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Vodafone Samsung Galaxy A20 $159 Delivered @ Australia Post

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Return of the $159 OzBargain Favourite. Free Delivery, what more do you want?

Happy Friday!

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  • +12 votes

    what more do you want?

    Free hat.

    • +7 votes

      Network unlocked :)

  • +9 votes

    Facial unlock

    Sounds sticky.

    • +2 votes

      Sounds tiring and messy for both parties…

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    Does it include the $30 starter pack that the Big W ones did?

      • +2 votes

        Yes it does.

        We have been through this before, All Australian Vodafone Prepaid Samsung A20's come bundled with a regular $30 tri sim included according to everyone who bought it on here from the big bricks and mortar stores.

        Mine was from the Target $149 deal and surely came with $30 sim too :-)

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    very nice

  • +1 vote

    Can this phone able to unlock easily?

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      For a nominal fee 😉

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        can you point me to where I can buy the unlock key?

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          Hey, Vodafone doesn't lock Samsung A series phones. Check comment below. I also got a second hand A70 which was not locked.

          • +1 vote

            @kz: See other posts.

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            @kz: Which comment are you referring to?

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            @kz: "kz" They do lock some A series recently ( my A20 from two weeks ago Target deal was locked and many others said same ).

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            @kz: They all come locked. It's just that Vodafone provide free unlock for older batches. Newer batches are most definitely not free to unlock - Voda want $50.

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      "SnoozeAndLose" See comments on second page of the Target deal, worth a try or two lol.

      https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/493399

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    https://unlock.vodafone.com.au/voila/handsetunlock/self-serv...

    Usually $50 if owned less than 6 months. $25 after that

    • +3 votes

      I got lucky - went to Vodafone website, entered the information, and it gave me the unlock code for free. YMMV

  • +2 votes

    I thought these were to be avoided because the GPS is broken…

    • +1 vote

      I play Pokemon go on this
      I guess the GPS in mind isn't broken

    • +2 votes

      GPS broken on mine. Really not great, takes minutes to lock at times.

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        Yeah I have to concede this point now.

        There's definitely a GPS issue.

        I've previously said on A20 posts that a software update fixed the GPS. However I just spent 3 days out regional VIC last week and repeatedly the GPS wouldn't lock on or estimated my location over a huge area. Made it useless when driving. Rebooting the phone fixed it but then it would happen again 30 mins later.

        I'm fairly sure it's a software issue as turning off wifi and bluetooth gives the exact same problem - GPS turns to shit.

        • +2 votes

          https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.eclipsim.g...

          Use this, download all dependencies it may ask to install at any point.

          Calibrate all sensors. And download a-gps data.

          Delete cache of any mapping apps.

          I haven't come across an A20 that hasn't been fixed doing this.

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            @Bamboozle: I'll give it a shot but I'm resigned to selling this phone now. It's not just the GPS that bugs me.

            • +1 vote

              @zeggie: What else bugs you about the A20?

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                @Gaz1: The UI is pretty crap. The resolution is noticeable for photos despite what reviews say.

                EDIT: Lmao imagine someone negging me for voicing for subjective opinion of a phone.

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                  @zeggie: Thanks - I guess it depends on what your old phone is like. I'm sure it will be a step up from my old phone but I'm sure the "S" series are substantially better (but hard to justify the massive price difference for my usage).

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            @Bamboozle: Doesn't this mean u will need data enabled to receive agps data / info each time. Ie. Not what you want if you are planning to use offline Here maps etc overseas.

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              @tunzafun001: No, it will just download to help the GPS get a fix more quickly for a few weeks/months. You can re-download A-GPS data every so often to help speed up your position fix, if you're having a problem again down the line.

              Usually calibrating all the sensors solves all the GPS problems, and removing mapping app cache for whichever navigation apps you use.

  • +1 vote

    I have a Google Pixel XL (1st gen Pixel) which I was going to give to my dad after a battery replacement (at a cost of $160).

    Am I better off just buying this instead, or does a Pixel XL still beat this phone?

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      i be interested in know the answer too, because Pixel 1st Gen supposedly would beat SGS5 ?

    • +4 votes

      Pixel gen 1 would have a better camera than this……..pixel also has more ram

      Not sure if the snapny 821 is faster, but would be 'around' the same speed at least.

    • +1 vote

      Maybe have a look here

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      I'd prefer pixel 1 for the camera and stock android… If it's beat up, scratched etc, a new phone might be a nicer gift though

    • +1 vote

      The Pixel will feel much, much faster. The A20 feels quite slow in most use - much slower than my 5-year old Xperia Z2 in day-to-day use (browsing, opening apps/multitasking etc). Some apps/games do feel (slightly?) faster though once they're loaded.

      The display, as a result of its low resolution and PenTile layout (AMOLED) looks very grainy, even if you don't have great eyesight (parents commented on this).

      Note: this is in response vs the Pixel - objectively it's not a bad phone for the price (fingerprint, NFC, battery life, large and bright display) but I know my dad would much rather something that's snappy, has (usable) GPS and a great display like the Pixel :P.

  • +1 vote

    unlock instructions from earlier post.
    try your luck on Voda unlock page first.

    • +1 vote

      Just be warned that 25 of the top 64 anti virus vendors say it includes malware. It does work, I built a PC just to run it and wiped it fully after.

      • +1 vote

        Agreed, it's dodgy as.

        Just take a look at the execution behaviour. I don't know why they are opening up the registry keys for Internet Settings.

        We also don't know what it's injecting into the Samsung Phone. RIP anyone thinking of using it and that works for any reputable government organisation.

  • +2 votes

    Really good phone - well worth the price!

  • +1 vote

    Received mine from previous Auspost deal and it came with the $30 starter pack. Failed to free unlock from Vodafone website but just cost $6 to use the other method as others have mentioned. Easy peasy.

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    whats a good camera app to replace factory one?

    Factory one is garbage

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      Hit up XDA

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        Sideload the pixel one

  • +1 vote

    Thanks good for son Christmas gift :)

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    Saw this in the display cabinet at AP. Punched in the IMEI into Vodafone website. They wanted $50 to unlock.

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      Yep, most fresh stock seems to be locked. Many people are happy to use this on the Voda/Kogan, or at least for six months untill it's only $25.

      Could take risk as many including myself get it unlocked via Live Chat, see comments on second page of Target deal.

      • +3 votes

        Or pay $6 to get it unlocked by other methods.

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          Got it for $4 with promo code ;-)

    • +1 vote

      Got one from Australian Post store today; got it unlocked free from Vodafone website

      • -2 votes

        do you happen to work at Vodafone ?

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    Is this dual Sim? One Sim and one hybrid?

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    NFC yay or nay? I've already ordered the regrets on the impulse.

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      'Yay' wrt my one from the Big W deal.

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    I got one and unlock it free via Vodafone website. Why someone have been asked for 50 to unlock it? What is the different among these phones?

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      Device age I believe.

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    If locked to Vodafone, will it work with a Kogan sim?

    • +2 votes

      Yes, I have a Kogan sim and it works.

  • +2 votes

    For those unable to get a free unlock via the Vodafone unlocking website and intending to use the SamUnlock tool.

    Be aware that on 21/11, the October patch was released and that includes the U3 bootloader. If you upgrade your firmware to U3 prior to unlocking, you will likely have delays in unlocking, as the U3 bootloader hasn't been cracked yet, which means that remote unlocking tools will currently not work.

    So, unlock first, before upgrading the firmware.

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      Is Sam Unlock working with U2 now?

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        Yes. U2 support was added in sometime in October. No U3 support yet

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          Awesome. Picked this one up for my MIL. She's currently with Boost using a Samsung J7, so this should be a nice little upgrade.

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            @mrearthpig: I didn't upgrade and the tool told me it unlocked the device successfully. Even took my credits but the 00000000 code even entered twice as instructed by the website isn't accepted… Oh no.

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              @AusNugz: Bugger.

              I had a little trouble getting mine to unlock at all. Tried everything and then decided just to uninstall everything and try again.

              Turns out my Windows anti virus had turned itself back on!!

              Have you tried emailing Fone Fun Shop?