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Should I or shouldn't I?

, posted: 22-Aug-2006 14:00

I thought I have made up my mind on which direction to travel down for my next phone upgrade... and sort of planned on what devices to get to compliment the phone for my "everday" usage.

I was camping with Pocket PC (HP HX4700) for its VGA display and dual-memory slots (CF and SD), as well the upgrade to WM5. But then I moved on from that thought to UMPC/UX, however neither both support PCMCIA for use with my Vodafone Mobile Connect card, which does not answer my single converged unit for mobility sake (catch up with emails/website while communiting to work in the morning and the time in between).

Now that I saw a couple of Imate JasJam available at TradeMe, which got me rethink about my phone upgrade.

I am willing to take a drop on VGA to gain UMTS/HSDPA speed, and with JasJam to replace Vodafone Mobile Connect card to use its USB as modem to laptop. Though this may impose another issue, my Vodafone Mobile Connect card is with a SIM card supplied by TelstraClear (so another account), and my voice-call SIM card is with Vodafone and is You Choose. I have tried transferring my Vodafone voice-call account over to TelstraClear but was declined due to TelstraClear does not offer You Choose plan... So I may have to end up carrying two devices, one for voice, and one for data. (Kinda defeat the whole idea of converged service).

Although, one could try cancel TelstraClear's 1GB for $49 service and get on Vodafone and sign up for open-term 1GB for $49 plan, and pay hefty discontinue fee, on top of the JasJam (if I am to get it). Or discontinue my You Choose plan with Vodafone and moving my 021 over to TelstraClear billing -- while I was assured that the number will stay the same. Of course with the latter idea, one will have to pay for discontinue fee too.


Hmm... What's your thought on this?






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Comment by bradstewart, on 22-Aug-2006 14:32

I think you should consider Telecoms Apache with 1xEV DO.....


Author's note by chiefie, on 22-Aug-2006 14:36

For data reason? I supposed but I'd always more "fascinated" with Vodafone/GSM though.

Does Apache upgradable to EVDO Rev. A?

Also, that will mean I have to sign on for Telecom's 1GB for $49, which made my TelstraClear's 1GB for $49 redundant. This does not justify the cost though.


Comment by bradstewart, on 22-Aug-2006 14:39

No it doesnt, but the Rev A replacement for the Apache is on its way.

But the Rel 0 is around the same speed you can expect from HSDPA anyway


Author's note by chiefie, on 22-Aug-2006 14:46

Yes true but at least with JasJam, I can continue using my (data) SIM card without having to sign up for new plan.


Comment by bradstewart, on 22-Aug-2006 15:10

Maybe, but everyone knows EVDO owns UMTS/HSDPA when it comes to well.... everything


Comment by johnr, on 22-Aug-2006 20:56

Whats stopping you from having " you choose " on telstraclear they are a vodafone reseller

I am sure someone has given you incorrect information


Author's note by chiefie, on 22-Aug-2006 21:45

I have seen in the media vodafone will have hsdpa 3.6Mbps and cdma rev A is 3.1Mbps.


Author's note by chiefie, on 22-Aug-2006 21:47

As for "You Choose" with TCL... I'll bug them again and see if TCL will approve the transfer. But I have some reservation with how TCL deals with their customers though, after my last episode with their supplied Vodafone Mobile Connect card.


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