rossmnz: Ok so my partner went home and purchased one of these as she wanted a smart phone.
I am a bit bored of my iPhone so we have swapped lol.
Now whenever I do any research about this phone I find a lot of detail on the i9000 but im not keen on munting the phone due to it being a different model.
I assume the i9500 is some sort of international model only? Doesn't exist unfortunately, there is however an i7500(older), i9003(Galaxy S but with cheaper screen and slower processor), i5500(smallish screen, also i5503t Telecom varient)
Best thing to do is: Hit Applications, Settings, scroll down to About Phone and check the "Model Number"
Can i update this with the gingerbread roms intended for the i9000? No, well it depends what the model number says, there will be different GB for different phones
Also wtf is Samsung kies? I assume its the kinda itunes variant for the Samsung Galaxy? That is correct, it's like iTunes only: - A bit buggier - Not as much bloatware
I have moved across the ditch. Now residing in Melbourne as a VOIP/Video Technical Trainer/Engineer.