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  1. o4komodo's Avatar
    Good catch.

    That being said, at least on the Omega Cell website, the warrant policy states that imported phones will typically not be serviced by the manufacturer (available here). I wonder if this statement extends to Nokia/MSFT.

    My device is being shipped today, excited like a kid.

    Thanks.
    I've almost always imported my Nokia phones.
    Nokia warranty has been pretty standard since it first came out. It's only available in the country of origin. So if you want to service your 1520... you'd have to send it to a Nokia facility in Latin America.
    HOWEVER, sometimes Nokia will make exceptions---if the country you are from has the same phone you have then they will allow you to send it there for repairs [or replacement]. Only issue is that the replacement then becomes one of the branded phones.

    For example my old Nokia N8 was from the US. It bricked during the "Nokia Belle" update and also had a faulty USB port. My phone wasn't technically the same as Canadians (Canadians only have silver option). Nokia allowed me to send my device to Nokia in Toronto... and they sent me back a brand new (canadian-branded and locked) Rogers N8. If Rogers did not offer the N8 then I would have had no option but to mail it to the States... and that's if they're willing to mail it back to me in Canada.

    Thankfully ALL Nokia phones come pre "built in" with the Nokia Care phone number. Although I think it was to the country of origin =p
    04-30-2014 06:51 PM
  2. Michael M Maslowski's Avatar
    Hi guys,

    Just an update that I am still waiting. Martin from OmegaCell was quick and replied to my questions almost instantly. Bought mine with extended warranty and full-blown Mobile Coat, as I am not going to waste any more $$ on cases as I have spent way too much on them.

    Purolator is not the fastest courier service in Canada, but at least I am hoping they deliver it in one piece. Scheduled between this coming Monday - Thursday, so fingers crossed. To give you guys some perspective, the DT-900 charging pad that I ordered from the MSFT store arrived in around 48 hours from Ontario, California (yeah, there is a place in the U.S. called just like the Canadian province) to Bedford, NS where I currently reside.

    I am still deliberating installing the WP 8.1 Dev Preview, as "sometime in June" seems too far away from now. Any personal suggestions or impressions, guys? And yes, I do realize that there is a thread on this very topic already :)

    Anyway, I will let you know once I receive the device and fire it up.

    Thank you & have nice Sunday, y'all!
    05-04-2014 10:15 AM
  3. MrGoodSmith's Avatar
    Yes install the 8.1 dev preview, it makes a big difference. The 8.1 is missing core facebook integration but the other features they added are worth it. I'm used to typing with Swype now and I'm loving it. The notification center is very helpful too. IE11 syncs favorites with my laptop. Everything feels like using a new phone!
    05-04-2014 01:52 PM
  4. Michael M Maslowski's Avatar
    Hi Lads,

    It's here, it's huge, it's beautiful, and it works like crazy, and Qi charging is fantastic. OK, first impressions: check.

    It arrived very late afternoon yesterday, and I immediately hooked it up to the Telus network here in NS. So far I am getting 4G only, but I am in a spot where coverage might be a challenge. That being said, my 5s used to pick up LTE with a single bar no problem. Contacted the carrier yesterday evening to review my provisioning and confirm whether the device was full compatible with their network. Got two resounding "Yays". I am heading out to work in a few, so I should have a better grasp of the situation.

    The device is very well designed (I am personally a fan of clean slab designs). The screen looks excellent. I have not noticed any issues that have been documented here.

    I will keep you posted as soon as I get more real-life use.

    Thanks.
    05-08-2014 07:35 AM
  5. tsobol's Avatar
    Cheers !!
    05-08-2014 07:58 AM
  6. Michael M Maslowski's Avatar
    Woot, woot! I can officially confirm that I have LTE on the Telus network in the HRM area On that note, I can officially recommend OmegaCell as legit and reliable provider for the Canadian market of imported Bandits.

    As I suspected the coverage in my area (I live in Bedford, NS) is a challenge as there is only a single tower of Telus for the entire city and I live a few kilometres away surrounded by trees and hills.

    Even though that I am currently using WP8 (decided to postpone installing the Dev Preview for now), I feel fairly good about the software. It's good enough for now, and Nokia suite of bundled apps is rock solid. I give them full credit for making the whole UX a very pleasing one.

    So far, I have merely dabbled with the 20MP Pureview camera, but the low-light results look better than my previous device (the 5s). The front-facing camera is nothing special, not great, but not too bad either. The battery is consistently giving me around 1 day and 20 hours of estimated time, so definitely an improvement compared to my previous device. Finally, the size is not an issue for me, I am a fairly big guy and my hands are definitely above average in terms of size. I can comfortably hold the device and text with my thumb. I am not going back to anything that is below 5.5", and I am an avid Apple fan.

    Overall, I feel no regrets shelling out some nickel for this premium device. With some luck, this should serve for 18-24 months without any complains.

    Lastly, I hope that MSFT will expand the ideas behind the Lumia line. In all fairness, WP is the only genuine alternative to the iOS (if one wants to position this like that). For now, I am enjoying the best of both worlds using the Bandit as my daily driver, and my iPad Air for desktop-like experience and some quality apps.

    If you guys have any questions, shoot me. I will be more than happy to answer them for you.
    05-08-2014 07:41 PM
  7. MrGoodSmith's Avatar
    Congratulation for getting the phone. I'm just surprised to know that 4G is different than LTE. Do I have to have a LTE plan specifically to see "LTE" show up in the list of available connection speeds for my SIM card?
    05-08-2014 11:21 PM
  8. Michael M Maslowski's Avatar
    Hi MrGoodSmith,

    The short answer to your question in "No". I might have added to the confusion, and allow me to clarify. Back in the day when I worked for RIM/BBry (2010 - 2012) 4G encompassed the H/H+ standards, although they are technically not 4G, more like 3.5/3.7G (if I am not mistaken), and I am personally not in favour of that denomination. Some carriers jumped the gun and started referring to them as 4G, as a substantial iteration over 3G. Surprise, surprise late 2012 and Bell & Rogers started rolling out LTE which is the true 4G. In this context, Telus, I think, initially started referring to their LTE as the "4G LTE". Confusing enough?

    When I made my previous comment I was assuming 4G referred to HSPA/+ ONLY and I was still expecting "LTE" for the Maximum Network Speed setting under "Cellular". Clearly, that was my mistake, as the 4G literally means H/H+ AND LTE, which from the aforementioned perspective makes sense. Not knowing that, I sprinted to my Telus shop nearby only to find out that I had LTE, as the shop was like 500 metres from the tower. Long & behold, the "LTE" reading on the main screen showed up in full strength.

    Therefore, if you can see the "LTE" reading on the device when you are situated in a good coverage area, you are "good as gold", and you definitely have what is needed in terms of provisioning, etc. Again, I might have confused you folks, because some of our US Unicorn Bandit owners reported that their devices would initially be recognizes as a 2/3G device of unknown manufacturer, and I was under impression that I would follow suit. My apologies for that.

    To sum up, if you have LTE on your RM938 displaying while in coverage, you do not need to do a single thing. Otherwise, contact your carrier to check if their provisioning system has identified your phone as a 2, or 3G device of unknown manufacturer. My guess in that situation is, contact your carrier, provide your IMEI and ask them to properly provision the device. Then reboot, and keep your fingers crossed

    Again, apologies for the added confusion. Totally unwarranted and unintended.

    Cheers!
    05-09-2014 06:52 AM
  9. daniel187's Avatar
    Im in canada with rogers and just ordered one from omegacell, im just wondering can you still setup the phone to get datasence, the rogers section in the app store and stuff like that?
    I'm not with Rogers so I don't know. I guess you will be the one who will tell us the answer!
    Yup myaccount app and others in there working fine
    05-10-2014 07:12 PM
  10. Michael M Maslowski's Avatar
    Yup myaccount app and others in there working fine
    Welcome to the Club! Enjoy your Unicorn Bandit ;)
    05-10-2014 08:14 PM
  11. Michael M Maslowski's Avatar
    Hi folks,

    As a follow-up to my previous message, I have decided to post a quickie containing some photos testing Bandit's 20MP PureView shooter.

    The gallery is available here .

    Everything was shot using the standard/auto settings.

    Thanks.
    Last edited by Michael M Maslowski; 05-12-2014 at 06:30 AM.
    05-11-2014 06:36 PM
  12. MrGoodSmith's Avatar
    Hi folks,

    As a follow-up to my previous message, I have decided to post a quickie containing some photos testing Bandit's 20MP PureView shooter.

    The gallery is available here .

    Everything was shot using the standard/auto settings.

    Thanks.
    Great looking photos! The image quality makes them look professional. I haven't used the camera for serious shooting yet. I am thinking about doing a 15KM hike along the Don river here in Toronto this coming weekend, so I will probably take some location-enabled photos along the route.

    Thanks for sharing.
    05-14-2014 06:09 PM
  13. Michael M Maslowski's Avatar
    Great looking photos! The image quality makes them look professional. I haven't used the camera for serious shooting yet. I am thinking about doing a 15KM hike along the Don river here in Toronto this coming weekend, so I will probably take some location-enabled photos along the route.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Thanks, mate, I appreciate the kind words. Make sure to share the photos that you intend to take!

    If there were anything that would make the experience better, it would be this: the image processor tends to under-expose shots. Naturally, that is an easy fix.

    I am surprised by the overall quality of images with default settings in place. I do have to admit that the image format ration and the PureView rendering technology play strongly in Lumia's favour. Landscapes and video considered with good ambient lighting, the Lumia edges the iPhone 5s, no doubt (speaking from first-hand experience). That being said, the ease of shooting the panoramas of the iPhone is unparalleled as of now.

    Overall, I am very pleased with my purchase.
    05-14-2014 09:01 PM
  14. MrGoodSmith's Avatar
    Here are some pictures I took yesterday with my Lumia 1520. It was cloudy so not much light, yet many pictures came out better than my expectation:

    https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resi...hint=folder%2c

    There is a short 1080p video as well, but you might want to download it to see it in full clarity.
    05-18-2014 01:59 PM
  15. Michael M Maslowski's Avatar
    Here are some pictures I took yesterday with my Lumia 1520. It was cloudy so not much light, yet many pictures came out better than my expectation:

    https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resi...hint=folder%2c

    There is a short 1080p video as well, but you might want to download it to see it in full clarity.
    Excellent shots, mate. The photos are rich in details, and while slightly underexposed, they have great clarity and seem to portray great dynamic range. Nicely done!
    05-18-2014 06:14 PM
  16. MrGoodSmith's Avatar
    Excellent shots, mate. The photos are rich in details, and while slightly underexposed, they have great clarity and seem to portray great dynamic range. Nicely done!
    Thanks to you and to the Lumia 1520. I still need to find another opportunity to shoot some pictures in a sunny day to see the full potential of the camera.
    05-18-2014 08:28 PM
  17. lsquare's Avatar
    I don't see the DT-900 in MS Canada's online store. How did you ordered it? How much did you paid?
    05-19-2014 09:42 PM
  18. Michael M Maslowski's Avatar
    I don't see the DT-900 in MS Canada's online store. How did you ordered it? How much did you paid?
    Hi,

    Weird... Regrettably the stock does not appear to have been supplied; while the DT-900 is advertised on the Windows Phone Accessories page, it is not available for purchase. I purchased the accessory exactly through the Canadian Microsoft Online Store at the end of April this year for $49.99, as advertised. I remember being blown away by the time it took to ship the product from California to Atlantic Canada - less than 48 hours.

    I suppose you could consider acquiring it through Expansys. I was considering that myself until I found MSFT's store.

    Sorry that I could not be of help here.
    05-20-2014 06:33 AM
  19. BaritoneGuy's Avatar
    I don't see the DT-900 in MS Canada's online store. How did you ordered it? How much did you paid?
    If you can somehow get into a physical store I have seen them there on numerous occasions. Hard for most in Canada though. I am lucky to have 2 within 12km of my office.
    05-20-2014 06:40 PM
  20. lsquare's Avatar
    Hi,

    Weird... Regrettably the stock does not appear to have been supplied; while the DT-900 is advertised on the Windows Phone Accessories page, it is not available for purchase. I purchased the accessory exactly through the Canadian Microsoft Online Store at the end of April this year for $49.99, as advertised. I remember being blown away by the time it took to ship the product from California to Atlantic Canada - less than 48 hours.

    I suppose you could consider acquiring it through Expansys. I was considering that myself until I found MSFT's store.

    Sorry that I could not be of help here.
    If you can somehow get into a physical store I have seen them there on numerous occasions. Hard for most in Canada though. I am lucky to have 2 within 12km of my office.
    What is so special about the DT-900? Seems a bit expensive for a Qi charger.
    05-21-2014 04:49 AM
  21. lsquare's Avatar
    No other comments?
    05-24-2014 05:52 AM
  22. p_j_o's Avatar
    So as a fellow Canadian looking to migrate to the 1520, I have been following this thread in particular...

    One question I have though... why is no one looking at getting an 1520 from the American Microsoft Store without contract? Is it still locked - just without contract? That would be sweet if it is unlocked... I am probably an hour from one of those stores
    05-25-2014 11:47 AM
  23. tsobol's Avatar
    So as a fellow Canadian looking to migrate to the 1520, I have been following this thread in particular...

    One question I have though... why is no one looking at getting an 1520 from the American Microsoft Store without contract? Is it still locked - just without contract? That would be sweet if it is unlocked... I am probably an hour from one of those stores



    It's locked - you get it AT&T branded...
    05-25-2014 04:19 PM
  24. p_j_o's Avatar
    05-25-2014 05:40 PM
  25. luv2skipow's Avatar
    Ordered from Omegacell on the weekend and hopefully will be here this week (Calgary).
    I am on Rogers. Any tricks to get internet sharing working?
    05-26-2014 06:18 PM
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