Will the iPhone 6 work in New Zealand?

By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 10-Sep-2014 07:36

It’s safe to say Apple have some kick ass RF engineers working for them. Building phones with support for multiple bands and technologies isn’t simple, and it’s safe to say Apple have set a new benchmark with the iPhone6. No other phone on the market comes close to supporting the same number of 4G/LTE bands in a single device.


The iPhone6 and iPhone6 Plus include support for all GSM, 3G/WCMDA and LTE bands used in New Zealand. This includes the new 700Mhz 4G/LTE network (band 28) which is currently being deployed by both Vodafone and Telecom in New Zealand.

For reference the following bands are used in New Zealand by the various companies -


GSM 900Mhz & 1800Mhz, 3G/UMTS/HSPA+ 900Mhz and 2100Mhz, 4G/LTE 700Mhz (band 28), 1800Mhz (band 3), 2600Mhz (band 7)


3G/UMTS/HSPA+ 850Mhz and 2100Mhz, 4G/LTE 700Mhz (band 28), 1800Mhz (band 3), 2600Mhz (band 7)


GSM 900Mhz & 1800Mhz, 3G/UMTS/HSPA+ 900Mhz and 2100Mhz., 4G/LTE 1800Mhz (band 3). 2degrees also own management rights for 700Mhz (band 28) but have not yet deployed a network using this band.

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Comment by johnr, on 10-Sep-2014 08:19

Wonder who the radio chip manufacture is?

Comment by kiwitrc, on 10-Sep-2014 08:45

I would love to see their test labs.

Comment by wellygary, on 10-Sep-2014 12:14

So in short the answer is Yes, it will work in NZ ( and almost every whereelse)

Comment by Rohan, on 11-Sep-2014 05:28

Thanks for that Steve - helpful information. I'm in the US at the moment and will be till after launch so was considering the possibility of picking one up. Now to only find an unlocked version!

Comment by scottjpalmer, on 12-Sep-2014 17:22

Thank you ever so much Steven, you are my hero.

Comment by kawaii, on 13-Sep-2014 19:05


Recent leaks of the iPhone internals points to Qualcomm being the provider unless Apple has taken that in house and plonked it inside their SoC.

Comment by KiwiSurfer, on 19-Sep-2014 13:59

Interesting that you state 2600MHz has been deployed. Can you cite some examples of where 2600MHz have been deployed?

Author's note by sbiddle, on 19-Sep-2014 14:01

There are plenty of 2600Mhz sites in use by Vodafone and Spark. If you want to see examples I suggest you look at the RSM database.

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Steve Biddle
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I'm an engineer who loves building solutions to solve problems.

I also love sharing my views and analysis of the tech world on this blog, along with the odd story about aviation and the travel industry.

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*VoIP (Voice over IP). I work with various brands of hardware and PBX's on a daily basis
  -Asterisk (incl PiaF, FreePBX, Elastix)

  -xDSL deployments

*Structured cabling
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  -Phone & Data

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  -Mikrotik hardware
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  -Motel/Hotel hotspot deployments
  -Outdoor wireless deployments, both small and large scale
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*CCTV solutions
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