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Topic # 138884 20-Jan-2014 19:22 Send private message

Okay, so I have searched the GZ interwebs and found a few posts asking 'does VF limit 2D roaming traffic'.

Answer is No.

I would just like to share my experiences over the last few weeks, as I was this close to paying 7 connections worth of ETCs and ditching 2D in favour of another telco. However my recent trip this weekend has somewhat made me happy for 2D once again.

Very frequently I travel from Wellington to Taupo to our family bach for some nice relaxing r&r. This Xmas (27/12) we traveled along state highway 1 (took 4 hours to get from Wgtn to Levin) and with a one year old in the car was absolutely great.

I have always streamed my Google Play music through bluetooth in my car, however I noticed this time when roaming on VF music streaming was impossible on both my wifes GN2 and my GN2. I then read the 2D web site and found that the wording may imply that when roaming they don't utilize VFs 3G 900mhz.

See http://www.2degreesmobile.co.nz/why-2degrees/coverage.

So once I read the paragraph at the bottom of the above page, I sighed and decided to move as I would rather pay more to get full 3G coverage.

This weekend, I decided to have another go at both streaming and speedtests during my drive to Taupo.  I was surprised to find that streaming worked perfectly, and that speedtests while roaming in the middle of nowhere, was around 4Mbps down.

Big question: Did VF limit roaming traffic for 2D customers during the peak Xmas period? I know great stress is placed on telcos at popular holiday spots, so maybe an executive decision was made to prioritize VF first which affected 2D greatly? I think this is understandable, but is a strike against 2D for not having a complete network.

Anyone have similar experiences?





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  Reply # 970397 21-Jan-2014 08:08 Send private message

Not sure where you were exactly but if its a popular holiday are then you could have been affected by the network being saturated by more users than normal or their could have been maintenance or anything really.

There are multiple variables that could cause the issues you were having. It could have just been unlucky timing.



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  Reply # 971726 21-Jan-2014 16:08

Looks like 2d have updated that coverage page.

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  Reply # 971772 21-Jan-2014 17:21 Send private message

jjnz1:  This Xmas (27/12) we traveled along state highway 1 (took 4 hours to get from Wgtn to Levin) and with a one year old in the car was absolutely great.




I wouldn't be surprised if the traffic jam caused the cell towers to be unusually busy - especially as more and more of us are streaming music etc. on the go.

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