Q&A Are you better off buying a phone from your carrier or other shops unlocked?

Discussion in 'Compare Hardware' started by carl fish, Dec 29, 2017.

  1. carl fish

    carl fish Level 2

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    Why I want to compare:
    I want to know are you better off buying a phone from your carrier or other shops unlocked?
    I'm thinking of buying the Samsung gs8, I am wondering if I should buy it from Telstra outright or would I be better off buying it from somewhere like the good guys or JBFI?
     
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  2. Vasudev

    Vasudev Level 22

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    Better off buying an unlocked phone.
     
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  3. Danielx64

    Danielx64 Level 8

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    I would buy an unlocked phone, be aware that just because your buy it from JB it doesn't mean that it's unlocked.
     
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  4. Viking

    Viking Level 22
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    I find Telstra overprice their phone/plans. The Good Guys are generaly much cheaper to buy outright. imho
     
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  5. Danielx64

    Danielx64 Level 8

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    Officeworks is good as well.
     
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  6. ItsReallyMe

    ItsReallyMe Level 2

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  7. Flengo

    Flengo Level 1

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    Avoid buying phones from carriers - a lot of carriers tend to put uninstallable spyware on the phones they sell.
     
  8. Transhumana

    Transhumana Level 5

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    Current phone I bought from my carrier because it was more affordable for me at the time. But if you can buy the unlocked one, I believe it's better to choose that option.
     
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  9. Cerberus

    Cerberus Level 2

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    Unlocked, especially if its an Android.
     
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