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Topic # 191238 28-Jan-2016 21:19
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Hello everyone, I dropped my HTC phone and need a new one. I am with 2degrees but the phone I want is $70 cheaper at the warehouse with the vodafone phones. If I buy the phone outright under no plan (other than the free prepay sim they include) can I just use my 2degrees sim out of the box or will it only work on the vodafone network. There is a post on here saying Vodafone dont lock their phones but it is from 2011 and they clearly do now as they provide instructions on the vodafone site on how to unlock their phones. i just can't find any info on whether its just their fixed term contract phones that are locked all all their phones. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks everyone 


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  Reply # 1480927 28-Jan-2016 21:22
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All handsets SIM locked are clearly marked of this and it's generally the lower range handsets and if they are SIM locked it's $30 to get them unlocked in the first 9 months

http://www.vodafone.co.nz/help/mobile-phones/unlock/



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  Reply # 1480986 29-Jan-2016 06:31
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Hi, thanks for that. I had already read the stuff at the link you provided and understand that but browsing their phones online I can't find a single handset that says its locked to them. Likewise in store NONE of the handsets are specifically marked as locked to vodafone. Which just leads me to believe they are all locked. But you seem tp reckon thats not the case and the $300 Samsung Xcover3 I am intersted in probably wont be locked to them?


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  Reply # 1480987 29-Jan-2016 06:42
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what Johnr reckons is usually pretty accurate since he works for Vodafone.

 

The Warehouses website clearly marks which phones are locked in their title.


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  Reply # 1480988 29-Jan-2016 06:46
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dajackal:

 

Hello everyone, I dropped my HTC phone and need a new one. I am with 2degrees but the phone I want is $70 cheaper at the warehouse with the vodafone phones. If I buy the phone outright under no plan (other than the free prepay sim they include) can I just use my 2degrees sim out of the box or will it only work on the vodafone network. There is a post on here saying Vodafone dont lock their phones but it is from 2011 and they clearly do now as they provide instructions on the vodafone site on how to unlock their phones. i just can't find any info on whether its just their fixed term contract phones that are locked all all their phones. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks everyone 

 

 

 

 

Get the phone you want but just budget that you might have to spend the extra $30 to unlock it.

 

If you do have to unlock it you are still $40 better off than buying the same phone from 2degrees.

 

 


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  Reply # 1481009 29-Jan-2016 07:40
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dajackal:

 

Hi, thanks for that. I had already read the stuff at the link you provided and understand that but browsing their phones online I can't find a single handset that says its locked to them. Likewise in store NONE of the handsets are specifically marked as locked to vodafone. Which just leads me to believe they are all locked. But you seem tp reckon thats not the case and the $300 Samsung Xcover3 I am intersted in probably wont be locked to them?

 

 

 Having purchased a few prepay handsets both for myself and other people in recent months on various networks it's exceptionally clear what handsets are locked - POS is very clear in both The Warehouse and Warehouse Stationery saying they're locked and all locked handsets have big stickers on the boxes making this very clear also.

 

Looking on both the Warehouse and Warehouse stationery websites clearly indicates "locked" next to the handsets that are locked.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1481010 29-Jan-2016 07:41
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dajackal: the $300 Samsung Xcover3 I am intersted in probably wont be locked to them?

 

Vodafone's site does not have the "locked" statement listed for that phone, so it should be fine. Compare with, say, the ZTE F320 which does state that it's locked.


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  Reply # 1481043 29-Jan-2016 08:45
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I was told recently even the Vodafone branded "smart" phones are not locked.
How does the Samsung you want compare to the "Smart Ultra", $250 at PB Tech?

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  Reply # 1481045 29-Jan-2016 08:54
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Behodar:

 

dajackal: the $300 Samsung Xcover3 I am intersted in probably wont be locked to them?

 

Vodafone's site does not have the "locked" statement listed for that phone, so it should be fine. Compare with, say, the ZTE F320 which does state that it's locked.

 

 

 

 

Yeah, we have the bullet point saying "At this price this phone is set up to only work with a Vodafone NZ SIM. If you ever need to use it with another networks SIM, a $30 fee may apply and you can get details on how to unlock this phone from vodafone.co.nz/unlock. " on the locked ones. Unlocking is free after 9 months, $30 before that. (Edit - I often get that one wrong, it's 9 months, not 90 days)

 

To be absolutely clear, the Samsung Xcover 3 is not locked. https://www.vodafone.co.nz/shop/mobileDetails.jsp?skuId=sku800079


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  Reply # 1481068 29-Jan-2016 09:45
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jlittle: I was told recently even the Vodafone branded "smart" phones are not locked.
How does the Samsung you want compare to the "Smart Ultra", $250 at PB Tech?

 

The cheaper Smart branded phones are sim locked. 


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