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  Reply # 1967459 3-Mar-2018 11:06
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restecp: Nope he asked about model numbers being different... they aren't.

Agreed the firmware is different but other than being fine tuned for the specific carrier there is no difference other than what's stated in my original post.

 

The firmware is quite different between models and are network specific

 

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  Reply # 1967460 3-Mar-2018 11:08
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I feel like we are saying the same thing....

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1967493 3-Mar-2018 12:26
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Thanks, anyway yeah so if someone wants a non carrier specific phone what is their choice?


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  Reply # 1967496 3-Mar-2018 12:30
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I'd always recommend buying the one for the carrier you have.

If you want unbranded the I'm currently using a 2D S9+ and I was able to remove the app.

I usually buy 2D or Vida variants as I hate the boot animation for the Spark variant

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  Reply # 1967501 3-Mar-2018 12:37
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Will the S9 still have the Spark boot animation? I don't know if the S8 had it because I flashed the XNZ carrier free firmware before I booted it the first time. I'm pretty sure I remember somebody on here within the last year saying they had ditched the animation and the abomination that was the Y!Tworld icon.

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  Reply # 1967989 4-Mar-2018 20:06
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I'm thinking of buying one from Aussie since it's cheaper and you can claim GST back.

 

 

 

Any gotchas I should be aware about? 





 

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  Reply # 1968046 4-Mar-2018 22:13
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defragger:

 

I'm thinking of buying one from Aussie since it's cheaper and you can claim GST back.

 

 

 

Any gotchas I should be aware about? 

 

 

 

 

what's the story with warranty?


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  Reply # 1968067 5-Mar-2018 07:13
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I'm going to wait until I see how this new camera lens copes with drop tests; mind you I had a play with an S8 recently and it's build quality is next-level compared to my S7 Edge. 


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  Reply # 1968103 5-Mar-2018 08:21
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GV27:

I'm going to wait until I see how this new camera lens copes with drop tests; mind you I had a play with an S8 recently and it's build quality is next-level compared to my S7 Edge. 



I think warranty is international and provided by Samsung so shouldn't matter?




 

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  Reply # 1968538 5-Mar-2018 21:46
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bradstewart: Will the S9 still have the Spark boot animation? I don't know if the S8 had it because I flashed the XNZ carrier free firmware before I booted it the first time. I'm pretty sure I remember somebody on here within the last year saying they had ditched the animation and the abomination that was the Y!Tworld icon.


confirmed the boot animation is still there. 


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  Reply # 1968539 5-Mar-2018 21:47
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defragger:
GV27:

 

I'm going to wait until I see how this new camera lens copes with drop tests; mind you I had a play with an S8 recently and it's build quality is next-level compared to my S7 Edge. 

 



I think warranty is international and provided by Samsung so shouldn't matter?


No such thing I'm afraid all warranties are local. 


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  Reply # 1968599 5-Mar-2018 23:14
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restecp:

bradstewart: Will the S9 still have the Spark boot animation? I don't know if the S8 had it because I flashed the XNZ carrier free firmware before I booted it the first time. I'm pretty sure I remember somebody on here within the last year saying they had ditched the animation and the abomination that was the Y!Tworld icon.


confirmed the boot animation is still there. 


@restecp You have your hands on an S9 already?

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  Reply # 1968601 5-Mar-2018 23:15
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Yup :) a + actually

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  Reply # 1968604 5-Mar-2018 23:26
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Tragically this time around it looks like all the NZ models now fall within the OXM multi CSC firmware. While this is great news for faster updates, it means it won't be possible 'debrand' by switching from Spark (TNZ) for instance to XNZ or XEU firmware like you could with the S7 and S8 etc.

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  Reply # 1968605 5-Mar-2018 23:27
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restecp: Yup :) a + actually

Preorder arrived already? Or you have high level contacts?

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