Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.



Minimalist
4734 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 110

Moderator
Trusted
Subscriber

Topic # 99314 16-Mar-2012 15:58 Send private message

I have just been in the snazzy new Dick Smith store in Manners Street in Wellington and noticed that they have a section selling Parallel Imported mobile phones.



I also noticed that they don't have any Vodafone ones and a search of their website results in the same. Oh how times have changed!

View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
 1 | 2
1675 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 94

Trusted

  Reply # 596182 16-Mar-2012 16:00 Send private message

i wonder if they will get the padfone....

6981 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 338


  Reply # 596183 16-Mar-2012 16:01 Send private message

scottjpalmer: I have just been in the snazzy new Dick Smith store in Manners Street in Wellington and noticed that they have a section selling Parallel Imported mobile phones.



I also noticed that they don't have any Vodafone ones and a search of their website results in the same. Oh how times have changed!


I don't think they have sold VF phones for ages. They have really dumbed down and reduced their product range from what I have seen.

62 posts

Master Geek
Inactive user


  Reply # 596184 16-Mar-2012 16:01 Send private message

scottjpalmer: I have just been in the snazzy new Dick Smith store in Manners Street in Wellington and noticed that they have a section selling Parallel Imported mobile phones.



I also noticed that they don't have any Vodafone ones and a search of their website results in the same. Oh how times have changed!


A new store? I thought they were slowly closing down.  

62 posts

Master Geek
Inactive user


  Reply # 596185 16-Mar-2012 16:03 Send private message

mattwnz:
scottjpalmer: I have just been in the snazzy new Dick Smith store in Manners Street in Wellington and noticed that they have a section selling Parallel Imported mobile phones.



I also noticed that they don't have any Vodafone ones and a search of their website results in the same. Oh how times have changed!


I don't think they have sold VF phones for ages. They have really dumbed down and reduced their product range from what I have seen.


This is true. 

6981 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 338


  Reply # 596187 16-Mar-2012 16:05 Send private message

Grant01: A new store? I thought they were slowly?closing down.??


I don't think they are closing down, but I had heard that they could be thinking of selling. Currently I believe it is owned by Woolies Australia.

1265 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 76


  Reply # 596190 16-Mar-2012 16:13

I think vodafone has been gone from DSE for nearly a year!




-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it it himself - A. H. Weiler

3121 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 92

Trusted

  Reply # 596193 16-Mar-2012 16:21 Send private message

robjg63: I think vodafone has been gone from DSE for nearly a year!


This. Back when I was at DSE, both DSE and Vodafone had a fight over something. VF yearly/monthly phone contracts were pulled from DSE. Re-instated few months later and heard last year from someone that Vodafone is now gone for good from DSE shelves.






Minimalist
4734 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 110

Moderator
Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 596194 16-Mar-2012 16:23 Send private message

billgates:
robjg63: I think vodafone has been gone from DSE for nearly a year!


This. Back when I was at DSE, both DSE and Vodafone had a fight over something. VF yearly/monthly phone contracts were pulled from DSE. Re-instated few months later and heard last year from someone that Vodafone is now gone for good from DSE shelves.


Shows how often I visit/pay attention. Again, oh how times have changed! (When I was a DSE Store Manager Vodafone was all they had and it was worth a few bucks too.) 

180 posts

Master Geek


  Reply # 596210 16-Mar-2012 16:43 Send private message

Grant01: A new store? I thought they were slowly closing down.  


Strictly speaking, I think the new Manners Street store should not be considered a new (additional) store as such, as they seem to be merely relocating from their original store across the road to this one that is bigger.

65 posts

Master Geek


  Reply # 596228 16-Mar-2012 18:07 Send private message

Given that mobile phones aren't generally locked in NZ (apart from "skinny" of course) and there's not really any discounting on new non-contract handsets, I've never really understood why the shops have sections for telecom phones, vodafone phones etc. They don't do the same for TVs, i.e. have TVNZ TVs, TV3 TVs, Sky TVs etc. So why do it for phones?

1133 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 188


  Reply # 596229 16-Mar-2012 18:12 Send private message

well if you got a 2Degrees phone for example, you know that its going to work 100% on that network and it has all its settings already in it etc makes it simple for consumers. plus the retail displays look nice  hehe :)





62 posts

Master Geek
Inactive user


  Reply # 596263 16-Mar-2012 19:47 Send private message

talisker: Given that mobile phones aren't generally locked in NZ (apart from "skinny" of course) and there's not really any discounting on new non-contract handsets, I've never really understood why the shops have sections for telecom phones, vodafone phones etc. They don't do the same for TVs, i.e. have TVNZ TVs, TV3 TVs, Sky TVs etc. So why do it for phones?


lol sky tvs 

2200 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 74

Subscriber

  Reply # 596269 16-Mar-2012 19:54 Send private message

Parallel imported phones are the big news here... interesting to see them move away from the 'big players' somewhat. Still, if they're not happy with how the market is progressing, I guess they're happy to trial this approach?
Re: closing of stores...
Christchurch has 3 closed stores that I know of, but all 3 are due to the earthquake (Manchester St, Colombo St and now the Northlands Mall store). I don't believe they have that many left here?
And yes, there have been numerous articles that note Woolworth's desire to slim down the stores for sale, only a few of the closures are said to be happening in NZ though, most will disappear from the Australian side of the business apparently.

38 posts

Geek


  Reply # 596284 16-Mar-2012 20:24 Send private message

They recently (3-4 months) finished doing up the Porirua store, after the changes, they had only Telecom, 2 degrees and Parallel Imports also.

3575 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 873

Trusted

  Reply # 596322 16-Mar-2012 22:58 Send private message

Dunnersfella: Parallel imported phones are the big news here... interesting to see them move away from the 'big players' somewhat. Still, if they're not happy with how the market is progressing, I guess they're happy to trial this approach?
Re: closing of stores...
Christchurch has 3 closed stores that I know of, but all 3 are due to the earthquake (Manchester St, Colombo St and now the Northlands Mall store). I don't believe they have that many left here?
And yes, there have been numerous articles that note Woolworth's desire to slim down the stores for sale, only a few of the closures are said to be happening in NZ though, most will disappear from the Australian side of the business apparently.

This is what i've heard also in regards to store closures, the NZ stores aren't going anywhere and the company going up for sale is mostly media hype (i think noel leeming is in debt and has been up for sale for years or something?)

And these phones have been around for nearly 6 months from what i've seen in the hamilton stores, the iphones and galaxy s II that they have bought in have mostly been parallel imports from what i've seen (i know some of the SIIs they sold actually come with a dick smith charger, an easy telltale sign of a parallel import.

I think its fine if its going to drive costs down and they can still repair them locally. 

 1 | 2
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic




Twitter »
Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:




News »
Dunedin as an innovation hub
Posted 22-Aug-2014 09:06


When venture capital hurts start-ups
Posted 21-Aug-2014 19:54


Long wait for ARM servers
Posted 21-Aug-2014 19:35


Firefox now or no choice later
Posted 21-Aug-2014 08:41


New Zealand’s Fastest ISPs 2014
Posted 20-Aug-2014 16:27


NZ Games Industry launches Business Startup Competition
Posted 20-Aug-2014 12:25



Trending now »
Hot discussions in our forums right now:

Vodafone TV multicast settings on pfSense?
Created by kenkeniff, last reply by TimA on 21-Aug-2014 19:35 (90 replies)
Pages... 4 5 6


CGA. Is it fair?
Created by BTR, last reply by Geektastic on 22-Aug-2014 09:58 (83 replies)
Pages... 4 5 6


UFB provider comparison
Created by Rappelle, last reply by dcole13 on 21-Aug-2014 20:43 (23 replies)
Pages... 2


Lightbox press event release
Created by freitasm, last reply by foamfollower on 22-Aug-2014 09:44 (464 replies)
Pages... 29 30 31


It was hardly 'hacking' was it?
Created by CB_24, last reply by gzt on 21-Aug-2014 22:26 (97 replies)
Pages... 5 6 7


How to refresh WinXP
Created by Rickles, last reply by allan on 20-Aug-2014 14:25 (19 replies)
Pages... 2


Free: Smart Button for your Android device
Created by freitasm, last reply by freitasm on 22-Aug-2014 10:02 (94 replies)
Pages... 5 6 7


Vodafone now charging you to receive a bill via post
Created by stocksp, last reply by johnr on 22-Aug-2014 10:03 (82 replies)
Pages... 4 5 6



Geekzone Live »
Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.