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T-Mobile MDA Vario IV and Compact IV: First Look

T-Mobile MDA Vario IV and Compact IV: First Look - read the full textTwo new devices were revealed by T-Mobile at a press conference held in Germany - the MDA Compact IV and MDA Vario IV, both close relatives to the recently announced HTC Touch Diamond...


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I have t-mobile MDA compact Iv but it is in german language how could i change its language to english

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  • 2012-02-10 07:19
  • uWJx

plz can anyone tell me d differences between a vario phone and a compact phone i will love to know what makes the different

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  • 2009-04-26 21:18
  • T26a

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  • 2009-03-14 20:11
  • 0phX

Don't do it!! I've just returned my second Vario 4 and fought to get a PAC. The Touch Pro seems good, but the Vario 4 is a disaster.


Well, for one thing, it ships with the caller ID registry key set to 12. UK numbers are not 12 digits long, so it doesn't recognise anyone that calls or texts you. Not a major problem, as it's easy to fix, but indicative.

On the two I've had, they have both frozen up when reaching full charge, unhelpful when charging them overnight and using them as an alarm clock. They have also both frozen up intermittently, during calls, and especially on making or trying to terminate calls on the first. The second was slightly different and appeared to suffer from ADHD. If you turned off push email, it appeared to get bored and claimed to have no signal within 5 minutes, needing a soft reset to get it going again. It also forgot all network settings this afternoon, necessitating a refresh from a Sprite backup to get it working again - this was also coupled with an inability to stay up for longer than 5 mins.

All in all, an otherwise *fantastic* phone seriously ruined by an incompetent conversion. Seriously, it's AWFUL!!!!!

Battery life is much much better than the Vario 2 or 3, the phone is really fast, and the sound quality is really good. Screen is great as well. Im hoping to take advantage of all these plus points when I move to Vodafone next week.

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  • 2009-02-20 00:12
  • m59a

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2009-02-10 22:30 from Yc}% - click to readOkay hi. I have t-mobile and I asked them if this phone would work if I bought it from another carrier and used it under thm they said it would work but since they have diff systems smethings might not work. So my question to u is does ur phone work fine? Like does eveything work on it to ur knowledge?

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  • 2009-02-13 02:14
  • ThQq

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2008-06-05 12:40 from 02JF - click to readyou realize this is out on ATT right? I have the ATT one but I unlocked it for T-mobile. I dont know y they havent released this yet.

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  • 2009-02-10 22:30
  • Yc}%

> In reply to yay me @ 2008-06-04 09:29 from jJub - click to readIs it possible to change the language of my T-Mobile MDA Compact IV ?

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  • 2009-02-05 10:31
  • pIc@

When will this phone be coming to the USA? I've seen a lot of people asking this same question and no ones getting an answer if anyone knows or could find out please give an answer it would be greatly appreciated.

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  • 2009-01-27 09:01
  • 4{f6

The MDA Compact IV is released as a Genral HTC Model Called HTC Touch Diamond and the MDA Vario IV is released by HTC as HTC Touch Pro.

The T-Mobile Versions are slightly different as they have flat backs where the HTC release versions have a diamond like back and a few other changes (as mentioned in this review)

I have had both the HTC Touch Pro and the HTC Touch Diamond in my hadn and set them up for people and we have them as working phones in our company but when I phone T-mobile up about upgrading to these phones (I am due to upgrade in two weeks) I am told that they are not available and they have no clue when they will be available.

But the HTC release versions have been out for ages........ I WANT ONE!!!!!

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  • 2009-01-17 13:52
  • 3pYD

I have used a MDA Compact III for the last 1.5 years because of its reliability I decided to go for the next model up MDA Compact IV. When I recieved the handset I was impressed with the slick look however after 1 day of using it I realised there are some design flaws with the phone.

1) When on the contacts list if I try to scroll through using the stylus, rather than the scroll bar moving through the names list, a contact name gets higlighted and its details opened up. This is a design flaw in that the screen is not wide enough. The MDA Compact III did not have this flaw because (a) the screen was slighty wider and (b) the screen does not overlap the border of the phone casing hence allowing the user to drag the stylus along the inner border.

2) Scrolling through items on the screen I noticed that it is not as smooth as when using the iTouch/iPhone

I really would have liked this phone but unfortunately I still think it is not as smooth as it should be. I am handing it back and will go back to using my MDA Compact III till I find something more suitable

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  • 2009-01-16 00:08
  • pw1K

> In reply to Edge @ 2008-06-06 18:06 from Tii5 - click to readno difference same thing just different name and SLIGHTLY different specs

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  • 2008-09-21 01:33
  • kVVV

> In reply to Trell @ 2008-06-29 03:12 from kS%u - click to readu can install different themes!

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  • 2008-08-11 00:03
  • EmP6

I hope this comes to the US.

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  • 2008-07-27 19:11
  • j@tD

Cant the menu colors be changed from white and magenta to those of the Diamond? Because I really hate that white and magenta and would prefer the all black look.

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  • 2008-06-29 03:12
  • kS%u

This looks absolutely beautiful. MDA Vario IV is slighty better. Vario has 256 RAM and 512 ROM. HTC version is due for release for Aug 2008 so i would assume this would come out at the same time. This is the phone to get.

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  • 2008-06-23 23:05
  • 0p23

will these phones be released in the US?

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  • 2008-06-22 14:04
  • jiTB

> In reply to yay me @ 2008-06-04 09:29 from jJub - click to readThat's the German version of the keyboard

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  • 2008-06-16 13:32
  • n%mH

What's the different between the Diamond and the Compact IV? Will the Diamond release w/ T-mo in the US?

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  • 2008-06-06 18:06
  • Tii5

So does HTC actually make the MDA devices? And if so why under that name? I couldn't find out the info, but I'm sure someone on here knows :)

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  • 2008-06-05 12:40
  • 02JF

The most beauty phone i ever see.I'd love to touch...

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  • 2008-06-05 08:07
  • T3cf

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