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    If I purchase a mobile phone off ebay and the seller is in Hong Kong will the phone still be ok to use in Australia? Would I have to get one of those power converter things and if so is it bad for the phone to use one of those for a long period of time or doesn't it really matter?

    The seller has sold thousands of phones and has 100% feedback.

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    I think when getting a phone from another continent, it's good to look for a GSM phone with quad band, and get a phone that states it is "unlocked" so you can use it with any carrier.

    I don't believe it's bad to use a converter for long periods of time, but don't quote me on that.

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    thanks hun, technology has surpased me. I really dont have a clue when it comes to those things.

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    No problem. I don't know much either, R helped me get my SLVR when I was in Germany still

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    you have to go about this the right way. Here's how.

    Which Service do you want to use?

    What phone technologies does it support? (a lot easier than it sounds)

    and most importantly

    MAKE SURE YOU GET A WALL CHARGER THAT FITS YOUR HOUSE OUTLET

    But yea, if you're looking to get a treo off ebay, first, go to the cellular service website you want to use, and see if they offer treos. If they do, find out what technology the phones use.

    Like I use Verizon, so since Verizon ONLY supports Verizon provision phones using CDMA technology, if I buy an GSM phone, I'm screwed.

    GSM is a global standard for mobile. So if your service talks about gsm phones you should be ok as long as the phone you're getting is unlocked.
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    I've bought nearly ten mobile phones from HK sellers from ebay in the last four years and have had no problems whatsoever. A good way to tell if you're buying from a reputable seller is to check their feedback rating. A high percentage matters, as well as the count (1000+ is a good sign), as that represents the amount of successful transactions they've made with other ebayers in the past. Because at the end of the day, a seller with 95% feedback rating with over 1000 sales to date would probably be a more reliable seller than one with 100% feedback rating that's based on only a few sales. Also, look out for the coveted PowerSeller status.

    And make sure you read the product description carefully to see if the seller includes an adapator in the deal as the voltage in HK is different to that of Australia's and the power sockets are different so the chargers won't match. It's not that big of a deal because adaptors are readily available instores here and aren't expensive, but you shouldn't have to buy one separately because it's the norm for mobile packages on ebay.


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    I found one of my two phones off ebay from an aussie seller. Why go with the HK seller? Wouldn't the postage cost kill the "savings" ? My own personal rule of thumb in regards to eBay (and has yet to prove me wrong) is to stick to purchasing items from Australia, UK, Canada, USA only.

    Too risky IMO to purchase from anywhere else no matter that their feedback etc.


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    FWIW I have bought several Items form Hong Kong Sellers, and have had 0 problems!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldCoastGirl View Post
    I found one of my two phones off ebay from an aussie seller. Why go with the HK seller? Wouldn't the postage cost kill the "savings" ? My own personal rule of thumb in regards to eBay (and has yet to prove me wrong) is to stick to purchasing items from Australia, UK, Canada, USA only.

    Too risky IMO to purchase from anywhere else no matter that their feedback etc.
    Postage from HK is super cheap and so is relatively everything in Hong Kong... I bought 5 of the most fabulous crystal watch faces for like $20 including shipping.. it's been 6 years and they're STILL on time.


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    Okay, I will start to look at HK sellers now on eBay since it seems alot of people are having decent experiences with them.


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    thanks everyone for the advise. The reason I mentioned HK sellers is coz nearly every listibg for the phone that I want the samsung D900 is from HK.

    I had this phone and lost it and I was really happy with the D900 so I want another one.

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    Glad you posted this... there's a Nokia phone from a HK seller listed in eBay Australia that isn't available to buy here yet. My current phone is trashed and I need a new one but haven't been sure as to whether this one will be okay. I guess I'll just buy it anyway.

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    I have never once had a problem with a Hong Kong seller - ever. I mean, they even seem to package shit better. My watches came individually bubblewrapped and then wrapped as a whole. They were just watch faces! And any time I've ever bought from ANY Hong Kong seller, the stuff has been packaged similarly and always had great amazing feedback.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jaizaine View Post
    If I purchase a mobile phone off ebay and the seller is in Hong Kong will the phone still be ok to use in Australia? Would I have to get one of those power converter things and if so is it bad for the phone to use one of those for a long period of time or doesn't it really matter?

    The seller has sold thousands of phones and has 100% feedback.

    GSM phone is what you want. You can then put a sim card in it, and bob's your uncle. If you have trouble finding a sim card, just go to 7-Eleven.

    A Hong Kong phone will not require a power converter, but drop by a $2dollar store for a plug adaptor. Many phones do come with them. I'll send a pic of what you'll need, if you want to see what they look like, I've got a few laying around.

    Ensure the phone is GSM and *not* IDEN or anything like that... or you'll have hell in a handbasket. Most of the places that are in HK and do business with Australia know this.

    Watch the shipping!! Many places give a low item price and inflate the shipping to avoid ebay fees, and to make the price look lower.

    I bought the last phone for The Empress via ebay, and am happy with it... well its more a woman's phone so um yeah she can keep it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lilithmorrigan View Post
    I have never once had a problem with a Hong Kong seller - ever. I mean, they even seem to package shit better. My watches came individually bubblewrapped and then wrapped as a whole. They were just watch faces! And any time I've ever bought from ANY Hong Kong seller, the stuff has been packaged similarly and always had great amazing feedback.

    I have to agree, I've purchased lot of tech stuff from HK and been very happy with packaging etc.
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    If anyone is looking for an unlocked RAZR type phone or unlocked one's in general, try getting one's from T-Mobile. Stay away from the Cingular version, as they are locked and you need an unlock code to use them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaizaine View Post
    If I purchase a mobile phone off ebay and the seller is in Hong Kong will the phone still be ok to use in Australia? Would I have to get one of those power converter things and if so is it bad for the phone to use one of those for a long period of time or doesn't it really matter?

    The seller has sold thousands of phones and has 100% feedback.

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