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Topic # 13361 6-May-2007 18:29
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Sorry if this has been asked before but...

My office has asked me to purchase a smartphone in New Zealand that can be connected to the Vodafone network, that runs Windows Mobile 6 (it has to be Windows Mobile 6).  I'm really struggling to find any such devices on the market in NZ today.  Does anyone know of any such devices that are out there for sale right now, or do they know when they are likely to start coming on stream?

Alternatively, if it's likely to be a while, then I will buy abroad as long as the device is compatible with Vodafone NZ i.e. not locked into a foreign telco.  Again, any recommendations in this area would be much appreciated.

Cheers,

Simon

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Reply # 69713 6-May-2007 19:45
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Welcome to Geekzone... Somethin strange on this request. There is only one device capable of running Windows Mobile 6 currently in the market, and it'st the T-Mobile Dash - and that's because T-Mobile released the update yesterday.

Seeing there are no other devices available (in stores or through software upgrades), it's interesting the office asking specifically for Windows Mobile 6...








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  Reply # 69717 6-May-2007 19:52
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Thanks for your reply.  I should have clarified the reason for WM6.  I manage the IT helpdesk for my Company (this includes VOIP and mobile phone queries as well as conventional IS support).  We have many mobile users, most are on Blackberrys and a few on WM5 devices.  Our medium term aim is to move more staff away from Blackberry and on to Windows Mobile devices.  Thus, going forward, we want to get a WM6 device into the office to evaluate it, check out how it functions with MS Exchange 2007 etc.

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Reply # 69720 6-May-2007 19:54
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Yes, I thought Exchange 2007 would be involved... Well, you will either have to wait a couple of months or try to get some T-Mobihe Dash, upgrade and try to get them unlocked.






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  Reply # 69722 6-May-2007 20:05
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The HTC S710 is available (unlocked) from expansys.
 http://www.expansys.com/p.aspx?i=145682

Only disadvantage of bringing one in through these channels is that they often can't access the full features of the Vodafone Live portal.

But since employees shouldn't really be buying ringtones or watching tv on their company devices, then it shouldn't be too much of a problem 8-).

Let me know if you want me to pick one up - I'd love the turbo points on my amex 8-).





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  Reply # 69724 6-May-2007 20:15
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Thanks for the replies.  At face value the HTC S710 looks like it might well be a good option.  Even the price is not completely ridiculous (and we have an account with eXpansys, which always makes things simpler).  Does anyone have any experience of other HTC hardware?  It's not a brand I'm familiar with.



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Reply # 69726 6-May-2007 20:20
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I just read a review of this phone at CNET, which was very complimentary.  This link http://www.rankhour.com/details.php?pid=0534702570760424&caid=1&cbid=1&ccid=30 takes you to a site that claims the item is available for immediate delivery.  I might just grab myself one of these unless someone else comes up with an even nicer optionSmile

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  Reply # 69727 6-May-2007 20:50
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HTC is the manufacturer for all the i-mate devices until late last year. They now sell those devices with their own brand. Most Windows Mobile devices are manufactured by HTC - even the Palm Treo, HP, and others...






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