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  1. 4 hours ago, Tsunero said:



    What the heck LOL. Guess they are trying to turn these horrible times into something profitable. Well I don't mind it as long as it keeps the phone afloat.

    I agree. There's a saying around here - While many are crying, some are selling tissues.

    And this is the kind of product that will be useful for companies not only during the pandemic - our world will be changed forever after Covid-19. Expect to see such contraptions in airports, government offices and facilities, factories, offices, etc.

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  2. 4 hours ago, Craig said:

    Stupid me. Was thinking about the other kind of tablet. Those you take in your mouth and swallow ie. medicines 🤣😂🤣 Talk about the kind of product that would be groundbreaking! How much nanotechnology would have to be involved into a face-recognising PILL? Think I let my imagination run a little bit wilder than I should have. And also gave it little thought, after all there's another kind of tablet around for ages now, which would fit into the description and make so much more sense.

    But, are they serious with this product? No joke, or former April's fool page? I haven't visited fxtec's homepage in ages. After the order pretty much started hanging around the forum only.... LOL

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  3. 21 minutes ago, EskeRahn said:

    If I recall correctly it was only the very early orders that were offered those. I'm not aware if all these have been sent - nor where the 'cut' was, but if I remebmer right it was sometime July 2019. But it has been talked about also in this thread before, so some digging might provide the answer...

    I definitely ordered inside the window for the earbuds. You're right, I read about them months ago right here. I'll go through the topic once again. But I'm 100% positive my order was during the earbuds offer.

    EDIT: I ordered in May. More precisely 2019-05-17.


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  4. I am glad to say that the day has finally come. When my Fxtec Pro¹ has arrived.

    Even though I followed the forum for a long time now, I am still surprised by the quality designed/engineered into this phone.

    Maybe I should be less surprised but the thing is cooler in the flesh. I am positively surprised.

    Here's hoping I won't face any of the hiccups and difficulties other people have!

    For now... Let me get to know this little beast better. And Fxtec - this phone's a job well done and I can see it's a dream come true for those who dared believe they could achieve making something which sits right up there with the best names in the industry. Yes, communication and logistics were not world-class. But the product itself is.



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  5. 12 minutes ago, Tsunero said:

    Contact Fxtec, afaik they will reimburse you. Not your fault customs has no idea how to handle DDP correctly.

    It is nobody's fault. But when I bought the phone I knew I would have to pay Customs in Brazil. 100% of our imports are like this and there is no way the sender can even estimate the amount of duties that will be imposed. That is upon the Customs officer's interpretation to decide.

    Maybe I can ask Fxtec for a feimbursement of the estimated duty amount that was included into the full price of the phone. That means, whatever fee Fedex ended up not being able to pay here and thus ended up not charging their account. If they would reimburse me any amount, I would expect of them no more than whatever amount they had estimated and included in the price of the order.

    Customs in Brazil is really difficult for nationals from other countries to understand. From the starting point when I ordered I knew Fxtec was naïve (as are 99% of international online sellers who are not used to doing business with Brazil) to promise duty paid

    It would be dishonest of me to demand from Fxtec that they repay me whatever ridculous my country's almost un-navigable tax system decides to charge me.

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  6. The guy that does Fedex deliveries for my area has just called.

    Since my order was for an individual, and not a business, the "simplified" Customs procedure was adopted.

    Turns out all I have to do is pay an amount which corresponds to roughly 280 euros to Fedex. They have already paid the governement.

    Business as usual here in Brazil. In my more than 10 years experience with international trade, never had I come to know of a successful DDP import arrangement into Brazil. Mainly because there are so many variables at play, that the final duties and taxes amount is an unknown quantity, every single time.

    I kinda had a hope it would be different this time around, but cannot be disappointed that it turned out as usual.

    I'll have the phone in my hands in about 3-4 hours!

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  7. The waiting game is going on here too. But in my case, as we deal regularly with international trade, it was expected.

    The package has reached the final point where a Fedex branch exists. From there on it will be handled by a local transport company, which is normal for my somewhat remote area. Of course the ETA from Fedex's system was partly correct - the package reached the final Fedex branch on time all right. I suspected it will be so.

    This means in my case, everything is still going as expected. No hiccups until now. Keeping fingers crossed!

    @Swond, @N-Mi, would you mind sharing the developments of your Customs experience with the DDP delivery? I am still not sure how it will be handled for me. Fedex still hasn't asked me for any documents to complete Customs clearance.

  8. 24 minutes ago, EskeRahn said:

    Fiddling with the odd opening the first times I recommend a comfy chair or a sofa. So even if it should pop out of your hands, it should be safe.

    Good idea. I'll follow your suggestion  while also making sure i put a soft thick rug under the sofa! 

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  9. 13 minutes ago, OliverTypes said:

    It's here but I am too scared to unpack it.

    Kidding, just finishing my coffee first 😄

    I'm sure going to do the opposite when mine arrives. No coffee for me when unpacking it lest I drop it on the floor or break it in some never-before-thought-possible way.

    Heck, I probably should have some kind of calming drink before getting to unpack..! 😁

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  10. 4 minutes ago, EskeRahn said:

    Or like me just feel sorry for the custom bills that are going to hit you. Your government certainly use drastic measures to limit import of foreign electronics. 😵

    Oh, in that case, thanks for the empathy 🙂

    Yeah, it is an age-old problem. A legacy from the dictatorship we had from 1969 till 1986. And no government has yet been brave enough to mess with this hornet's nest.

    It was supposed to help enhance local technology manufacturing back then. But our labourers being almost as poor (and earning almost as little back then) as the Chinese people, even so somehow we managed to not jump on the silicon bandwagon. Which could have made us at least as relevant as, say, one of the "Asian tigers" in the technology sector. For that our dictators should have invested in higher education, research programmes, and worked really hard to get a slice of the fab operations that Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore got.

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  11. 1 hour ago, Swond said:

    Nothing here yet, so I hope it will come before the day is over - that I can also open a bottle 😄 Well..  Few days forward or after does not matter a lot, but can you imagine me drinking at work? during the day?? 😄 😄 😄 😄 😄

    I see you reacted sad to my Fedex info. I feel you.

    I believe that if you got the stock assigned email, it is only a matter of time, maybe a day, maybe hours, until you get your tracking info too! Maybe it is already after work hours in your time zone? Which would mean Fedex would contact you tomorrow...

    EDIT: Oh, by the way. Sender is said by Fedex tracking to be EXPANSYS. Does anyone else have this same info on their tracking notice?

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  12. Tracking info came!


    I can't describe how giddy this made me. Now all I have to do is navigate the Brazilian Customs hell, get ready to have my wallet wiped clean by the government, and the phone will be mine. haha

    EDIT: Oh, by the way. Sender is said by Fedex tracking to be EXPANSYS. Does anyone else have this same info on their tracking notice?

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  13. Tracking info came!



    I can't describe how giddy this made me. Now all I have to do is navigate the Brazilian Customs hell, get ready to have my wallet wiped clean by the government, and the phone will be mine. haha

    EDIT: Oh, by the way. Sender is said by Fedex tracking to be EXPANSYS. Does anyone else have this same info on their tracking notice?

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    25 minutes ago, cozd said:

    BTW, I live in Russia and our customs tax increased from 20usd in 2019 to 60 usd in 2020 for a pro1. And it's real financial loss on my side, caused by fxtec not fulfiling their part of the deal.

    Yeah, the import duties will be astronomic for me too. The base price over which the duty amount is calculated is based on the item's price + freight in US dollars converted to our local currency. From the time I paid in August 2019 to now, our currency has devaluated more than 20% agains the USD.

    My estimate is I'll have to let go of another 400USD in duties after all is said and done.

    High duties were expected by me from the beginning, but the fact that they will be now around 20% higher is also not good news. Oh well.

  15. 1 minute ago, DieBruine said:

    funky smell in the shipment due to dead stowed away animals which lead to the shipment being inspected

    I know you intended this as a sort of "actual-life humour".

    I work in import/export. This is not unheard of! Already happened with one of our cargos many years ago.

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