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Elpie

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#93074 13-Nov-2011 15:52
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Just a heads up for anyone headed for Australia and tempted to buy a SGS2 while there. 

SGS2's are currently on sale and prices range from AUD$698 to AUD$799 (or AUD$899 from Vodafone AU stores).  Dick Smith was the cheapest & I was able to negotiate them down a further $20. 

JB Hifi had quite a few in stock in their stores across the Gold Coast and Brisbane and are advertising the phones as unlocked. Even with checking on this via phone they asserted that the phones are unlocked. They are NOT!  These phones are locked to Telstra and there is a fee for unlocking them.

Vodafone AU also claim their outright purchased SGS2's are unlocked. They aren't. Vodafone said they would unlock, but presented a lot of hoops to jump through and said there was a fee involved. They also wouldn't budge from $899 despite others selling for $200 less.

The SGS2 I got from Dick Smith was claimed to be unlocked & they printed the same on the invoice. It was unlocked and came standard with no provider bloatware. 

If you are buying one of these in Oz I'd recommend getting the "unlocked" in writing and testing with your SIM before leaving the store. 

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  #544891 13-Nov-2011 21:17
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http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1092451

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  #544899 13-Nov-2011 22:01
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Not really saving much at 700aud even factoring in gst refund.

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  #545195 14-Nov-2011 15:18
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DSE sells them unlocked and quad band for $999 locally so that seems a safer bet than getting one from Oz.




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#545226 14-Nov-2011 15:59
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One could pick up a new unlocked Samsung GSII for approx. $739.00 in NZ if one didn't mind going off piste.

I got my Sony Ericsson X10i new for $478.00 NZ.

The phone is operating fine AND I get upgrades when they come out and not when the carrier gets around to it. Laughing

And look Mum, no dumb branded apps. 

 

 

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  #545229 14-Nov-2011 16:01
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I think the point was to be wary for those that purchase in Australia. But the price is expensive compared to what they are over here but thast from an importer but having siad that i have one and have had no issues with it and as it was purchased from a shop I walked into its covered by the CGA. Not sure I would be happy paying $999 thats for sure





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  #545241 14-Nov-2011 16:24
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jeffnz: I think the point was to be wary for those that purchase in Australia. 



 

That's true. Some times I see extreme dollar values and lose focus.  

At $999.00 you'd REALLY want to be sure Samsung wasn't going to release a New Samsung Galaxy S II that was going to Skyrocket past the specs of that which you just sold your first born for.  Laughing

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  #545242 14-Nov-2011 16:24
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jeffnz: I think the point was to be wary for those that purchase in Australia. But the price is expensive compared to what they are over here but thast from an importer but having siad that i have one and have had no issues with it and as it was purchased from a shop I walked into its covered by the CGA. Not sure I would be happy paying $999 thats for sure



Are you saying you purchased from a shop in NZ for the low price?




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  #545247 14-Nov-2011 16:34
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yes purchased from Gadgets online shop in Dominion Rd for $849 but that was about 4 months ago and the price has dropped since then. Check pricespy and identify those that have an actual shop you can go to as you can get them for under $800.

I just put my sim card in and it has been going sweetly ever since although I have flashed it a few times.




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  #545249 14-Nov-2011 16:44
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Another option may be Expert Infotech Ltd on Sunnybrae Road Auckland which also have an online service.

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  #545334 14-Nov-2011 20:11
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jeffnz: yes purchased from Gadgets online shop in Dominion Rd for $849 but that was about 4 months ago and the price has dropped since then. Check pricespy and identify those that have an actual shop you can go to as you can get them for under $800.

I just put my sim card in and it has been going sweetly ever since although I have flashed it a few times.
Is this the quad band version?




Staying in Wellington. Check out my AirBnB in the Wellington CBD.  https://www.airbnb.co.nz/rooms/32019730  Mention GZ to get a 10% discount

 

System One:  PS3 SuperSlim, NPVR and Plex Server running on Intel NUC (C2D) (Windows 10 Pro), Sony BDP-S390 BD player, Pioneer AVR, Odroid C2 running Kodi and Plex, Panasonic 60" 3D plasma, Samsung Q80 Atmos soundbar. Google Chromecast, Google Chromecast TV

System Two: Oppo BDP-80 BluRay Player with hardware mode to be region free, Vivitek HD1080P 1080P DLP projector with 100" screen, Denon AVRS730H 7.2 Channel Dolby Atmos/DTS-X AV Receiver, Samsung 4K player, Google Chromecast, Odroid C2 running Kodi and Plex

 

 


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  #545461 15-Nov-2011 08:47
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lchiu7:
jeffnz: yes purchased from Gadgets online shop in Dominion Rd for $849 but that was about 4 months ago and the price has dropped since then. Check pricespy and identify those that have an actual shop you can go to as you can get them for under $800.

I just put my sim card in and it has been going sweetly ever since although I have flashed it a few times.
Is this the quad band version?


All SGS2s sold down here are quad band 3G.




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