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Is it cheaper to buy my mobile in the UK and take it to Australia or buy it in Australia?
What should I be looking for when I buy the phone?-compatibility wise?

Any 'cheap' aussie sites that I can use to find phones on Pay as you go and contract?

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It's cheaper to buy a handset in the UK than in Australia for some reason, like you can get a better handset for less money I reckon, but make sure you get it either unlocked or with a network that has an Australian equivalent so you can buy a sim card in Oz. It's cheaper to get pay as you go (or 'prepaid') in Australia than contract as well. Vodafone is probably a good option if you want to buy the handset in the UK because they have cheap sim deals in Australia and you can get a decent handset. Australia doesn't have T-Mobile, but does have 3 and I'm pretty sure it has Orange as well (but no-one I know uses them).
 

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It's cheaper to buy a handset in the UK than in Australia for some reason, like you can get a better handset for less money I reckon, but make sure you get it either unlocked or with a network that has an Australian equivalent so you can buy a sim card in Oz. It's cheaper to get pay as you go (or 'prepaid') in Australia than contract as well. Vodafone is probably a good option if you want to buy the handset in the UK because they have cheap sim deals in Australia and you can get a decent handset. Australia doesn't have T-Mobile, but does have 3 and I'm pretty sure it has Orange as well (but no-one I know uses them).
Hi,
i just brought a unlocked gsm phone in the states to take to Australia, it was 250 usd instead of 780 AUD. I plan to use in Vodafone as there pricing is so much better than Telstra, i however did make sure it was one of the phones they all ready sell. This will allow me to sign up for a $20 a month sim only contract for six months, as opposed to a 24 month contract at around $70 a month which included the phone. I like this a lot because it allows me to change service providers easily if i end up living in a area where reception is poor.
the cons are
- if the phone dies you'd have to send it home for warranty to work.
-if you buy a non compatible phone you've thrown away some dosh.
for me I felt the benefits where worth the risk.
-Tom:plane:
 

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Thanks for the reply.

Can a mobile locked to UK vodafone be used in Australia with an Aussie vodafone sim card without any unlocking?:confused2:please confirm
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Oz is using some dual bands. Check your phone's supported bands. Hence I'm guessing that my new Nokia E71 can be used Down Under.
is this supported in aus
E51
General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 2100
 
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