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Topic # 85060 12-Jun-2011 21:23
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Hi,

I've looked through the internet and need to get some information before I go off and plonk down $1328 or so on a 32GB iPhone 4.

1) I read an NBR article that you're best to purchase one from Vodafone and then put in an XT Network card but the article was written over 2 years ago - I've had a look further around and the iPhone New Zealand website had no useful information other than settings and the discussion forum itself was pretty much dead. What is the situation today with iPhone 4 and iOS 4.3.1 - is it possible to purchase one directly from Apple, plonk in an XT Network sim and everything works ok (after making the necessary setting adjustment)?

2) What is the signal like when it comes to the iPhone - I have heard 'horror stories' but I question just how valid these complaints are when compared to reality; since I don't 'man handle' my phone would it be accurate to assume I'm not going to suffer from nearly the same sort of problem?

3) What is the battery life like when compared to the LG Optimus 7Q (which is what I have now) or a similar phone?

Thank you in advance for any help - yes I have tried searching the web but I've found most of the information out and out of date (articles written from 2 years ago) where what was written may not longer be applicable to today. 




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  Reply # 480440 12-Jun-2011 21:39
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1. Yes, acquire the iPhone4 from Apple, get a microsim from a Telecom store, and pop in these settings. It is quadband so works with the frequencies that Telecom use WCDMA 850Mhz and 2100Mhz

Iphone 4 network settings

Settings-General-Network-Cellular Data Network

Cellular Data
APN internet.telecom.co.nz

MMS
APN internet.telecom.co.nz
MMSC http://lsmmsc.xtra.co.nz
MMS Proxy 210.55.11.73:8080 a
Max Message Size 614400

Internet Tethering
APN internet.telecom.co.nz


2. My signal has been good, I never noticed the antenna issue but some have. It was more apparent in the US on the AT&T network which has not got a strong signal. But if you use a surround case for protection, as you should, that would remove that possible issue.

3. I cannot advise on how it will compare to a LG Optimus 7Q but I am sure someone will reply.

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  Reply # 480454 12-Jun-2011 22:40
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The cheapest method of getting an iPhone 4 is through the Apple Store.
Personally I recommend using a Telecom XT SIM card with the phone as they generally have better 3G coverage in NZ and faster connection data speeds.
Although I would personally wait until the iPhone 5 is released as it shouldn't be too long now and the current iPhone 4 is getting old (nearly a year old now).

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 480459 12-Jun-2011 23:14
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If you ask the salesperson in the Telecom Store nice enough they will program your iPhone so it works with Internet and Voicemail.

But the other question - is the iPhone really the right phone for you? Have you checked out the Samsung Galaxy i9000T of which, is far cheaper and to be honest does as much, if not more than the iPhone 4 can do?

I recommend dropping $849 on the Samsung Galaxy, and with the $479 you save you can buy Apps, Accessories or just save it for a rainy day.

I did this myself, and never looked back.

And yes, this is coming from somebody who actually has a LG Optimus 7Q and also a Samsung Galaxy S - I can confirm that my 7Q is sitting on 3/5 bars of signal while my SGS is sitting on 4/5 bars of signal. In fact if I move them into the same place they both get the same signal.

My Samsung Galaxy is my baby, but the 7Q is just nice to have since it's slightly different, I have had iPod Touches before and also had the iPhone 4 for just over a week on first launch. 




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  Reply # 480464 12-Jun-2011 23:23
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Hi kawaii, please read http://murfy.co.nz/

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  Reply # 480485 13-Jun-2011 01:09
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tdgeek: Hi kawaii, please read http://murfy.co.nz/


That was totally uncalled for. Do I have to write a post explaining trolls to people?

 




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  Reply # 480489 13-Jun-2011 02:02
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dacraka: The cheapest method of getting an iPhone 4 is through the Apple Store.
Personally I recommend using a Telecom XT SIM card with the phone as they generally have better 3G coverage in NZ and faster connection data speeds.

Although I would personally wait until the iPhone 5 is released as it shouldn't be too long now and the current iPhone 4 is getting old (nearly a year old now).


Personally I'm happy with the iPhone 4 - so I doubt there is going to be a major leap between this and the next version and then there is the issue of delay between the announcement, release and availability. It has been out for a year but I don't see anything revolutionary on the horizon apart from the usual tweaks here and there. I mainly use it to listen to music, surf the net, send emails, text message and maybe the occasional checking out of Facebook and Twitter - things that don't really need a lot of 'power' to use.

Yeap, I'm going to get it through the AppStore - ordering it 17th and hopefully be here the next week :D

Someone noted the Samsung Galaxy - I prefer the iPhone because of the integration with iTunes and the fact that the handset vendor doesn't abandon the phone after 6 months by refusing to provide official Android updates (security and feature updates). IMHO, having had a bad experience with Android in the past I'd sooner go with an iPhone. 




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  Reply # 480490 13-Jun-2011 02:18
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kawaii:
dacraka: The cheapest method of getting an iPhone 4 is through the Apple Store.
Personally I recommend using a Telecom XT SIM card with the phone as they generally have better 3G coverage in NZ and faster connection data speeds.

Although I would personally wait until the iPhone 5 is released as it shouldn't be too long now and the current iPhone 4 is getting old (nearly a year old now).


Personally I'm happy with the iPhone 4 - so I doubt there is going to be a major leap between this and the next version and then there is the issue of delay between the announcement, release and availability. It has been out for a year but I don't see anything revolutionary on the horizon apart from the usual tweaks here and there. I mainly use it to listen to music, surf the net, send emails, text message and maybe the occasional checking out of Facebook and Twitter - things that don't really need a lot of 'power' to use.

Yeap, I'm going to get it through the AppStore - ordering it 17th and hopefully be here the next week :D

Someone noted the Samsung Galaxy - I prefer the iPhone because of the integration with iTunes and the fact that the handset vendor doesn't abandon the phone after 6 months by refusing to provide official Android updates (security and feature updates). IMHO, having had a bad experience with Android in the past I'd sooner go with an iPhone. 


That's fair enough too :) - If you visit a TRS Store and ask them to set up the internet and voicemail they will usually do it (assuming the iPhone has been activated with iTunes beforehand) 




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