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Topic # 60684 30-Apr-2010 12:40
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Hey guys, quick question which I can't find the answer to.

I'm in the market to buy an HTC Desire. The versions listed on PriceSpy will not work on the XT network because they run on the wrong band (or so i've read).

However I noticed that Telstra Australia sell the Desire, and according to Wikipedia, the Telstra Aus network is the same band (850mhz WCDMA) as Telecom XT, so that means the Desire they sell should work on XT.

Can anyone confirm this?

Cheers. 

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  Reply # 325234 30-Apr-2010 12:47
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Telstra's page says "Recommended for handheld use in metropolitan and major regional areas", which may indicate that it only runs in 2100 MHz areas. That's a wild guess though, so someone with more Telstra experience should be able to clarify this.

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  Reply # 325235 30-Apr-2010 12:51
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+ it will most likely be locked to Telsta..




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  Reply # 325239 30-Apr-2010 13:01
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Hmm, this site claims to have an 850/2100 version. Maybe it does exist after all.

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  Reply # 325250 30-Apr-2010 13:39

let me know how it goes... I'm planning on purchasing this phone and moving back to XT.



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  Reply # 325254 30-Apr-2010 13:44
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Behodar: Hmm, this site claims to have an 850/2100 version. Maybe it does exist after all.


Hrmm interesting.. Good to know it exists.. but the models I found on pricespy are about $950 NZ, that version is $899AUD which will be well over $1000 :( 

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  Reply # 325256 30-Apr-2010 13:47

I hear it is worth it =]

Either this or the iPhone...



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  Reply # 325258 30-Apr-2010 13:49
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SteveON: I hear it is worth it =]

Either this or the iPhone...


Already got a 3GS.. time to move to Android :P I had a play with a friend's Motorola Milestone and even that is so much better than the iPhone (IMO) :)

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  Reply # 325259 30-Apr-2010 13:51

I like Android's 3x home screens and the ability to not be locked down like a iFad fool!



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  Reply # 325262 30-Apr-2010 13:53
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SteveON: I like Android's 3x home screens and the ability to not be locked down like a iFad fool!


Yep exactly.. when I had a play with the Milestone I couldn't believe how much of the UI could actually be changed.. then I picked up my iPhone with the boring black background and plain lock screen and got a bit sad :P 

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Reply # 325884 2-May-2010 22:41
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I picked up the telstra desire in sydney yesterday.  It is definately 850/2100 and is unlocked.  Works fine on xt here in NZ.  Haven't done a speed test, but after entering the APN settings it seems just as fast as my old iphone did (I think the specs say the desire does about 7.2 Mbps).  Also, I was pushed the OTA update for the original GPS issue once I got back to Wellington - was only 4.5MB or so, so that was cool.

The only problem I have so far is that there are a fair number of Telstra 'apps' which are part of the ROM and can't be deleted.  They are actually only web links so don't take up much actual memory, but I'd really like to get rid of them as they clutter the apps menu, and some have (quite stupidly) the same name as the android equivalent (like Music and Maps... duh).  I wanted to flash a generic ROM, but one of the tools needed to create a so-called goldcard now costs 30 euro so might just wait and hope HTC put out a generic ROM after 6 months or so (Telstra have the exclusive for 6 months, and they have released generic ROMs for some of the other models via the HTC website, I think).

Anyway, I would definately recommend getting the Telstra version for use on the XT network, assuming Telecom aren't getting it any time soon (which would be stupid since there is now obviously an XT compatible version in production).  779 AUD outright, which is a bit steep, but it is a cool phone.

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  Reply # 325888 2-May-2010 22:55
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hmmm.
Im heading to oz in september for work, now we know its unlocled and works if telecom doesn't release it here by then I may snaffle one up whilst Im there, assuming I dont get an iphone of course :-)

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  Reply # 325896 2-May-2010 23:16
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that actually is the telstra model (you can even see the telstra logo on the back panel)... only they've knocked $79 off it.  and i looked at that website before i bought it too.  dammit.



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  Reply # 325902 3-May-2010 00:13
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Awesome!! Cheers for that link mate, I think i'll be buying that :D




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  Reply # 326981 5-May-2010 17:14
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Hey guys sorry to drag this up.. but i'm about to order my Desire, and I wanted to make triple sure that i'm getting the right one for use on XT.

It has these specs:

GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, 3G 850 (NextG), 3G 2100

The "3G 850, 2100" part at the end means it'll work on XT, right?

Cheers.

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  Reply # 327051 5-May-2010 19:15
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yes. 850/2100 is the right frequency for XT.

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