You are probably unable to comment on this, but I imagine some of that testing by VFNZ involves whether any firmware changes are going to affect their revenue.. and I have noticed certain model's operator settings make it a lot harder to get data via wifi than network.
Just out of interest, I think Telecom were selling the N8 as well.. is Belle available to them?
And what would happen if you put for example a 2Degrees sim in a VFNZ branded handset.. would that make any difference to update capability?
And FYI.. I have been an exclusive (personal phone anyway) Nokia user since my first Brick on Telecom, I moved to BellSouth when they opened here, I remember going in to Pitt St in about '98 to have my firmware upgraded and was one of the first to be able to txt.. I remember the first number flashing up on my screen when caller ID introduced .. nearly fell over in Ponsonby!! Downloaded a free Mission Impossible ringtone from Germany in 2000 or so..
Love the brand and product, not sure how I feel about the Windows Mobile tie up, tempted to go with N9 but love the 12MP camera on N8 and don't want to get with an obsolete platform.