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Topic # 59355 3-Apr-2010 12:10
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I am looking for a cheap handset for use overseas on a prepay account, that could later be used back here... It must be a simple one and cheap for parents-in-law to use in emergencies only (prepay will be on a foreign network then probably used on XT back here).

Is the R100 GSM too or WCDMA only? The manual says it can be locked to either mode, so I assume it's both?






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  Reply # 314373 3-Apr-2010 12:38
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Yep, it's quad band GSM and UMTS 850.

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  Reply # 314377 3-Apr-2010 13:13
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freitasm: Thanks... Will get that one for them.



Good phone as a backup it's a shame it doesn't support 2100 WCDMA though and it's not HSDPA but as you say you're looking for a basic phone so this should be ok. best deal at the moment is at noel's

http://www.noelleeming.co.nz/communications/mobile-cellular-phones-cellphones/xt-mobile-phones-cellphones/telecom-hdtnzr100gy-r100-black/prod101207.html



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  Reply # 314392 3-Apr-2010 14:59
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Does it do 2100mhz WCDMA?

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  Reply # 314393 3-Apr-2010 15:02
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johnr: Does it do 2100mhz WCDMA?

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No. And there is some irony in this because the Telecom PTC's for XT specify a handset must do 850/2100!


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  Reply # 314400 3-Apr-2010 15:44
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freitasm: Good one! Off to NL Porirua to get one of these handsets then.


If you're parent's in-law already have a CDMA phone, then just take it in to a Telecom store and they will transfer you're number across to a SIM for no charge, no need to buy one form NL unless they don't have a CDMA Phone :)

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  Reply # 314402 3-Apr-2010 15:58
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Yes but then they lose their OneBill, etc right? Also they are almost flying out so no tme to go around trying to figure out best plan for them, etc. We will do this when they are back.

The idea is just to have a handset they can use with a local prepay card overseas and then work out XT for them later. If XT doesn't have OneBill then they will just stay on CDMA as they are happy withy it and XT won't bring anything they need.




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  Reply # 314407 3-Apr-2010 16:14
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Yes that's correct.

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  Reply # 314419 3-Apr-2010 16:38
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Seriously, dont do it. Those handsets are crap ^2.

Good chance they will have it lock up and start only showing a blank screen when they try to turn it on and need to go in for service.

I know several people who got them to replace their stoner-phones on CDMA who have had no end of trouble with it. Even on 2 degrees they seem to miss a lot of calls compared to my old nokia 1100's etc.




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  Reply # 314432 3-Apr-2010 17:08
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That's ok. If it's really bad and they have an emergency I am sure they can always use a LANDLINE there.

Bought the phone at NL, charged, added all the contacts for them so they can take it away.

I have a couple of spare Windows Mobile devices here, but seriously, the lerarning curve would be a lot harder than just a simple handset.

Feature phones have their place in the market and won't go away.




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