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Topic # 5810 28-Nov-2005 12:23
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Vodafone currently have a good deal on these phones for anybody interested in a cheap 3G upgrade - $399 but only at Vodafone owned retail stores. Every other Vodafone store and dealer is still selling them for the usual ~$700 ish.

I picked one up yesterday and apart from the very obvious failure to include a memory card slot in the phone it's a very nice phone and a lot smaller than many of the other 3G devices on the market.

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  Reply # 23974 28-Nov-2005 12:43

it is an amazing deal, I know someone who got one but hurry because I believe it is only for november

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  Reply # 23979 28-Nov-2005 13:13
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sbiddle: Vodafone currently have a good deal on these phones for anybody interested in a cheap 3G upgrade - $399 but only at Vodafone owned retail stores. Every other Vodafone store and dealer is still selling them for the usual ~$700 ish.

Im sure the Voda dealers are over the moon about that...




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  Reply # 23984 28-Nov-2005 14:03
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Yes it seems strange to be a Vodafone retail only promotion. Spose it would be good idea to buy a few and then resell them on trademe after the promo finishes, there are a lot of them on there now selling for way more than that and even Parallel Imported are substancially more expensive!


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  Reply # 24002 28-Nov-2005 21:25
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I have hard news of some "dumping" taking place to shy Parrallell imported out of business.like the v600i and some other phone was mentioned.

A friend just bought an 02 XDA mini (i mate JAM) for $1200 from the parrallel imported.

of course he was gutted to see Harvey Norman selling for $999 (i-mate branded)



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  Reply # 24011 29-Nov-2005 07:58
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Parallel Imported don't necessarily have the best deals around and they are now too big to be put out of business by anybody You do have to give them credit however for forcing the prices down that we are paying for locally distributed goods which in many cases were way way way too expensive. They are obviously a big enough threat for everybody to be worried about and that is exactly what parallel importing was designed to do - reduce the price of goods and give consumers a better deal.

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  Reply # 24047 29-Nov-2005 23:57
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Hmm, it might actually be a case of SE "dumping".

Cause I'm here on holiday in Singapore, my friend bought the phone for only S$198 (equivalent of NZ$180). Granted, you have to sign on to a contract, which was for 20months, and on a minimum $20/mth plan. I guessif you add up the cost of the plan as well, it might cost more, but hey, it's only $398 anyway in Singapore without any plan.

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