[Wolves] O/T 3G phones - 3 and the Nokia 7600
jonfarmer at enta.net
Wed Oct 20 09:09:30 BST 2004
MatthewRevell.3247378 at bloglines.com wrote:
> 3 - crap network + ridiculous belief that people want walled-garden content
> - are offering 500 mins plus 100 texts for 15 quid a month (after cashback).
> A few sites are offering this deal with the Nokia 7600 plus a free Bluetooth
Yes, this is the common notion about 3 that their network is crap.
However give them time they are a new player to the UK and remember how
long it took Vodafone, Cellnet et al to get decent coverage in the UK
when they started.
> This sounds ideal to me. All I want are minutes are bundled texts
> ... couldn't give a damn about the idiotic notion that is video calling, which
> isn't supported by the 7600 anyway. So, is 3 as terrible as everyone says?
> Is the 7600 a decent phone? Will 3 let me use the 7600's XHTML browser to
> look at sites of my choice, of will they restrict me to their fricking walled-garden?
On UKTM there is a lot of discussion about the Nokia 7600. General
opinion is its a very capable phone just looks a bit odd. Carphone
Warehouse are selling them at £49.99 on 3Pay with £15 credit. They seem
to be selling out within days of each new stock arrival. A lot of people
are getting the 7600 unlocked and factory reset. This means you can use
it on any network and more importantly the "hidden" 2g menu options
appear which mean it doesn't constantly try a look for a 3g signal.
> The mins, texts and headset are almost too good to turn down. But I don't
> wanna get this deal, just for something with decent hardware, on a decent
> network, to come along later.
If you get the phone unlocked as I describe above you can tell the phone
to only look for 2g networks and thus force it to lock onto O2's network
even when 3 has a signal. As you may or may not know 3 has a roaming
agreement with O2 and your inclusive mins will work on O2.
How long 3 will tolerate people doing this is a matter of opinion but
its good while it lasts.
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