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Wannabe Geek

Topic # 55401 3-Jan-2010 04:06
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Im looking at buying a nokia in singapore when i pass through in the next week.

I havnt purchased a phone overseas before with the intention of running on a nz network.

The phone i have my eye on is the n97.

Is getting them unlocked the only difficulty i may run into ? Other than making sure the networks match up.

Or is it only a case of asking the retailer if the phones are unlocked and/or buying from a retailer who isnt a network provider?

And if they are locked, is it best to have it unlocked while im still there?

I have both a working 3g voda sim, and a 2 degrees one.


(too many questions at once i know)

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  Reply # 286600 3-Jan-2010 05:13
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Provided it is unlocked and on the right UMTS frequencies (900/2100 for Vodafone/2Degrees) then you should be fine.

Yes, get it unlocked while you are there preferably by the person you buy it off. Alternatively, contact someone in NZ before you go that offers an unlocking service to seek their advice/opinion.

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  Reply # 286666 3-Jan-2010 14:10
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my mum bought her (basic) GSM mobile from Singapore, has no issues with it. I think most phones there are unlocked.

Maybe if you're going there in person, get roaming set up, then pop your SIM in the new phone just to double check. Generally in most shops, the sellers are quite good.


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Master Geek

  Reply # 286674 3-Jan-2010 14:31
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You should be ok, I have most of my electronics from singapore mobile phones laptopts etc and never had any issues. I actually go to singapore twice a yer for the shopping purposes

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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 286790 4-Jan-2010 08:32
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awesome thanks for the replies.

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  Reply # 286804 4-Jan-2010 10:12
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yups i am going threw Singapore in bout 10 days and going to try to get the n900 from there , found a website in Singapore that already stocks them

1138 is in the expensive side maybe i could bargain with them lol

please check out my android page on face book do click "like " thanks

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Biddle Corp

  Reply # 286806 4-Jan-2010 10:21
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I assume you're planning on using the phone on Vodafone? If you are then there won't be any problems as most phones there are 900/2100 3G.

If you were planning on using it on XT you may encounter a few problems finding handsets, fromwhat I've heard recently there are very few 850/2100 3G handsets hitting Singapore at present.

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  Reply # 286839 4-Jan-2010 12:22
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worth having a look at the Funan Centre (, they are pretty good.

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