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Topic # 55452 4-Jan-2010 21:10
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There appear to be credible rumours that Google will be selling their new, 1GHz unlocked Android v2.1 phone on the web from Tuesday, January 5th in the US. This will be the first Android v2.1 phone nominally "available" in New Zealand. 


The pricing for New Zealand is rumoured to be US$530 + US$150 (shipping & taxes). That's US$680 all up or about NZ$940-ish at today's NZ to US x-rate. Delivered to your door. 


That seems like a good deal to me for a 1GHz Android v2.1 phone.


It looks like a Vodafone phone......with UMTS at 900 and 2100 plus the usual quad-band 2.5G frequencies.  








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  Reply # 287005 4-Jan-2010 21:12
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If it comes out as 850MHz WCDMA (rumour is it will be available for AT&T, which is 850MHz WCDMA) then I will get one to use on XT...




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  Reply # 287080 5-Jan-2010 07:12
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You can avoid taxes and get cheaper shipping than that, check out the method in the N900 thread (using Shipito, it works).




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  Reply # 287304 6-Jan-2010 00:44
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hmm Wonder if I should try shipito... I have Visa Debit plus card so apparently don't need to change banks address records.. I'd only do it if there was a significan't savings, otherwise I'd rather not have a middleman :)

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  Reply # 287319 6-Jan-2010 07:58
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So, "globally" is a way to say it. First it's a T-Mobile launch - which means using the 3G band that's only available in the US.

Google confirmed Verizon Wireless and Vodafone (which owns a bit of VZW) will be participating in the program. This means a CDMA and most likely an European WCDMA (2100MHz) versions coming out.

It doesn't means though a 900MHz (Vodafone NZ 3G extended) is planned - time will tell. It also put some doubt in the 850MHz version (Telecom NZ 3G), although it may come true if AT&T (which uses the same 850MHz WCDMA) comes on board.






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  Reply # 287325 6-Jan-2010 08:20

I assume these will be here via parallel imports soon?

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  Reply # 287327 6-Jan-2010 08:32
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freitasm: It doesn't means though a 900MHz (Vodafone NZ 3G extended) is planned - time will tell. It also put some doubt in the 850MHz version (Telecom NZ 3G), although it may come true if AT&T (which uses the same 850MHz WCDMA) comes on board.


The Nexus One has 900/1700/2100 3G so will have 3G/extended coverage everywhere on Vodafone NZ. No good for Telecom (yet).

http://www.google.com/phone/static/en_US-nexusone_tech_specs.html







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  Reply # 287329 6-Jan-2010 08:53
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Slightly disappointed the Nexus One isn't availalble for ordering from NZ today. I'd got the (somewhat) green light from my better half for the purchase. :-)

Now to chase @vodafonenz to see what's coming up. VFNZ offering the Nexus One would make good sense....though they would also want to stretch out the HTC Magic product life as much as possible. It's hard thing to balance.....and they will want to do it most profitably.







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  Reply # 287330 6-Jan-2010 08:59
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Just posted the official release here. Note that I was wrong - checking the specs it looks like a 900MHz WCDMA version is avaialble.

Also note the official release wording "In the near future, Verizon Wireless in the US and Vodafone in Europe plan to offer services to customers in their respective geographies." doesn't include - but doesn't exclude obviously - Vodafone New Zealand.





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  Reply # 287337 6-Jan-2010 09:33
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There is a limit of five can be ordered under one Google account. I think it will be quite difficult or quite a fair bit of hassles for parallel import as it will or can be tracked to which Google account was used to make initial purchase.




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  Reply # 287348 6-Jan-2010 09:59
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freitasm: So, "globally" is a way to say it. First it's a T-Mobile launch - which means using the 3G band that's only available in the US.

Google confirmed Verizon Wireless and Vodafone (which owns a bit of VZW) will be participating in the program. This means a CDMA and most likely an European WCDMA (2100MHz) versions coming out.

It doesn't means though a 900MHz (Vodafone NZ 3G extended) is planned - time will tell. It also put some doubt in the 850MHz version (Telecom NZ 3G), although it may come true if AT&T (which uses the same 850MHz WCDMA) comes on board.




Interesting. I am currently in the US about to drive down and attend CES where I hoped to see the phone. I didn't know it was going to be sold online already. If that is the case I might just pick one up and avoid any exorbitant shipping back to NZ. I had originally thought about getting the HTC Hero from here

http://www.sella.co.nz/general/mobile-phones/vodafone-network/other-vodafone-network/55q0qq/


 but the Google Nexus looks better.

[edit]

I just went online to purchase it and it uses Google Checkout. My google account is set to a NZ shipping address so it refused but as soon as I add my US address I am sure it will work (the Google account is linked to a NZ Visa card).  Not sure what the local shipping is (didn't get that far yet0 but US$529 looks like about NZ$735 so that is a reasonable deal.

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They charge local sales tax (CA) so $48 but free overnight shipping. So total is now about $800. I think I will wait for the reviews before I get one since I can always get one in the US and have a friend ship it over for US$12




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  Reply # 287388 6-Jan-2010 12:03
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@freitasm: Yeah, T-Mobile is the same frequencies as Vodafone NZ. That's why alternative ROMs based on rooted T-Mobile MyTouch3G and Dream / G1 system images work fine on HTC Magic phones in NZ. I think T-Mobile is partly, if not all, owned by Deutsche Telekom...which may explain the the more European / open view of phone OSes as compared to the other US cell carriers, who tend to heavily favour closed platforms.




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  Reply # 287398 6-Jan-2010 12:16
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Linuxluver: @freitasm: Yeah, T-Mobile is the same frequencies as Vodafone NZ. That's why alternative ROMs based on rooted T-Mobile MyTouch3G and Dream / G1 system images work fine on HTC Magic phones in NZ. I think T-Mobile is partly, if not all, owned by Deutsche Telekom...which may explain the the more European / open view of phone OSes as compared to the other US cell carriers, who tend to heavily favour closed platforms.


Not quite. T-Mobile US is actually 1700/2100 MHz (mostly 1700MHz). It may work on Vodafone, but won't get any of the 900MHz 3G.




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  Reply # 287404 6-Jan-2010 12:19
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Yeah, turns out that it wasn't so global after all.  I was up this morning watching the media event unfold on Gizmodo - the new site came up near the end of the presentation.  I have a brother in the US who has been very active in Android development (co-discovered multitouch on the first gen phones and wrote the first apps to take advantage of it), he's sending me a few, they're already ordered (it was only $33.06 tax for him in MA).  Will have to pay import duties most likely so that's going to bump up the prices a fair bit...

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hmm so it's not available for NZ import yet, can we still try the shipito method?

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