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# 160058 22-Dec-2014 10:51
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Hi guys.

So this thread is similar to the "Lumia 635 - $100 cheaper on Vodafone" thread.

Why is the Lumia 530 about $50-$80 (give or take) cheaper on VF than Spark?

For what I have read, the 530 is Sim Locked, so I would have to pay $30 to be able to use it on Spark, correct? Even doing this still makes it cheaper than purchasing a Spark handset directly.

Why is this?

Im interested in buying the 530 for my mum for Christmas, not for myself.

Thanks.

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  # 1201872 22-Dec-2014 10:56
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its been down to $66 and $77 in various specials run by the big name retailers in the lead up to Xmas.  Boxing day sales...

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  # 1201981 22-Dec-2014 12:51
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nathan: retailers set the price.  the phone is the same.

Is it the same? Or are there two variants, 900/2100 & 850/2100 versions?




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  # 1201986 22-Dec-2014 12:59
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coffeebaron:
nathan: retailers set the price.  the phone is the same.

Is it the same? Or are there two variants, 900/2100 & 850/2100 versions?


I mean they are all SIM locked.

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  # 1201988 22-Dec-2014 13:04
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nathan:
coffeebaron:
nathan: retailers set the price.  the phone is the same.

Is it the same? Or are there two variants, 900/2100 & 850/2100 versions?


I mean they are all SIM locked.


The Spark one doesn't appear to be but the Voda one is..   And yes there are two versions of it.  From memory the Spark one does all bands.. http://www.gsmarena.com/nokia_lumia_530-6523.php





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  # 1202097 22-Dec-2014 15:01
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sorry my mistake

Spark is not SIM locked, and only that one supports 850Mhz 3G

Voda is SIM locked and doesn't support 850

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Finch: Hi guys.

So this thread is similar to the "Lumia 635 - $100 cheaper on Vodafone" thread.

Why is the Lumia 530 about $50-$80 (give or take) cheaper on VF than Spark?

For what I have read, the 530 is Sim Locked, so I would have to pay $30 to be able to use it on Spark, correct? Even doing this still makes it cheaper than purchasing a Spark handset directly.

Why is this?

Im interested in buying the 530 for my mum for Christmas, not for myself.

Thanks.


Christmas discounting in action.

Competition drives this. Telco 1 wants to beat Telco 2/3 for Christmas sales, so discount handsets

Vodafone variant is SIM Locked and unlocked will work best on VF and 2 Degrees, there is no 850mhz frequency support so you'll have no Spark coverage in most parts of New Zealand, so not recommended to use this handset on Spark.

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  # 1202816 23-Dec-2014 18:13
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VF version is now $79 at Dick Smiths

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