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# 82277 26-Apr-2011 15:35
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I wish to buy a "basic" phone for use on the Vodafone network. I only need to make and receive calls and texts. Also use the reminders function on my current phone. Oh, and I also use the Vodafone fecility to check prepay balance and top ups (via "Hotlink").  I currently have a Nokia 1208 - and have had that for 4 or so years. So, really, just looking to update that phone.

I think the Nokia 1616 will suit me fine. However, there are prices around from about $45 - Trademe and other online sellers (like gadgetsonline) - to $99 on Vodafone online store. I suspect the $45 and cheapish handsets are all parallel imports. But does it really matter where I buy my handset from because even the Vodafone item must also be an import?

What are the risks and implications depending on where I buy a 1616 handset from? 

Must say that my Nokia 1208 was a parallel import and I had to resort to this forum to get that handset to work on the Vodafone "Hotlink" facility. Might I do that "set up" again via this site/forum?

Thanks for any help and advice.   

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  # 462648 26-Apr-2011 17:52
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Most not all handsets can be approved for Vodafone Hotlink and I would see no issue approving a Nokia 1616

All that is required is the first 8 digits of the IMEI and the Handset make / model


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  # 462873 27-Apr-2011 08:59
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Thanks for that John.

Where/how would I get that done?  For my 1208 Nokia I posted the details here and someone (?) did it for me. 


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# 463041 27-Apr-2011 15:08
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Hooray - got a cheapie ($45) Vodafone capable Nokia 1616 today that does all I want. It even works with the Vodafone "Hotlink" facility so there are no issues that arise on the network.

Thanks for help and advice etc. 

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  # 463061 27-Apr-2011 15:56
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If you all of a sudden get a SMS advising Vodafone Hotlink is now suspended let me know and I will sort it out.


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