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Master Geek
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Topic # 91026 5-Oct-2011 10:38 Send private message

Hey,

I'm interested in getting a windows 7 phone, could anyone recommend me one thats under $500? The thing im most interested in using it for is playing the Xbox Live games on it, such as Doodle Jump or PvZ.

I'm not interested in getting on contract or a data plan. It has to work also on XT

Thanks :)

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  Reply # 529433 5-Oct-2011 10:44 Send private message

XT Compatible WP7 Handsets Currently Out

  • Dell Venue Pro
  • LG Quantum
  • HTC HD7
  • LG Optimus 7
  • LG c900B Quantum
  • Samsing Focus
  • HTC 7 Mozart
  • HTC 7 Surround
Prices range from $600 to $1200. You will NEED a data plan with these phones, and that plan will have to exceed 150mb a month. Mango (7.5 update) just loves sucking data.

That being said it is an amazing OS and I would recommend you go with the HTC phones. 




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Master Geek
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  Reply # 529442 5-Oct-2011 10:58 Send private message

Thanks for the quick reply, now I have some handsets to do some researching about :)

Cheers!

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  Reply # 529452 5-Oct-2011 11:11 Send private message

One's I can recommend for XT. Samsung Focus, HTC Mozart, Dell Venue Pro (XT version) or the HTC HD7S. Have a look at mobicity.co.nz

They seem to have the above models in stock.

PS - Wait for another month and the new mango phones with updated hardware are coming out like front facing camera for video calling, better CPU, better GPU, better battery life etc. I would wait to buy the new updated Windows Phones than buy the old gen stuff considering it's about to be released in less than a month.






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Master Geek
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  Reply # 529462 5-Oct-2011 11:20 Send private message

Is there a date for the release of the new phones?

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  Reply # 529479 5-Oct-2011 11:35 Send private message

jackfry: Is there a date for the release of the new phones?


It's up to the carriers and OEM's to release the products. You can already buy the HTC Radar  from mobicity.co.nz which would work fine on Vodafone or 2Degress.

http://www.mobicity.co.nz/htc-radar.html

Nokia will be revealing their WP7 handsets on 26th October at Nokia world and should be released sometime on November. Samsung has revealed their Samsung Omnia W and Samsung Focus S which should be available in October/November as well. HTC revealed HTC Radar and HTC Titan.






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Master Geek
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  Reply # 529487 5-Oct-2011 11:40 Send private message

Shame data is soo expensive on prepaid, wish there was a TXT2500 and like 250MB data for $20 a month prepaid, id be fine with that. Instead theres TXT2500 and 50MB data for $18 :/

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  Reply # 529504 5-Oct-2011 11:54 Send private message

Telecom has TalkTextData plan on prepaid

$20 per month

20 minutes to NZ landlines/mobile

1000 texts to any NZ mobile

200MB data.

Good value IMO.

http://www.telecom.co.nz/mobile/mobile/plansandpricing/prepaid






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Master Geek
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  Reply # 529507 5-Oct-2011 11:58 Send private message

Shame I dont call, need moar texts lol.

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  Reply # 529562 5-Oct-2011 13:19 Send private message

You can use a data based texting program. If you have friends with smartphones you can use whatsapp. Remember with a smartphone you can email a lot and WP7 has Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn built tight into the coreOS




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Master Geek


  Reply # 529971 6-Oct-2011 11:18 Send private message

I have a Mozart which I quite like. You can get the XT version too. The camera is nice, and the screen isn't too big either.

Just a tip: Make sure you turn off a few of the features, such as "connect to xbox live", wifi searching, phone tracking etc as it sucks up your battery life 



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Master Geek
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  Reply # 530095 6-Oct-2011 13:53 Send private message

Im getting this phone to optimize on all of the Xbox Live features :)

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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 530161 6-Oct-2011 15:28 Send private message

I'll be honest, I don't even consider mobile games now without achievements.




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Master Geek
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  Reply # 530247 6-Oct-2011 16:38 Send private message

CruciasNZ: I'll be honest, I don't even consider mobile games now without achievements.


Haha this is what pulled me towards wanting a Windows phone, Achievements :D

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  Reply # 530267 6-Oct-2011 16:57 Send private message

It may be sad but I enjoy it :D

There's a distinct lack of good games right now though. Hopefully with mango they start releasing more




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Master Geek
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  Reply # 534636 18-Oct-2011 11:53 Send private message

Anyone know a cheap price where I can get the HTC 7 Mozart T8697 from? As this is the XT version (Correct?)

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