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#60649 29-Apr-2010 16:07
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There is no news of the new Vodafone 845 here in New Zealand yet, but Vodafone Group has announced availability of its own Vodafone-branded Android Eclair handset for May 2010 in Europe.




 

 

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  #324816 29-Apr-2010 16:29
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Interesting. I'm holding out for an equivalent of the Nexus One/Droid-whatever-the-latest-coolest-one-is with a slide out qwerty KB.. (Running 2.1)




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  #324819 29-Apr-2010 16:35
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Here's a picture a bit larger than the one in the article:





 

 

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  #324994 29-Apr-2010 21:50
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Looks like it has quite a small screen - but the interesting thing is it runs Android 2.1.

What's the specs this puppy?




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  #325113 30-Apr-2010 09:24
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This phone looks like a decent one, hopefully for a cheaper price. Huawei stuff rebadged as Vodafone has typically offered excellent value / function for a lot less money. "Entry-level" superphone. 

I'm thinking of the Vodafone 715, which was full 3G Internet, video calls (camera on back only tho) and streaming Sky Mobile TV and 1.3MP camera, stills / video, up to 1GB microsd, MP3 player, video player, bluetooth and generally all the best features of much more expensive phones for....about about NZ$169-$199. There were phones that cost twice as much that couldn't do all that. If the Vodafone 845 is similarly laden with features / function and at a price that is accessible for more people than the $1000 superphones (or the Apple - can't-change-the-battery-or-swap-the-sdcard phones)....then we'll have a serious contender.




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  #325121 30-Apr-2010 09:34
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Yes I agree. Ideally this would have a price point of $299 - $399.

Then combine this with a cool campaign aimed at messaging, soc net, web usage and it could really fly. Will need decent data bundles though, and of course none of those services would be Vodafone ones - all Google or 3rd party.

Key applications for youth market is MSN Messenger and Hotmail - they are by far widest used in NZ amongst under 20's. Not sure how good they are on Android.

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  #325142 30-Apr-2010 09:58
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It's not a spec list to get too excited about though, is it?




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  #325178 30-Apr-2010 11:02
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timmyh: Yes I agree. Ideally this would have a price point of $299 - $399.

Then combine this with a cool campaign aimed at messaging, soc net, web usage and it could really fly. Will need decent data bundles though, and of course none of those services would be Vodafone ones - all Google or 3rd party.

Key applications for youth market is MSN Messenger and Hotmail - they are by far widest used in NZ amongst under 20's. Not sure how good they are on Android.


In the UK it comes with the 360 stuff from VF. We won't see that in NZ? Ever? :-) 

 




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  #325179 30-Apr-2010 11:03
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What is the 360 stuff that VFUK crow about - I've never been able to determine what the buzz is all about.




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In the UK it comes with the 360 stuff from VF. We won't see that in NZ? Ever? :-) 

 


Well the question is what value would it add? The Android already has full contacts, calendar, email synching. There are all the Soc Net apps...and 360 would have to compete with all of that.

 

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  #325191 30-Apr-2010 11:24
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In the UK it comes with the 360 stuff from VF. We won't see that in NZ? Ever? :-) 

 


Well the question is what value would it add? The Android already has full contacts, calendar, email synching. There are all the Soc Net apps...and 360 would have to compete with all of that.

 


One problem 360 might solve is lack of 100% access to the Android Market from a relevant region. For example, a stock Acer Liquid from EMEA can't see a lot of paid apps....and some of them are among the best. My HTC Magic from VFNZ couldn't see some things, which is one of the reasons I rooted the phone and loaded an alternate Android on it - one with 100% Market access. 

I have read that some telcos in Europe are setting up their own android markets to try to by-pass blockages in the US-based Android market WRT languages and currencies. This may be behind Google's recent announcement of PayPal support in the Market. Setting up their own global transaction clearance infrastructure appears to have overwhelmed them a wee bit. 

No surprise, really. It took the Apple Store Online nearly a decade to be accessible from NZ as something other than a quasi-Aussie. 

I should add my writing style sometimes makes it looks like I'm asserting something when I'm really just speculating / modelling possible explanations. I'm trying to stop doing that. So take my comments as entirely speculative even if they look assertive. Please. :-)   




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