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Vodafone New Zealand 3G UMTS network launch imminent
Posted on 8-Aug-2005 22:14 | Tags Filed under: News


Vodafone New Zealand 3G UMTS network launch imminent
After years of speculation, design, and work it seems Vodafone New Zealand is at last going to start operating its 3G cellular network based on WCDMA (UMTS).

The new network will be competing directly with Telecom New Zealand T3G, a third generation cellular service based on the CDMA 2000 EV-DO standard.

While UMTS is capable of achieving maximum speeds of 384kpbs, CDMA EV-DO has higher throughput, with speeds of up to 2mbps. Average speeds are lower than the theoretical maximum, based on network load, distance from cell tower and other factors. Telecom New Zealand currently offers PC cards and Windows Mobile Pocket PC device compatible with its fast network.

But is not all about the speed, according to Vodafone New Zealand. The company will bring new handsets, starting with the Motorola V1050, Nokia 6680 (pictured) and Sony Ericsson v800i, a special edition for Vodafone network. Handset prices will vary from NZ$748 through NZ$998.

There are also plans to release an updated Windows Mobile Pocket PC device that is compatible with the new WCDMA network.

Users were already able to purchase GPRS/WCDMA/Wi-Fi PC cards in the local market for a while, allowing international travellers to take advantage of Vodafone’s other networks in Europe and Japan.

Sources say that 10 August is the start date for this operation, but users are already reporting successful connections, including video calls and updated Vodafone live! menus.

Vodafone will offer an updated Vodafone live! experience, video calling and newer services.

A discussion in our forums had more detailed description of some of the options available in the new Vodafone live! menus and services.

Meanwhile, Vodafone Australia has released information about handset models that will be available at the time of their launch in Australia, next month.








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