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Master Geek


  #317008 11-Apr-2010 14:05
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Interesting as HTC is a taiwanese company has anyone investigated what prices they are out of that country as the source is usually cheaper?

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  #317025 11-Apr-2010 16:01
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ryan1019: Interesting as HTC is a taiwanese company has anyone investigated what prices they are out of that country as the source is usually cheaper?


I'm originally from Taiwan, and have been following their HTC prices closely.

What strikes me as weird is that the Desire isn't even available yet. I was going to get my cousin to get me one, but since it's not even available in Taiwan, decided on Clove instead.

The Legend is around $700-750NZD at the moment in Taiwan though.

 
 
 
 


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  #317026 11-Apr-2010 16:20
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Seems like the UK is the centre of the universe when it comes to phone releases, well until the EVO 4g from HTC  gets released. I'm surprised that there is not a gsm/3G variant being released. Strange that the Desire is not available in Taiwan, probably made  there too!!...

 I'd love to work at htc though....
heres  to looking forward to my Desire arriving ASAP.

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Master Geek


  #317028 11-Apr-2010 16:21
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Revo what site can this be ordered from for international delivery? i willl use google translate

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  #317030 11-Apr-2010 16:24
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RevoWution:
ryan1019: Interesting as HTC is a taiwanese company has anyone investigated what prices they are out of that country as the source is usually cheaper?


I'm originally from Taiwan, and have been following their HTC prices closely.

What strikes me as weird is that the Desire isn't even available yet. I was going to get my cousin to get me one, but since it's not even available in Taiwan, decided on Clove instead.

The Legend is around $700-750NZD at the moment in Taiwan though.


Hey Nathan, great nickname by the way :)

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Master Geek


  #317032 11-Apr-2010 16:30
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HTC EVO 4G rumoured to be 800 us dollars releasing in summer.
http://www.toptechreviews.net/mobiles-phones/htc-mobiles-phones/htc-evo-4g-the-future-of-smartphones/

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  #317036 11-Apr-2010 16:43
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re: RevoWution's post on the taiwan option, I am a little wary of S.E.Asian sourced HTC phones (not where they are manufactured but the market they are destined for) because the Hero I bought was a Indonesia, Malaysia, Phillipines(?) one and its version of Android/SenseUI didn't include Market.  In the end I rooted the phone and loaded a UK HTC ROM which included Market access (all good since).  For that reason alone importing a Desire from the UK is sounding more and more appealing...
As Bendigo alluded to earlier in the thread, if you are considering an Australian Telstra HTC Desire (available from the end of the month), which I believe will operate on the XT network here, it is being advertised for outright purchase at AUD779.  If you pick one up as a tourist you are able to claim the GST back via the Tourist Refund Scheme they have at the airports.  That will at least ease the pain of the GST payable on coming back into NZ.
AUD779 becomes AUD709 which converts to $NZD925+GST so about $NZD1040.

The UK version appears to be GBP375 shipped (DHL) which is approx $NZD805+GST so about $NZD908.

The reason I did the comparison is I go to Oz quite frequently for business and wanted to see if that was a better avenue, clearly it isn't.  (Come on Telecom here's your chance to get something to compete with the iPhone!)

The price difference and the fact of moving networks (I don't really need a phone that will work sitting on a container in the Hauraki Gulf but can't be relied on south of Taupo Undecided) makes the UK option even better.

I look forward to GZers who have taken the plunge posting their experiences and impressions of the Desire (suppressed jealousy).




Areas of Geek interest: Home Theatre, HTPC, Android Tablets & Phones, iProducts.

 
 
 
 


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Master Geek


  #317045 11-Apr-2010 17:08
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ryan1019: Revo what site can this be ordered from for international delivery? i willl use google translate


I'm not too sure if you can order from this site (and I'm not sure if they do international shipping), but you can have a look at:
http://www.sogi.com.tw/product/productInfo.aspx?pno=7420

kiwitrc: Hey Nathan, great nickname by the way :)


Haha, cheers mate :)

dpw

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Ultimate Geek

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  #317074 11-Apr-2010 18:40
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Umm...this may have been discussed elsewhere but I can't seem to find anything.

I noticed some of you have purchased Desire from Clove in the UK. What's the warranty situation on that? If anything goes wrong does it have to be sent back? Sure hope not...

D. 




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  #317090 11-Apr-2010 19:43
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dpw: Umm...this may have been discussed elsewhere but I can't seem to find anything.

I noticed some of you have purchased Desire from Clove in the UK. What's the warranty situation on that? If anything goes wrong does it have to be sent back? Sure hope not...

D. 


Clove states the warranty on the page of each product. The Desire says 2 yrs International Warranty. However I don't know anyone who has had to use their warranty.

Here's hoping none of us need to, but I have seen the occasional report of faulty Desires on other blog /social websites.

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  #317317 12-Apr-2010 13:33
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Got them :) Are they the first in NZ ??!??!!?

Had to faff around getting a client id that I did not realise that I already had :).
 Paid the GST over the phone when Fedex phoned up, Then went to the Fedex building in Chch to pick them up ...  heres a picture of them both. :)










https://cdn.geekzone.co.nz/imagessubs/blog6dadd54d4f8b77aa8827b051a82a547f.jpg

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Master Geek


  #317329 12-Apr-2010 13:58
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plehmann: Got them :) Are they the first in NZ ??!??!!?

Had to faff around getting a client id that I did not realise that I already had :).
 Paid the GST over the phone when Fedex phoned up, Then went to the Fedex building in Chch to pick them up ...  heres a picture of them both. :)










https://cdn.geekzone.co.nz/imagessubs/blog6dadd54d4f8b77aa8827b051a82a547f.jpg


WOOHOO! Congrats!! That was some fast shipping!! :D

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  #317331 12-Apr-2010 14:00
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plehmann: Got them :) Are they the first in NZ ??!??!!?

Had to faff around getting a client id that I did not realise that I already had :).
 Paid the GST over the phone when Fedex phoned up, Then went to the Fedex building in Chch to pick them up ...  heres a picture of them both. :)



Dam that was quick! And they are soooo pretty. Soooo very jealous. Here's hoping Clove's second supply arrive soon so they can ship ours!

dpw

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  #317341 12-Apr-2010 14:11
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plehmann: Got them :) Are they the first in NZ ??!??!!?

Had to faff around getting a client id that I did not realise that I already had :).
 Paid the GST over the phone when Fedex phoned up, Then went to the Fedex building in Chch to pick them up ...  heres a picture of them both. :)

https://cdn.geekzone.co.nz/imagessubs/blog6dadd54d4f8b77aa8827b051a82a547f.jpg


I notice you have an MBP there - will be interested to hear how well Android interacts with Mac OS X. Then again, that's not really a topic for this thread...perhaps I should start another one...




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http://savitarbernese.com | https://nz.linkedin.com/in/danywu

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Master Geek


  #317343 12-Apr-2010 14:13
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plehmann: Got them :) Are they the first in NZ ??!??!!?

Had to faff around getting a client id that I did not realise that I already had :).
 Paid the GST over the phone when Fedex phoned up, Then went to the Fedex building in Chch to pick them up ...  heres a picture of them both. :)


Cool!  I'm keen to hear your thoughts on the Desire, particularly what the sound quality is like compared to other phones/mp3 players.

Enjoy!

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