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Topic # 110842 17-Oct-2012 15:27
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Hey there guys, I just have a query on buying Parallel Imported phone.

I plan on buying this phone from the Fairbuy NZ website.

I was just wondering what's the difference buying this phone and buying one from a Vodafone store? The difference I see is that this one costs $700. Versus the Vodafone store which is around $900.

I was jut wondering if I buy this phone will I get any downgrades? Like will the 4G be compatible with NZ? (When 4G is released)

And will I get all the same features as someone who had bought from a NZ Store?

Cheers.

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  Reply # 702563 17-Oct-2012 15:34
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Hey man I'm manager at Parallel Imported. Fairbuy is not technically a parallel importer, they are an import adviser. Which mean they purchase on behalf of you, you are not covered by the CGA with this method of purchase. you are far better off getting it from someone like us expertinfotech or mobilestation. what phone are you after?



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  Reply # 702567 17-Oct-2012 15:39
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Strongbad1905: Hey man I'm manager at Parallel Imported. Fairbuy is not technically a parallel importer, they are an import adviser. Which mean they purchase on behalf of you, you are not covered by the CGA with this method of purchase. you are far better off getting it from someone like us expertinfotech or mobilestation. what phone are you after?


Oh sweet thanks, might not use them then, sounds pretty dodgy, I'm keen on getting a Samsung Galaxy SIII, so if I bought from you guys will I get less features than someone who buys from Vodafone or will it be the same and will I be able to get the 4G? (When it comes)

Cheers

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 702572 17-Oct-2012 15:48
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To have LTE support you need a handset that supports LTE. I can see no mention of the SGS III LTE model on their website, and considering this phone carries a price premium over the regular SGS III I'd highly doubt they could source one for $700


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  Reply # 702574 17-Oct-2012 15:50
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Not at all there is really not any difference, apparently the payment via nfc is only on the ones bought at telecom and 2degrees but im not sure. The better thing about parallel imported android phone is they are normally from larger markets they get updates much faster then nz phones. As for 4 that is a wee while off yet and the international version(quadcore and 1gb ram) of the i9300 doesn't support LTE 4g, there is a 4g model but it has a dualcore and 2gb ram) but i dont think it support thr frequencies nz will have but I dont know as nothing is really confirmed around 4g here in Nz

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  Reply # 702584 17-Oct-2012 16:11
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Vodafone's LTE network will deploy with 1800MHz. Telecom plan to use 1800MHz and probably 2600MHz for their trial network. Rural coverage will all end up being 700MHz by around 2014 - 2015, but not a single handset supporting this frequency yet exists.

It's worth remembering that there have been no officially announced plans for a LTE network. Telecom have said there network will only be a trial and the CFO has pretty much said nothing will be happening in the short term. Vodafone are building a network but have made no official announcements around this, so you can pretty much take everything I say as gossip since I don't work for Vodafone.

NFC is available on all SGS III handsets, but if you want to use it with a specific application (such as Snapper) you will need to use the 2degrees firmware as stock Android doesn't support the required NFC API.

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  Reply # 702593 17-Oct-2012 16:29
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sbiddle: Vodafone's LTE network will deploy with 1800MHz. Telecom plan to use 1800MHz and probably 2600MHz for their trial network. Rural coverage will all end up being 700MHz by around 2014 - 2015, but not a single handset supporting this frequency yet exists.
NFC is available on all SGS III handsets, but if you want to use it with a specific application (such as Snapper) you will need to use the 2degrees firmware as stock Android doesn't support the required NFC API.


Ha thanks heaps for the band info. And I know they all support NFC just the payment thing i knew 2degrees one had it but also thought xt one had it so sorry.

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  Reply # 702606 17-Oct-2012 16:55
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With LTE, the Sony XPERIA Ion LTE model is available on most parallel importers list.

It supports LTE 700 MHz Class 17 / 1700 / 2100

That sucks for me, as I'm after the Sony XPERIA ion HSPA model. :-)

I have bought a phone through Expert einfotech and didn't have any problems.
Got what I paid for in a timely fashion.

Never had to test the warranty or support services though as the phone has been a real little trooper and refuses to die.




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  Reply # 702609 17-Oct-2012 17:04
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21brandon21: Hey there guys, I just have a query on buying Parallel Imported phone.

I plan on buying this phone from the Fairbuy NZ website.

I was just wondering what's the difference buying this phone and buying one from a Vodafone store? The difference I see is that this one costs $700. Versus the Vodafone store which is around $900.

I was jut wondering if I buy this phone will I get any downgrades? Like will the 4G be compatible with NZ? (When 4G is released)

And will I get all the same features as someone who had bought from a NZ Store?

Cheers.


The warehouse was selling them for $799 (VF , 2D and telecom flavors), so not much more. But I think that deal may have now finished. But there will no doubt be better deals.

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  Reply # 703321 19-Oct-2012 05:52
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im interest in a samsung galaxy s3 mini,anybody know when they are due here in NZ,
thanks

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  Reply # 703328 19-Oct-2012 07:09
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  Reply # 703348 19-Oct-2012 07:57
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Does mobilestation stock the phone your after? My, last 4 phones I have purchased from them and they are brilliant.

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