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Topic # 4381 11-Jul-2005 18:46
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Any Chance we'll see any new Gtran handsets anytime soon?




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  Reply # 16434 11-Jul-2005 19:26
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If we do, i would hope they are better thought out than the 4020.

Nice exterior size/design though.


-Lots- of broken external LCDs...




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  Reply # 16440 11-Jul-2005 19:51
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Maybe, But I personally love Korean phones, they're stylish and full of features.




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  Reply # 16445 11-Jul-2005 22:51
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Yeah, but as far as i can remember it was limited to 10 txts in the inbox with no auto deletion of old messages. I remember it being terrible for texting full stop, but for reasons easily adjusted by software tweaks.



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  Reply # 16480 12-Jul-2005 20:29
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hmm I txt quite often but if i can txt with my SEF500i (Tiny buttons) I can txt with anything ;)




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  Reply # 16488 12-Jul-2005 22:28
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Please no!! Terrible phones

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Reply # 16610 15-Jul-2005 00:49
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Argggh!!! please NO!!!!

a company I worked with bought a pile(about 50) of these at $199 when they were end of life.

by the time i finished my contract with them 3 months later, 6 were still working. all the rest died from broken main LCD's or just died, most from software or flip "wear"

Someone told me GTRAN went broke, can anyone confirm ????

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Reply # 16616 15-Jul-2005 08:31
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Gtran did not go broke. They are owned by Flextronics one of the largest electronic design/fabrication companys in the world.



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  Reply # 16619 15-Jul-2005 09:43
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Gtran Wireless did though, I think.




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Reply # 16620 15-Jul-2005 09:47
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Flextronics is an ODM (Original Design Manufacturer). They are the guys behind the Xbox and Microsoft commisioned then to create the "cheap" version of Windows Mobile devices, one that can be used as a feature phone with the Windows Mobile OS but not necessarily to the level of a Smartphone - something to compete with the Sharp, Samsung, Gtran and Kyocera market.


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  Reply # 16621 15-Jul-2005 10:19
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Gtran did not go broke!

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  Reply # 16622 15-Jul-2005 11:19
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As Jama said, GTran did not go broke. GTran Wireless was bought by Flextronics. It still exists, however the old websites have gone down.

With regard to the comments about high rates of LCD damage, all I can say is not really. There were approximately 18000 sold into the market (as far as I'm aware), and only a very small percentage of those have come back and been assessed as damaged lcd's.

For anyone that's pulled one of the LCD assembly's apart, you'll note that the LCD board was actually manufactured by Samsung. Which isn't surprising considering UFB (Ultra Fine & Bright) LCD's are a Samsung Technology.

As with any LCD if you're too rough with them, they break. On a sidenote, we sell replacement LCD's at about the cheapest price you'll find in the market ($188+GST). But because most phones now are sold with such large subsidies, peoples percieved value of the phone doesn't match it's 'real' value.

If you pay $199 for a phone (with subsidy), you're not as likely to take as much care as you are if you pay $699 for the same phone (without subsidy). Even if they both work out to the same cost without subsidies, people just dont' percieve what they would cost the same to replace. It also means most people can't comprehend "how an lcd can cost as much as they paid for their phone".

It's the same arguments that have been going backwards and forwards for years. If you break/damage something it won't be under warranty. If you say you 'never got your phone wet', but all the ink on the stickers inside has run, it won't be under warranty. If you paid $199 for the phone, yes, there's a good chance parts to repair it might cost more than the phone.

With that, it's time to go get some real work done.

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  Reply # 16634 15-Jul-2005 18:44
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Well it arrived in the mail. Not too shabby for an older phone and for the price I can't complain. It was the only Clamshell I could find with a colour screen and no camera.




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  Reply # 16644 15-Jul-2005 20:48
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Samsung x609?



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  Reply # 16646 15-Jul-2005 21:42
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Nah, I don't like the UI on Samsung Phones




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  Reply # 16687 17-Jul-2005 18:53
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cat-mince: Nah, I don't like the UI on Samsung Phones

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Nice physical design, unusable for me though.




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