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Topic # 24136 16-Jul-2008 00:03
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I want a phone that will sync with Mac and will have "live" email and ideally calendar and contact info whilst I am away from my office and home. Some web access and multi-media would be great too.

Obviously, an iPhone is the no-brainer choice.

However, there must be alternatives. I know that iSync will sync the N95 with Mac but not I think Mobile Me. I assume that MM will only work properly with an iPhone?

Anyone like to offer alternatives for those who don't want to follow the herd over the iPhone cliff?

I am on VF at present but would move to Telecom when they get 3G if need be.





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  Reply # 148375 16-Jul-2008 00:25
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A happy N95 owner here :)




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  Reply # 148404 16-Jul-2008 08:35
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I hear HTC is at last coming to New Zealand through Vodafone... I am currently using a HTC Touch Diamond, but I really think the HTC Touch Diamond Pro is something to look at, mainly because of the slider keyboard.




 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 148426 16-Jul-2008 09:37
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I am using HTC Touch Cruise atm and I find it really nice, except that I need to wait for Windows Mobile 6.1 upgrade Cry




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  Reply # 148431 16-Jul-2008 10:31
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Geektastic: I am on VF at present but would move to Telecom when they get 3G if need be.

Telecom has had 3G for going on 8 years - well before Vodafone New Zealand. By all accounts, Telecoms 3G coverage is much better as well.




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  Reply # 148514 16-Jul-2008 14:46
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tonyhughes:
Geektastic: I am on VF at present but would move to Telecom when they get 3G if need be.

Telecom has had 3G for going on 8 years - well before Vodafone New Zealand. By all accounts, Telecoms 3G coverage is much better as well.

So why all the fuss about VF? Will an unlocked iPhone work on Telecom?





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  Reply # 148517 16-Jul-2008 14:56
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Your getting your terminology confused. Telecom are launching a GSM network in november that will support the iphone among hundreds of other phones (the currently have a WCDMA network). Telecom has had 3G for some time on there exsisting network, and the new network will be a 3G network as well.



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  Reply # 148521 16-Jul-2008 15:13
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garvani: Your getting your terminology confused. Telecom are launching a GSM network in november that will support the iphone among hundreds of other phones (the currently have a WCDMA network). Telecom has had 3G for some time on there exsisting network, and the new network will be a 3G network as well.

Ah; thanks! i have never come across anything other than GSM, so it's all Dutch to me....! Doesn't that make Telecom about 10 years behind the times if they are only just adopting GSM? I am sure that the first mobile I ever had in about 1992 (in the UK) was GSM!





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Reply # 148522 16-Jul-2008 15:16
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garvani: Your getting your terminology confused. Telecom are launching a GSM network in november that will support the iphone among hundreds of other phones (the currently have a WCDMA network). Telecom has had 3G for some time on there exsisting network, and the new network will be a 3G network as well.


You are getting it confused.

Telecom currently runs a CDMA 1x network. Vodafone runs GSM and WCDMA networks.

Telecom is deploying a new network with support for GSM (GPRS+EDGE) and WCDMA, but in different bands thn Vodafone.

WCDMA is not the same as CDMA.







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  Reply # 148523 16-Jul-2008 15:21
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freitasm:
garvani: Your getting your terminology confused. Telecom are launching a GSM network in november that will support the iphone among hundreds of other phones (the currently have a WCDMA network). Telecom has had 3G for some time on there exsisting network, and the new network will be a 3G network as well.


You are getting it confused.

Telecom currently runs a CDMA 1x network. Vodafone runs GSM and WCDMA networks.

Telecom is deploying a new network with support for GSM (GPRS+EDGE) and WCDMA, but in different bands thn Vodafone.

WCDMA is not the same as CDMA.


Now maybe we are all confused!!

Let us get simple: Which network will be the best (performance) over say the next 2 years?





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  Reply # 148533 16-Jul-2008 15:46
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Wait for the nokia n96

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  Reply # 148554 16-Jul-2008 17:02
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Geektastic:
Now maybe we are all confused!!

Let us get simple: Which network will be the best (performance) over say the next 2 years?


Telecoms current cdma network, better speeds on and off 3g, and better around the whopwhops coverage, and ok building penetration when your in the city.

Vodafone seem to have put coverage into some places around the city, but loads of indoor is gsm only, which only gives you gprs speeds.




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  Reply # 148609 16-Jul-2008 19:28
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Vodafone's 3G is faster than Telecoms EV-DO. Don't even get me started on Vodafone's HSDPA and soon HSPA. The problem is 3G coverage. You'll only get it in main urban areas but this will cease to be a problem when the 900mhz HSDPA network is launched. It will obliterate Telecom's mobile data offering.

I have to be honest though Geektastic, based on what you've said, either supplier will suit your needs just fine. Base your decision on the type of handset and the plans available. Also, you may wish to wait until Telecom launches their new network as you'll have a larger supply of handsets to choose from which are capable of proper international roaming. Also note there is supposed to be a new carrier (NZ Communications) launching towards the end of this year.

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Reply # 148614 16-Jul-2008 19:42
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WCDMA is slower than CDMA EVDO Rev 0 according to specs.
HSDPA is faster than CDMA EVDO Rev A according to specs.

In real life? CDMA EVDO Rev 0 is much faster than WCDMA. HSDPA should be faster but the experience I had using the vodem and the XU Express Card is just about the same as the CDMA EVDO Rev A.




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  Reply # 148651 16-Jul-2008 21:14
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Wow, I'd no idea EVDO could be that fast.

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  Reply # 149009 17-Jul-2008 21:12
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freitasm: I hear HTC is at last coming to New Zealand through Vodafone... I am currently using a HTC Touch Diamond, but I really think the HTC Touch Diamond Pro is something to look at, mainly because of the slider keyboard.


When can I expect that to be available from VF here? It's the first thing for a while that I've liked the look of.

I'm under pressure from work to dump my Treo 700wx on telecom and accept a company VF. I've stalled for months as I am holding out for new hardware to be made available that I like. (Why change and get the same year old technology right?) Sync, push mail, outlook, web browsing, touch screen, ect, ect is all want! haha

Also is there any indication on prices?

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