11 Apr 2006 6:31 AM
Can anyone help??? We are wondering what to do with our mobile phones. If we have pay as you go phones here in UK is it as simple as just getting a new sim card when we get to OZ and putting it in. Will it work or is Perth on a different band ie like we would need tri-band in USA. Basically will our mobiles work in Australia?
Paul and Lynn|
11 Apr 2006 6:39 AM
|i'm pretty sure that you will need your phone unlocking. any market stall can do this, just call your service provider and ask for an unlocking code. they should give you it. if you goto the service provider shop, they will do it but will cost you more.
if you're in contract (within first 12 months) i dont think it can be done.
let me know what else you find out, cos i want to do mine. but i'm within my first 12 months.. *bummer*
11 Apr 2006 8:17 AM
|Just go into your local independant mobile phone shop (NOT a main dealer).
They will unlock your phones there and then for about 10.00GBP.
They can be unlocked regardless of if you are 'in contract'.
Its just a code that unlocks the SIM card reader.
It has nothing to do with the service provider.
Dont get the unlock code confused with the PUK code (which is used for moving a number from say Orange to Vodafone). Your service provider WILL NOT supply an unlock code, as they are phone manufacturer codes not service provider codes.
Its a very simple process and takes only a few minutes.
11 Apr 2006 1:51 PM
|Meant to mention this site:
They can do unlocking over the net/phone/email (as long as you are still in UK!) for a couple of quid.
Its a proper shop in Birmingham, not just a web address.
Excellant telephone customer support too.
Who I used some time ago on our first trip to Aus.
Hope its useful!
11 Apr 2006 3:45 PM
|you can do it for free online - http://www.trycktill.com/eng/
put in the info for your phone and it will give you the code. This is where the market stalls get the unlock code from, you can also buy a USB cable from EBAY and connect your phone to your PC and the cable will come with the software to do it for you.
You can use any UK phone over here, the frequencies in Australia are the same as the UK GSM frequencies - 900 and 1800 mhz whereas the USA uses 850 and 1900mhz.
You can unlock your phone at any point during your contract, the network provider will not know. However, if you close your contract during the first year then you will be charged for the rental cost for the rest of the year.
11 Apr 2006 5:08 PM
|Great link Steve (worth a tick from me!) even includes international service providers from other countries (inc Australia - bonus), but doesn't unlock Sharp or Sony Ericsson phones...!
11 Apr 2006 11:54 PM
|yea cheers all for that. i myself, have gained in knowledge.
14 Nov 2006 12:10 PM
|Steve, if the USA uses different frequency, does that mean that a US mobile phone will not work in Australia?|
14 Nov 2006 2:09 PM
|depends on the phone, if your handset is triband then it will work ok, what make and model do you have?
14 Nov 2006 2:19 PM
|It's Sony Ericsson, don't know the model number...
14 Nov 2006 3:05 PM
|the model number will be inside the phone underneath the battery.
When you work out the model number, google for it and take a look at the specs for the phone, you want to know if it is Triband - which means it works on the two main GSM frequencies and also the US frequency.
Bring the phone anyway, it's always worth giving it a try. Clare's phone is 4 years old and we thought it would be too old to use internationally but it works fine
15 Nov 2006 1:46 AM
|Hi Steve & Clare
HELP!! We have a Nokia phone (6230i) from the UK was with Vodafone. Phone now dead but need to unlock - have tried the sites you suggested (thanks) but they did not work for us any suggestions? Should I take the phone to a Vodafone here? (we have bought an Aussie Vodafone Sim) or should we try a phone shop????
Sorry to be a pain but we are useless when it comes to things like this so any help would be much appreciated.
ps when's the next pool match??? Sign Mark up now!
15 Nov 2006 5:48 AM
|Just search unlock and the phone you are looking to sort out on google,dont pay for it it will be free somewhere.Most phones are software locked so a simple code will do and theres plenty of sites giving them away for free.I took over a nokia and a samsung after doing the same and they both worked fine on Optus.You can buy two sim cards for $30 each and recieve $30 worth of free calls.If you struggle Pm me your mobile model and i will see what i can do
15 Nov 2006 5:52 AM
|Cut n paste the url
register give them your IME number and they will post you your unlock codes pretty quick if they are not listed already
15 Nov 2006 8:24 AM
|Have tried this site but it doesn't seem to do anything i have no idea what the box serial number is? and what do you put in the next drop down box?|
15 Nov 2006 8:38 AM
|got a calculation by leaving box serial blank and got a calculation but what do i do with it???????????? its got letter in it and without a sim card the phone only lets you put numbers in am i missing something!!!!!|
15 Nov 2006 10:52 AM
pool match is going to be friday 24th, my bro arrives this friday so that will give him a chance to get over the jetlag and find his feet. Marks name is already on the list, no worries.
Ok, the phone, the 6230 will work here no problems, go to http://www.trycktill.com/unlock_swe.asp
Unfortunately the unlock page is now in swedish which is a bit of a pain. Under the bit that says GRATIS UPPL|
15 Nov 2006 10:31 PM
|try using the hash and * keys on your keypad, when the sim card is out. Press repeatedly and you get a repeating circle of characters you cycle through