After a long frustrating 3 weeks finally I managed to get my new Windows Mobile HTC Fuze. Well! It's all worth it. This phone is off the hook!. There were many steps in between the previously mentioned steps about going through TRC, Import & Export control etc, which included filling couple more forms to be given out to different departments, writing couple of letter to be given to several places ... Hell! I have written a total of 8 letters to clear this phone from detainment. After all this I decided NEVER to receive/order any mobile phone or similar stuff like this. Funny thing is if i'm hand carrying the unit ... no trouble or whatsoever. Take my advice for it friends ... I suggest that you do the same. But if you have plenty of time to waste ... then no problem. However I must add a special thanks to one lady at Inland Revenue Department (Asst. Commissioner, Tax Payer Services). Most of us have bad experiences or at least think that services in most government departments are slow. Surprisingly even though operating under great difficulties after the recent terrorist attack, staff at IRD processed my VAT number in 20 minutes.
Getting use to the new HTC TouchFlo 3D UI was a bit difficult at the beginning. But after spending couple of hours with it got use to it. New TouchFlo UI is really cool and gives quick access to everything you need frequently. For a moment I was wondering whether to get rid of the TouchFlo UI and jump back to the usual UI with SPB tools. But where's the fun in having an old UI in a new phone. So I decided to stick with TouchFlo.
On a different note ... Processor and Memory in this phone is more powerful than one of the old computers I had. Can't even imagine the kind of phone we'll have in another 5 years. Also in a quick comparison with my very first phone Sony Erricson T610 this is like 50 times advanced.
Once again an incident which really pisses me off. Couple of days ago I got a new Windows Mobile free of charge, from overseas of course. Just now received the documents from FedEx mentioning it has been detained @ customs. To clear the phone I have to go to Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC) to get a TRC Approval, then to Import & Export Control Department to get an Import Control License and then to Inland Revenue to get a VAT No. .......... WTF?
Don't these guys have more important work than trying to detain my little phone and try to send me around for hours ... perhaps days to get these documents. Everybody talks about e-Government and streamlining these processes, and make things convenient to the general public. Seems like all those are fairy tails and a loads of BS after all. Or may be i'm totally mistaken and there is a good enough reason to do all these. However I can't see any such reason.