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Kmart Optus Nokia Lumia 530 (Locked to Optus) $29

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Saw this at my local Kmart store, pretty cheap imo. EDIT sorry, this was in Sunnybank Hills Kmart, 5+ stock when I was there.

Locked to Optus, if you activated the sim for less than 6 months, $80 unlocking fee applies. After 6 months its $25, however ebay unlocking options are available too.

As other members have suggested(thank you), this makes a great $29 GPS in your car. Simply download the offline Australian map into Here Drive(Nokia's Navigation software) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1k0r5YD9PQ

Specifications - WINDOWS 8.1 MOBILE
http://www.gsmarena.com/nokia_lumia_530-6523.php

4" LCD
Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 (Quad Core 1.2Ghz)
512MB RAM
4GB Internal with microSD card up to 128GB
5MP Rear Camera

Windows 8.1 OS
microSIM Card size

129g

UPDATE: I was able to unlock my Lumia 530, I had a active $2 Optus SIM number(active for over 6 months) lying around so I emailed them and they gave me an unlocking code within 2 days. If you have any friends/family member that has a prepaid Optus SIM active for over 6 months, use their number and email them, I'm sure it'll work too.

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  • +1 vote

    Does this come with any credit on the SIM?

  • +3 votes

    Can I use Amaysim SIM card on Optus locked phone?

  • +4 votes

    Even if you don't plan to use as a phone you get Netflix and quite a serviceable GPS for the car.

    • +1 vote

      Hm… I suggest not updating it as my GPS doesn't work anymore after receiving denim update 1

      • +2 votes

        That explains why it was taking me around in circles last weekend, which was really surprising as it has always been spot on in the past.

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        I updated mine and it doesn't seem to have an issue, although I've only used the GPS a couple of times.

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      quite a serviceable GPS for the car.

      How good is the display? Cheap phones tend to make a poor GPS, as can be hard to see by day if any sunlight or reflections hit screen.

      • +1 vote

        The screen is appalling, even compared to other cheap phones.

        • +1 vote

          I don't find it too bad, certainly no worse than my Nexus 5 forclarity in direct sun.

      • +2 votes

        There is no problem using it for car navigation inside a car, screen is fine.
        If one wants to use it for outdoor activities it would be a different story.

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        Well my E71 maps were far better than the Always Lost supplied by Hertz in US of A. I am sure this is much better than an E71 screen.

        • +2 votes

          E71 is much much better. Nokia still cared a bit back then.

          This is actually a few steps backwards from an old E71 - despite being newer.

        • +2 votes

          E71 screen under sunlight is much better than this one.

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    which store was this?

  • +1 vote

    Can I know which Kmart please

  • +9 votes

    The real magic happens in that you can unlock it for free here:

    https://secure-unlock.com.au/ou/launch

    You don't even need to activate the Optus SIM before you unlock, and from what I can see, there doesn't appear to be any Optus branding on the phone - unlike similarly Telstra locked phones.

    • -1 vote

      Only after 6 months though?

      Before you start, make sure you have the following items:

      1. Your Mobile Device's IMEI Number. How do I find the IMEI?
      2. If you have not owned the mobile device for more than 6 months and performed a continual recharge during this period, you may need to make a payment. If this is the case, you will need a valid credit card with sufficient funds to pay for the transaction.
      • +2 votes

        No, you can unlock it straightway, don't have to wait for 6 months

        For more info, refer to this link here — https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/194798

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          Yeah not sure this is still working. Optus appear to have stopped the free unlock of this phone from around 28 or 29 May 2015. It was working when I posted that deal, but I think Optus killed it :(

        • +3 votes

          @GreatWhiteHunter:

          Nope, just unlocked $14.50 ZTE F286 for FREE.

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          @Steptoe:

          Yeah sure OK you unlocked that phone, it isn't a Nokia Lumia 530 though. I think they killed it for the Lumias…

        • +1 vote

          @GreatWhiteHunter:

          You might have saved me a trip to Kmart ;)

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          @Steptoe: What is the message you get to confirm it is unlocked?

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          @unity1:

          After entering the Code, I just saw the shutdown splash screen (See Ya!). Inserted a Telstra SIM and it connected when it booted up.

          Used * 983 * 8284 # to get the prompt to enter Code.

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          @Steptoe: I have a sealed one, but don't want to open it unless I know it's unlocked. I received an error message stating:

          This mobile device is not a locked Optus prepaid mobile device."

          Does that mean it's already unlocked?

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          @unity1:

          Have you activated the SIM included? It's only under the sleeve, not in the box.

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          @unity1:

          me too. I've got the same message trying to unlock a ZTE f286.

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          @unity1:

          No it is locked although it's said.I knew this because one of my friends opened and tested.
          I also get the same message a fem min. before. Apparently, they have got into it.
          If it is unlocked you will directly get the unlock code.

        • +1 vote

          @GreatWhiteHunter:

          Yep. "This mobile device is not a locked Optus prepaid mobile device.

          Click here to return to the beginning.". However, I'm sure it is locked to Optus.
          Need to return this back to Kmart, please comment if anyone succeeded.

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          So can someone confirm if this NOT locked to Optus??

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          @Huntz:
          I can confirm that It is locked to Optus. Free unlocking does not works for me at the moment.Unlock code seems to be available for $19 as commented below.

        • +1 vote

          @Steptoe: Not yet. Might activate the SIM to get the Netflix Voucher.

        • +1 vote

          @WNK: Thanks for confirming this.

        • +2 votes

          I had the same problem that others are having. I received the "This mobile device is not a locked Optus prepaid mobile device" error message. So I used the Optus Customer Chat Room and spoke (typed actually) with the rep. who quickly produced the unlock code without any fee. The code worked and now I can use a Telstra SIM as well in my phone.

        • +1 vote

          Cant you just ring Optus and say you are travelling overseas and they unlock the phone free of charge? I've never had issues in the past doing this, has it changed recently?

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          @cjmorgan87: Sounds like an idea worth trying.

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          @unity1: Just got the mobile, opened and inserted a Virgin Mobile and it worked fine… Does that mean Locke Optus mobile actually work with Virgin ?

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          @smiles: Not sure. To know whether it's truly unlocked try a Vodafone or Telstra SIM.

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          @teajay74:
          it's funny
          I contact George , the guy in live chat optus, and he told me that I need to contact Kmart to get the link and unlock code
          Because it's outright and not bought from OPTUS

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          @teajay74:
          What did you say to get the code?
          Do you already have an optus account?

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          @smiles:

          Optus phones are network locked mean any carriers who use the Optus network, including Virgin, are fine

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          @unity1: You have to simply enter the 20 digit unlock code and it says Code accepted and automatically reflects the network providers name like Vodafone..

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          @rodinthink: I don't know why they think that. Mine just wanted to know the model number and the IMEI and she just stopped talking for a minute then when she came back she said this is your code. I copied it to notepad and then when I put in a Telstra SIM and it prompted for the unlock code, I entered it (it's about 16 digits) and it said unlock successful and the SIM worked.

          They must have the ability to do it right from their keyboard. I mentioned the URL for the unlock page on the Optus site: https://secure-unlock.com.au/ou/launch

        • +1 vote

          @rilebags: The lady asked what I needed help with and I said that I was trying to using https://secure-unlock.com.au/ou/launch to unlock my phone but that I kept getting the error message that my phone was not locked to the Optus network. I had to provide my name, address and d.o.b. which I had on their system from when I registered the SIM earlier that day. Then I provided the IMEI and model number. She asked me to wait and then after 2 or 3 minutes she game me a number (about 16 digits) which is my unlock code. I put a Telstra SIM in my phone and it prompted me to enter the unlock code, which I did and it said "unlock successful" and now the phone works with Telstra.

          I'm not sure why rodinthink had an issue, maybe some staff are a bit unsure and maybe you might have to try using the Optus support chat thing a few times before you get the right person.

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      Can anyone tell whether I can get free 3 months netflix as well as unlock the phone for free?

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        Yep, just did.
        Activated and claimed my Netflix then after that just did the unlock successfully!

        However my $14.50 ZTE phones won't unlock :'(

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      I was able to unlock 2 last night.
      it wouldn't let me unlock the second one due to maximum allowed usage come back tomorrow, but hotspot shield fixed that up :)

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      Mate, I tried this way by entering just the IMEI number and it said: "This mobile device is not a locked Optus prepaid mobile device." Does that mean I can now use any SIM with this mobile ? Pls help in unlocking this Nokia Lumia 530

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      "This mobile device is not a locked Optus prepaid mobile device"
      wat?

  • +2 votes

    Remember free Netflix.

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    Anyone know if windows can be replaced by android? Did a quick search and seems no one has done it.

    • +10 votes

      Buy an android phone if you want android

    • +3 votes

      Don't bother, guess you missed out on the Y550's for $45 :(

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        No ozbargain love, but this is an ok cheap android option https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/194839

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          Looking like the better phone to me considering the $20 fee for unlocking the Nokia Vs $1 for the S3

        • +1 vote

          @Davros:

          Yeah better phone all round

          Better screen
          Faster SoC (s400 vs s200)
          1gb of ram
          4g plus has band 28 (I get 50 mb/s on Optus)
          The camera has a flash (so can be used as torch as well)
          Double tap to wake
          Capacitive buttons light up

          The only down side is 2gb of storage for apps, but sd card solves that issue.

          I'd rate it slightly better than the 532 and slightly below the Y550.

          Certainly a better deal than the 530 if needing to unlock

      • +2 votes

        I wanted the cheapest android phone I could find, just so I could stick a Telstra SIM into it to access the google play credits on my telstra sim account. Found that BP are now selling the Boost Nero(locked to Boost/Telstra network) for $29, plus a "speakerbox" thrown in as a bonus. The phone usually retails from Boost for $49. So if you're after a cheap Android phone, maybe could look at that. Comes with $10 credit

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      Aahh….found that lollipop rom can run it.

    • -1 vote

      Like to do this too. Win8 phone is not too good. Kinda doubt android/linux will run though.

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        There are tutorials out there to get Lollipop into this smartphone. Will get a few tomorrow if my local Kmart have it.

        • +2 votes

          I hope you're not serious.

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          @XeKToReX:
          Will make very good sense to some.
          I bought the 530, dislike WinPhone8.1 OS, and want to put this phone to a better OS for my needs. Understand now?

        • +3 votes

          @OBiwon:

          Wasn't referring to you, there is no android for Lumia 530 at all, didn't want misinformation spread.

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          @XeKToReX:
          Sorry to ask so blatantly, but you are saying the above Lollipop link, and many other android5->530 tutorials on Bing etc, are in fact fakes?
          Appreciate your answer for others too.

        • +4 votes

          @OBiwon:

          Yep, been running custom Roms on phones for many years, not one reputable source I can find.

          I don't even think the boot loader has been unlocked so there would be no way to run the custom ROM regardless.

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        Maybe Win 10 will be more to people's liking…

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      Let us know once you finish searching

    • +1 vote

      I think windows memory management performs better on phones with low memory, like this one, than android does.

      Windows tends to dump apps out of memory when switching, whereas android seem to keep much of it. Slightly frustrating to have to reload webpages and lose half written messages but it sure does all the phone business very snappily.

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        Yeah, I think Windows do limit a lot of multitasking and manages memory more vigourously. I remember how the live tiles updated once every 30 minutes on WP8 (now it goes once every minute, I believe).

  • +4 votes

    Makes a nice mp3 player, clearly best sound quality of all my 10 cheap phones/tabs. Samsung Y is nearly as good.

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      Yep, I agree. Got one for my son for $49. Great for music, he plays a few basic games on it angry birds etc.

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    Whats the battery life like? Thinking of replacing an old Huawai

    • +3 votes

      Terrific. I had a Nexus 5 which would be running low by the end of the day even with moderate use. This will last into the next day with the same sort of use (albeit barely).

      • +1 vote

        Isn't Nexus 5 —> 530 a bit of a downgrade?

        • +2 votes

          Yeah, but it earns an OzBargain Badge.

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          @Steptoe: Funny enough you'd think it was but for what I use it for it for (twitter, light browsing, reddit, Ozbargain, Myfitnesspal) I don't notice a lot of difference. The apps I don't have on the 530 I put on my Android tablet and connect up through the 530's internet sharing.

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      Can only comment on playing music at near full volume thru headphones. Just under 20 hours screen mostly off, with one reboot.
      Volume is a little higher than most other phones I have which is great.

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      Used to have this phone and it was very good.

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      Battery life is not so great.. It drained from 100 to 2% in just 3 hrs with minimal usage..

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    Decent deal, thanks OP

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    Would this work with LiveConnected (as they're an Optus reseller)?

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    I have one of these, which I bought as a temporary replacement for my Nexus 5. Once I adjusted to the different look and feel and found substitute apps for my old Android apps I discovered it was terrific. Good battery life, screen looks pretty readable even outside, sound is pretty good. Not as responsive as the Nexus 5 was but hey, it was $49. Screen also seems pretty durable from breaks/scratches. I'm genuinely surprised how good this phone is for the money I paid.

    One downside is the camera - it'd be generous to say it was OK. But the camera app is pretty cool.

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