I have a $299 discount voucher to swap over from the old Telecom network to the XT network. It expires tomorrow.
My problem is which phone to choose, or, indeed do I choose any at all and wait, or buy a compatible phone from elsewhere and get it connected to the XT network.
To be honest none of the current offering really stands out as an obvious choice.
I currently have a Nokia 6255 which I really like. About the only thing it doesn’t have that would be nice is GPS and the option to use Google maps or similar.
I would like something with reasonable size buttons , virtual or physical. Good Bluetooth connectivity is a must, I don’t need a flash camera or MP3 player. I will use it as a modem for my laptop occasionally.
Since it was a Nokia, one phone I thought might be OK was the Nokia 6600, but I have been told that it is really a city phone, i.e. it doesn’t work well in fringe coverage areas, also I was a bit concerned about the buttons being a bit small. Any comments on the coverage and the buttons?
The Samsung F480 looks OK. Any comments on the functionality of the touch screen or the lack of a normal 3.5mm phone socket. I have a plug in handsfree kit I use in a special application. Does it have a memory card slot? The Telecom info says no included memory card but other info I have read says it has a Micro SD slot. Therefore I take this to mean that Telecom does not provide a card with the phone but there is a memory slot.
One phone that was recommended was the Sony Ericsson W705 as it has GPS. However one review I read said that unless you wanted the music player function there was better options out there and it doesn’t have a 3.5 mm socket.
At the moment the Samsung is my pick, particularly if I could get a blue tooth interface to replace my 3.5 mm interface.
Does anyone have any other suggestions in the $400-500 price range either thru Telecom or a third party?
What other phones are likely to be available on the XT network in the near future?
Perhaps I just flag the $299 voucher and wait.
All comments appreciated.