dealing with is still around...


Create new topic



Twitter and LinkedIn »



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Netflix releases 21 Studio Ghibli works
Posted 22-Jan-2020 11:42


Vodafone integrates eSIM into device and wearable roadmap
Posted 17-Jan-2020 09:45


Do you need this camera app? Group investigates privacy implications
Posted 16-Jan-2020 03:30


JBL launches headphones range designed for gaming
Posted 13-Jan-2020 09:59


Withings introduces ScanWatch wearable combining ECG and sleep apnea detection
Posted 9-Jan-2020 18:34


NZ Police releases public app
Posted 8-Jan-2020 11:43


Suunto 7 combine sports and smart features on new smartwatch generation
Posted 7-Jan-2020 16:06


Intel brings innovation with technology spanning the cloud, network, edge and PC
Posted 7-Jan-2020 15:54


AMD announces high performance desktop and ultrathin laptop processors
Posted 7-Jan-2020 15:42


AMD unveils four new desktop and mobile GPUs including AMD Radeon RX 5600
Posted 7-Jan-2020 15:32


Consolidation in video streaming market with Spark selling Lightbox to Sky
Posted 19-Dec-2019 09:09


Intel introduces cryogenic control chip to enable quantum computers
Posted 10-Dec-2019 21:32


Vodafone 5G service live in four cities
Posted 10-Dec-2019 08:30


Samsung Galaxy Fold now available in New Zealand
Posted 6-Dec-2019 00:01


NZ company oDocs awarded US$ 100,000 Dubai World Expo grant
Posted 5-Dec-2019 16:00



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.