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Topic # 144157 9-May-2014 09:47
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Hi there, . i have been researching my question online and i've also called both the telecom call centre (useless- they put me through to the "technical desk" and i asked the question and the guy said it would not work at all), the vodafone call centre (they said it would work as long as i paid them $30 to have it unblocked).... my question is:

My bf gifted me a samsung galaxy s5 that he purchased outright from a vodafone store (bout 3 weeks ago), he hasnt used it yet- his work gave him the same phone around the same time. 

My work has me on a telecom contract, and that wont change.

i want to make my normal telecom sim into a micro sim (ive been told i can do this quite easily at a telecom store) and use the samsung galaxy s5 (why wouldnt i ?! my work supplied phone is a samsung galaxy s3 mini)....

IS THIS POSSIBLE? i know about telecom using 850/2100 frequencies (?>!) and on the vodafone site the specs for the s5 state: "GSM Band850/900/1800/1900" and there's alot of conflicting info out there.... like it;ll work on in urban areas but if i go rural it wont etc.

i live and work in rotorua central. but obviously i leave rotorua sometimes too.

the other option for me is to just make the vodafone s5 my personal phone , on prepay (i have been telecom client on prepaid and now contract via work for at least seven years, so nervous bout changing to vodafone prepaid) and keep running the mini for work??? seems like a hassle to run 2 phones, that's 2 chargers, 2 things to worry about!!! also my work often runs over to personal- friends with lots of clients etc so theyd just keep contacting work phone, the s5 might be dead!!

any advice/experience/facts greatly appreciated :)

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  Reply # 1040626 9-May-2014 09:48
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Should work OK..




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  Reply # 1040631 9-May-2014 09:53
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even in rural areas?!

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1040633 9-May-2014 09:58
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amateurgeeknz: even in rural areas?!


The phone would have to support their frequencies. Im not sure of theirs. JornR will comment further about that.

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  Reply # 1040645 9-May-2014 10:01
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As far as I'm aware both Vodafone & Telecom use the SM-G900F variant, so there should be no issue with that. Unsure if VF lock theirs, but if so yes $30 fee.




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  Reply # 1040653 9-May-2014 10:08
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Yep as Inphinity said. Can't *guarantee* it will work though, but it looks ok as it supports 850(rural)/2100(urban) 3G & 1800 band3 4G.

Is not locked to Vodafone, generally only our cheaper phones are.

3G/4G support is what's required. Telecom doesn't have a backup 2G/GSM network, so the Technical GSM/2G specs on Vodafone website aren't giving you any clues about compatibility.

If you'd got me on the line I could have explained things much better ;)

Any issues with Telecom network, a Vodafone SIM is only $5 & very easy to get setup.




 


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  Reply # 1040733 9-May-2014 11:24

Should work just fine. Vodafone S5s are the same hardware variant as Telecom's AFAIK, and support all the required frequencies for 3G & 4G on both networks - 3G 900/2100 + LTE 1800 for Vodafone, 3G 850/2100 + LTE 1800 for TCNZ (The GSM frequencies noted on the Vodafone product page for the S5 are 2G. Telecom does not have a 2G network). Everything is there on paper, but as Kieran notes, we cannot 100% guarantee it as we test our devices on & for our own network.

Some users with Vodafone & 2d Galaxy Note 3s had issues connecting to Telecom 4G, but I believe these were resolved in software updates.

Basically, get Telecom to SIM swap you to a micro SIM, plug it in to your shiny new S5, & away you go! But if you do want to switch to Vodafone prepay, we'll be only too happy to help. :)




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  Reply # 1040744 9-May-2014 11:47
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what's AFAIK ?

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  Reply # 1040745 9-May-2014 11:52
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amateurgeeknz: what's AFAIK ?


As Far As I Know




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  Reply # 1040746 9-May-2014 11:53
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HEHEHE, I learn something every day!! :) 

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  Reply # 1040829 9-May-2014 13:36
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amateurgeeknz: HEHEHE, I learn something every day!! :) 


What's HEHEHE ? ;)

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  Reply # 1040835 9-May-2014 13:53
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kiwitrc:
amateurgeeknz: HEHEHE, I learn something every day!! :) 


What's HEHEHE ? ;)


The male version of HERHERHER




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  Reply # 1040845 9-May-2014 14:13
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well an update, ive taken the leap and opened the box annnnnnnnnnnnnnnd im in love hahaha. i have just chucked a vodafone micro sim in for now.
i charged it from about 11am until now, its still charging but im having a wee tutu and love it .

anyone recommend the best case for it?
best vodafone prepay plan for me? (have wifi at home and work so data not a priority)- just want a million texts per month and maybe a bit of call time.

Amy :)

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  Reply # 1040847 9-May-2014 14:13
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robjg63:
kiwitrc:
amateurgeeknz: HEHEHE, I learn something every day!! :) 


What's HEHEHE ? ;)


The male version of HERHERHER

Actually, to me "HERHERHER" sounds like a male laughing, whereas "HEHEHE" sounds more female.

Go figure.


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  Reply # 1040853 9-May-2014 14:29
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amateurgeeknz: best vodafone prepay plan for me? (have wifi at home and work so data not a priority)- just want a million texts per month and maybe a bit of call time.

Amy :)

Some calls + txt best option could be the Prepay $19 pack
Unlimited NZ/AU TXT
100 NZ/AU mins
500MB data
Auto-renew every 30 days or on topup if expired

You can set yourself up with My Vodafone app and manage things easy as that way or TXT "prepay" to 756 to switch to $19 if you have enough credit.

Check out vodafone.co.nz/prepay for more info.




 


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  Reply # 1040860 9-May-2014 14:54
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amateurgeeknz:
anyone recommend the best case for it?


Wireless charging S-View flip cover




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