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this phone is fantastic...but i still love my 903Sh....lol
There aint no grey imports. Its officially available in Japan
If you have a secondary phone you can use in the meantime, maybe.
It is not guaranteed, though most likely, that an unlock will be available.
Make sure that the source you buy from is trust-worthy, as I have found two sellers on ebay.com that were suss and got taken off.
should i buy the phone right now?
or wait till its unlock
kus i heard the price will go up once its unlocked...?
The only way I will ever learn about this amazing technology is by asking questions and being corrected. I'm willing to learn about this and I DON'T CARE if I get it wrong occasionally because I CAN answer most of your questions when it comes to the 903SH and general mobile queries.
I help out occasionally in a mobile store and customers appreciate my feedback in all matters... At least I'm giving it a shot compared to certain other people on this board and that won't change.
All I'm asking the MODERATORS of this board is to take a closer look at what kind of TRASH-PITT it is becoming.
No offence intended, but can't help it...it was a very funny questions Lisa asked... and I didn't mean to be rude.
I've heard that the W900i has an amazing Music Player. I'd love to try it one day.
Sharp phones are very high in quality and I've used them ever since I had my first GX20.
You should try the 903/904 first before you compare it to the W900i.
Shut up Skater42, dont talk to Lisa like she's stupid. This phone still sucks compared to the W900i, but it sure has some interesting features, like Karaoke. Plus its camera quality is better than the W900i. And I'm sure its screen quality is just as good as 903. Although the battery life doesnt last longer than W900i, its a new phone with a color touch to it.
904SH grey import
I have seen the 904SH on ebay.com from US/HK sellers, but one of them was dodgy and got taken off. So, there are grey-imports available for a somewhat reasonable price US$550....BUT unless there is a confirmed unlocking solution I wouldn't dare gambling with this handset.
I learnt my lesson from the 903SH. The hacked JP version was good, but it's not comparable to the full-working UK version. A full working phone is worth so much more than one with the latest gadgets.
VGA screen is awesome, but I can't really do much with that. I need to access the internet and make phone calls etc. So I'll wait until we have a confirmed unlock...
Locked Sharp 904SH handsets are being sold in Bangkok, with an assurance that a hack to unlock it is on the way and will be available in about two weeks. I have one here with a Vodaphone sim in it so that some of the features can be used. The default wallpaper on the VGA screen is a photo of a leopard, and it is so sharp and vivid that it startles you the first time you see it. When you press the menu button you are asked, "Do you want to get the latest provisioning and update?", but of course that is impossible without a functioning Japanese Vodophone account. Answer no, and the main menu comes up, a nicely designed grid of icons. Most of the standard functions on it, and even some of the new ones, are intuitive and easy to activate. Turning on the motion sensor involves rotating the phone in different directions, and once that is done you can access a compass on the "Tools" sub-menu that really does point north. The user's manual is a monster, but it is written completely in Japanese except for a much-abridged summary that fills a few pages at the end. It includes no instructions for activating the face-scanning security feature, but a Japanese friend who scanned the Japanese-language part of the manual said that directions were given there in detail. Many of the other features, like the comic book reader with its animations and sound effects, won't mean much to anyone who can't read Japanese. Many of the other capabilities that make the 904 so interesting depend on downloads from Vodaphone Japan, so even if it is possible to buy a grey-market unit on the Internet and unlock it, the phone probably won't be as useful outside of Japan as the 903SH is, unless non-Japanese firmware becomes available that offers features different from the ones implemented in Japan.
Yes, Japan is in Asia. :)
The phone is JAPANESE ONLY at this stage and will officially be sold in Japan, with few gray-imports available on ebay.
This phone will not be officially available anywhere else.
Hey, that's great news! I'd love to get my hands on one, but just not yet.
Can you take a sample video and post it somewhere? I would love to see a short demonstration.
No need for images, I've seen samples already and it's the same module as in the 903SH.
Also, how is the music quality and speaker-sound? Have they improved volume-levels and Equalizers?
I just got mine from Japan and WOW!!
The Sharp is Sharp! The best phone ever!
I haven't ever said anything in this forum but utilize the good comments and information. But the hater who keeps trying to bash on skater needs to stop. Get serious man/woman. If you want to be unkown keep it that way all the way if you are going to demean people. skater I truly appreciate all of you comments on all the sharp forums.
only SHARP flip-phones available in the UK are the 703SH (1.3Mpx), 902SH (2 Mpx), 903SH (3.2mpx), GX29 (VGA)and GX30 (1 Mpx, but not in black).
I'm saying you saw the 903SH.
need your help please UK based people. Went to Vodafone store today and saw what looked like sharp 904. but black not blue. said it had 3.2 MP CAMERA, BUT ABSOLUTELY AND DEFINITELY was not 904, what am i looking at then, what model number is it if its not 904?
everyone in this form has a right to an opinion on this phone, so lets just keep the opinions on phones, and justs chill................ peace......
just recently hsdpa has already been deployed in our country (Philippines) and been thinking if sharp will also manufacture an hsdpa phone. hopefully. the vga is so nice so probably it will stay for sharp's high end phones. about the megapixel, i think 3.2 is pretty much enough for me. what matters is lens quality to produce perfect images. and hey, 904 has anti shake technology. that's a plus. this phone also has a faster processor and graphic engine which enables you to record videos in vga resolution. as some 904 owners say, the speaker is way better than 903 and the 3d surround is superb, the screen is so good that you'll think its fake. that's all what they say with their newly owned 904. man how i wish i can have this phone
@ the rude UNKNOWN
I debate opinions because this is part of what forums are for. If I feel that someone is being "mislead" by shady or simply unlogical information, then why get everyone's hopes up if it is never going to happen? If the 904 is not being released outside of Japan, and official sources (CeBIT) say so, then why should I encourage a contrary belief? On the other hand you are welcome to prove me wrong.
As part of my interests I am analyzing trends of mobile developments, and it is clear that Japanese and European operators and manufacturers have different interests and goals.
On the handset-side of things Europe is catching up to Japan quickly. There are still few months in between, but we are getting there. Forget about the US, they will need a fair while.
In terms of infrastructure Europe and Asia are on very different levels. With the latest developments in Japan it becomes even less likely for Japanes Exports to enter the EU market.
If you do not agree with me than you better give me a reason or simply don't say anything at all. But so far you have nothing better to bring... that's what I call lame.
@ Borgis, M & all
Thanks for that, I also believe that this isn't the place for personal attacks, and my opinion is my own. I respect other opinions but when I feel I should contribute, then I will...
Spelling mistakes are due to fast typing (not that I need to justify myself).
With HSDPA already rolled out in Germany I am hoping for some great Handsets from SHARP. I strongly believe that the VGA screen will stick around as the QVGA started on the GX20 and stayed ever since.
In Australia I don't hope for all that much, I would already be happy to get 3G in Coffs Harbour. But...if Telstra eventually rolls-out WCDMA 850 I'll need a bloody new handset. I'm hoping Vodafone will do something soon.
I'm happy for SHARP to stick to 3.2 MPx if they keep on improving the CCD sensor they way they have. 5- or 7 MPx would be fantastic, but better processors and the fantastic lenses they make are really my concern. I see a great future in this...
Anyways, cheers guys, I enjoy these chats ;) As always, keep me updated if you hear anything new.