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Telstra Cruise T126 $9 @ JB Hi-Fi (in Store Only)

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Ozbargain's cheapest phone is back for the usual sale price of $9 at JB. In store only. $8.55 with Officeworks price match

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    Does it play mp3s ???

  • +2 votes

    Thanks :)

    Great for giving back to JB the next time there is a $200 trade in offer.

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    In all seriousness what's the call quality like? Is this something I could give an older relative to use as just a phone?

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    Does this mean it is locked to Telstra?

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      Yes, Locked to Telstra but can be unlocked for <$5.00

    • +1 vote

      Here is the information I found at Whirlpool from user chevson (http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/2427231). I've followed the steps for myself this morning and it reported that the unlock was successful. I don't have another networks sim card of the right size to test. It costed $10.61.


      Bought the same phone – Testra Cruise dumb phone from coles for $29 which is really a ZTE T126.

      Tried to get unlock code from two large code sellers on ebay who both listed the ZTE model T126 as available to get codes ( ebay users: fonecarecodes and mobunlockingmaster). Both refunded my purchase after 6 hrs or so saying that couldn't unlock my phone.

      Saw andat's post that gave me some confidence that dc-unlocker software might work.

      Steps
      1) Downloaded the software (free) and ran the exe file.
      2) Plug phone into pc with the usb cable.
      3) Selected manufacturer: ZTE phones
      4) Selected model: ZTE126 (auto detect didn't work)
      5) Pressed the round search magnifying glass and it detected my phone (Ports: application com4 and diagnostic com3) output below:

      Detecting phone :

      selection :
      manufacturer – ZTE phones
      model – ZTE T126

      Selected Applications port COM4
      Selected Diagnostics port COM3

      Found Phone : T126
      Model : ZTE T126
      IMEI : 8639XXXXXXXXXXX
      Firmware : TEL_AU_T126V1.0.3B03-S
      Compile date / time : Apr 29 2014 17:26:38
      Chipset : Qualcomm QSC6240
      User Lock Code : 0000

      Felt that once it had found detected my IMEI on the phone it was worth the risk.

      6) Bought 7 credits (current price to unlock that model) for 7 Euros.
      7) Entered the username/password generated buying credits into the Server tab of the software
      8) Pressed unlock within the Unlocking tab of the software.

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    Just clicked on link and saw this message "'OzBargain is broken at the moment, and the backend will be restarted "very very soon". '

    https://www.ozbargain.com.au/goto/243397

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    Will this work with an Aldi SIM? This old post says it doesn't https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/176023

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    Is there a store list of available stock? I tried to by a cheap mobile at my local JB the other day and they told me they don't stock the cheap phones anymore (less than $120)

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    https://www.jbhifi.com.au/FileLibrary/ProductResources/Image...
    Branded with Carrier logo. They should be paying me.

  • +2 votes

    Bloody Telstra. I'm sick of them. I have a half dozen Telstra products (including one of these) from here that it's impossible to register. They simply won't except my address online and I'm sick of sitting in a lengthy phone queue waiting for someone to help. How many times do you have to register products with them before the address is on their database? What makes it worse is the apartment above and the one beside me appear on the list as options. I've been tempted to use the wrong address and see what happens. It's no wonder Optus get all my business but I would like to have the choice.

    • +3 votes

      Telstra product activation won't accept my driver's licence number. Walked into a Telstra Shop to get help and they called the Police to take away my "fake" licence. Even after this farce Telstra refused to acknowledge their computers are wrong.

      And their database on Prepaid SIM expiry is also wrong. The expiry dates in their database are a few weeks ahead of the printed expiry dates, so you cannot rely on the printed date. Nobody in Telstra can override the dates in the database, and nobody can activate the "expired" SIMs. You are forced to either obtain a refund from the place of purchase, or make a complaint to the TIO.

    • +1 vote

      Took me 4 months to resolve my home internet being billed twice (ie I had two home internet connections). Sure they managed to fix it, but it was like pulling teeth to get it done.

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    Does this cone with any start up credit or data?
    Last time i bought one of these was for the Telstra bonus 5gb data.

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    FYI, You need to insert a sim card before you can go into the Menu.

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    Title says OW price match $8.55 — WHERE do you see this model at )W ? It is not online that I can see

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      They are not listed on their websites. But from experience most stores do carry these.

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    Important note about Unlocking this phone: it's true there are few sellers on eBay advertising as capable of unlocking this model but when you submit the imei they all come back saying the imei is not in their database and would offer a refund. I've tried 5 of them both local and overseas. The only way to unlock this batch is via dcunlocker. Connect via USB cable get credit of 7euro and it did the job for me.

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      I looked at the database https://www.dc-unlocker.com/supported_models_1/zte_phones and the model looks more similar to T116 not T126. Can you confirm which model the Cruise is? Why 7 euro credit is needed for DC unlocker? That's still around $12 for those using paypal and banks to exchange and would put the overall cost of this unlocked handset $20 > ruling out the bargain for many. I have already bought a unit as TheVoucherKing said you could do it for $3.25 on eBay. I don't have much to spend so every dollar counts and have already opened the seal on the phone so can't return it.

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        I would suggest giving ebay a try. Maybe mine was from a batch that they did not have the code in their databases. They always refund your paypal payment so if the unlock fails you would not lose anything.
        The latest dcunlocker will detect the phone without any issues (you do not need credit for this). But if you need to unlock then you have to charge you account 7Eur as that is the amount it requests for this model.

        https://www.dc-unlocker.com/zte-t126-unlock-guide

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          Was a simple download, plug, detect, pay and unlock process? TheVoucherKing didn't provide a link and the sellers on eBay I can find are all $5-6 but as you said I may run into problems as many of them advertise unlocks that may not work for the model. DC unlocker may be the way to go, did you have any issues unlocking? Did it take you a while to figure out the process?

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          The process was extremely simple. In my case DCU detected the phone straight away and the unlock took probably 5 seconds. I believe by connecting to the phone directly DCU gets to read some internal hash that the online IMEI based unlockers do not get to access to. Therefore it managed to generate the unlock code on the fly rather than looking up any ZTE databases. Well at least that is what I assume after observing how quickly it was unlocked.

          BTW I noticed this phone only has 850Mhz 3G band which is used uniquely by Telstra. So if you are to use this with Optus, Voda or one of their MVNOs then you may not get 3G data, only 2G. But considering the type of the phone and the low res screen I doubt anyone would complain about this. I sure didn't as the phone was for an older relative who is using it for calls/sms only.

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    does this phone support multi languages?

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    People who have purchased and unlocked please let us know of the seller you used. eBay, website, or someone on here. Otherwise will attempt to use the DC unlock method which costs more than the price of the phone.

  • +1 vote

    Rubbish phone:

    • Keys are too tiny period, especially if you have fat fingers and are high
    • Font is too small, you can't change it, especially if you are pissed
    • Incoming calls show a twirling phone which is fascinating when you are high, but the number shown is too tiny
    • The answer key is right next to the loudspeaker key and needs to be pressed to the left otherwise you'll get a groaning conversation
    • Its slow. No really, it is
    • If you unlock the phone (have a keyguard) you'll probably hit one side of the dpad and load something else up as its not only slow but twitchy
    • It supports email, which on a phone like this, is a sin
    • The keys really are poor
    • DIE TELSTRA DIE

    The only upside is the battery just might survive an extra day or two (7-8) versus the Alcatel 2052 (5-6) or ZTE F286 (6 days).

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    I would by the Optus ZTE F286 from Officeworks for $14($13.30 if you can find a coles group employee with a 5% staff discount card) over this one.
    http://www.officeworks.com.au/shop/officeworks/p/optus-zte-f...
    Same phone, almost same specifications and even the same battery but has more 3G bands and could be unlocked on eBay via IMEI for $1.80 (I can confirm this works)
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Special-Remote-Unlock-code-servic...?

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      The F286 has the worst dumbphone OS I have ever used with odd animations and colours.

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        This one is the Telstra branded twin of the F286 only harder/more expensive to unlock. In my case I didn't really care about the presentation of the OS as it was only for text/calls and nothing else.

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    I grabbed two of these to use OS but cant seem to get it unlocked

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