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  1. geny's Avatar
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    Hello,

    I am planning to travel to San Francisco and Canada and would buy a treo 600.
    Does anyone know if the Australian networks would support the phone?

    This product has not arrived in Australia yet and while i am going to Québec, Canada to visit my family, I would buy one but i want to make sure that I do not make a mistake!

    The networks I am aware of that exists here in Australia are Orange, Optus, Telstra and 3.

    Can anyone inform me further on this matter?

    Thank you!
    Geneviève Gilbert
    Chief Executive Officer
    Kastor Fakto interactive
    www.kastorfakto.com
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    The CDMA version of the Treo 600 should work on the Telstra CDMA network, if Telstra will activate it. The GSM version will work on the Orange and other GSM networks. As I believe the GSM coverage is better in Oz, you will probably be better off going that way. Now you just have to plan your trip for sometime after the phone is released! But when will that be?!? You may not see your family for a while yet! To be safe, you'd better wait until Christmas
  3. geny's Avatar
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    Dear scrinch,

    So do you know how much it will cost then? When is the phone released in the US?

    So if i am in Canada until 3rd of November, is there any chance that they will have received the product?

    My trip is already planned and I heard that the Treo 600 won't arrive in Australia until October or more, so what about Canada? They should have it earlier...shouldn't they?

    geny
    Geneviève Gilbert
    Chief Executive Officer
    Kastor Fakto interactive
    www.kastorfakto.com
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    Neither the specific price nor release date have been officially announced. What Handspring has said is that the 600 will be released in the 4th quarter, and will cost more than the 270/300. Speculation is that it will be available in limited quantities perhaps as early as October, but as far as I know there has been no official confirmation of this. It does sound like the branded versions (Sprint and Orange) are likely to be out before the unbranded GSM and (possibly) CDMA phones. So November 3 may work for you...but then again it may not.
  5. #5  
    Hi,

    I know this is probably one of the most common questions that is heard on the forum, but I live in Australia too, and have thought about getting someone from the US to purchase a T600 on my behalf, and mail it to me (I'm guessing Australia is going to be painfully slow on the uptake of this new model), but I am a bit concerned about any quality issues that the Treo's may have.

    I am not complaining about the quality or anything like that, but there is always a risk that a product may be delivered/go faulty, an I was wandering whether other people think it is a risk worth taking.

    One of the pro's though is that I think the current currency conversions and market differences make it a lot cheaper to buy and import than buy in Australia. I'm guessing the unit is going to cost $1500 or more out here outright. Hopefully it will be somewhat cheaper if I was to sign a contract, but to do that means waiting for them to be released out here.

    Too many decisions, not enough information yet to decide.

    One thing I would like to say though is that I think Handspring should start putting out some *official* word about the T600 release. On the australian site, I dont even think it is mentioned. And on the Global site, there is no firm dates, prices. As far as I am aware 'fall' is about a couple of weeks away right? Surely they have some idea.

    C'mon HS...let us know. Pleeeease.
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    Originally posted by djwhyte
    Hi,

    I know this is probably one of the most common questions that is heard on the forum, but I live in Australia too, and have thought about getting someone from the US to purchase a T600 on my behalf, and mail it to me (I'm guessing Australia is going to be painfully slow on the uptake of this new model), but I am a bit concerned about any quality issues that the Treo's may have.

    I am not complaining about the quality or anything like that, but there is always a risk that a product may be delivered/go faulty, an I was wandering whether other people think it is a risk worth taking.

    One of the pro's though is that I think the current currency conversions and market differences make it a lot cheaper to buy and import than buy in Australia. I'm guessing the unit is going to cost $1500 or more out here outright. Hopefully it will be somewhat cheaper if I was to sign a contract, but to do that means waiting for them to be released out here.

    Too many decisions, not enough information yet to decide.

    One thing I would like to say though is that I think Handspring should start putting out some *official* word about the T600 release. On the australian site, I dont even think it is mentioned. And on the Global site, there is no firm dates, prices. As far as I am aware 'fall' is about a couple of weeks away right? Surely they have some idea.

    C'mon HS...let us know. Pleeeease.

    For the release of both 180 and 270, Singapore released the products quite some time before it was released in the US I believe. It might be easier for you to get it from Singapore, and probably before it's released it the states. I certainly hope so anyway!
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    Hi from another Treo owner in Oz.

    I'm looking forward to getting a Treo 600 but will probably try to get it bought in US if it is available by late Oct. Having someone who is coming over for Rugby World Cup to bring it out ;-) Do any Americans know what the RWC is?!

    Because the AU$ is relatively strong vs the US$ I believe it might be the cheapest way to buy it.

    I'll be buying the GSM version because it is relatively easily to move your GSM SIM card into the new handset and away you go. I would not recommend getting a Sprint CDMA phone and assuming you can connect to Telstra CDMA network, you might end up with a very small, pretty brick.

    Cheers
    VikingBrad
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    Originally posted by tuen



    For the release of both 180 and 270, Singapore released the products quite some time before it was released in the US I believe. It might be easier for you to get it from Singapore, and probably before it's released it the states. I certainly hope so anyway!
    Fantastic. I have family coming out from the UK early November, and it just so happens they have a one day stopover in Singapore. Sounds like a solution.D

    As for the more important part of the problem. Does anybody think it could be too much of a risk buying from a different country. At least if I waited till the product was in Australia, and bought it then, I can walk down the road and take it back to get replaced if the hardware fails.

    Ultimately, is the quality of the Handspring product generally good enough to take the overseas risk?:

    Thanks,
    Dave
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    Originally posted by VikingBrad
    Hi from another Treo owner in Oz.

    I'll be buying the GSM version because it is relatively easily to move your GSM SIM card into the new handset and away you go. I would not recommend getting a Sprint CDMA phone and assuming you can connect to Telstra CDMA network, you might end up with a very small, pretty brick.
    GSM for me too. I dont really know what the CDMA coverage is like, but when I looked at CDMA data plans, they were far too pricey. Plus like you say, the SIM card is a nice way to swap hardware easily.
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    I myself will wait it out and see it come to Australia. I admit it is going to be expensive as the Treo 270 sold originally at $1500. The main thing I consider is the warrantee. At least as you have put it, you can take it back if there is an issue with the phone.

    GSM is definately the go as it can be used on all the mobile companies within Aust. The dual band will enable us to use overseas with international roaming if you are with Telstra or with sims sold in those countries as well.

    I am half interested in buying from overseas but don't wish to take the risk.

    I don't have money to burn after all.

    Who ever gets the first models within Australia or brings one back to Australia from overseas please provide feedback asap.
    Ancient_One
    Blood and Honour
    (Those who live in the dark shall meet the light and all shall die by my hand.)

    (Device:Palm Pilot>Handspring Deluxe>Handspring Treo 270>Sony Clie NX60U>PalmOne Treo 600)
    (Beta Tester:Pocketdimension 2 / Quirl / PalmMAME / Seven Email Client)

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    Originally posted by djwhyte


    As for the more important part of the problem. Does anybody think it could be too much of a risk buying from a different country. At least if I waited till the product was in Australia, and bought it then, I can walk down the road and take it back to get replaced if the hardware fails.

    Ultimately, is the quality of the Handspring product generally good enough to take the overseas risk?:

    Well I bought my Treo 180g in Singapore in May 02 for about $AUS1000. Was roaming with Telstra SIM as soon as battery had charged! Speaker died in June 03 - two weeks after warranty expired. Despite the international warranty and known design problem with speaker cable failing Brightpoint Australia were unbelievably rude and washed their hands of it. Grandtech in Singapore instantly said they'd replace it (although with a 180 - no more 180g units left). Replacement arrived within a week of shipping them the faulty unit.

    Would I buy from Singapore again? Absolutely. Although (as in any country) make sure you're buying from a business in one of the more established locations (eg. Funan IT Mall).

    dB
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    Just a quick note,

    I've been talking to Handspring Australia and it seems that they're working towards a global release date. Mid October is the ballpark I have been given, pending approvals from the Telco networks.

    They've also quoted me a price of $1299AUD rrp.

    Cheers,
    BundyB
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    Originally posted by BundyB
    Just a quick note,

    I've been talking to Handspring Australia and it seems that they're working towards a global release date. Mid October is the ballpark I have been given, pending approvals from the Telco networks.

    They've also quoted me a price of $1299AUD rrp.

    Cheers,
    BundyB
    Cheers BundyB...your a legend.

    As for the price, is that fairdinkum? Thats not too bad at all. Much cheaper than I was expecting, though I am assuming that is an outright purchase price. Can you confirm this?

    Good on ya,

    Dave
  14. #14  
    Originally posted by djwhyte ...fairdinkum...
    Can he say that in a public forum like this? Moderators!!?
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    Can't be anything but a straight purchase price.

    I am waiting for the plans to come out and see what is on the offer.

    More then likely a $60 plan for 2 years if anything.
    Ancient_One
    Blood and Honour
    (Those who live in the dark shall meet the light and all shall die by my hand.)

    (Device:Palm Pilot>Handspring Deluxe>Handspring Treo 270>Sony Clie NX60U>PalmOne Treo 600)
    (Beta Tester:Pocketdimension 2 / Quirl / PalmMAME / Seven Email Client)

  16. #16  
    Originally posted by scrinch

    Can he say that in a public forum like this? Moderators!!?
    No worries Mate, (one of) your moderator(s) lives down under too


    PS for all aussies interested in the Treo600 also check out the AUSpug forum...
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  17. #17  
    Originally posted by ToolkiT

    No worries Mate, (one of) your moderator(s) lives down under too


    PS for all aussies interested in the Treo600 also check out the AUSpug forum...
    Crikey Toolkit thats a real 'you beaut' link

    Just registered and took a quick look around. Is there a particular thread/thread group that you suggest? I couldnt really see a lot on there, but I think I might be too used to the overly huge amount (which I am not compaining about) that I can read on this board.

    Thanks mate,

    Dave
  18. #18  
    Originally posted by djwhyte


    Crikey Toolkit thats a real 'you beaut' link

    Just registered and took a quick look around. Is there a particular thread/thread group that you suggest? I couldnt really see a lot on there, but I think I might be too used to the overly huge amount (which I am not compaining about) that I can read on this board.

    Thanks mate,

    Dave
    you're most welcome..

    I was refering to this thread:
    http://www.auspug.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=2700
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