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Ultimate Geek


# 18393 9-Jan-2008 10:27
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I would have posted to this thread: http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=40&topicid=9334

But is locked now.

The warning is good, I see the point of it. But I don't quite get what the conclusion is, buying parallel imported is good or bad?

For instance, I'm interested in this phone: http://itd.co.nz/product/Sony-Ericsson-K800i/62/ what kind of trouble am I likely to run in to? And to what degree, is it worth it? I'll add I really don't care about VF Live! as it appears to generally all be "premium content" that I wouldn't want to be wasting money on anyway. Is the potential lack of VF Live! the biggest/only significant drawback from a parallel imported phone?




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Master Geek


  # 103760 9-Jan-2008 11:05
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its good because it can be cheaper for you.
Bad because not everything such as V-live content will not work.

Buyer beware.  Pretty much Vodafone is saying don't come whinging to us if you have a problem with your parallel imported phone.



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  # 103775 9-Jan-2008 11:32
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Bad because not everything such as V-live content will not work.
Yeah, it is the "not everything" working bit which I'm asking about. How much is it not and how much of everything?

If it is just V-live 'content' not working then I can live with that.  




 
 
 
 




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  # 103784 9-Jan-2008 11:53
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I noticed the shop with the lowest price (according to pricespy) says they are not parallel imported?!?!

http://itd.co.nz/controller/information/information_id/15

Does this mean their phones would be exactly the same? Is kinda implying that... but pressume not, just simply they are giving you stuff that is in english and will work with our powerpoints.

It is $337 plus $5.95 for shipping, as opposed to $399.95 from Vodafone. http://store.vodafone.co.nz/Mobile_Details_Summary.aspx?ptrecno=1891

Means a saving of $56.


The other alternative is save $40 and buy from either Bond & Bond or Noel Lemming, which are both selling it at roughly $359.

http://www.pricespy.co.nz/pno_8323.html

I pressume those retail stores (Bond & Bond and Noel Lemming) sell literally exactly the same phone as vodafone? (just like how they sell Telecom phones as well)




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Master Geek


  # 103787 9-Jan-2008 12:08
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There is also the option of buying with a contract.
A work colleague of mine bought the same model from the vodafone shop yesterday. Paid $20 for the phone and signed up for a 2 year $40/month contract ( free mins and lots of texts and a best mate). The cancellation fees were $150 if cancelled in the first 6 months and $70 after that which didn't seem too bad.


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  # 103790 9-Jan-2008 12:24
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If you buy K800i I suggest the nxet model up K810i.its little bit more expensive but worth it
I use parallal handset all the time and only vodafone live doesn't work.It doesn't matter.The games on vodafone and Sky Tv is quite expensive anyway



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  # 103792 9-Jan-2008 12:30
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mortonman: There is also the option of buying with a contract.
A work colleague of mine bought the same model from the vodafone shop yesterday. Paid $20 for the phone and signed up for a 2 year $40/month contract ( free mins and lots of texts and a best mate). The cancellation fees were $150 if cancelled in the first 6 months and $70 after that which didn't seem too bad.
Ah yes, should have mentioned that is another point I don't care about. As I am already going to be forced to have my Okta Touch on contract when I get it, I have no need for any more minutes (I already don't use any minutes!!).

Thus this phone would only be used for sending and receiving vodafone to vodafone txts (i.e. TXT2000), and to be used for taking photos while I'm out and about on friday/saturday nights.






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  # 103793 9-Jan-2008 12:35
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ninjabear: If you buy K800i I suggest the nxet model up K810i.its little bit more expensive but worth it
Really?? Is about $550, a roughly 200 or there abouts jump up on price. Quite significant, and pushing it well out in to the edge of how much I'd consider spending for what is really just my secondary phone.

I take it you have experience with both, what is the changes that make you feel it is worth it?

I noticed it is slimmer, certainly something a like a lot in a phone. But only by 3mm....

I checked out a review of the next model along, the K810i:
http://www.goodgearguide.com.au/index.php/taxid;2136212923;pid;3853;pt;1

"Despite minimal tweaking, the K810i remains an excellent phone on the whole, but obviously it won't tempt current K810i owners to upgrade." And: "The K810i's Cyber-shot camera is almost identical to its predecessor."




 
 
 
 


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  # 103836 9-Jan-2008 16:34
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dman:
ninjabear: If you buy K800i I suggest the nxet model up K810i.its little bit more expensive but worth it
Really?? Is about $550, a roughly 200 or there abouts jump up on price. Quite significant, and pushing it well out in to the edge of how much I'd consider spending for what is really just my secondary phone.

I take it you have experience with both, what is the changes that make you feel it is worth it?

I noticed it is slimmer, certainly something a like a lot in a phone. But only by 3mm....

I checked out a review of the next model along, the K810i:
http://www.goodgearguide.com.au/index.php/taxid;2136212923;pid;3853;pt;1

"Despite minimal tweaking, the K810i remains an excellent phone on the whole, but obviously it won't tempt current K810i owners to upgrade." And: "The K810i's Cyber-shot camera is almost identical to its predecessor."


I have heard from my friend that they had bad experience of K800i .The joystick keeps malfunctioning and K810i is a newer model.I think camera quality is a bit better.

Even N73 is quite cheap now parallel imported.Hong Kong is selling it at around the $550Nz mark 

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