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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Unlocked $912 Outright Australia Stock @ Vodafone

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Hi Guys,

Bought Samsung Galaxy Note 5 for $912 Outright from Vodafone.
It is unlocked and australia stock.

It is cheaper than JBhifi, Dicksmith and Samsung store as they still sell it for $1050+.
I tried to price match but they did not want it.

Hope it helps

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  • +14 votes

    Can confirm this will be the fixed price for Note 5 from Vodafone as it's printed on this month's catalogue.
    Good deal though.

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    What an amazing price for the phone.

    • +1 vote

      By that, do you mean you can't believe anyone would shell out that amount for a phone?

      • +1 vote

        Tens of millions have for iPhones…

      • +4 votes

        I see tons of people comment with the same idea as you, shitting on people who pay for premium end smart phones.

        The way it works is, this phone (as well as the S6), has the best screen in any smartphone right now (I'd take it over the G4's screen due to colour accuracy and brightness levels), one of the best cameras in any phone (arguable between the G4 and the S6/Note 5), top of the end internals for a fast experience, and the Note 5 will have battery life well over a day of use with fast charging.

        If you don't care very much about your phone, then go ahead and buy a budget Chinese phone for $200/$300. Just in the same way as if you're not going to use a computer or a laptop very much, you can get away with using a $300 laptop or a $500 desktop.

        At the end of the day, if you want the very best phone, and if this is something important to you, then you will spend that much for it. It's not a huge amount, and if you are interested in phones, then okay.

        What you're doing is the same as shitting on someone who is interested in photography for spending $2000 on a full frame body, and $2000+ on multiple lenses for the situation. "Can't believe anyone would shell that amount for a camera, got a 12mp Cybershot in my pocket for $80". Or people who are interested in cars, why would anyone buy a luxury car, "my 1989 Corola still gets me around, for a steal as well".

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          It was phrased as a question because I was curious about your position.

          I'm not one to shit on anyone's choices. Wife has an iphone 6, cousin has FF camera, and i have an a6000 + about 4 lenses going on 6, anf im thinking of buying my FIL an rx100 of some sort around Xmas since he travels a lot. But thanks for your response, we share the same opinion.

  • +5 votes

    Good price when you consider it's more for grey import. However as an note 4 owner I don't see it's worth the upgrade. :)

    • +3 votes

      I have a Note 4 too and I would have upgraded but I concluded I'd lose too much.

      For one thing, I bought the Gear VR, which would be both incompatible due to the change of shape and I don't think they've released a Note 5 replacement yet.

      (The Gear VR also came with all its media on a microSD card, which of course now doesn't exist. It will be interesting if you now have to download the 16GB or so of media direct to the phone!)

      Still, nice fit and finish on the Note 5. Very tempted. With a less flimsy stylus I'm sure I'd use it more.

      The real winners though are the people looking for a Note 4 on eBay!

    • +2 votes

      I am note 2 and don't see the worth to upgrade. Is there something wrong with me? Hehe

      • +1 vote

        If it is still running smoothly and meet all you needs, you don't need a new one buy you may wants one. Try out at JB Hifi over the weekend, Note 5 is really nice but price and lack of microSD Card is an issue for me, I don't understand their strategy, Note 5 have all the top features like 4K video recording and yet you can't record much 4K video with it. I can live without the removable battery though.

  • +1 vote

    I got one on telstra $70 plan (with $18 handset repayments). The identical BYO plan is $50, so subsidized price for handset would be $20 + $18 per month, which is $912 over 24months.
    So now I kind of feel ok that on contract I basically have a $50 telstra BYO plan and a handset being paid off interest free over 24months compared to being purchased outright! :)

    • +8 votes

      The same $50 BYO plan gives 5GB data atm
      https://www.telstra.com.au/mobile-phones/plans-and-rates

      While the one you signed up for only gives 2.5GB

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        I actually moved from the BYO plan with 5gb to this. (stayed on the 5gb plan for all of 3 days) before I realised I'd prob not use 5gb in a month. And if I decide to go over Telstra now automatically adds 1gb increments for $10 a month if you go over (on the off chance I do).
        I was originally on $50 prepaid that came with 800mb data but allowed you to use $50 credit to purchase 3gb for $49. I never really used the whole 3.8gb ever and moved to the BYO $50 postpaid plan. Then did the math on the Note 5 subsidized cost and realised it was actually quite a fair deal from Telstra for once.

      • +2 votes

        and doesnt lock you in for 24mths

    • +2 votes

      I hardly use the credit on the phone plus I get a data sim from work. so $50 telstra plan for me is quite a waste. I would using the long live credit.

    • +1 vote

      Well the point is that you can choose whatever plan with whatever provider, say a Vaya (optus) .. change whenever you want to whatever suits and it will be cheaper over 24 months :)

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      As long as you can justify it to yourself what else matters?

  • +3 votes

    Would buy one with no doubt for this price, only if it has 64GB. 32GB is not enough!!

    • +1 vote

      32gb is fine for my own needs. Everyone has different needs. Some people even are happy dropping $500 on an 8gb iphone 5c. Each to their own. :)

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        Me too..

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    Shame they have only released the S6 edge+ with 64gb in Aus so far otherwise I would have also. Although they do offer Microsoft onedrive storage upgrade to 130gb in total. I'm just going to sync photos to that and hope for the best.

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      that is exactly why Samsung only released the 32g version so far to drive people to MS , which is a dirty trick imo, and hopefully later on they are going to release the 64g in Oz.

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        I just don't get the reasoning behind releasing the S6 edge+ in 64gb and 32gb and not the Note 5. And also restricting the colours of the Note 5 being released in Aus also just seems weird. Perhaps production shortages on certain lines? Or just plain ass-hattery.
        Either way, If I need anything in a hurry I have a tiny USB OTG flash drive.

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    does anyone gl have the link for the online catelogue on the outright phones from Vodafone?

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    if Mobile Purchase Plan (MPP), is it the same price? ie. $912/24 = $38 per month?

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      Yes, it would be the same price via Monthly Payment Plan. With 6/12/18/24 months terms.

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        Is this in a Voda store only or online, we only have DickSmith as Voda agent no actual store?

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          Not sure if you can purchase outright via online shop, but looks like the receipt posted by OP was from a Vodafone retail shop, try ask Dick Smith then, not sure if they can sell them outright.

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    Will OW price beat this one ? It would be better price if they do.

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      not sure about this one.. i try to get price match in samsung store and jbhifi, they did not want to do it as according to them, the phone has preinstall vodafone apps ( which can be uninstall ).

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      Dont think OW sell this phone

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    Got mine on Saturday. Love it.

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    I tried to buy Huawei p8 outright from Vodafone. They wouldn't let me.

  • +9 votes

    Shot themselves in the left foot with the S6, then learnt nothing from horrible reception/sales and proceeded to shoot themselves in the right foot with the Note 5.

    Many like myself have had the Note 1 - 4, many won't be getting the Note 5. Samdung what have you done!!!

    twiddles thumbs and waits patiently for the issues to be resolved in the Note 5S (lol).

    • +5 votes

      Yup, Note 6 for me. In theory…. maybe put the IR blaster back, put the SD card slot back, add USB-C you know, 2015 stuff…

      • +4 votes

        I must admit I use the IR blaster, never thought I would. Once you start using certain features then they take them out it's a bit hard to move on to something that doesn't have it anymore. I suppose they figure save a few bucks on something hardly anyone uses will net them millions more in profits…

        They forget it those small features that separate them from the competition.

        • +1 vote

          Same boat. I travelled around South America earlier this year, and the IR Blaster with a universal remote app was a God sent. All the TV and more importantly Air Conditioners with stolen or withheld remotes were mine to command!
          I can't fathom why anyone would "upgrade" to the Note 5 from a Note 4.

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          "They forget it those small features that separate them from the competition."

          "They forget it those small features that separate them from the competition."

          "They forget it those small features that separate them from the competition."

          EXACTLY
          Samsung, you … oh you idiots.

    • +1 vote

      After having almost 10 Samsung smartphones since the SGS1 i fear i may have had my last…
      I will be holding onto my Note 4 + Cyanogenmod for some time yet. Almost a year old, a record for me.

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        What do you do with your older phones?

        • +2 votes

          Sell them to buy the new ones of course…
          When you buy/sell at the right time and places it doesnt have to cost that much…

    •  

      Samdung? It's Samsung…

      Also they've won new fans such as myself. The s6 is gorgeous, with the best camera par none.

      Wouldn't have got their previous phones though.

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        i think you missed the pun

        i hope you dont actually think there is a company called vodafail

        • +3 votes

          No I got it

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    Not that I want one of these things but if I did, I must ask: Branded or unbranded, completely clean?
    Branded = gross. Even if it's a boot logo.

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      No boot logo but you'll need to wait for Vodafone to test the updates etc.

      This can be fixed though if you're happy to play around a bit.

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        Definitely a no go. I like the full "retail style" phone which gets updates through Samsung, not through a carrier.

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          I think you can flash it to stock firmware and you will get updated from Samsung.

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          @msmhw:
          UPDATES NOT AVAILABLE, THIS DEVICE HAS BEEN MODIFIED.

          Samsung, not been very good lately.

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          @hamwhisperer: wow if this true. Samsung trying to follow apple some how. The only reason I like Samsung is more freedom and able to modify your phone. Not good Samsung, really not good.

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          @hamwhisperer:

          Pretty sure that's not the case, if you flash stock firmware.

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          @msmhw: I am sure flashing it with stock firmware wouldn't give you that. That said, Samsung did up the security measures with 5.1.1. since one of their main sales point is the Samsung Pay. MST apparently allows you to be able to use tab and go with most of the machines currently available because it uses magnetic field or something. KNOX counter has to be 0x0 if you want to use it. That said, not sure when Australia'd get it. I've heard that they started servicing it in Korea this month or late last month.

          One thing I did hear is that rooting became bloody hard as a result. I think I remmeber hearing that Samsung blocked downgrading from 5.1.1. as well, but I am not sure whetehr that's true.

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          In my experience in Australia you get updates through carrier faster than directly from Samsung. I have a GS4 which is still on Kitkat where as my friend on Vodafone contract got his Lollipop update more than 6 months back.

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          @rvsure: I doubt SGS4 received Lollipop update through vodafone… I have SGS4 (CAT3 or non CAT4) version and still on Kitkat. May be CAT4 might have received the update..

          SGS4 has so many variants, probably samsung themselves wouldnt have a clue..

          with respect to "UPDATES NOT AVAILABLE, THIS DEVICE HAS BEEN MODIFIED." when tried to update OTA.. but has worked for me(rooted device with stock vodafone rom) through Kies (PC software).

          Edit: After some searching around, dont think CAT4 received an update..
          http://search.services.vodafone.com.au/search_results/Samsun...

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    How much do they cost to make

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      Probably not much, most of the cost comes from R&D which isn't unusual when it comes to technology.

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        True didn't think much of that aspect. Still seems too expensive. Would not drop 1k on phone ever

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          I agree, 1k price point should be for high end enthusiast gear not a mainstream phone. Luckily I got my S6 for $620AUD, which still felt a bit expensive to be honest.

  • +1 vote

    Don't stick it in backwards….the S-Pen that is…

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    Called a couple of vodaphone stores, they will not sell the phone without a plan. Refused to sell me the phone outright.

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      Quick update. Called a few stores, some stores will sell outright some refuse. Did find they have every limited stock at most stores. (Store i called had 2 left)

      Ended up buying the phone at Mobileciti $888 Deal.

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    Is there a cheap deal on the Samsung Note 4 from the Voda stores though for outright purchase ?

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    Please confirm, does this one have voda logo or voda preload os ?

  •  

    I checked Voda and Optus stores today to see if they have the Note 5 in another color other than black and the answer was No. Disappointing!.

    •  

      Theres only black or gold here… Gold is limited to samsung store and black is sold everywhere else =/

  •  

    Seeing this price, it makes me wonder how much will the next iPhone 6s plus (or whatever they call it) will be? It wouldn't surprise me if the next iPhone is over $1500 for the 128gb model.

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      Note series were always expensive compared to S series. That said, the current exchange rate probably wouldn't be in favour of cheaper phones. :S

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    you cannot just rock up to purchase it, you need to have a vodafone number already. The picture shows blanco service number ( which is the Vodafone existing or new service number

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      I went to buy this today from vodafone and i dont have a vodafone number… Im with optus and they let me purchase the phone outright =D

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        Where u get it from?

        • +1 vote

          I got it from Melbourne Central… The store at the most bottom level where the train station and coles are at. The Vodafone upstairs next to comm bank refused to sell it to me though~

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          @tomochin1991:

          Thanks, does it come with voda preload os?

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        Well it's hard to refused $912 when it's on your table.

  •  

    The Note 5 has lost many of its key positive features such as expandable memory, is there another alternative to the Note 5?

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      Xperia Z3, LG G4, HTC M9, Motorola Style.

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        Overheating issues, uses SoC with worse GPU than snapdragon 805 (808 uses adreno 418, which is worse than adreno 420 on 805), overheating issues, uses SoC with worse GPU than snapdragon 805.

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    Managed to get it for $899 at Vodafone today!