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# 45136 31-Oct-2009 06:32
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Right, so answer a girly question for me please. I'm sure it's probably been asked 100 times befoer, but I can't find a real definitive answer.

I know that XT works on WCDMA 850, but I also know that HSDPA works.. I've seen some people say 850 only, but others have said 2100 works too. I'm living in the Marlborough area, if that makes any difference to reception etc?

So if I was to buy for example, the Sony Ericsson T715 which runs on HSDPA 2100, would it work using the XT network?

I only just realised last night, I didn't have to buy a phone that Telecom offer as their XT phs, to get a new phone, that I could indeed buy elsewhere, just so you have an idea of the blondeness you are dealing with :)


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  # 268738 31-Oct-2009 07:25
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You need a phone with WCDMA 850 to work everywhere, the 2100 frequency is used for capacity in bigger cites



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  # 268739 31-Oct-2009 07:26
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But doesn't HSDPA 850 work as well?

I cannot find any phones that I like, that aren't HSDPA 2100.

 
 
 
 


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  # 268741 31-Oct-2009 07:28
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As far as I'm aware, Marlborough is fully 850 MHz. In short, you *need* a WCDMA 850 phone. The T715 will not work.



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  # 268742 31-Oct-2009 07:29
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Ugh.. So is there any reason the HSDPA 850 wont work here? Isn't the Samsung F480 running on HSDPA 850? So if I was to buy that, would it not work.

Edited to add: or is HSDPA the same as WCDMA? so as long as it's one of those two, but 850, it's ok...

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  # 268743 31-Oct-2009 07:41
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If it can do UMTS/HSDPA/WCDMA 850, then it *should* work fine, such as the F480. If it only does 2100 then it won't for what you need. As far as you are concerned the terms UMTS/HSDPA/WCDMA are interchangeable, though there are technical differences, so if it can do one of these at 850 then *should* be ok.

Just curious, how much would you end up paying for the F480 if you took it? Because I think it is a really good first touchscren phone. Or if you like that Sony Erricsson, what do you think of the Telecom ones? The W705 and W995 in particular.

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  # 268745 31-Oct-2009 07:56
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Any phone that supports HSDPA 850 also supports WCDMA 850; HSDPA is a "superset" of WCDMA.

So yes, an HSDPA 850 phone will work.



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  # 268747 31-Oct-2009 08:02
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Ah right, ok, understand that now..

I'm not 100% sure really what I want. The phones I really like are all 2100, and I'm starting to get grumpy. LOL. I looked at the SE C510 yesterday in store, and the buttons were too close together, so that counts that out. I think what I'm going to do, is get one of the $99 phs on Tuesday, and hang out until HSDPA 2100 becomes available everywhere, then get one. If I could get the SE T715a I'd be happy though.
I'd love a touch screen, but just unsure about that really.

I'm very fussy with my phones. lol

 
 
 
 


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  # 268748 31-Oct-2009 08:06
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2100mhz WCDMA/HSDPA will never be national coverage from any carrier as it would require too many cells and cost truck loads



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  # 268750 31-Oct-2009 08:08
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Ugh, so I really am screwed. Wish Telecom would bring out some decent phones. The F480 is really the only one thats suitable now. Unless I can find a SE T715a

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  # 268755 31-Oct-2009 09:08
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You mean decent phones or cheap phones? I have a Sony Ericsson here that is being launched - touchscreen, 12.1 megapixel camera, loads of memory. But it won't cost $100.

The HTC Touch Pro 2 is very nice too, I am using one. It costs more than the iPhone though.

The HTC Snap is a very good smartphone, with keyboard, decent camera very thin and light and I am getting one soon.

You probably can get nice, but can't get cheap.






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  # 268758 31-Oct-2009 09:19
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Decent as in has all the features I want, and in better colors, silver and black, well foopy wuck.. I'm not phased about cost. But I'm not going to pay an excessive amount for a phone, anything more than $800 is excessive in my mind. For a phone, give me a break.

The only reason I suggested the $99 phone up there, was to tide me over until I can find a suitable phone that will give in to all my fussy feature requests.

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  # 268803 31-Oct-2009 15:05
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You're not fazed about cost, but you're setting an arbitrary limit on what you want to spend...

Have you looked the the Nokia N85? It's not silver, but feature-wise, it's up there. The recent price drop puts it under your $800 limit, too.

Perhaps you could list all the features that you want, the features that are essential and then we could help you?




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  # 268825 31-Oct-2009 16:39
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munchkin: You're not fazed about cost, but you're setting an arbitrary limit on what you want to spend...

Have you looked the the Nokia N85? It's not silver, but feature-wise, it's up there. The recent price drop puts it under your $800 limit, too.

Perhaps you could list all the features that you want, the features that are essential and then we could help you?


Absolutely set a limit, that's just common sense. When I say not worried about cost, I mean I'm not looking for just a cheapy basic phone,(like the R6 for example) I am expecting it to be higher priced.


Features: Preferably not Nokia (everyone has a brand they just don't like, for me, it's Nokias)
GPS but that's not essential,
Not touch screen - paramount
Not a flip phone - paramount
Buttons have to be large, and preferably not touching eachother
Not silver, (pink, or red would be great, white wouldnt be too bad)
Has to have email capability
3.5mm headphone jack would be good,
Can't think of the others right now,

The only one so far, that I've found that I really like is the SE W760, it's way under my budget, but I do not like that the camera only works in portrait. Second would be the SE W995a, but seems a waste to have a 8.1mp camera really.
Love the SE T715a too, but can only seem to find the t715, not the t715a.

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  # 268827 31-Oct-2009 16:41
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The W995a has dropped in price to what the price of the W705 was not even a week ago, it also comes with an 8GB M2 card..




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  # 268828 31-Oct-2009 16:43
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munchkin: The W995a has dropped in price to what the price of the W705 was not even a week ago, it also comes with an 8GB M2 card..
From what I've seen though, the W995a is going back up to full price on Tuesday.

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