Aloha: I thought Navman is a U.S. company but they have a daughter company here in NZ.
Navman was a New Zealand company, founded and based in Auckland. Two years ago Brunswick bought Navman, and a couple of months ago they sold Navman to Mitac (the Pocket PC and other electronics manufacturer based in Taiwan).
So, the company is completely based in New Zealand, and it was once a 100% New Zealand owned and operated. It's now a Taiwan company, based here.
I have the latest firmware and I dont have a single problem with it at all. Everything just works fine.
Your case belongs to school books:
"Look students, if you start to open your phone, cut circuits, hack the sw, changing product codes and God knows what else then you might end up with a very buggy phone!" :)
I've upgraded both mine and my Fiance's without incident. Only improvements post-upgrade.
Although your experience is regretable, its clearly not the norm, nearly everyone else here has upgraded and its all good, so perhaps toning down your warnings a little would be in order? I've heard that Nokia Malaysia are nice to deal with on their support line, perhaps they can point you in the direction of something like a Nokia Service Centre here in New Zealand to sort your issues out? The distinct minority of people who have experienced problems elsewhere have had good results doing this.
Looks like the N95 has finally been released in NZ, I saw one at Sylvia park mall tonight, had a quick play, Vodafone firmware... ew....
Sadly, I never manged to test if the SIP settings are locked back, drat.... I also forgot to ask the selling price.... DOH!
The phone has the same maps (the limited 5Meg ones) that I have installed on mine, Groan... It has a LIVE! button.. EW! and the "internet" is replaced with a Vodafone LIVE auto-connect, No option to go to url, connect to Wlan etc that springs up.
Mine is working GREAT now though I'd like to change the Languages, Philli/Indo are rather useless to me......
The selling price is $1500 as far as I know and the only way to change the language is to change the product code to the region that has the languages that you want, then update the firmware.
Just so you know, I wanted French, so I picked EURO 1 which offered French.
Apparently, the new maps are coming out next year as posted by "Aloha", obviouslly I hope sooner than that seeing as if people are going to be buying the phone from Vodafone, the maps should be good when they are paying the amount that they are.
Can't beat the burble of that American V8. Ohh yea!