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Topic # 24568 27-Jul-2008 22:44
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Are you ever going to be able to use vodafone phones or other mobiles from other countrys on the gsm network
on the telecom network?

I'm a little annoyed telecom still don't have any value for money mobiles compired to vodafones, but everyone seems to use telecom
so there is no point changing to vodafone.

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Reply # 151937 27-Jul-2008 23:09
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Any vodafone phone that is unlocked and is quad band GSM (or simply one that uses 850mhz gsm) should be able to connect to the announced GSM network when it goes live.

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  Reply # 152033 28-Jul-2008 12:24
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right cokemaster.  I would expect you would be able to unlock most phones and switch between networks,

littleangelboy, what do you mean by value for money handsets?  just cheap, or with lots of featues?

Price points are pretty even between voda and Telecom at the moment I would say, although obviously it depends on the plan you select and what sort of features you are looking for.

for example, you can get a low end phone for $129 if you buy outright, or totally free on a plan. (Nokia 1325)   by contrast the cheapest vodfone mob is 149 off plan.

If you want a good music device, the LG Groove is only $349 off plan, and also has an FM transmitter built in.
You can get a smartphone for $399 (OKTA agent) off plan

Vodafone has a much wider range of phones overall obviously because  they are GSM vs Telecom's CDMA.  There are much fewer CDMA devices available to choose from and they take a long time to get to market because of the way CDMA works. 

Everyone seems to use Telecom??  Depends where you live really, market share by volume is overall in favour of Vodafone

Why the banging head?


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  Reply # 152120 28-Jul-2008 16:36
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NonprayingMantis: Everyone seems to use Telecom??  Depends where you live really, market share by volume is overall in favour of Vodafone

Actually i'd say its age group im guessing hes in. Under 25 tend to send heaps of text messages, so telecom offers the best option for most of these people (ie 500 any network or 2000 telecom). I fit into this catagory too.
However a lot of businesses seem to choose vodafone giving it a greater market share.

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  Reply # 152138 28-Jul-2008 17:17
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correct i am under 25 and the truth is
telecom handsets always seem to look cheap and not have that many features
i don't really want to spend 600 dollars

on the other hand
vodafone have good brands also

like nokia and sony ericcson
they are aso attractive looking and have good cameras etc.

i paid about 300 for my sanyo ice (newer one) i forgot what it is called
and it doesn't even have video.. but it was the only good looking phone i liked.. :/

on vodafone theyre was a bigger selectiion but then there is no point because people my age top up with 10 dollars to txt other telecom users.

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Reply # 152145 28-Jul-2008 17:39
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don't most people your age have a vodafone and a Telecom Mobile Tongue out

Depends on what features you want.

The Sanyo 8500 is a good phone IMO - music store, EVDO, takes video, stero Bluetooth.  $499 off plan.  If you work out how much you spend and see if it would be worth going on a plan to save money and get the handset cheaper,

It is slim like the Ice.,,204449-201928,00.html?action=/mshop_viewHandset&productCode=SAN8500

click on the features list you will see it ticks every single box.  Also it is a sanyo which means the GUI will be pretty much the same as you are used to.

I have the previous version - 8400.  it has same features mostly but is more chunky. I'm looking to get the 8500 if I get a chance. I've played around with it and I really like it.

P.S. If you don't like the silver you can always get a nice skin to cover it up.  :)

(yes I am a telecom employee, but not in sales)

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  Reply # 153042 31-Jul-2008 15:39
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IMO having 2 mobiles is a waste of money

does anyone know when telecom are bringing out some new phones?
i like nokias.

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  Reply # 153078 31-Jul-2008 17:58
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november when the new network launches.

At thatpoint you will also be able to use prallel imported phones and vodeafone phones on Telecom's network if you use a telecom sim.  (as long as you unlock them of course)

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  Reply # 153978 4-Aug-2008 11:42
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Actually, why don't you try the Sanyo M1?  They used to be $699 but now are only $399... 

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  Reply # 154044 4-Aug-2008 15:42
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NonprayingMantis: november when the new network launches.

At thatpoint you will also be able to use prallel imported phones and vodeafone phones on Telecom's network if you use a telecom sim.? (as long as you unlock them of course)

Thats if Telecom don't lock they're network.

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Reply # 154045 4-Aug-2008 15:47
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The network doesn't "lock" phones out. The handsets may be locked to a network, but not the other way around.

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  Reply # 154510 5-Aug-2008 23:32
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Sim cards can be however, you cant pop a tracfone sim into a normal gsm handset and have it work because of some lock they do.


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