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Vodafone Samsung Galaxy A20 $159 Delivered @ Australia Post

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This deal is back again, not a bad price considering It'll be cheaper than Coles promo tomorrow.

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  • +3 votes

    I got this price beat at 0w paid about $152 unlocked version

  • +40 votes

    Easy unlock, took all of 5 minutes using the Samsung USB Unlock Tool(fonefunshop.com) which cost 3 GBP (about $5). Works fine with Telstra and Amaysim SIMs.

    Steps I used:

    Downloaded and installed the Samsung USB drivers and the Samsung Unlock tool from the link provided above.
    Enabled developer mode on the phone
    Enabled USB debugging mode on the phone
    Removed SIM card from phone and rebooted phone
    Removed all security (PIN, Pattern, Fingerprint, Face Unlock)
    Ran the Samsung unlock tool, loaded in the licence key information
    Connected phone to PC using the USB to USB-C cable that came in the box
    Pressed "Read Info" on the unlock tool to confirm that the comms was working ok
    Pressed "Allow USB Debugging" on the phone multiple times
    Selected "Unlock (New)" on the unlock tool.
    Accepted "Allow USB Debugging" on the phone more times
    Phone rebooted a couple of times
    Unlock tool confirmed that Unlock process was successful, and the unlock code had been reset to 00000000
    Put a non-Vodafone SIM card in and restarted phone
    Phone asked for an unlock code, entered 00000000
    Everything worked from here
    From what I can work out, the tool does NOT unlock the phone itself. It generates an unlock key based on a NULL SIM (hence why you have to remove all SIMs before starting the process), and changes the unlock code to 00000000. When you then insert a "foreign" SIM, it then normally prompts for the unlock code, except the code is now set to the known 00000000.

    If someone else can confirm the steps are correct (I'm doing this from memory), that would be good

    Credit: tshepherd from previous post

    https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/476436?page=2#comment

    • +1 vote

      But only on certain IMEI's and bootloaders, correct? Or any everything now?

      • +1 vote

        They key is do not upgrade your software before unlocking.

      • +2 votes

        "shaybisc" This most likely works on all batches of the Vodafone locked models, not sure about Telstra variants though. Your thinking of certain IMEI's and bootloaders batches that can be unlocked for free using the Vodafone online unlocking service. I asked the list of good numbers in the other A20 post from a commentor, hopefully he has the list to save us time trawling through comments on earlier posts.

      • +1 vote

        Their website says:

        SM-A205YN (Australian Vodafone-locked prepaid - boot version U1 & NEW Boot U2 Now Supported as of 10-10-2019)

        I'm going to try it on the wife's Telstra locked phone and then on this VF locked phone when it arrives.

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          How did you end up going with this?
          I am thinking to try it on my phone today

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            @sharka: I tried but it wouldn't run properly, then is disappeared because Windows Defender says it's a virus:
            https://www.virustotal.com/gui/file/ac0e3030c95fd10565e94271...

            I won't run it again and will raise it with fonefunshop.

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              @OZB Al: Fair enough.
              I took a gamble and running it the second time worked.
              For some reason it didnt restart the phone on the first round.

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              @OZB Al: It’s a false positive by the AV software (if that helps)

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                @sharka: That's my assumption, but it's really slack of the company to not sign their app and not take action when seven AV companies list it as malware. My only windows machine is a work computer and I can't tell it to ignore, so I can't run the app.

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                  @OZB Al: Where are you located? Happy to assist you if you are local?

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                    @sharka: 23 AV companies now detect it as malware. On the work machine I did run it on that quarantined the file I'm now getting random Outlook errors saying "Either there is no default mail client or the current mail client cannot fulfill the messaging request. Please run Microsoft Outlook and set it as the default mail client." So it looks like something is running in the background trying to send email.

                    Thanks for the offer but I now think this is too dangerous to run on any machine (even one I don't own). I might build a machine with Win10 on its own network and disable all the security just to run it….

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      Yep I used this process for one of the phones that I bought. Took maybe 5 minutes. Easy as worked fine.

    • +3 votes

      That, or free unlock from Vodafone for certain IMEI range (see in previous post deal comments)

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      Quick question. Will I be able to use this phone freely if I unlock it and then take it overseas? Can update after unlocking freely?

    •  

      Would this method work even though its secured by Knox?

      on the website it says "WARNING: DO NOT USE THIS SERVER IF YOUR SAMSUNG PHONE ALREADY HAS KNOX TRIGGERED AS IT CANNOT WORK"

      I just bought this A20 and it says its secured by Knox

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        Do not use this server if your Samsung phone already has Knox triggered.

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        I think it was the same for my phone. I think Secured by Knox and Knox triggered are different. So yes it should work. Just don’t upgrade your phone.

        • +3 votes

          Knox is tripped/triggered when you root the phone. Out of the box, all the current Galaxy S and A series phones have Knox.

          If you haven't rooted the phone, unlocking using that tool is fine. If you have rooted the phone, then you're unable to unlock it using this method. So, if you're planning to root the phone, unlock it first.

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        Secured is fine..
        Triggered is the one to worry about

    • +1 vote

      Antivirus is detecting a trojan horse when trying to install the SAM Unlock tool from above link. I turned off antivirus and started, however needs licence key. I paid via paypal on their website, but did not get licence key. Will this be sent via email? How long does this take / manual process?

      Thanks

    • +2 votes

      Hi thank you for posting this method. I purchased 2 x Telstra A20s from Coles as my local Aus post didn't have any. 1 phone had the U1 firmware, the other had U2. I paid $179 for them.

      Just wanted to post regarding the unlocking process for Telstra devices in case others get stuck, as I did.

      During the activation, both devices did not restart as expected and unlocking failed towards the end.

      Despite the tool saying that the 3 credits
      were used at the beginning, I found that the credits were not taken until the process fully completes.

      So I ran the tool a second time on both devices and they restarted during the process and it completed successfully.

      Lastly, I can confirm that this tool only resets the unlock code to 00000000. Once tool completes and you insert Sim, typing this code will then unlock the device.

      Good luck and thanks for the great deals.

      Edit: I also had problems with tool being picked up as a Virus by Windows Defender. Had to fully disable it before I could download or run, so make sure to temporary disable AV before starting this.

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      Noob question, but when do the credits apply?
      I have purchased the tool but unable to work out the credits part?

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      Thankyou so much for your instructions!
      I had to run it twice but was successful on the second run!

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      Your steps and tshepherds worked a charm!

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      Saw one at post office today, couldn't resist. Serial started with 17, but this method worked. (My antivirus software kept deleting the unlock tool, suggesting its a trojan. So used my 9 year old laptop to get the job done.)

  • +1 vote

    is this any good? compared so SGS5, is this a significant upgrade?

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      This is a very nice phone for most people. I have a Galaxy S8+ and it looks pretty similar in terms of quality. Small bezels but has the small notch. I've always hated notches with a passion to be honest, but using it, you don't really notice with day to day use. Display is nice and bright, not as sharp as S8, but good enough.

      Some slight lag at times, but to be expected for the price. Don't know how gaming would go however, might struggle.

  • -2 votes

    this is very concerning …

    Galaxy A20 Review: A Long-Lasting Phone for Less Than $250. While you'll get great battery life for a low price with the Galaxy A20, you'll have to live with performance lag and an easily scratched plastic design.

    • +13 votes
      1. Great battery life: Agreed
      2. Performance lag: Little but tolerable. Don't expect flagship performance
      3. easily scratches: Put a case

      Overall it's a great value for money phone. Display is fantastic

    • +2 votes

      Back is VERY easily scratched.
      Otherwise it's performance is fine for day to day use.
      Can't compare to S5, but significantly faster than S4 on Lineage 16.
      Battery life is great, perfect for Pokemon Go. (GPS is a bit iffy at times though)

  • +3 votes

    Great battery life.
    At this price I'm not bothering with a cover.
    No noticable lag.

    Screen is great BUT I still wish it was 1080p for photos etc. only. Text is fine. The A30 is so much more expensive tho.

    There WAS GPS issues (inaccurate and lock on took like 5+ mins) initially but a Samsung update fixed it. Works perfect now.

    There IS still an issue that the GPS won't lock on properly if you have Wifi disabled. So keep it on regardless if you're using it. It's a known issue on several previous phones I've used as well.

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    Beware, when phone is screen locked, no Led notification, only vibration (screen doesnt turn on either)
    You can download apps but they use up battery and sometimes don't work properly.
    Anyone have any work around, please comment.