would any one care to explain to me why the 903sh is more expensive then the 904?
Hey, absolutely no doubts that the 904SH is the best thing ever! I'm a 903SH user and my last 4 models were all SHARP. I know what I'm in for!
If the full unlock will be available it will be great. But here are my concerns:
Because there is no European Version available I am afraid that the 904SH will only be compatible with my Network to a certain extend. It is nice to make calls and SMS, but I want ALL features to be available.
I used the 903SH Beta Unlock for 3 Months and was unhappy about it's incompatibility with my network. MMS didn't work, and GPRS/WCDMA browsing was buggy.
I used the 802SH with European Firmware, yet I could hardly get anything to work on it.
The 904SH is miles better, but from what I have read on Vodafone KK, there are too many Network dependant features that just simply cannot work outside Japan.
Custom screens are nice, but if you can't download them via the phone it's useless. Can you get them via the internet?
So once the full unlock is available I shall consider it, but maybe I'll let you just trial the 904SH for me ;)
The Gap: Europe - Japan
Today I realised again how far we, and Vodafone Group, are behind the Japanese.
The new SHARP models firmware can be updated and upgraded via the NETWORK - no cables. This is possible with few Siemens phones, but I beg to differ these models from the SHARP models.
That's pretty thoughtful! Another reason why the 904SH and 905SH would in NO way be compatible with our networks - even if we do unlock the 904SH.
Also, the rumoured unlocks all seem to have HUGE problems. Not being able to send SMS is one of them.
I have gotten used to my FULLY working 903SH, and I can't go back to using some half-finished product. It either works or it doesn't, but I can't put up with some incompatible device where I can "only" make calls and maybe not even send SMS.
With these devices being so advanced, I want to utilize everything. I won't buy it for the screen alone - that is ridiculous!
On eBay Australia there is a 12-in-1 SIM MAX card with reader.
Now it does say that it cannot decode Generation 5 SIM's, I don't know if that would be the kind of USIM Vodafone KK & DoCoMo are using?
Would it be a possibility?
Harlekkin (former Skater42)
to skater 42 ,,,i"ll be patient then!! Lets hope hspda gives a good result everywhere & does what 3g should have done.I wonder down the line if wi-max will end up being the winner as it also has potential to really lower browsing costs.I love the whole mobile /gadget devices"as you"ve guessed"& 3yrs ago or thereabouts they said it would be impossible to get video working on small devices & now were streaming tele.Who knows where we will be at in another 3 years,,,I KNOW...i will be going to the shops to buy a 904, ha! ha! only joking "but" they may have blood pressure & diabetes monitors built in & the much needed methanol power supplies.:)
The UK is better than Australia, stop being a girl about it LOL :P:P:P (joking)
Germany has just released its HSDPA network in all major cities, which is a real advancement.
Europe is slowly starting to implement these "Asian" things, but its a cultural barrier to a certain extent. You ask the majority of people on the street whether they would have their Oyster Card, Credit Card and Social Security Card on a phone and most will be skeptical about it. Especially Germans... I think that on our Continent people are programmed to stick to what they've got, a miracle that we're already using cars.
But we will see these things at some stage I believe, generally everything takes about 3 years longer :P
I'm hearing ya...
to skater 42,,i see these fones on bbc click online & in magazines and japanese fones & the like are big but great..They have buttons all over the place & scanners & they can pay for items with a system called eddy etc,,,,that said here in uk were just launching hd tv!!!..In the end i will have to up sticks & move to these places & at the moment south korea sounds super... Did you know their home brodband speed is 100mb & to put that in perspective weve just been upgraded to 2mb!!!I am jealous in reallity but i suppose things can only get better,,iam 36 now & hope to see as much technology as possible before i croak it thanx for reply skater 42
@ Kenny : It's not SHARP, it's us
I think most of us hear your cry, but unfortunatelly SHARP is doing very well with their mobile sales...even without the European market :(
They've got a high market share in Japan with DOCOMO/FOMA and Willcom etc.
You have to blame the Europeans. Sharp sales in Europe are disasterous. Nobody wants these "chunky" and heavy phones. Most people want a pink, fluffy and super-sexy anorexic mobile that beeps "New message for you...master." And the slimmer the sexier, sounds familiar (damn you Hollywood...).
Vodafone stores don't even stock the 903 anymore, it can be ordered on request but it's not there to make money. Nokia & SE can sell their toys because thats what people want.
SHARP knows where to make money, and its not in Europe. If only half of the mobile population would want these awesome Multimedia devices SHARP would be in!
I mean, my whole holiday in Germany was captured on my mobile...IN SUPERB QUALITY.
hi i am still mad at sharp for remaining with vodafone...companys exist to supply a product to make a profit so the rest of the world suffers because these fones are not available to us (im in uk).I had trouble way back wen the gx30 launched & voda locked most things & could we buy it sim free NO,,can i go & buy this sim free NO..I am sure sharp would be up there with the top place near enough it it went on its own & supplied the whole world with its handsets..This continual hacking and unlocking is solved overnite..SO in conclusion let the whole world enjoy your phones sharp your sales will rocket,,no more trying to obliterate your handsets in attempt to get them to work elsewhere & its fair policy as we in uk & the rest of the world have a right to own a phone we desire..CAN YOU HERE OUR CRYS SHARP..p.s. hello timmy ,,you used to gee me up & call me kenneth
@ Timmy & All
What is the actual lock on the phone? Why does the phone reject a non-japanese USIM?
Is it possible to modify a foreign USIM so the phone allows access to the card? Or does the phone lock when no valid operator (Softbank) can be found?
Can anyone explain how the locking process actually works?
Hi eh... I think that the phone does support the bluetooth music headsets if thats what you were asking
Hi KAY... the 904SH is not unlockable anyware in the world yet.
does this phone support a2dp profile for bluetooth stereo music. does anyone know. thanks
Without a doubt the best sharp phone ever. Best LCD and really nice sounds even tho u have to buy the earphones seperatly. Very nice to hold overall a slightly better design then 903SH. I have to continue with my Nokia N91 until unlocking for this beast comes out. I have $700 NZ sitting in a little red box in the corner of my room inside that box is a little black block with a huge padlock through it hahaha... SAD!!!!
yikes! the best gsm phone ever! its speakers are really loud! especially when you're taking pictures! hehehe
oooo well just have to wait a little longer for the unlocking tool to come!
to add to sketch there
it take vids up to VGA 640X480 at 15fps
while it can play VGA 640X480 at 30fps and smaller (320X240)
In addition to my previous comments. i would like to add that the 904 supports video playback for the following formats: *.ASF, *.3GP and *.MP4
All videos can be view in full screen.
totaly agreed at sketch other then the part i'm gay ... grrr
anyways the 904 is a much better phone and its mostly in japanese
AND if you dont know japanses
DONT GET THE PHONE
simple as that
You're gay. =)
The phone will not play any mp3 format songs unless it is DRM protected. This is one of the none piracy functions of the most Sharp phones. This restriction was present in the 903sh as well.
All the phones made after the said date have been updated w/ the latest f/w.
The 904sh's sounds is A LOT louder than the 903sh.
Go to the menu and select the icon that shows a wrench(a tool) The language changing option will be shown in english. You will recognize it right away as it is the only english phrase in the sea of kanji.