If you have a problem with their mobiles, why don't you get a vodafone?
It is a bit hard to compare the two, as you also have to look at how big the market is for each network on a world wide scale.
i.e GSM vs CDMA you are looking at roughly a 4 to 1 ratio. Which means that there will be a lot more being developed for GSM.
That saying CDMA handsets are NOT crap. Telecom do have good handsets. What you will generally also notice, is that they drop in price fairly quickly too. Whereas GSM handsets tend not change change price much.
So if you have a problem, vote with your feet and leave Telecom.
First I've removed the expletive from your post. You have been here long enough to know we do not accept expletives in posts.
Second SHOUTING will not make your point. Be reasonable and explan the reasons. I only read you complaining about the handsets but you give no reason at all - "phunky cheap ones like Vodafone" is not a reason and "phunky" is not even an English word.
Well, the Samsung "Fantasy" although not exactly a feature phone, is pretty cool in my opinion and you can get it for $300 or Free on a 24 Month Freetime 300 (Which in its self is a great plan!)
But yes the best thing to do is to move to Vodafone if you want a larger range of handsets, you just have to be prepaired pay extra to Call and SMS friends on Telecom (And they have to like you enough for them to pay more money to talk to you :-P )
You can always come back to Telecom when they roll out GSM (A Vodafone type network thats compatable with most of Vodafone handsets; after unlock)
Don't go so fast... Okta Mobile is coming out officialy this 1st November and we will find out what new handsets they are coming with - already they have the Okta Agent Windows Mobile device, so you never know what else might be around the corner...
Voda has got the old global buying power thing going on - what this essentially results in is a much bigger bang for their buck in terms of the range they can stock and the prices they can stock them at. It does also mean that sometimes it takes anywhere up to 6 months for the handsets to trickle down to NZ - and we don't necessarily get all of the "phunky" phones they range (compare website .co.nz vs .co.uk).
Telecom's relationship with Sprint has brought some great handsets - but is still not enough for the hungry handset market that NZ is. Agreed GSM based networks will bring more choice, but also agree this is jumping way to far ahead.....I wanna handset now.
OKTA provides telecom with a lot more opportunity in terms of developing handsets with specific customer requirements - something they have never really been able to do......where as Voda have had this ability for a long time - purely down to their clout in the purchasing ring
Granted OKTA is not a known brand - but then...that tends to become less and less important to me... The analogy I use is mobile phones now are a bit like computers a few years back....Then you had to have an IBM.......now you don't really care - all you wanna know is how big, how fast, how much, what processor etc etc...What it does for me is more important then who made it!!