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Topic # 101982 13-May-2012 15:59 Send private message

I'm on the lookout for an affordable Android handset with a physical keyboard but with a decently-sized screen - it's come down to a choice between the HTC Desire Z or the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro. The former is not really available new here, but appears to be a good deal on ebay (esp. from a HK-based seller).

My concern is that I don't want to buy a phone that doesn't work fully in NZ; I've checked the frequencies used (appear to match for Vodafone/2 Degrees in NZ), and it clearly states its unlocked. Beyond the apparent inability to supply an NZ/Aus charger, it all seems ok. But I wanted to check before committing myself. Is there anything I'm missing?

Here's a link to one of these listings:

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/NEW-HTC-Desire-Z-3G-5MP-GPS-WIFI-HOTSPOT-WVGA-QWERTY-SLIDE-Android-SMARTPHONE-/290711708583?pt=Cell_Phones&hash=item43afc4a3a7#ht_4604wt_952

Thanks for any advice.

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  Reply # 624426 13-May-2012 16:04 Send private message

Shouldn't be any issues. I use a UK bought unlocked HTC in NZ on 2degrees no problem.

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  Reply # 624434 13-May-2012 16:22 Send private message

Just be careful which version you get as the American version will only work on Telecom (HSDPA 850/1900) whereas the European version will only work on Vodafone/2degrees (900/2100)

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  Reply # 624441 13-May-2012 16:26 Send private message

Judging by the info "Quad-band GSM and dual-band 3G support" its a good chance it will work in NZ.

Make sure you pay by paypal as that will ensure you are covered for your purchase (as opposed to a transfer)

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  Reply # 624445 13-May-2012 16:40 Send private message

Telecom has no GSM (2G), only WCDMA (3G). Dual band 3G could either be 900/2100 (Vodafone, 2degrees) or 850/2100 (XT). You just need to decide which network you want to use and confirm which 3G bands the actual handset supports.




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