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Topic # 13466 11-May-2007 15:35
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i was just looking around on the telecom website and it says that the samsung w531 can roam on both CDMA and GSM Networks
so in Saying That vodafone nz is a GSM network would you beable to insert a vodafone nz sim card in to this phone and be on both networks?


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Reply # 70389 11-May-2007 15:39
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No... While you can roam on other GSM networks the hanset is locked to O2, which provides the SIM card to Telecom.






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Reply # 70390 11-May-2007 15:45
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thank you Mr Admin

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  Reply # 70400 11-May-2007 18:13
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Hi
Is it possible for this phone to connect to the 111 system using vodaphone if no Telecom service available as would be a great safety feature for those of us who go off the beaten track to work, especially in these OSH aware times.

If not available at present could telecom possibly allow this feature to be turned on.

regards peter


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  Reply # 70402 11-May-2007 18:38
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If you were after a phone for 'safety purposes', a satellite phone would be much more desirable as it would give you near 100% coverage in New Zealand (providing you are outdoors and have line of sight to the sky).

I haven't tested it but would guess that it could make 111 calls without a SIM card on GSM, as many GSM phones have that ability. However as the GSM feature is provided as a roaming feature rather than a back-up network feature. In many cases, coverage is matched or better, particularly when compared to their current 3G network.




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  Reply # 71175 18-May-2007 18:17
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shay: i was just looking around on the telecom website and it says that the samsung w531 can roam on both CDMA and GSM Networks
so in Saying That vodafone nz is a GSM network would you beable to insert a vodafone nz sim card in to this phone and be on both networks?



Yeah you can, you just need to know a special code. You could probably find it on the net somewhere, I don't know if it would be legl or not though.

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  Reply # 71216 18-May-2007 23:14
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It does not seem to even start the GSM radio up unless a "valid" simcard is inserted, if you insert the "roaming simcard" you will be able to make 112 calls on it while "roaming" on Vodafone NZ

If you either switch to GSM or you set the phone to CDMA first, GSM secondary.(112 is the GSM emergency number)

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Reply # 71780 22-May-2007 22:20
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Yup can be used in NZ with a Vodafone SIM card, you just got to enter the "CODE" Wink

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Reply # 71902 23-May-2007 14:46
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Do you by any chance know the "code"?

any chance you could email it to me? :P

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  Reply # 74541 13-Jun-2007 18:40
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Hate to do a "me too", but I'm looking for "THE CODE" as well.

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  Reply # 74565 13-Jun-2007 21:22
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So do i!!! lol

Edit: Not anymore. I don't like doing illegal things.



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  Reply # 74572 13-Jun-2007 21:40
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How is unlocking the phone to use another network illegal?  I can find nothing in the Telecom info and agreement which prevents me from unlocking MY PHONE.  The phone is not locked into term contract, I should be able to use it on any network I choose.

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  Reply # 74575 13-Jun-2007 21:46
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Ignore my post, i misunderstood a reply made by a mod.

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Reply # 74576 13-Jun-2007 21:47
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Not illegal, just not allowed on these forums...

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  Reply # 74577 13-Jun-2007 21:51
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Ok understood.

Is it allowed if i ask if samsung released some software updates? i looked on their website and i can't find the phone anywhere.


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  Reply # 74578 13-Jun-2007 21:54
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There generally isnt new firmware available for CDMA phones. It needs to be updated by Telecom

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