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Topic # 24105 15-Jul-2008 13:32
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Hi everyone.

I'm thinking of buying a Nokia 5610 Xpressmusic and it has come to my attention that whilst this handset is selling for $650 on Vodafone's web site, I could pick up a parallel imported one from Expert Infotech for $425.

Yes, I've heard all the warnings about parallel imported handsets but with the parallel imported option being about 35% cheaper than the Vodafone endorsed alternative I have to wonder whether it's worth the difference in price. If I'm not planning to use Vodafone Live then would it really matter?

I'd be interested to hear other peoples' experiences.

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  Reply # 148109 15-Jul-2008 15:02
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Better firmware, you can update it yourself with the nokia updater, no menu options that you have no use for.

All up its the way to go.

Oh, just watch it tho, some countries phones dont allow the shutter noise to be turned off with the camera, you have to use some tools to change the country ID of the phone and re-flash it to remove it. If its important to you check before buying if they get all silly about warranty if you do it.


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  Reply # 148137 15-Jul-2008 15:38
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I purchased a Motorola E398 from a parallel importer several years ago, and it's still running fine.

The only catches I'm aware of with parallel import phones are the following:
- no NZ warranty (you can usually get it repaired under the Consumer Guarantees Act anyway, if it's a NZ supplier)
- it might take a bit of mucking around to get the APNs right for data and PXTs etc (the online Vodafone config tool works well for fixing this)
- Vodafone customer service are unlikely to provide support if you're having issues using the phone, which is fair enough.


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  Reply # 148170 15-Jul-2008 16:36
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I bought a phone (HTC Touch GSM) from Expert Infotech last year sometime and it is still working fine.
I did drown it in a rainstorm and tried to call Einfo to find out where to get support.  They never answered their phone or messages left, so I organised it myself (in Melbourne).

I have purchased other stuff from them and everything works fine, but don't expect any support.

I wanted to update the ROM of my phone to Windows 6.1 and the manufacturer asked for the serial number, as where its made has some relevance to ROM updates.  Turns out the phone was made in Vietnam.

So its buyer beware, but the savings make it worth it.

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Reply # 148232 15-Jul-2008 18:42
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Thanks everyone for the feedback.

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  Reply # 148255 15-Jul-2008 19:42
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Really, there is absolutely nothing wrong buying from a parallel importer.  In fact, I reckon it is the only way to purchase a new mobile phone.  You don't get the annoying Vodafone firmware / software.

The only downside is the warranty / support.  Otherwise, all good!

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