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# 41486 16-Sep-2009 22:54
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So Telecom have offered me a free upgrade from my Okta Mondo v870 to the Telecom R6.


I had a look for some comparative reviews but couldn't find much useful to base a decision on. I just want a basic phone, I do use a t-stick for mobile internet on my laptop so tethering might be a bonus if I could consolidate costs on internet access.


My current phone plan is Flexi Anytime. I spent about $100 last month, $80 on national calls and $20 on mobile calls. I also have a mobile broadband account, CPM48 - MOB BROADBAND 1GB+, and I've used an average of 1.5GB/month on that for the last two months. (Often I stay under quota as well, if not mobile.) I don't seem to be getting billed for that separately so maybe it's built into the Flexi Anytime plan?


I've had the Okta for a couple of years now. I read online that the Okta can do GSM so maybe I can use it on XT network anyway, although it's currently CDMA. I spend a fair amount of time out in the wops so I benefit from improved coverage. I haven't tried throwing a Telecom SIM into the phone yet, though.


I've been with Telecom for ages and am not itching to switch (yet!) so the presumable contract extension is not a major worry for me. I'm guessing they will want an extra 24months contract, otherwise why would they be offering me a phone for free?


I'm not pushing my current device to the limit (I can barely work the camera) but could be interested in accessing my Gmail account or Google Calendars etc from my mobile device ... if it was easy enough :D


Would really appreciate any good input people can give me on my options here!


Thanks in advance.

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  # 256319 16-Sep-2009 22:56
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XT is not GSM. A GSM phone like the OKTA cannot work on XT.







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  # 256321 16-Sep-2009 23:00
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So the Okta is going to be phased out? 


I'm not sure but I get the impression that CDMA is not going to get much better, despite Telecom reassuring us that "Mobiles on our CDMA network will continue to give you a great experience." [http://www.telecom.co.nz/mobile/yourmobile/cdma]

Thanks for that Tony. Would you recommend the R6, then?

Something else we forgot to mention in Jacqui's first post is that a phone with a better predictive text UI than the Okta would be a godsend for the family members she texts ;)

 
 
 
 


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  # 256354 17-Sep-2009 06:51
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Avoid the telecom branded phones they are crap. speaking from experience.





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  # 256375 17-Sep-2009 08:49
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xurizaemon: So the Okta is going to be phased out? 


The Okta brand will not be used on their WCDMA network. It's going to die when the CDMA network is shutdown.

xurizaemon: I'm not sure but I get the impression that CDMA is not going to get much better, despite Telecom reassuring us that "Mobiles on our CDMA network will continue to give you a great experience." [http://www.telecom.co.nz/mobile/yourmobile/cdma]


That's exactly what they said. "Will continue to give you" means they will continue to work as now - which is keeping the coverage, speeds, etc. The CDMA network won't be extended. So no doublespeak there.




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  # 256386 17-Sep-2009 09:24
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Thanks. I wasn't accusing Telecom of doublespeak.

I'm interested though that you say "when the CDMA network is shut down", which I guess means there's a silent clause at the end of "will continue to give you a great experience"?

Nothing lasts forever. Is there a set date for CDMA shutdown?

Does the R6 offer any advantages for Jacqui?

* laptop tethering?
* extra organisational functionality?
* better coverage?
* improved UI?

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  # 256389 17-Sep-2009 09:36
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CDMA shutdown is in 2012.

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  # 256569 17-Sep-2009 16:51
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Thanks everyone for your help. I have decided on the Telecom G7 and hope it will do the trick. It was affordable and I can read the screen, what I'm writing much easier.

Thanks all.

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  # 256573 17-Sep-2009 17:03
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Excellent!







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