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  # 1726994 27-Feb-2017 11:34
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The stuff article made it sound like Spark had only recently shut down its 2G network. Wasnt that years ago?

 

I would think a 3G version may have some appeal - maybe if the sales are good for this 'retro' phone they may build a 3g version.

 

I am quite interested in the Nokia android phones - Nokia used to have very good design and build - wonder what they will be like and if they will be sold here.

 

It was like Nokia were intent on committing suicide when they went all out with Microsoft. Seemed such an obvious mistake. If they had built a couple of quality Android phones just to keep their options open they would have never gone away in the first place. There were leaked articles about some annoyed Nokia engineers that had actually hacked one of the Windows phones to run android.





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  # 1726995 27-Feb-2017 11:35
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Spark have never had a GSM network.

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  # 1726996 27-Feb-2017 11:37
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Spark have never had a GSM network.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And Voda is turning their one off - clearly signalled to market.

 

Ah well.... 30day battery life came from somewhere. I remember when GSM used to be 'power hungry' and 'nasty' compared to DAMPS.....





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Well when I say never they've never had a *public* GSM network. When they started deploying 3G they were going to originally deploy both GSM and WCDMA, but after rolling out GSM in Petone and Lower Hutt (which has always been a test bed area for mobile) the decision was made by deploy a 100% 3G only network.

 

 




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@mikehales do you guys have an official word yet as to how much longer the Vodafone GSM network will be available for?


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  # 1727019 27-Feb-2017 11:53
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Long enough I guess. Problem is the coverage of the 2g seems somewhat junk compared to 3g when I have been having a play with cheap GSM modules. Same on a phone too so not the sub $2 GSM radio.




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  # 1727022 27-Feb-2017 11:57
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Specs aside, I do think they have nailed the design.


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  # 1727023 27-Feb-2017 11:59
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No plans to retire GSM network





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Any sign of this handset being sold in NZ?


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  # 1793947 2-Jun-2017 20:09
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No plans to retire GSM network

 

 

Well hurry up and make some so that spectrum can be put to better use for protocols not made 20+ years ago.





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  # 1793955 2-Jun-2017 20:17
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MikeHales:

 

No plans to retire GSM network

 

 

Well hurry up and make some so that spectrum can be put to better use for protocols not made 20+ years ago.

 

 

 

 

Wish i was in NZ, just because my car phone won't work anymore here  in Oz :'( 

 

http://www.amta.org.au/amta/news/51135.2g-networks-are-switching-off

 

 

 

Also possibly why NZ won't get the 3310... Will "Mokia" release it just for NZ if Oz can't use it?


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Wish i was in NZ, just because my car phone won't work anymore here  in Oz :'( 

 

http://www.amta.org.au/amta/news/51135.2g-networks-are-switching-off

 

 

There was a time for a phone built into a car. That has long gone now.

 

Besides, the in car ones will only do calls to other phones, probably 80% of my communication is done over facebook messenger or wechat/whatsapp now, neither of which any inbuilt solutions seem to work with.





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  # 1793972 2-Jun-2017 20:50
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blakamin:

 

 

 

Wish i was in NZ, just because my car phone won't work anymore here  in Oz :'( 

 

http://www.amta.org.au/amta/news/51135.2g-networks-are-switching-off

 

 

There was a time for a phone built into a car. That has long gone now.

 

Besides, the in car ones will only do calls to other phones, probably 80% of my communication is done over facebook messenger or wechat/whatsapp now, neither of which any inbuilt solutions seem to work with.

 

 

But mine still works! And handy for ringing the Mrs.


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The Nokia 3310 will be available in a 3G version mid-October in Australia for AU$89.95.  


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Nokia 3310 3G coming to Spark this month, $99.


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