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Ultimate Geek

# 254351 8-Aug-2019 10:56
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I'm looking to replace my S6 Edge+ with something that has wifi-calling. I'm not in a huge rush, prefer to take a deal when it comes up. 


I assume that if I was overseas and changed the 2degrees SIM to a local sim, that would stop wifi-calling from working? So if overseas and wanted both wifi calling + local data I'd need a dual-SIM phone? Would be nice, but not critical. 


Priorities are:



  1. 2Degrees wifi calling. 
  2. Responsive for day to day usage. Browser, docs etc, but don't need to play games or watch movies. 
  3. Reasonable battery life: Doesn't have to last forever, as long as it solidly gets through a day or 2 under light usage that's fine. 
  4. Reasonable camera. 
  5. Fingerprint scanner (I'm guessing they all have these nowdays).
  6. I have 2 samsung wireless chargers (ep-ng930). Would these also work with later Samsung phones? Not critical but a nice to have. 
  7. Water resistance a nice to have, but I tend to look after my devices so not critical. 
  8. Dual SIM if feasible. 
  9. Not a curved screen. It's just a pain with screen protectors. 


What's not important to me:



  1. Doesn't have to be latest greatest flagship. 
  2. Doesn't have to be a DSLR grade camera. 
  3. Super fast charging isn't critical. 
  4. Audio plug not necessary - BT is fine
  5. Expandable storage - I don't store a years worth of audio or anything. Just standard capacity is fine. 




Is this list exhaustive? For example OPPO Reno Z isn't listed, but Wifi-Calling is listed under the tech specs for the purchase page

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Ultimate Geek

  # 2292408 8-Aug-2019 16:24
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I would get last years flagship i.e. the note 9.  They are selling new for half the origional eyewateringly expensive RRP or pick one up off here when people upgrade to the Note 10.  Also look at the better models of the A series, A50, A70 etc.

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  # 2292413 8-Aug-2019 16:39
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I would imagine that list is only updating periodically, so there might be a few more that are capable.


I would be looking at either the S10e, since you are already acclimatized to Samsung, or the P30 if you can stand EMUI. It's worth noting that the P30 only has a IP53 rating vs S10e's IP68 though. You will find though that both those sometimes get undercut by their high tiered (and curved screen) brethren, so up to you how much you don't want a curved screen. I never got around to putting a screen protector on my Note 9 and I can't see any scratches to be honest.


Otherwise, anything 2degrees or other NZ networks sell would most likely be supported.


Another one worth investigating would be the recently launched LG G8s, but dependent on whether 2degrees will support it. And LG doesn't exactly have a stellar reputation for support themselves either, but its a pretty powerful phone for ~$1000.


With overseas roaming, it would be down to where you go and how often. When I went to Sydney a couple of months back, I got one of these Boost mobile prepaids plans, which includes unlimited international calling, so just switched out my 2degrees SIM for the duration. Other places with stupidly expensive or restrictive plans, or you need to stick with your number, it would make more sense to do it the dual SIM way.




EDIT: Doy, just read the S10 range here is single SIM only.

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