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Topic # 62868 16-Jun-2010 13:21
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From Here
http://www.telecom-media.co.nz/releases_detail.asp?id=3694&page=index

Telecom is set to deliver a Milestone to New Zealanders, with the launch of its latest Android phone on 1 July.

The Motorola Milestone™ is the first smartphone to be powered by the Android™ 2.1 operating system available in New Zealand and is exclusive to Telecom XT customers.

Android is the fastest growing mobile operating system in the US market* and gives users a mobile internet experience about as close to a computer as they can get.

Telecom Retail CEO Alan Gourdie says, “Since its inception, the Android platform has shaken up the mobile world, and we have been watching it closely, looking for a device that makes these features come to life for our customers – we believe the Milestone is it.”

The Milestone allows users to surf the web on a high-resolution screen and look up favourite sites, videos and music quickly with the high-speed processor and the fast XT network connection.

But search capabilities on the Milestone go beyond the web. Users can find their way around town with MOTONAV turn-by-turn navigation and Google Maps™ with Latitude™.

The Milestone benefits from closely integrated Google™ apps. Google services such as Google Search™ and Gmail™ are tightly integrated with the platform.

And there are endless personalisation capabilities, allowing users to configure their mobile to look and behave exactly how they want. They can customise their homescreen with Facebook™ or download applications for music, sports, news, games and business.

“With internet search and personalisation features similar to what you’d get on a desktop, plus the ability to toggle back and forth between applications, it’s a very slick experience,” says Mr Gourdie.

Being open source, Android gives developers access to powerful and flexible platforms that will encourage increased innovation and competition in the mobile applications space.

Managing Director, ANZPI, Motorola Mobile Devices, Timo Brouwer says, “We are delighted to be working with Telecom to bring an easy and fun mobile internet experience to their XT customers.”

The Milestone is a thin, touch screen phone with a QWERTY keypad and slider design.

It features a DVD quality video recorder, a 5 megapixel camera and 8 gigabytes (GB) of storage – with the option to upgrade to 32GB.

Its introduction marks the re-launch of Motorola into New Zealand – a mobile manufacturer who has been lauded in overseas markets as a leading innovator in Android.

The Milestone will be available exclusively to Telecom XT customers for RRP $999 from 1 July.

Telecom is currently offering a Risk Free Trial when signing up to the Telecom XT Mobile Network. Find more information on this visit: http://store.telecom.co.nz/mobile/special-offers/risk-free.

*According to market tracker, NPD Group.

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Note: Android, Google, Google Search, Gmail and Google Maps are trademarks of Google, Inc.

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  Reply # 342321 16-Jun-2010 14:39
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  Reply # 342343 16-Jun-2010 15:19
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I'd prefer the A8183 HTC Desire tbh.

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  Reply # 342361 16-Jun-2010 16:18
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Atleast it is a big step in the right direction...but a plea to telecom marketers: Make sure you have demo units running so people can play with them...




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  Reply # 342369 16-Jun-2010 16:34
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Actually looking at it here it doesn't look too bad apart from the price.

http://www.gsmarena.com/motorola_milestone-3001.php




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  Reply # 342370 16-Jun-2010 16:37
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Shame that  Droid2 is about to be released with a gruntier CPU. But, as I said, its a step in the right direction. Shame Telecom doesn't have some of the new HTC Droid handsets




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  Reply # 342371 16-Jun-2010 16:39
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old3eyes: A$559 in Ozz.
http://www.becextech.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=325


Looks like 2.0 Android, less the 8GB microSD, and no carkit/12V bundle that comes with the Telecom kit.
(OK, sum of the parts maybe similar in cost, and bundling is cheaper - but you get the gist.).
It may also be the 900/2100 variant?

Anyhoo, a sweet 2.1 Android device all the same...

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  Reply # 342582 17-Jun-2010 10:32
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Hey that's great news about the Milestone. I'm interested and have been doing research this morning on it, particularly in terms of wanting to parallel import one.  Thing is I'm not 100% sure what version is right for XT.  According to wikipedia, there are 3 versions:

US Version: Dual bandCDMA2000/EV-DO Rev. A800/1900 MHz
European version Quad band GSM & 3G @ 900/2100MHz
N.A. GSM version Quad band GSM & 3G @ 850/1900MHz. 

So I'm guessing it's the N.A. (North America/Canada) version?  As that's the only one supporting WDCMA850

Does it matter that it doesn't support 2100mhz?  If a phone is only 850mhz capable is there any loss of coverage on XT?

 

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  Reply # 342587 17-Jun-2010 10:41
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Most def a step in the right direction, although already 9mnths old. And of course will be up against the iPhone 4.

It isn't the most elegant device in the Android stable, and Telecom + Moto will have to put some serious promotion behind it to get traction - will this happen?

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  Reply # 342588 17-Jun-2010 10:44
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philelvey: 

US Version: Dual bandCDMA2000/EV-DO Rev. A800/1900 MHz
European version Quad band GSM & 3G @ 900/2100MHz
N.A. GSM version Quad band GSM & 3G @ 850/1900MHz. 

So I'm guessing it's the N.A. (North America/Canada) version?  As that's the only one supporting WDCMA850

Does it matter that it doesn't support 2100mhz?  If a phone is only 850mhz capable is there any loss of coverage on XT?

 


You raise a very good point. I would've expected it to be at least tri-band UMTS for international travellers from North America, so 850/1900/2100, but if it is only dual-band that could be a problem - would also mean poor roaming overseas. Surely not....

Although this link seems to confirm it: http://www.gsmarena.com/motorola_milestone-3001.php

We need a Telecom confirmation...

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  Reply # 342686 17-Jun-2010 14:48
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timmyh:
philelvey: 

US Version: Dual bandCDMA2000/EV-DO Rev. A800/1900 MHz
European version Quad band GSM & 3G @ 900/2100MHz
N.A. GSM version Quad band GSM & 3G @ 850/1900MHz. 

So I'm guessing it's the N.A. (North America/Canada) version?  As that's the only one supporting WDCMA850

Does it matter that it doesn't support 2100mhz?  If a phone is only 850mhz capable is there any loss of coverage on XT?

 


You raise a very good point. I would've expected it to be at least tri-band UMTS for international travellers from North America, so 850/1900/2100, but if it is only dual-band that could be a problem - would also mean poor roaming overseas. Surely not....

Although this link seems to confirm it: http://www.gsmarena.com/motorola_milestone-3001.php

We need a Telecom confirmation...


Hi All,

I am sure you don't need to be told, GSM Arena is a great reference, but seldom has local operator specific variants or specs...so don't believe everything on the site applies globally.

The APAC version is WCDMA 850/1900/2100, GSM 850/900/1800/1900.
Hardware Variant SJUG5746AB/5660AB
And to verify, is native Android 2.1 out of the box.
:)
Hope this clears the local compatibility queries up.

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Thanks for the clarification.

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  Reply # 342901 18-Jun-2010 10:13
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What other markets is the APAC version sold in I wonder?

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  Reply # 342961 18-Jun-2010 11:55
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This is a great move by Telecom.
Because they are unable to compete directly in the iphone space they are less constrained to promote alternative hi-end and smart-fone options. This means they'll have more of them.

Soo.... there will be Android choices which will grow the high end market and awareness. If they manage it right they'll be able to win back corporate space customers because of platform choices and options that showcase their networks strength.

VF have limited their choices because they listened to the snake and picked the apple, but at least this year they get a device that'll let their customers use its potential on their own network.

An interesting hi-end year ahead......

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