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# 205941 3-Dec-2016 16:14
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Considering buying the mum in law a Samsung J1. I'm sure this would cover her needs. Main needs would be to use phone for conversations and take photos of the grand kids.
I've seen a few ones at around $150, but it says they're locked to Skinny.
My question is: Although it's locked to Skinny, can I still unlock it, if she for example wants to use it with another carrier?

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  # 1681778 3-Dec-2016 16:18
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Yep. It costs $30. Details are here.

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  # 1681780 3-Dec-2016 16:23
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Just saw that PB Tech sells this for $94 with 2degrees (who also charge $30 to unlock).
That might just be the Xmas gift sorted.

Or can anyone recommend a better phone in this price range?


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  # 1681901 3-Dec-2016 21:19
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Skinny may be a good choice, though, as she may well get by with the $9/mth charge as my wife and I do. Happy it uses Spark network, too.

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  # 1681907 3-Dec-2016 21:38
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low usage check out VodafoneNZ Prepay ' Pay&Go '

1 cent SMS 20 cents per minute calling and credit is valid for one year and you also get the fantastic Friday offers


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  # 1682283 5-Dec-2016 10:15
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Buy a Spark J1 Ace and stick a Skinny sim in it. I've done it half a dozen times and never had to pay the unlocking fee, they've just worked.


I'm pretty sure I've done it with a Vodafone J1 Ace too, but I wasn't paying enough attention. I had to call and give me details over the phone for two separate phones. Before I had the chance to give all the details of the second phone it was already working with the Skinny sim inserted. But as I said, I wasn't paying enough attention to know what really happened. I was on auto-pilot with the CSR !





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  # 1682387 5-Dec-2016 11:32
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OK, thanks for all the info :-)

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