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Bonus Huawei P40 Pro 5G 256GB with Telstra Mobile $99/150GB Per Month for 1 Year (New & Port-in, in-Store Only) @ The Good Guys

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The Good Guys has a promotion on their $99/m 12-month plan with Telstra, where they're giving away Huawei P40 Pro 5G 256GB as a bonus for no extra cost. In-store only.

Total plan cost is $1188 over 12 months.

The deal is for new port-in customers only, and excludes Belong, Telstra Post/Prepaid and Boost customers trying to port-in.

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  • +8 votes

    For anyone using Huawei these days. How do you get over the Google Apps issue? Can you download and use them easily? Do you experience the limitation in day to day usage?

    • +3 votes

      There are workarounds takes around 10 minutes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLzeYQ9YHVI

    • +11 votes

      there are workarounds but you probably won't be able to use apps that check security levels/breaches, which get triggered by the workarounds.
      Don't expect to get any mobile banking done, or use Google pay.

      • +14 votes

        No netbanking is a dealbreaker.

        • +3 votes

          All my banking app worked fine. However lack of notification or sporadic notification made me return mine.

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        I'm not really up to date with all tech however I do have a Huawei P30 and use google pay every day with no issues 👍

        • +1 vote

          That's because the P30 came out before the ban.

    • +32 votes

      I have been using a Huawei without google apps and GMS.
      Use outlook instead of gmail.
      Use here map, tomtom AmiGO instead of google map.
      Use Microsoft Office from Huawei App Gallery, you can also use WPS Office.
      Use Huawei built-in app for music, video, notes
      Use web version of internet banking.
      Use 3rd party youtube client(ad free).
      Use Aptoide to download apps like myGovID, Service NSW, Centrelink, Woolworth Money, Carsales, Commbank, Westpac, ABC News, Xe Currency, COVIDSafe, Shopback.
      Use Petal Search to search android apk.
      All Chinese app works ok, including wechat, QQ, bilibili, tiktok, iQIYI, Baidu map, alipay, aliexpress, Taobao, JD, weibo, MI Home.
      Some great Chinese apps and games are not available from App Store or Play Store, only available from Huawei App Gallery.

      • +2 votes

        If Apple is a walled garden, what is Huawei?

        • +10 votes

          Prison?

        • +15 votes

          Walled Chinese garden.

        • +1 vote

          The open plains of the Serengeti.

        • +3 votes

          probably the small utility shed in that garden. it's got a lot of helpful tools but you really only use the spade.

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          Concrete garden

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          The great garden wall of Chinese firewall

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            @neonlight: another walled garden with cultural significance

      • +25 votes

        Sounds horrible from a time and security standpoint.

      • +4 votes

        Sounds you are in China if you need those Chinese apps.

      • +1 vote

        You can use GMS (Google Service), lot of teaching on internet and Youtube

      • +2 votes

        Or just buy samsung

        • -1 vote

          or any other american phone

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            @petry: American phone?

            • -2 votes

              @hopper: samsung american controlled these days

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      I still have Google apps on my P30 Pro. It was never taken away.

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        P30 was the last model allowed to have google before the crackdown

        All old models are free to have google as the law cannot be applied retrospectively

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        Thats because the Huawei ban is only implemented on newer models above P30, ie. P40.

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    So can this be cancelled straight up for $600 ish dollars so the price is effectively $600?

    • +1 vote

      No you cannot. It hasn't been a thing since start of this year.

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        Er? The good guys S21 Ultra a month ago worked fine to get out of the $500 voucher fee.
        It was just $594 cancellation. Read near the end of the thread for some more info on it.

    • +31 votes

      You are not important for ccp to check your data. Same as Apple data straight to your Dad Americans.

      • -4 votes

        Only if you never say anything that may insult them.

        • +15 votes

          the US has more info on use than the CCP does. Just the CCP doesn't deny it.

          • -4 votes

            @Bargains of Oz: That's true but CCP will put you in jail wheneve they want.

            • +2 votes

              @ddhytz: Don't go to China

            • -2 votes

              @ddhytz: and the usa will use rendition and disappear you…

      • +6 votes

        Not saying CCP has access to data on these phones, but CCP isn't just interested in silencing big guys, but also small guys.

        • +1 vote

          The US protects the biggest guys though.

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            @ATangk: CCP will protect the big guys too if they bend over.

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              @Ughhh: Tell Jack Ma that lol

              • -1 vote

                @Speedz: I reckon Jack Ma asked the CCP to fine him. To avoid the USA from blacklisting Alibaba just for being successful. If so he is an extremely smart man.

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                @Speedz:

                CCP will protect the big guys too if they bend over.

                Did he bend over, or was he a threat?

                • +3 votes

                  @Ughhh: Both.

                  Do you think Alibaba would have achieve this much without government's blessing? Same goes every company who wants to be the biggest fish in the market.

                  He became a threat when he criticised the government and tried to launch Ant Financial, thinking he is too big of a rock star to take down. I don't really care what you think of the CCP/CPC but that Ant Financial business model is ridiculous, this is coming from my Australian financial advisor, the government have every right to stop him.

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                    @Speedz: I'm not sure why you're trying it 'argue' with me… When my statements indicate that I agree with you…

                    • +1 vote

                      @Ughhh: I merely stated why he is both a suck up and subsequently turned into a threat.

                      To be honest I wish the Australian government does the same to those MNC that's sucking us dry, slowly or brainwash us with bullshit (Murdoch). But that's another story.

        • +1 vote

          Neggers don't know about the social credit system yet, or don't want to believe?

      • +7 votes

        You are most certainly important enough. Various Chinese apps have been demonstrated to send data back to China to improve their censorship engine (not what big companies do).

        I would be beyond surprised if they weren't using usage patterns and habits too to also build marketing platforms (same as what big companies do).

        If the apps do it, hate to think what the OS would do.

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          very late to the party then because the yanks apple and facebook have been doing that for decades…

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          What's this censorship engine you speak of? All I found on google was a plan to build a censored search engine that was cancelled in 2019.

          • -1 vote

            @drongobongo: I'm assuming you know about CCP's general censorship (see below). When I said 'engine' it's most likely a collection of different platforms rather than a large monolithic one. Essentially using Chinese tech you contribute data towards their efforts to censor emails/text/websites/etc. before it even enters China. While (at least for today) we/you aren't affected by using these products, real lives are impacted in a negative way.

            Today companies - and by association their users - outside of China are subject to Chinese censorship (see the Blizzard fiasco, as one example), and eventually, more and more people will be too;

            e.g. one day "Huawei '6G' network equipment isn't allowed to transport data that is considered a 'threat to good social order', so companies either can't access future-tech, or are forced to censor their users.

            https://www.ign.com/articles/2019/10/09/activision-blizzard-...
            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Censorship_in_China#Internet

            • +1 vote

              @incipient: Do you have any evidence for what you are claiming? "A collection of different platforms" is very vague and it just sounds like random companies.

              Where's the evidence that the Blizzard fiasco had anything to do with the government? There's nothing in that article about the CCP. Just seems like Blizzard shutting down something controversial in order to avoid pissing off Chinese fans.

              Your wikipedia article is just about the government blocking certain websites and the great firewall. Nothing to do with using Huawei phone data to censor people. Again, where is the evidence?

              e.g. one day "Huawei '6G' network equipment isn't allowed to transport data that is considered a 'threat to good social order', so companies either can't access future-tech, or are forced to censor their users.

              Stick to facts, not hypotheticals.

              • -1 vote

                @drongobongo: Oh far out a denier/'true believer'. Chinese censorship is a thing.

                About bliz: "rather a placation to the censorship-heavy Chinese government in an effort to preserve its financial interests in the country's market". Yes, it was implied retaliation about HK. China is incredibly good at making people self-censor. But it's censorship all the same, arguably even worse. They don't want to censor people, the CCP would much rather everyone censors themselves.

                About the firewall. I don't know if it's a monolithic platform or multiple. If you're interested, go ask the CCP. It doesn't much matter either way.

                In terms of evidence for platforms censoring, citizenlab has run tests using WeChat as it's a nice demonstrable case.
                Example: https://citizenlab.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Figure-1.pn...
                https://citizenlab.ca/2020/05/we-chat-they-watch/

                Figuring out exactly what, how, or if an OS is sending data back home, especially figuring out benign data like platform metrics, or less benign data, is very difficult, and all companies and govts, including china, is very good at hiding it. Due to how obfuscated OS data collection is, it's hard to demonstrate how it is being used, because Apps do it, and the govt requires it, it's a safe assumption the OS does in some way too.
                Huawei caught up in this, unclear how much so: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2016/11/chine...
                Xiaomi, various issues: https://gadgets.ndtv.com/mobiles/news/xiaomi-user-data-secur...
                Huawei in network gear: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-30/vodafone-...

                Anyway massively offtopic. If you don't want to believe all this, sure. You do you.

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                  @incipient: ok please name the 100 plus websites currently blocked to everyone in australia because australian censorship is a 'real thing'

                  so is routine defamation prosecution of ordinary opinions of ordinary people on social media funded by the taxpayer, and lets not forget secret courts secret trials and convictions, etc etc.

                  mate we need to sort out our own shit before throwing stones at others…

                  oz has become authoritarian and all you wanna go on about is some other country….its a diversion and a waste of time.

  • +6 votes

    Looks like wow… phone is free… but actual fact is?
    is this phone really worth $1188?, not only that… is that Telstra $99 package worth when compare cost and benefits? are there similar package available for much less than $99 with same benefits?

    • +4 votes

      your post is logical. Good Guys no like.

    • +2 votes

      It's very simple, for $99 a month or $1188 all up you get a Huawei top end phone, Telstra network for unlimited call and text, and 150GB data per month. After 12 months you are free to go anywhere. Think about the package, not the individual items. Remember the phone is FREE, the network service is $1188, you make it sound like you need to pay twice.

    • -1 vote

      So you wanna a whole year telstra service for free? Do the right math.

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    Does the $10 telstra port in bonus apply to GG 99 plan?

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    p series? Thanks. Very expensive to repair broken screens and you cannot even find a place to replace.

  • +9 votes

    Killing Huawei is simply about longer term commercial interests for Apple. It is a pity for Android camp not for the communist camp. Samsung is pretty much at their wits end, and LG even quitted. Nokia is focusing on lower-end, and other brands are just not serious players. Google, their Pixel line was designed for a different showcase purpose, never to be a mass/serious player.

    • +15 votes

      It was more about 5g tech.
      Huawei was ahead of it's US competitors.

      • +1 vote

        True, but funny enough US even doesn’t have any viable competitor in the 5g space! Lucent used to be a big player but wallstreet gave it up…

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          will do when they finish stealing chinese tech…

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      What about oneplus?

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      Check out XiaoMi's Mi 11 Ultra, I saw the review on Mrwhosetheboss on youtube and this is their best phone yet. Just need a few software updates and to address the 'quirks'.

      XiaoMi don't have a huge presence in Australia though, globally they are slowly rising up and eat into Huawei's market share.

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    Is the Telstra plan on 5G ?