Vodafone NZ iPhone Settings

, posted: 26-Oct-2009 23:50

Vodafone has iPhone suitable 2100MHz 3G coverage in most New Zealand towns and cities. However the dirty little secret they don't publicise is that their nationwide 900MHz 3G Broadband Extended network doesn't support iPhone leaving you with dial-up speed GPRS if you venture too far out of town. Mobile Data - Vodafone NZ iPhone APN Settings > General > Network > Cellular Data Network APN: www.vodafone.net.nz PXT - Vodafone NZ iPhone MMS Settings Settings > General > Network > Cellular Data Network APN: live.vodafone.com MMSC: http://pxt.vodafone.net.nz/pxtsend MMS Proxy: 172.030.038.003:8080 MMS Max Message Size: 307200 Turn your phone off, then back on to apply the new settings. Here's how it should look:

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Comment by Paul Brislen, on 27-Oct-2009 10:21

Hi there, It's no secret that our 3G Extend network runs on 900MHz not 2100MHz. We've certainly not tried to hide it and if you look at our coverage maps (www.vodafone.co.nz/coverage) you'll see we have three layers of coverage - 2G is the slower network; 2100MHz is 3G and 900MHz is 3G Extend. If you're in the 70% of the country's population covered by the 2100MHz network your iPhone will work fine but if you do travel outside those 19 main centres you'll find you step down to 2G speeds (roughly equivalent to dial up) unless you have a 900MHz capable phone. Regards, Paul Brislen Vodafone External Communications Manager


Comment by dimsim, on 12-Mar-2010 07:30

It appears to be pretty poor planning intoducing a flagship phone that only works well in the major centres. The reality is that most people dont stay exclusively in the 19 main centres and in my experience you dont need to wander to far out before being reduced to dialup speeds.

I also dont see anything in Paul's language above that would suggest that this is going to change anytime soon, apparently in 2010 dialup speeds in 70% of the country is perfectly acceptable.

Unless the 3G Extend network is upgraded to support all current handsets I'd bank on seeing a large shift to telecom, even with the current XT issues they are experiencing.

Hats off to Telecom (for decisions made long past), when they went down the unique CDMA route inspite of just about everyone else going GSM I thought they were mad, as it turns out it worked pretty well and continues to provide broad high speed coverage (i got 1500/500 on my AC595 datacard yesterday, 20 minutes out of Hastings)

This to me really is Vodafone's dirty little secret and in 2010 a real catalyst for change. Having been with them for 10 years since returning with a GSM handset from overseas, and being forced to run a Telecom data card for data for the last four years to get reasonable data speeds, it looks like Telecom (as much as I hate to admit it) will become my onestop shop shortly.


Comment by dimsim, on 12-Mar-2010 07:32

It appears to be pretty poor planning intoducing a flagship phone that only works well in the major centres. The reality is that most people dont stay exclusively in the 19 main centres and in my experience you dont need to wander to far out before being reduced to dialup speeds.

I also dont see anything in Paul's language above that would suggest that this is going to change anytime soon, apparently in 2010 dialup speeds in 70% of the country is perfectly acceptable.

Unless the 3G Extend network is upgraded to support all current handsets I'd bank on seeing a large shift to telecom, even with the current XT issues they are experiencing.

Hats off to Telecom (for decisions made long past), when they went down the unique CDMA route inspite of just about everyone else going GSM I thought they were mad, as it turns out it worked pretty well and continues to provide broad high speed coverage (i got 1500/500 on my AC595 datacard yesterday, 20 minutes out of Hastings)

This to me really is Vodafone's dirty little secret and in 2010 a real catalyst for change. Having been with them for 10 years since returning with a GSM handset from overseas, and being forced to run a Telecom data card for data for the last four years to get reasonable data speeds, it looks like Telecom (as much as I hate to admit it) will become my onestop shop shortly.


Comment by Jeremy, on 31-Dec-2010 19:13

Actually, an iPhone 4 is capable of UMTS at 900MHz. No, the frequencies used by Vodafone's network are unlikely to change, for example: Australia has three (Optus, Vodafone and 3) UMTS networks using the 2100MHz band, two of these also use 900MHz for extended coverage (there seems to be a standard where UMTS networks using 2100MHz will use additional 900MHz spectrum), while Telstra 'NextG' uses only 850MHz, just like Telecom XT. This is just like a 900MHz GSM network using additional 1800MHz spectrum, and (mainly in North America) a GSM network at 850MHz may also use 1900MHz (T-Mobile being the exception to the above, which uses only 1700MHz for UMTS).


Comment by Rod McMahon, on 15-May-2011 18:27

I have just been travelled NZ/Fiji/NZ/Aust/NZ. at each country change there has been a long delay ( 4 hours in Aust, >45min in NZ, didn't notice in Fiji) before 3 week old Iphone 4 picks up any local carriers. Anyone know why?


Comment by Dean, on 4-Jun-2012 16:37

Hi I recently purchased a iphone4 I'm trying to connect to my pc it isn't wireless can't connect or see iPhone on screen or doesn't come up on my network connections folder. Any help would be appreciated. Kind regards Dean


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