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# 53597 11-Dec-2009 09:07
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Hi Peoples,

For those of you who are interested, the Motorola Milestone is now available to buy from Expansys. If any of you are like me, you've been waiting for this phone for a long time.

Costs a little over a grand, and will work on the Vodafone network as far as I am aware (please let me know if I'm not). It uses

- 2G: 850/900/1800/1900 (Quad-Band)
- 3G: 900/2100 (Dual-Band)
- HSDPA (10.7Mbps)

And if you are unfamilar with the device, it is the UK version of the Motorola Droid that has been getting all the rave reviews in america. Absolutely amazing device. Now I just have to save my pennys and hope I get a nice christmas bonus haha.

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  # 281411 11-Dec-2009 09:15
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  # 281413 11-Dec-2009 09:20
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one very nice device indeed, and yes, as above, only for Vodafone.

 
 
 
 




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  # 281414 11-Dec-2009 09:21
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Also would like to point out if you get it, you might as well get the Motorola Dock for it too for ~$50 (and no, I dont work for expansys or anything like that) but I would say dont bother getting an in car dock unless you can find the official Motorola one as the device uses magnets in the docks to tell it which mode to be in.

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# 281416 11-Dec-2009 09:34
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freitasm: Before anyone asks this version is not compatible with Telecom XT. It is compatible with Vodafone 3G.


Correct Vodafone 2100mhz 3G and 900mhz 3G extended

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  # 281437 11-Dec-2009 11:04
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WANT!



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  # 281438 11-Dec-2009 11:06
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macuser: WANT!


+1 most definately. I'm hoping Santa feels very generous this year.

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  # 281563 11-Dec-2009 16:10
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Want but not until it works in XT.. Guess we will have to wait until AT&T gets it then parallel imports may come in..




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  # 281660 11-Dec-2009 23:12
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You can work fine with Telecom XT if you mainly move / live in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch. I live on the North Shore and my HTC Magic goes flat out on the Telecom XT network on 900/2100. But, yeah....if you want national 3G, then you need a phone that can do 850.




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  # 281698 12-Dec-2009 07:49
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Check out the HTC Passion/Dragon/Bravo - although not due out for like 4-5 months :)

Pity so few of the good new phones coming out work on Telecom, it's like 1998 all over again!






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  # 281705 12-Dec-2009 09:12
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I've seen a bit of info so far on the Bravo and it doesnt seem like that bad a phone, unfortunately the lack of a physical keyboard (as far as I know) is a bit of put off for me.

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  # 281739 12-Dec-2009 12:24
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Having used an iPod Touch for months before buying my HTC Magic, I came to prefer the soft keyboards. They don't break. They don't get dirty. They allow the phone to be smaller and a single piece. I've seen a LOT of broken sliders in phone shops. Soft keyboards can be skinned to look different, tuned to behave differently and you can try different formats or key layouts. "ShapeWriter" would only work as a soft keyboard....for example. 




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  # 282632 15-Dec-2009 11:55
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I'm thinking about getting this one to try as my first Android handset, or possibly the HTC Bravo/SE X10 around January/February... Will post if I pull the trigger and then do all the usual first impressions etc.




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  # 282670 15-Dec-2009 13:08
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Just seen pics of the Google phone, "Nexus One", made by HTC. Looks like Google wants to break the strangle-hold many telcos have on the phone market.....

The Nexus One looks very nice....




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  # 285920 29-Dec-2009 20:38
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I got my Milestone this morning and made a little unboxing video to share the experience of ordering from Expansys. However I decided there's no need to show it because the whole ordering process was pretty simple and the handset is pretty much plug and play with no problems at all. The only thing I had to do was add a couple of APNs from an HTC post elsewhere (I'm using Vodafone) on this forums and I was away.


It came with everything advertisied (microSD, basic earphones, microUSB/USB cable) plus outside the Motorola packaging Expansys had included a suitable powerplug covertor.
Wi-Fi, GPS, syching to my Google and YouTube accounts, using Andriod market - all worked out of the box.
Adding music was an easy drag-and-drop affair via the microUSB cable. There is also an awesome wifi-server service built in (Motorola Phone Portal) but this doesn't allow you to move music for some reason. Very snappy though over Wi-Fi.

So far I'm not able to get an update to 2.0.1 off the motrola server as yet. No biggie though.
It did take a while for GPS to really get a lock, something like an hour even after I'd been outside (I live in the CBD). It just locked on by itself later though when I was back indoors and not even using it.

I felt the Expansys site was really clear about the status of the order. I ordered on the 13th Dec. It was in stock on the 21st. Delivered on the 29th. So considering the Christmas holiday dates it took under a week to reach my doorstep from stock.
They use Fed-Ex who give super detailed updates on their tracking website. You get a call from FedEx NZ when it is coming into the country to pay the GST via Credit Card. Really friendly service. Same for the delivery guy. Product box had a very very minor 'squish' to one corner but other than that the product was delivered in immaculate condition.

So yeah, overall I was really impressed with the process and so far I can see zero downside from having parallel imported via Expansys. I'm really enjoying the handset too.

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  # 286175 30-Dec-2009 22:34
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Good to hear Zub.
I'm thinking of ditching my Blackberry Storm in favor of the milestone, and switch my domain hosting to Google Apps Premier to get push email without BIS.

Let us know your thoughts after a few days.

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