In the coming days Uniden Australia is set to launch a local variant of the Uniden America SDS100 which was announced around March 2018 and released around June 2018 to the US and Canadian markets.
You can read our initial article on the matter at The surprise Uniden package, that is not a surprise as well as my initial thoughts on a unit I imported from the US at A brief look at the new Uniden SDS100 Bearcat.
In the latter article I briefly touched on suspicions I held at the time as to why we might see a local version hit our shores at some point, I have no idea whatsoever if the subject I touched on was a factor in the decision Uniden Australia has made but the reality is, they’ve done it!
The 1st of December, 2018 or thereabouts should see the Uniden USDS100 available for purchase via the Uniden Australia online store
Direct link to unit available here:
The local unit was thought to have been designated the USD100 given its appearance as such in the DMR / NXDN / ProVoice upgrade link available here: https://uniden.com.au/product/scanner-upgrade/
Recently the drop down menu on the page has been updated and now shows the unit as the USDS100 and marketing material provided to me also shows the unit as the USDS100.
There is bound to someone out there simply scanning through this article looking for the $ signs.
Longtime hobbyists will remember when the Uniden UBCD996T and UBCD396T models hit our shores in what seems like an eternity now. Back then the initial price was $999 for those units and it was the first time many in the local scene had seen such a price for a scanner.
The 996T and 396T models hit the shelves around 2006 from memory, now fast forward 12 years to 2018. Needless to say the changes in the market has been incredible between back then and now.
Thankfully, and considering what we could be paying we should be thankful, we’re still under the $1000 mark for the new USDS100, but it should be noted that the price I’m about to type is for the stock standard unit without DMR, NXDN and ProVoice for EDACS out of the box.
Are you ready for it? Expect to pay around $949.95 for the USDS100.
So who’s feeling a little light-headed after reading that? Is that sobbing I can hear? Who’s feeling a little down? Maybe a nice new scanner will make you feel better!?!
Many thanks to Uniden Australia for not abandoning our local scene both here and in New Zealand, hopefully those in the scene continue to support those providing the equipment for such.
Stay safe and happy scanning!