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  Reply # 489190 4-Jul-2011 14:35
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nakedmolerat:
markenderwick: Hi All
so ive read through all these pages and other threads, im weighing up selling the iphone4 and getting a sensation. i have a recently renewed contract with Vodafone so im keen to buy the handset only.
the idea of importing another phone (prev HTC Desire) doesnt appeal to me too much as the last one with riddled with chinese keyboards etc.
Buying from an?XT store to retain a NZ warrenty is a definate bonus for me,

What are your thoughts? I live in Hamilton North so coverage is good, and have wifi at home / work etc.
is the 3g drop only noticable in rural type situations?

Cheers
Mark


Have you considered galaxy s2 from vodafone?

My 2 cent, I strongly advise you not to get the phone from telecom if you are planning to use it with vodafone. Some areas only have 3g/wcdma 900mhz coverage but no GSM at all.

If sensation is your first choice, buy one from local parallel importers.


Clove.co.uk would be a better bet if you want to avoid the chinese apps
 

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  Reply # 489191 4-Jul-2011 14:36
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TheUngeek: Clove.co.uk would be a better bet if you want to avoid the chinese apps
 


+1 on Clove devices, They've just dropped the price too, sadly... 

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  Reply # 489192 4-Jul-2011 14:38
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TheUngeek:
Clove.co.uk would be a better bet if you want to avoid the chinese apps
 


FWIW: There is no Chinese / other language apps on mine, it came from Hong Kong

NzBeagle:
TheUngeek: Clove.co.uk would be a better bet if you want to avoid the chinese apps
 


+1 on Clove devices, They've just dropped the price too, sadly... 


Holy Moly, there has been a price drop. It's come down $100 since 2 weeks ago when I ordered mine.... always happens though aye! Pricespy has it for $705 locally - which will be the Vodafone / GSM version, not the Telecom / XT version.

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  Reply # 489194 4-Jul-2011 14:50
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scoobydoo:
TheUngeek:
Clove.co.uk would be a better bet if you want to avoid the chinese apps
?


FWIW: There is no Chinese / other language apps on mine, it came from Hong Kong

NzBeagle:
TheUngeek:?Clove.co.uk would be a better bet if you want to avoid the chinese apps
?


+1 on Clove devices, They've just dropped the price too, sadly...?


Holy Moly, there has been a price drop. It's come down $100 since 2 weeks ago when I ordered mine.... always happens though aye! Pricespy has it for $705 locally - which will be the Vodafone / GSM version, not the Telecom / XT version.


I'm not surprised tho. HTC realized that sensation is not on par with galaxy s2. I guess they have to repositioned the product. $705 locally? All of sudden I have the urge to order one!





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  Reply # 489196 4-Jul-2011 15:06
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lokhor: I've been finding Telecom XT coverage great in Lower Hutt.


Same here for Glenfield in Auckland.

I walked to work today for the first time since getting the Sensation. (A sick dog with regular vet needs kept me in the car for the past couple of weeks.)

On Vodafone I have a 20 minute stretch of my walk (each way - so 40 mins total) along Sunset Rd between Glenfield Rd and the Northern Motorway where GPRS and 3G data is all but non-existent as I walk along the road.  

I did it today on the Telecom XT network and 3G data was 100%, full speed every step of the way along the same stretch of road. That makes a big difference to me.




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  Reply # 489210 4-Jul-2011 15:44
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Linuxluver:
lokhor: I've been finding Telecom XT coverage great in Lower Hutt.


Same here for Glenfield in Auckland.

I walked to work today for the first time since getting the Sensation. (A sick dog with regular vet needs kept me in the car for the past couple of weeks.)

On Vodafone I have a 20 minute stretch of my walk (each way - so 40 mins total) along Sunset Rd between Glenfield Rd and the Northern Motorway where GPRS and 3G data is all but non-existent as I walk along the road.  

I did it today on the Telecom XT network and 3G data was 100%, full speed every step of the way along the same stretch of road. That makes a big difference to me.


Tragically, at least as far as I'm concerned, neither XT nor VF have good signal into Northern Glendowie, my home being marked as 'fair' on Telecom's official coverage map, and VF's signal similarly limited.

Poo.

The nearest cell site as the crow flies, is in St Heliers village but the rising terrain ensures it's not line of sight. The same terrain restrictions apply to the next nearest site which is at the EastMed/Joel Grace complex.

So unless TNZ and VF decide to whack up another tower on the high ground around these parts, (probably never going to happen due to the NIMBY sensibilities in the area), I'm not going to enjoy any high speed 3G at home.

Thankfully, most everyplace else in the East has coverage for Africa, so signal is dandy practically as soon as I'm off the property.

Edit: Usual typos




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  Reply # 489224 4-Jul-2011 16:11
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If it is an issue, you could consider getting a femocell from VF, but then your home line would need to be with them...

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  Reply # 489232 4-Jul-2011 16:16
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At home it isn't really an issue as you can typically use Wifi 




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  Reply # 489233 4-Jul-2011 16:19
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Foo: If it is an issue, you could consider getting a femocell from VF, but then your home line would need to be with them...


Which isn't going to happen, unfortunately.




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  Reply # 489235 4-Jul-2011 16:21
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lokhor: At home it isn't really an issue as you can typically use Wifi 


Except when testing data on the Sensation for the purposes of the trial. ;-)




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  Reply # 489238 4-Jul-2011 16:22
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anyone know when the sensation is going to be released on Telecom

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  Reply # 489241 4-Jul-2011 16:26
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xtreme888: anyone know when the sensation is going to be released on Telecom

MojaMonkey. But whether he's allowed to announce it yet is a different question...




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  Reply # 489242 4-Jul-2011 16:27
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ArtooDetoo:
lokhor: At home it isn't really an issue as you can typically use Wifi 


Except when testing data on the Sensation for the purposes of the trial. ;-)


Guess you will need to go for a drive to test data while using navigation 




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  Reply # 489244 4-Jul-2011 16:28
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So why is ArtooDetoo talking about not being able to enjoy any high speed 3G at home. It's a situation which has even led him to exclaim "poo" ;-)

On another note, can anyone confirm that Electron World doesn't charge GST but you may get hit with it at Customs? Whereas if you purchased from Expert Infotech, you would pay GST...just seems that the price difference between Electron World is less than GST, so am left wondering why you would purchase through them (unless of course GST is completely avoided).


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  Reply # 489247 4-Jul-2011 16:34
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lokhor:

Guess you will need to go for a drive to test data while using navigation 


:-)




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