#1
Well i can't remember how this came up exactly but my friend wanted to send her boyfriend (who lives in canada) a phone but she lives in Australia and she was wondering if the phone will even work in canada if it comes from Australia.

I don't know much about mobiles so i didn't know what to tell her. Does anyone here in the pit know?

Also if you're going to say "Why doesn't he just buy his own phone?" I asked the same thing and she got snippy so i'm not gonna push that one lol.
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#2
As long as it's not locked to an Australian network, yes.

And don't use an Australian network by mistake, or you will pay ALL the fees. They charge a shitload for international roaming.
#3
depends. if it's a phone on a carrier then it may not work. but if it's a standalone phone ie.: a motorola phone as compared to Verizon Wiresless (as the case in the US) phone. then he can get it set up with a Canadian carrier
#4
Hmm, i'll ask her about those things. If it's on a network can you take it off? Or is it like attached to the phone for good?
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#5
Umm overseas I don't know...

(I'm from Australia, so sorry if you don't have these companies over there)

If I bought a Telstra-locked phone, it won't work without a Telstra simcard, while it's locked. The locked period will vary depending on the phone and the carrier, but I'm pretty sure most of them unlock over time; 6 months would be fairly typical.

You could also go to a Telstra shop and ask them to unlock it for you, for a fee, but if it's locked to an overseas network, I'm not sure how you'd do that...
#6
Like everyone else has said, it will probably only work if the phone is unlocked. It costs about $80AUD to get a phone unlocked from a network. I'm also pretty sure you will have to get it unlocked before it gets shipped. Also, @Wolffgang, I think all of the network auto-unlock periods are about 12 - 18 months after purchase.

OR

You can buy a phone outright, with no network lock and send it. I think these cost a little more than their network-locked counterparts.
#7
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You can buy a phone outright, with no network lock and send it. I think these cost a little more than their network-locked counterparts.

Probably depends on the type of phone.

I bought a shitty little $50 with no network, and the same phone locked to a network could cost the same price or more.
#8
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Probably depends on the type of phone.

I bought a shitty little $50 with no network, and the same phone locked to a network could cost the same price or more.



I see.

I bought my Samsung Galaxy S outright and unlocked and it cost more than the Telstra or Optus ones.
#9
Why not just have her buy it online from a Canadian shop?
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#10
No man, they don't have phones in canada, they teach Polar bears to speak and then use them as message-boys.