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Topic # 66615 21-Aug-2010 02:21
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I'm interested in getting the HTC wildfire and I am looking for the cheapest place to get it. I can only pay with bank deposit so I'm wondering if anyone can recommend any sites?

Looking at pricespy Eking seems to be the cheapest, but does anyone have experience with this site? Searching the forum it looks like some one had a problem with a different model, so is it likely that I might have a problem.

I've also looked at Mobicity, and while it costs more people seem to have good things to say about the site.

So what would you recommend, Eking or Mobicity or a different site?

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  Reply # 370579 21-Aug-2010 09:21
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I dealt with Mobicity to order a Desire for me and a Wildfire for my bro, the Wildfire was on pre-order so i didnt mind waiting but it kinda dragged on for a little too long so cancelled the Wildfire order. After many broken promises  and false info from CSR's regarding refund from Mobicity, i had to basically complain like a madman to get my money back.
I ended up givng the Desire to my brother but i wouldnt recommend Mobicity at all.
I see some others on the forum have dealt with them & had good experiences so its up to you.

Got my Desire from Clove which went through very smoothly, you should definitely check them out too, but im not too sure about the bank deposit option

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  Reply # 370708 21-Aug-2010 16:01
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Go to the post office and get a prezzy card, works like a credit card. Then buy it from Clove. Maybe check with them first though, when I ordered they needed verification when using a credit card.

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  Reply # 370724 21-Aug-2010 17:04
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Or check to see if your bank does a debit card.. (Clove is good.. but will require a CC/debit card, I think)

aim

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  Reply # 370739 21-Aug-2010 17:57
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Debit cards are the best way to go. I've ordered my Desire from Mobicity and so far they've been great to deal with :) When I called them they were very helpful and so far have lived up to every promise - I personally wouldn't hesitate to deal with them again.



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  Reply # 371052 22-Aug-2010 15:56
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Thanks for the replies.

I might go with mobicity if the only problem is that I might wait a while. It can't be any worse then trying to order it from notebookcity, and after a 3 week wait finding out I'm not getting it.

After searching the forum I noticed that some people have had problems with other HTC phones from mobicity being branded or not English, so I'm wondering how likely this might happen for the wildfire.

 

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Reply # 371233 22-Aug-2010 22:12
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Hi, I think you should seriously consider ordering from clove.co.uk. If you browse the HTC Desire threads on this Android forum you will see that some posters have had problems with de-branded and reflashed phones from some resellers not performing properly. Apparently clove sell un-branded phones with original FW sourced directly from HTC in Taiwan. I bought my Wildfire from clove, and so far no-worries. They also have them in stock (email them for confirmation) and delivery only took 5 days. Choose "Airsure" postage option as less likely to get hit with GST.

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  Reply # 371292 22-Aug-2010 23:50

No "apparently" about it. Clove sells unbranded (as in direct from HTC, never have been branded,) so no confusion over what you are getting.

IG



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  Reply # 372069 24-Aug-2010 13:05
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How much NZD will it cost, and whats the chance of having to pay tax?

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  Reply # 372158 24-Aug-2010 14:36
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Clove's up-to-date prices are on their website. Add the cost of the shipping option you prefer to this and divide by the current exchange rate. The exchange rate your C/C company uses to calculate the foreign purchase will be slightly different from the retail exchange rate available from banks but not by much . The c/c company will also charge a foreign transaction fee which I think is 2.5% on my card. Depends on the issuing bank.

GST into NZ can spoil the deal if you get hit. GST is calculated on the total price of the package, I think generally shipping included. If you use DHL you will be charged GST as DHL apply the GST before the package arrives to speed its transition into the country. Royal mail is handled by NZ Post here. Due to the volume of parcel freight NZP handles and because they're run by the government Wink means your parcel may slip through without being charged GST. Its up to chance however. I wasn't charged GST.

Have a look to see if you can get a Telstra Wildfire for AUD$349. They're supposedly released today. Would be a cheaper option and would work on the XT network for superior 3G coverage.
 

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  Reply # 372194 24-Aug-2010 15:03
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Proviso: The Telstra Wildfire may be locked to Telstra at the outright price. Look into it first.



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  Reply # 372290 24-Aug-2010 17:29
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I'm with Vodafone, so just looking for the normal one.

The thing with price that confused me on clove is this VAT thing that is included with the price. For the wildfire it says "£195 (£229.13 inc VAT)" so what will the price for it actually be?

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  Reply # 372296 24-Aug-2010 17:38

@Username1

If you order from outside UK you will not pay VAT (VAT=GST btw - well at a different rate ! ) so price is £195 (plus shipping). Then you *may* get stung for NZ GST at point of import by NZ customs, but as has been pointed out, if you can wait the extra few days to have it sent by regular mail, this may be less likely.

IG

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  Reply # 381431 17-Sep-2010 20:32
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I used EKing, they were great, good service on getting phone, but you will need to setup the phone yourself. Check the forums on Geekzone for the APN settings. Good luck, I am loving my Wildfire!



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  Reply # 381510 18-Sep-2010 02:59
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Thanks for the help everyone.

Got the wildfire yesterday, from clove. Just one quick question, is it possible to add a proxy for wifi? I tried looking on google but failed to find anything that works. If thats not possible does anyone know of any android web browsers that support proxy?

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  Reply # 381683 18-Sep-2010 19:49
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Nope. Even in Android 2.2 you can't add a wifi proxy. It's a big google fail.
see https://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=1273

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