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|Monday, 6rd October 2003|
Will my Australian mobile phone work here?It is a question asked by Rob Hendriks. He just arrived in the Netherlands. He just finished his home-cooked Asian breakfast, at a bench close to The Hague central station. Well, I do not know. I'm not an expert on phones.
A mobile phone is a nice example of
just like the ones in
It works. It keeps amazing me how such a small mobile can be in contact with the whole world. To me the most amazing thins is that such a prepay mobile does not know it's user. A mobile is anonymous, yet has a lot to do with identity. Call a mobile and expect to speak to a person. The SIM card is thus a kind of personal identification.
My own needs replacement. The battery barely lasts a working day. A new battery is much more expensive than a whole new set. Odd that a complete new mobile is the cheapest solution.
It is tricky to find a simple device. Mike Levyssohn (mlict.nl), my respected hardware consultant, recommends a Siemens A50, a simple device, designed to make phone calls. There is a special for a couple of dozen Euros at the Dutch drugstore trekpleister.
It is possible to port my current 06 number, but that seems to cumbersome to me. I hate filling in forms.
|If an Australian mobile works with a new Dutch SIM card.||then a old Dutch SIM surely works in a new Dutch mobile.|
|See Dutch Quote from consumentenbond.nl/... with some jurisprudence about disabling simlocks.|
Grr, a simlock, what a bummer. A phone call to the helpdesk tells me that it costs 200 Euros to remove the simlock in the first year. Odd, as this telcom does welcome other Dutch phone owners with a SIM only subscription.
Grumble, what a setback. The simlock nullifies the value of the new mobile in combination with my current network supplier. It will be also troublesome to insert a foreign SIM card while travelling.
So, what to do? I immediately turn recalcitrant when faced with this kind of linked transactions.