Huawei P40 Pro - how functional is the phone, can you download most NZ Apps?

Hi CC's
I am after some advice please.

I have a still boxed Huawei P40 Pro mobile that I would love to use but am uncertain whether I will be able to download the Apps I need.

Would appreciate your experience/advice please. Noel Leeming have been hopeless and Huawei willing to help but unable to give specific advice.

I would like to download a range of NZ apps including:
Southern Cross
Studentcard
Covid Tracer
Entertainment Book
Banks
TVNZ
Netflix
Sky
Sky Go
NEON
Energy companies
GASPY
Mobil/BP/Z
CCS
So many things are app based and not available online via websites.

Thank you for your help.
Kate

Comments

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    Hi Kate,

    Just to note that many of those can be accessed via a website.

    For me, I just pretty much refuse to install a separate app for almost anyone - its just stupid in my opinion, and is a primary reason so many people have issues with their phones. I have clients that run both IPhones and Androids that are turgid because of some of the crap they have installed, let alone anything that is actually malicious.

    There will be some that make sense - NZ Covid Tracer app may be a good example, and others on your list.

    In terms of your actual question, is there some reason to think that the P40 would not be able to run any of those apps you have listed? My general experience is that most phones can run most apps, although as things move on, the phone might start to have issues (often around three to five years after being launched, but it definitely varies). I believe the P40 is only about a year old, so I'd be mildly surprised if it had any issues at this point, but I don't recall anyone I have dealt with using that particular model of phone, so could be something different about it?

    Alan.

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      Hi Alan
      Unfortunately all 'modern' Huawei phones are blocked from downloading and using all Apps from the Google Play Store.

      I know how you feel about cluttering your phone with apps but most of the functions I use are only available via apps (apart from the bank and Mercury).

      I can phone clone or use Petal but cannot update my old Huawei phone to phone clone and have no idea how Petal 'copies' might function.
      Hence my appeal to the CC community.

      It is so frustrating!
      Thank you for your advice.

      Kate

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        Okay - I haven't seen any clients with a Huawei phone at least recently. Hope someone else can help.

        Alternatively, if it is new and boxed (or even if not), maybe sell it on sooner than later (phones lose value quickly). You will likely take a loss, but maybe better than the alternative, and put the proceeds towards a phone that can work with the Google Store?

        Thanks,

        Alan.

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          If you are selling a brand new Huawei P40 pro, please let me know, I am keen to consider buying one as I don't like to use apps.
          Many thanks,

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            @jojolion: Hi jojolion,

            Not me - I was replying to Kate who has the P40.

            Thanks,

            Alan.

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    I have seen a few customer returned Huawei's at my local NL. They are opened boxes too. Perhaps you can get a full refund if you ask nicely.

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      Copy and paste from the NL website:

      Consumer Guarantees Act 1993
      The New Zealand Consumer Guarantees Act 1993, is legislation that outlines the guarantees and rights of both the seller and consumer for products and services sold.

      Under the CGA, products sold by us must be safe, of acceptable quality, fit for the purpose they have been purchased for, match the description given, match the sample or demonstration model and be of acceptable condition when received by you;

      The phone is not really "fit for the purpose they have been purchased for" is it…?

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        Theres no way that they are now being sold without explaining to people the HMS situation. There's no sales incentive (afaik) for huawei these days and the boxes all warn on the top. It may not have been the case at launch, huawei went hard on training for hms and petal search (shit name btw)

        You'd just be making trouble for yourself in a few days if you sold an HMS phone

  •  

    Can one still download an APK file and install it? I can't see why this can't be done. The only drawbacks as I see it are you'll have to manage app updates yourself, and there maybe a possiblity of someone malicious altering the APK file.

    E.g search "sky go nz apk"

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      I believe you can use one phone to get the APK and pass to another?

      If you have a second phone or a friend with the app installed, that might be an option that is also safer if that one got it from the Google Play store.