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Australian Mobile Phone

Postby Cheekybeek » Tue, 09 May 2006 1:23 pm

I have my Aussie phone here with me in Sing but I am assuming I need to have something converted/added/removed to allow me to use it on a Sing network. Has anyone had this done and what is the approx cost?

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Postby Baron Greenback » Tue, 09 May 2006 1:40 pm

I am sure Bremen can correct me if I am wrong or if there is a network issue.

But I brought a phone with me from the UK. It was "tied" to the network I used it with in the UK (Orange) and I had to get the phone 'unlocked' so that it could be used with another provider. I took it to a 2nd hand phone dealer & asked if they could unlock it for me, $20 & a day or so later I could put in a M1 pay as you go sim card - all was good

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Postby Cheekybeek » Tue, 09 May 2006 1:42 pm

thx Baron!

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Postby Quasimodo » Tue, 09 May 2006 2:35 pm

Just in case jpatlokal tells me to fu@k off as well, most phones can be used anywhere - it depends on the make - I know that there are some problems with Motorola - though I have no idea why anyone would use that brand.

Sorry, jpatlokal, if I in any way intimated that my answer had any relevance or an ounce of truth in it.
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Postby Matney » Tue, 09 May 2006 9:25 pm

Cheekybeek, been there, done that. The Baron is correct.

If the phone has been owned for so many days (forgot actual amount) or you have used so much money in calls, it should have easy enough to do back in OZ. That is what we did, had the network turned off so it could be used anywhere in the world.

Note: Not all second hand dealers will want to deal with this.
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Postby Jedi » Wed, 10 May 2006 11:31 am

You only need a local Sim card, you don't need to have anything done to the phone (other than swapping sim cards). I brought my phone with me from Oz years ago and that's all that you need to do!

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Postby Bremen » Wed, 10 May 2006 11:37 am

Jedi wrote:You only need a local Sim card, you don't need to have anything done to the phone (other than swapping sim cards). I brought my phone with me from Oz years ago and that's all that you need to do!


Depends if it's sim-locked or not. :)
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Postby Quasimodo » Wed, 10 May 2006 12:39 pm

Bremen wrote:
Jedi wrote:You only need a local Sim card, you don't need to have anything done to the phone (other than swapping sim cards). I brought my phone with me from Oz years ago and that's all that you need to do!


Depends if it's sim-locked or not. :)


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Postby Bremen » Wed, 10 May 2006 5:34 pm

Quasimodo wrote:
get stuffed, who asked you?!


*ghasp*

I'll go STFU now.
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Postby Vaucluse » Wed, 10 May 2006 5:42 pm

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Postby Jedi » Thu, 11 May 2006 9:39 am

Quasimodo wrote:get stuffed, who asked you?!


Actually his point is a valid one. I didn't consider it because I never buy mobile phones on a contract so I've never faced the (somewhat stupid) issue of sim-locked phones.

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Postby Cheekybeek » Thu, 11 May 2006 9:49 am

My phone was prepaid. It is locked to Optus network, I think they are locking all newer phones sold now in Australia. But isn't Optus satellites the same as Singtel? Maybe I can use it on Singtel network??

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Postby Baron Greenback » Thu, 11 May 2006 10:41 am

Jedi - it's ok Quasimodo was referring to another post & was only being sarcastic :)

CB give it a go & if the new Sim doesn't work try & get the phone unlocked
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Postby Jedi » Thu, 11 May 2006 10:57 am

Cheekybeek wrote:My phone was prepaid. It is locked to Optus network, I think they are locking all newer phones sold now in Australia. But isn't Optus satellites the same as Singtel? Maybe I can use it on Singtel network??

Singtel owns Optus. However I suspect that the Sim-lock would still be in effect. Have you called Singtel to ask them?

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Postby jpatokal » Thu, 11 May 2006 7:42 pm

Even if the phone is SIM locked, the wizards at Sim Lim should be able to pry it open for you. Haven't done this in Singapore personally, but in Thailand (MBK) it cost under 500 baht (<S$20) and that was probably still the farang rate.
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