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# 77532 17-Feb-2011 18:38
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http://www.gadgetguy.com.au/zte-to-bring-the-budget-phones-australian-telcos-to-bite--article-10577-8.html

 

 




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  # 440854 17-Feb-2011 19:12
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Wasn't (isn't) Telecoms $99 T-Stick made by ZTE?
They might have an inside line???

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  # 440876 17-Feb-2011 20:13
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blakamin: Wasn't (isn't) Telecoms $99 T-Stick made by ZTE?
They might have an inside line???


Yes aswell as the r series phones (r100, r101 etc.)

http://www.zte.co.nz/main/index.htm 

 
 
 
 


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  # 440879 17-Feb-2011 20:27
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blakamin: Wasn't (isn't) Telecoms $99 T-Stick made by ZTE?
They might have an inside line???


Many of vodafones devices, such as their cheapest vodem (K3565-Z) are also made by ZTE.

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  # 440990 18-Feb-2011 07:10
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I hope they do as the ZTE phones are all very cheap, so we would have a cheap(er) android phone!




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  # 440992 18-Feb-2011 07:43
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The Chinese may have been a little late off the block with their own brands but both Huawei and ZTE seem to be making some good gear now.

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  # 441763 20-Feb-2011 22:06
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I've got a ZTE Blade, otherwise known as the Orange San Fransico - picked it up  on a trip to the UK for 99pounds (pre pay, unlocked for peanuts - can now be unlocked for free online).  Brilliant AMOLED capacitive touch device.

Seriously good value for money and even better now that it's become an official part of CyanogenMod with CM7 RC1 just been released (plenty buggy but seriously fast!).

 
 
 
 


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I'm another happy Blade/San Francisco owner, having bought mine in UK a couple of weeks ago.  It has identical specs to the Ideos X5, is very easily unlocked and upgraded to Froyo 2.2, and cost me £99 - a little over $200 at current exchange rate.  With 2.2 you get multi-touch, Wi-fi hotspot, voice dialling etc.
If you're in the market for a Android phone, and know anyone in or visiting the UK who can get one of these for you, it's a complete no-brainer.  If the buyer works for UK public sector, Orange will give a £20 discount.  You do have to buy a £20 prepay SIM in addition to phone price, this includes 100MB data and some voice/text credit which I used during my visit

tanivula: I've got a ZTE Blade, otherwise known as the Orange San Fransico - picked it up  on a trip to the UK for 99pounds (pre pay, unlocked for peanuts - can now be unlocked for free online).  Brilliant AMOLED capacitive touch device.

Seriously good value for money and even better now that it's become an official part of CyanogenMod with CM7 RC1 just been released (plenty buggy but seriously fast!).

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  # 442107 21-Feb-2011 20:54
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shk292: I'm another happy Blade/San Francisco owner, having bought mine in UK a couple of weeks ago.  It has identical specs to the Ideos X5,


No it doesn't. Smaller screen, less colours, slower processor, less memory, lower spec camera and no flash. Perhaps you mean the basic (initial) Ideos model?




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  # 442136 21-Feb-2011 22:09
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shk292: I'm another happy Blade/San Francisco owner, having bought mine in UK a couple of weeks ago.  It has identical specs to the Ideos X5,


No it doesn't. Smaller screen, less colours, slower processor, less memory, lower spec camera and no flash. Perhaps you mean the basic (initial) Ideos model?


I'll have to stand corrected - the details on the 2 degrees page seemed very similar to the specs of the phone I have but it sounds like your research is more thorough.

I would say the screens are almost identical - 3.5 vs 3.8 inches and the same resolution - which for me is the important bit.  I certainly don't mean the original Ideos model - that was only a QVGA screen which for me equates to virtually useless.  The Blade has 512MB of RAM, and I believe you can store apps to SD with 2.2.  In real life use it seems fast compared to my previous phone (Samsung Galaxy Spica), and the screen display is amazingly clear.

As for value for money, at less than half the RRP of an Ideos X5, and approx 30% the price of a Galaxy S, I think it's a great deal.  I bought the San Francisco and a very nice Toshiba netbook in UK for less than I'd pay for a Galaxy S in NZ

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I think the main difference with the X5 is the processor, in the ZTE Blade it's Armv6 based and only 600mhz so will not support flash, whereas the X5 has a very powerful Scorpion based 800mhz processor that is the same as the one in the HTC Desire Z, plus an Adreno 205 GPU.




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