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#21399 25-Apr-2008 10:04
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I got a press release yesterday saying that Telecom NZ has signed Brightstar to distribute mobile, services. This also confirms the network launch for November 2008


TELECOM ANNOUNCES SUPPLIER PARTNERSHIP WITH BRIGHTSTAR CORP


In the lead up to the launch of its new mobile network in November Telecom New Zealand announced today an agreement with Brightstar Corp. to deliver Telecom's mobile devices, supply chain services and improved business intelligence.

Brightstar Corp., headquartered in Miami, is one of the largest wireless device distribution, logistics and supply chain solutions companies globally.

In addition to preparing for the launch of its new mobile network later this year, this agreement reflects Telecom�s desire to enhance its supply chain to maximise choice, access and speed in bringing new products to customers.

Brightstar will now be Telecom's partner of choice for supply chain services. The new relationship will be phased in over the next six months and is expected to be up and running prior to the new network launch in November.

Initially the five year agreement will involve supply of mobile phones as well as services like warehouse operations, product lifecycle management, detailed reporting and stock management.





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  #126281 25-Apr-2008 11:38
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Has there been any whsipers about devices being locked?

It'll be great for the 2 operators to have to race each other to get high demand devices to market, Vodafone's current "lets take 6 months to add our logs to the firmware" tactics are frustrating

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  #126291 25-Apr-2008 13:26
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LOL

Key Distributor for Telecom
Brightstar

Key distributor for Vodafone
Brightpoint


Completely different companies, but similar names in an identical game

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  #126871 28-Apr-2008 19:16
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I had a quick look at their website, handset wise it looks like we can expect to see the same brands vodafone offers plus some which will be good. But yeah I hope they don't do software locking to prevent people just changing the simcard instead of having to have 2 phones



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  #126875 28-Apr-2008 19:30
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Don't Telecom already lock their Worldmode phones? I.E. I don't think you can drop a Vodafone SIM into one of these. So what does that say about the likelihood of locking phones for their upcoming GSM/UMTS network too?




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#126878 28-Apr-2008 19:42
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coffeebaron: Don't Telecom already lock their Worldmode phones? I.E. I don't think you can drop a Vodafone SIM into one of these. So what does that say about the likelihood of locking phones for their upcoming GSM/UMTS network too?


Yes, Worldmode handsets are locked to Telecom SIM Cards for roaming only. AFAIK, Telecom have not made the call to lock or not to lock their native GSM EDGE / WCDMA phones.

I would guess we will find out more closer to launch.

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  #126952 29-Apr-2008 01:07
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Do we have an exact date yet?? Im thinking of starting a # of days to no vodafone countdown...

If you had asked me 3 years ago if I would ever choose to move to a telecom cellphone, the answer would be noway, my how things go in cycles.. ;)




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