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rungai

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#116398 28-Apr-2013 10:20
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Hi All,

I'm new to the world of smartphones but think its about time I jumped on the wagon.

I like the sound of the Hct One X Plus and can get it from Expansys (sorry can't post link as I'm new) for $622. This is the cheapest I can find.

Will this be compatible with both Telecom and Vodafone 3G networks, including Vodafones extended coverage network? I will probably be on Telecom, but nice to know what options I'll have.

While I know the price of gadgets are allways dropping. Do you think the price of this unit will drop drastically in the next few weeks with the new Htc One being released?

Are Expansys a allright place to deal  with for backup and support?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Kevin

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Krishant007
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  #806650 28-Apr-2013 10:28
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Expansys is a company that operates out of UK. So the shipping will be about 20 bucks. If there are any issues, you would need to send the item back to the company.

Also, I am not 100% certain on this one, but NZ laws has that if you are importing an item worth more then 400 bucks, you got to pay GST on that. Other geekzoners can confirm that one. So in the end, the phone would end up costing about $760 or something.

Just take that into account. Otherwise that company does have good prices.

Since this unit is the ex flagship for HTC, its price should drop a bit more. But can pick up an S3 for less than $600 nz from Expert Infotech? Would you not want to do that? Unless you really dont want the plasticky feel of Samsung, then HTC would be the best option. A few users are going with the HTC One on this forums. Might want to take a look at that?

There is also the HTC Butterfly which is an awesome phone.

So you do have plenty of options. And generally, if you get the international version, they would work on all the carriers in nzl. There has been some debate if the LTE would work or not. But from the looks of it, the LTE of international versions of the phone should work in nzl

rungai

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  #806856 28-Apr-2013 19:43
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Thanks Krishant,

Hmmm If it does end up costing around $760, It does make paying an extra $300 for a HTC One more tempting.
I don't know why but the Samsung S3 doesn't interest me, stupid seeing as I havn't handled either of the HTC Ones or the S3....???.... The butterfly definitely isn't my cup of tea.

On Expansys web site when I did a trial chechout, they didn't add on GST. Is that something that customs do? or something that should happen somewhere but you can get away without paying it?
Any experiences on this folks?

Cheers

 
 
 
 


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  #806859 28-Apr-2013 19:51
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rungai: On Expansys web site when I did a trial chechout, they didn't add on GST. Is that something that customs do? or something that should happen somewhere but you can get away without paying it?
Any experiences on this folks?

I have ordered from Expansys twice before and had good experiences each time.  Price was good and delivery was prompt.  As mentioned above, if the total cost including Phone + Freight is more than $400, you will get charged 15% GST and also $38 MAF/Biosecurity Fee.  It adds quite a bit to the price, so be careful to take this into account.

Actually, I also just ordered my first smartphone from Expansys, and should have it by mid-late this week.  It is a Nokia Lumia 720 priced at $392 including freight, so I won't have to pay GST or the MAF Fee Cool





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  #806864 28-Apr-2013 20:08
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Since the shop is in UK, they wont charge you GST. But you get charged when the parcel arrives here in nzl. So you would get a call from customs saying that there is a parcel for you and to make a payment for it to be cleared.

If its your first smartphone..hmm..i dont know if it is worth spending so much and getting a phone. If it was me, i would spend like 500 or 600 and get a decent smartphone. Cz then what if you decide that you dont like android and want to go with apple? or windows?

hence me saying S3. it is top end of last year, so it is a good phone. that way, if you decide it is not your cup of tea, you can sell it off and go with apple or whatever you wish..if that makes sense?

Another idea is to go to Vodafone and Telecom and have a feel of the different phones they have..you might get more of an idea. the HTC One X is also a decent phone. it has been for sale at Harvey Norman for 499..

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  #807860 30-Apr-2013 09:27
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I just saw that the HTC One X is for 499 at the 2 degrees online store:

www.2degreesmobile.co.nz/HTC-One-X

Might be a good phone to consider for the price? It is not that much of a downgrade from the One X+. The battery is a bit smaller and the processor is running at a lower speed (1.7ghz i think)

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  #807872 30-Apr-2013 09:36
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Krishant007: I just saw that the HTC One X is for 499 at the 2 degrees online store:

www.2degreesmobile.co.nz/HTC-One-X

Might be a good phone to consider for the price? It is not that much of a downgrade from the One X+. The battery is a bit smaller and the processor is running at a lower speed (1.7ghz i think)
I have a one x. Overall I prefer it to the S3 I had but died sudden death.  Didnt trust Samsung after that.  The only thing is the photos are not quite as good in low light. Might be a fault with mine but low light like 6.30am outside the photos turn out orange.  Otherwise its great.  I have battery saver mode on and get 2 and half days out of it but I am not heavy user




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  #810862 3-May-2013 15:15
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Wow a one x for 500 is a good deal!

 
 
 
 


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  #810889 3-May-2013 15:46
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The one x $499 link is now dead

Krishant007
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  #810893 3-May-2013 15:53
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ya prob the promotion is finished by now

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  #811192 4-May-2013 14:26
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One X is a great phone for that price. Mine has been awesome. That said, I have a One on the way.

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