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Topic # 93237 16-Nov-2011 22:51 Send private message

Hi, I am looking to port my Vodafone number to Telecom. My main concern is receiving/ sending sms from overseas after the number is ported. Also can I still roaming while overseas without any problems. Any comments will be much appreciated. Thanks

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  Reply # 546266 17-Nov-2011 07:57 Send private message

It shouldn't be a problem re having a ported number for sending SMS or Roaming overseas. From time to time some issiues pop up here on Geekzone (can't recall specifc ones with Telecom, or any provider for sometime), sometimes to-do with routing issiues with alt service providers.

You an check here to confirm specific destinations for International SMS:

http://www.telecom.co.nz/help/content/0,10709,205798-204491,00.html

Perahaps you can get either a Prepaid SIM and test for yourself or port to an open term Postpaid or Prepaid connection. If it doesn't work for you, your are free to leave. If it does and your happy with your handset, carry on or upgrade if you want a new handset.

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  Reply # 546271 17-Nov-2011 08:09 Send private message

Ported numbers and SMS can be problematic, simply because of the way SMS messages are routed.

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  Reply # 546276 17-Nov-2011 08:29 Send private message

Shouldn't have any problems - messages will be forwarded to Telecom as part of the porting process.

Roaming details you can find here: http://telecom.co.nz/roaming

Best thing to do really is to check with Telecom Roaming BEFORE you leave the country. Also take down their free dial numbers & contact numbers/email so if you do have problems in the country you give the team a call or email them.



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  Reply # 547562 20-Nov-2011 21:01 Send private message

Thank you everyone for all the comments. I have decided to port the vodafone number to telecom on bill plan and see how it goes with international sms. Thanks

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  Reply # 690125 23-Sep-2012 12:29 Send private message

GH33: Thank you everyone for all the comments. I have decided to port the vodafone number to telecom on bill plan and see how it goes with international sms. Thanks


any update? looking to move from vodafone to telecom

can you tell me if international sms is working ok?





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  Reply # 690128 23-Sep-2012 12:32 Send private message

You will find out SMS from other operators are ok but SMS from third party services is a hit and miss.

For example Google two factor authentication SMS and reminders may or may not arrive. Sometimes they arrive hours after you really needed them.

Other messages used by third party to authenticate your number for services like GroupMe, Skype and Facebook may or may not arrive.





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  Reply # 690136 23-Sep-2012 13:04 Send private message

I ported to Telecom about three weeks ago and it took a good week before SMS from google started arriving consistently.



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  Reply # 690138 23-Sep-2012 13:10 Send private message

freitasm: You will find out SMS from other operators are ok but SMS from third party services is a hit and miss.

For example Google two factor authentication SMS and reminders may or may not arrive. Sometimes they arrive hours after you really needed them.

Other messages used by third party to authenticate your number for services like GroupMe, Skype and Facebook may or may not arrive.



This is the prime example why I'm reluctant to switch carrier with number portability.




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  Reply # 690146 23-Sep-2012 13:59 Send private message

I started using Google Authenticator to avoid having to use the SMS. Other services are unreliable and if you don't have an alternative...

At some point I even seriously thought of changing my old 021 number to an 027 and be done with all this - except my 021 number has been with me for around 13 years so it was a good idea to keep it.

It's no fault of Telecom specifically, it's just that third party (overseas) SMS providers seem to ignore number portability in many cases.




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  Reply # 690176 23-Sep-2012 15:19 Send private message

freitasm: You will find out SMS from other operators are ok but SMS from third party services is a hit and miss.

For example Google two factor authentication SMS and reminders may or may not arrive. Sometimes they arrive hours after you really needed them.

Other messages used by third party to authenticate your number for services like GroupMe, Skype and Facebook may or may not arrive.



Just to add my experience in
I ported my vodafone number to 2degrees last year. 
Google authentication sms still works, but Google calendar reminders never worked.




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  Reply # 690177 23-Sep-2012 15:25 Send private message

Ah..so i will hv the same issue as I was on 2Degrees before





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