Tried to replace my trusty e71 at the very end of last year. Using sim-only payg 2 degrees simcard.
I ordered a Motorola defy from clove technology at the end of December, which unfortunately had a problem with the screen. I returned it (at my own cost!) and then received another. I then found that I could not get any 3G reception at all with the 2degrees sim inserted (I hadn't tried sim in the previous phone unfortunately because I immediately recognised it was faulty and sent it straight back).
I tried absolutely everything I could to fault find the problem. Switching to 2g only and then turning the phone off and on would result in normal 2g reception. Switching to automatic or 3G only would loose reception entirely. Trying to select the network manually resulted in an error message about the simcard being unable to connect to the network, unless it was in 2g only mode.
I tried every network-mode option in the hidden menu to no avail. 3G reception on every other phone in the house was perfect. I tried 2 other 2degrees simcards which produced the same problem. I contacted 2degrees tech support, who, although very nice and polite were entirely useless, understandably.
What I thought was odd, and why I felt there was a chance that it was a phone rather than network compatibility issue, was that the phone could not switch back to the 2g mode on automatic despite not being able to get any 3G reception. It just stayed on emergency calls only mode.
I therefore returned the phone (again at my own cost), and rather inevitably clove are now unable to reproduce the issue!
So my question is- does anyone know if the defy works on 2 degrees in NZ?!
Thoughts to all in Chch.