Ideos U8150 and a Motorola Defy +.
The Ideos previously worked perfectly fine (voice, TXT and data) over the 2 Degrees and TNZ XT networks, but had (still does) reception problems when she switched to Skinny when it became available.
My understanding is that Skinny essentially is a 'pricing model' that runs over the XT network, so why the poor signal coverage?
We ran the phone's IMEI numbers through the compatability databases - XT said it was 'probably compatable', whilst the Skinny site at first (couple weeks ago) said ok, but now lists it as incompatible .... Skinny offer this as a reason for the poor reception in many areas.
My questions are -
1: Is Skinny and TNZ's XT really exactly the same network?
2: If it is, are Skinny SIM cards/numbers being 'throttled" or "shunted" within or to a special space (viz. lower performance) on the network to reflect the lower cost?
3: Would telcos really manipulate their services or SIMS for phones that they themselves don't sell?