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Topic # 110066 2-Oct-2012 17:42 Send private message

Hi All
My wife would like a cheapish smart-phone. Preferably android. Make is not to important though a smallish machine is preferred.
Has anyone of you a hint?
She looked at a Hiuawei X1 though I could not find an unlock solution for it?

Thanks

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  Reply # 695029 2-Oct-2012 17:45 Send private message

Unlock what?



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  Reply # 695034 2-Oct-2012 17:56 Send private message

So I can choose whatever service, Voda, Telec or other. Isn't that what it is called if you do not like to be tied to one service provider only?

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  Reply # 695035 2-Oct-2012 17:57 Send private message

Phones sold in NZ are not locked.

Edit: Apart from some Skinny ones.



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  Reply # 695036 2-Oct-2012 17:59 Send private message

Si if I buy this one I can change the simcard and go on 2degrees?
In the shop they told my wife it is locked to Telecom?

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  Reply # 695041 2-Oct-2012 18:25 Send private message

Yes, it will work BUT depending on what 2G/3G frequencies the phone has in it's radio, will dictate when you will get 3G coverage.

GSM Arena says:
2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100

BUT - as this is an XT branded phone, I suspect it could be a variant that is HSDPA 850/2100 which may significantly limit what 3G coverage you can get on a network other than XT.




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  Reply # 695053 2-Oct-2012 18:48 Send private message

Noig: Hi All
My wife would like a cheapish smart-phone. Preferably android. Make is not to important though a smallish machine is preferred.
Has anyone of you a hint?
She looked at a Hiuawei X1 though I could not find an unlock solution for it?

Thanks


how much is cheapish?

you should consider Sony Xperia Go







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  Reply # 695210 2-Oct-2012 22:43 Send private message

Guys/Ladies
Thank you heaps!
So I should really look for a multi-network capable machine.
Of course that will cost more than my wife wants to spend? I'll have to work hard to convince her to spend $ 300 and more.
Any other than the Sony?

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  Reply # 695211 2-Oct-2012 22:48 Send private message

IMO if you are going to buy a smart phone, do it properly and don't get a cheap trashy one, or you'll just get frustrated with the experience to the point of that a non smartphone would be easier in day to day usage.

Phones like the X1 are slow and especially to non tech users they can get annoyed with it.



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  Reply # 695212 2-Oct-2012 22:50 Send private message

What would you suggest taking my previous comments into consideration?

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  Reply # 695276 3-Oct-2012 03:16 Send private message

Samsung Galaxy S II v4.0.4 for $499.00 from Vodafone (Yes that's true) if the budget can handle it and you don't need NFC (Near Field Communication)

Sony XPERIA Sola v4.0.4 at $353.91 with NFC and 3.7" screen.

Motorola Defy Plus (IP67 certified) v2.3.3 at $306.77 if you or the wife are into extreme ironing.

Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc S v2.3.4 at $380.79 without NFC, but still a good basic all-rounder with 4" screen.

Sony Ericsson XPERIA Ray v2.3.4 at $272.00 with small screen (3.3")







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  Reply # 695281 3-Oct-2012 06:36 Send private message

Thanks, I'll have a look through those.

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  Reply # 696542 5-Oct-2012 06:00 Send private message

Hi all
I have bought the HTC wildfire.
Thanks for all your suggestions and time.

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