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Daniel.Drache
17-09-2013, 01:07 PM
I also posted this Here on Geekzone (http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=97&topicid=129467) but I thought I would also ask here

I'm wanting to purchase a Sony Xperia Z, the Purple looks amazing but isn't on sale in New Zealand
I've never Parallel Imported anything before, so I would appreciate any and all advice.

From what I've picked up avoid Fairbuy as they aren't an importer, Mobile Station and Expert Infotech seem to have good mentions
Mobile Station is $635, which is great (Telecom with discounts would be around $800)


Questions which I have are
1 - Will I lose my manufactures warranty?
2 - Mobile Stations gives a 12 mth, Are they reliable or do they claim everything is water damage?
3 - OS updates, Do I get NZ ones or ?
4 - Will I need a power Plug converter?
5 - Will it work on the Telecom Network? Urban, Rual & 3G?
6 - Do I want the Sony Xperia Z 3G C6602 Purple (http://www.mobilestation.co.nz/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=32_6&products_id=1665&zenid=0d1fa09e1e265403a60d4c247643b1a7) or the Sony Xperia Z 4G LTE C6603 Violet (http://www.mobilestation.co.nz/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=32_6&products_id=1063&zenid=0d1fa09e1e265403a60d4c247643b1a7)

Thanks
Daniel

Again any tips, advice etc is welcome

3G is http://www.mobilestation.co.nz/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=32_6&products_id=1665&zenid=0d1fa09e1e265403a60d4c247643b1a7

4G LTE is http://www.mobilestation.co.nz/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=32_6&products_id=1063&zenid=0d1fa09e1e265403a60d4c247643b1a7

Chilling_Silence
17-09-2013, 01:41 PM
1. Nope, you'll still have the Sony manufacturers warranty
2. No idea, haven't used them, but the phone is waterproof so they shouldn't do-so
3) You'll get the ones from the source country. You can always flash NZ-specific firmwares and subsequently get the NZ updates. I know there's a Telecom NZ one up on XDA-Developers that you can get and flash easily enough coz I did that for my workmates boyfriend last week -- He imported the purple one from Hong Kong.
4) Yes, but it just charges via USB so it's likely cheaper to just scratch that and plug it in to your PC to charge, or get a USB charger (Which the $2 shop sometimes has)
5) Yes, it'll work with all NZ networks
6) Go for the 3G model. 3G ones usually get any OS updates faster and have better battery life.

Daniel.Drache
17-09-2013, 01:59 PM
Thanks for the info
Sonys Manufacturers warranty is a big reassurance.
I should be able to learn how to flash a firmware or I have a mate in Aucks that should be able to do it
lol, I didn't think about the USB charger, I have a few spare cords & plugs at home from previous micro usb phones/Accesory packs
Good to hear about working on all networks

Im on course atm (I'm Telco Technician apprentice) one of the vodaphone guys and the trainer think that Telecom will be starting their LTE upgrades next year or so & it would good to have
Do you think the OS updates be significantly delayed?
with 530hr standby & 14hr talk time even a 10% reduction wouldn't affect me (I realize the stated Standby & Talk time are grossly optimistic)

Cheers again for the info, I really appreciate it



EDIT - I would love to hear from anyone thats delt with Mobile Station, or suggestions for a trusted Parallel Importer

Chilling_Silence
17-09-2013, 02:45 PM
Just parallel import it yourself, I use ship2u.co.nz for getting things forwarded to NZ from the US.

Telecom are already doing limited trials of LTE as far as I'm aware, but I'm yet to see a big need for it at this stage. Most mates I have who've tried the Vodafone LTE trial in Auckland said it was marginally faster (20mbps-ish download) but there was absolutely SFA need for it, coz it's not like we're in the US on unlimited data and can torrent to our Cellphones... Email still comes in, in the background... Webpages still load the same...

Can't comment on OS updates. Even though Sony do some of the least bastardization of Android (I'm looking at you Samsung and HTC!), I still prefer the stock experience, and we flashed CM10 to the one I had my hands on last. Was much nicer :)

Daniel.Drache
17-09-2013, 03:02 PM
Good point, I rarely use mobile data, Most of it is done with WiFi.

Regarding Parallel Importing I'm a complete newbie
I don't know anything about it, Warranty's, who to return to should it fail or even what specs to check for.
I figure if I use Mobile Station they will take care of which phone (With the right specs), a reputable source that won't get me a knockoff, a port to call should I need a warranty repair all for a hopefully small surchage

Chilling_Silence
17-09-2013, 05:05 PM
Never heard of them, but here's a good test:
Call their number, see if they answer.

If it costs you 50c to make a call for a couple of minutes to confirm they're a dodgy seeming outfit, then it was well spent.

I've used Expert Infotech before (einfo), it was close to a decade ago so they've been around for a while, but they were a bit of a pain to deal with regarding a warranty claim back then, but I've had a few mates buy Nexus 4's from them and they've been fine (Again, no returns yet though so nothing recent there)

Daniel.Drache
17-09-2013, 05:50 PM
Expert Info tech only seems to only stock the 4G version, And there are quite a few poor reviews about their help desk & warranty repairs
Thanks for the idea about ringing, they sound genuine & helpful

Thank you for your help Chilling, you've provided me with lots of info & helped settle my nerves. I really appreciate it

Chilling_Silence
18-09-2013, 12:47 AM
No worries mate, let us know when you get the phone and how it goes :)

Nomad
19-09-2013, 09:54 AM
I also posted this Here on Geekzone (http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=97&topicid=129467) but I thought I would also ask here

I'm wanting to purchase a Sony Xperia Z, the Purple looks amazing but isn't on sale in New Zealand
I've never Parallel Imported anything before, so I would appreciate any and all advice.

From what I've picked up avoid Fairbuy as they aren't an importer, Mobile Station and Expert Infotech seem to have good mentions
Mobile Station is $635, which is great (Telecom with discounts would be around $800)


Questions which I have are
1 - Will I lose my manufactures warranty?
2 - Mobile Stations gives a 12 mth, Are they reliable or do they claim everything is water damage?
3 - OS updates, Do I get NZ ones or ?
4 - Will I need a power Plug converter?
5 - Will it work on the Telecom Network? Urban, Rual & 3G?
6 - Do I want the Sony Xperia Z 3G C6602 Purple (http://www.mobilestation.co.nz/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=32_6&products_id=1665&zenid=0d1fa09e1e265403a60d4c247643b1a7) or the Sony Xperia Z 4G LTE C6603 Violet (http://www.mobilestation.co.nz/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=32_6&products_id=1063&zenid=0d1fa09e1e265403a60d4c247643b1a7)

Thanks
Daniel

Again any tips, advice etc is welcome

3G is http://www.mobilestation.co.nz/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=32_6&products_id=1665&zenid=0d1fa09e1e265403a60d4c247643b1a7

4G LTE is http://www.mobilestation.co.nz/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=32_6&products_id=1063&zenid=0d1fa09e1e265403a60d4c247643b1a7

my imported LG had no nz warranty, prob if I send.it back overseas it was probably a grey or parallel import like einfo. did come with nz plug converter I got it in hk via eBay found that way cheapest. I got all updates here without modifying the firmware. don't forget import tax. my phone wasn't locked so can use any sim but Telecom xt frequency isn't supported they don't do 2G right if they did my LG may drop onto that. mine doesn't support 850.

Cato
19-09-2013, 08:48 PM
1. Nope, you'll still have the Sony manufacturers warranty

Are you sure about this??

Daniel.Drache
27-09-2013, 06:45 PM
My phone arrived today, Figured I'd give a quick thumbs up for Mobilestation
A few days after ordering (I'm assuming when my phone arrived in the country), They emailed me confirming my Delivery Address (Delivery address was partners work as safer), I asked a few things via email & got very quick replies.
The phone arrived alot quicker then their 2 week estimation, Phone is working well, 2 apps that had Asian language names (Book reader & Vmag)

Overall I'm very happy with the phone, Thanks again for the info & assitance

Chilling_Silence
28-09-2013, 09:19 AM
With the Xperia Z it's easy as to flash it, and you can either go for CyanogenMod (Definitely recommended!) or somebody was kind enough to post the stock Telecom XT firmware for Xperia Z on the XDA-Developers forums. Either option works and will give you it in full English.

Daniel.Drache
28-09-2013, 10:23 AM
Everything apart from the 2 apps is in English, I just uninstalled them lol.
Thanks for the advice but I'll stick with what works and is within my understanding of phones, I don't want to stuff it up somehow

Chilling_Silence
28-09-2013, 12:12 PM
Are you sure about this??

Yep :)

http://unlockbootloader.sonymobile.com/

Please note that you may void the warranty of your device and/or any warranty from your operator if you unlock the boot loader. See your device's warranty statement for details

http://www-support-downloads.sonymobile.com/common/warranty_phones_NZ_12.pdf

This warranty does not cover any failure of the Product due to normal wear and tear, or due to misuse, in accordance with the Sony instructions for use and maintenance of the Product. Nor does this warranty cover any failure of the Product due to accident, software or hardware modification or adjustment, acts of God or damage resulting from liquid

Warranty is fine. unless your software modification (Flashing firmware) causes the bricking. If your phone has a dodgy touchscreen though, or bad pixels (Like my HTC One X did), the warranty for that still stands.