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Topic # 19963 8-Mar-2008 09:27 Send private message

Hi there all

I'm looking at getting a new Telecom phone on a plan. (Sell Vodafone handset [Nokia 6230] -> Give Telecom its Sim card for a nice credit [Not interested in porting or anything] -> Upgrade Nokia 2118 [Prepay] to a nice phone with a nice plan)

I was looking at the Okta touch and quite like it.. But I'm dissapointed that it has no inbuilt support for DVORAK on its software keyboard. That it runs Windows mobile is a nice bonus.

I was also looking at the Okta Mondo - It looks quite nice and useful.. But as its new I have a lot of questions not many people can answer.. Hence I make this thread, looking for peoples thoughts on what phone I should get, that matches my uses and needs for it.

Basic Requirements:

  • Bluetooth
  • Can be used for Tethered Data (plug into laptop and use mobile internet)
  • Colour screen
  • SMS Messaging
  • Very tough keypad / input method (I sms a fair bit, often more than 2000 a month - thus keypads die after about 8 months)
It would be nice if it could:
  • Be connected to my laptop via bluetooth, and use software to send SMS messages from it. (I do this with my Nokia 6230)
  • Photo messaging
  • Be WorldMode (GSM as an extra - like the Okta Mondo)
  • Have inbuilt support for MSN / IRC or the capability to have applications installed that support MSN / IRC)
  • Keypad locking with PIN (Im Paranoid.. It comes with the territory)
Keeping in mind that I only want a Telecom phone (Various issues with Vodafone are another story), is there anything that anyone can suggest?

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  Reply # 115505 9-Mar-2008 03:20 Send private message

From what I see you would be happy with one of those Okta phones. Not sure if it had blue tooth or not though. As far as IRC goes - I saw someone use a java-based irc client on his phone once.

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  Reply # 117587 19-Mar-2008 18:18 Send private message

I have the okta touch and it meets all your needs except for the GSM thing

also regarding the txting, you say you often do 2000 per month of more

was it really wise to drop your vodafone and go to telecom?

you only have 500 txts per month on that, not really that much at all if you are used to sending 2000

unless you go to boost 1000/month, but that restricts you to telecom numbers which I suspect is NOT a good thing if you are txting a lot (as a higher proportion of heavy txters are on vodafone than telecom, likewise probably most of your numbers you have are on vodafone if you were using that yourself before)

Personally I have BOTH a telecom phone and vodafone, that way I can max out the 500/month AND the 2000/month




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Reply # 117591 19-Mar-2008 18:30 Send private message

dman: as a higher proportion of heavy txters are on vodafone than telecom,
likewise probably most of your numbers you have are on vodafone if you
were using that yourself before


What are your sources on those figures? Any chance of a link?


It is incredibly wise for me to move to Telecom. I am use to sending 2000 and that is the 2000 Telecom gives me for $10.00 a month. I rarely sms a Vodafone number. Infact I've only sent one person on Vodafone two SMS messages this month (19 days in now, and that was only yesterday)

I am in no way restricted to SMSing Telecom numbers, I can sms whoever I want whenever I want, there are no restrictions.

I had a Vodafone and a Telecom and I was sick of carrying them around. Vodafone didn't help the issue either. I now only have a Telecom phone.

I opted for the Okta Agent. Very nice phone so far and a review is in the works.

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  Reply # 117595 19-Mar-2008 18:45 Send private message

no sources, this is not wikipedia here ;)

just based on my recent personal experiences

was merely bringing up a factor for you to consider, which it appears you have and it doesn't apply in your situation

of course it could just be that my experience is purely due to various unknown differing factors such as age group, gender, area, social circles, whatever...




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  Reply # 117597 19-Mar-2008 18:54 Send private message

Haha.. My apologies :)

I would suggest your correct in saying "it could just be that my experience is purely due to various unknown differing factors such as age group, gender, area, social circles, whatever..."  it gives one thoughts of a survey for some strange reason..

Thanks for your input ;)

I purely went for the Agent over the touch as I didn't see the need to spend the extra money. Do I really need a touchscreen? Nah!
Another annoying point for me was the lack of the software keyboard to be converted to DVORAK without paying for a third party application. - Quite dissapointing.

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  Reply # 117609 19-Mar-2008 19:53 Send private message

yeah I would love to see a proper survey done of this, with a break down for the factors I mentioned

I have a lot of phone numbers (hundreds and hundreds before my phones were stolen/lost) and I get new numbers from people I meet (i.e. girls... Wink ) on a regular basis, and my general impression is that vodafone is more common than telecom

the agent has gone HEAPS which makes it a good choice, but when I got my touch the price difference wasn't so significant which made it a very easy choice to go for the touch instead of the agent




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