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Topic # 18239 3-Jan-2008 10:45
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I am currently in Sydney and using mobile broadband with my Minimax card on the CDMA network - just brilliant. Absolutely plug and play and more seamless than the mobile phone challenges between the countries.

I understand that after January 28 Telecom NZ will no longer use a CDMA network in Aus - at least for voice. Anyone know what this will mean for mobile broadband users travelling to Aus with their laptops and CDMA mobile broadband cards.

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  Reply # 102658 3-Jan-2008 10:54
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Telstra are shutting down their CDMA network so the simple answer is that it won't work.

The only choice is to get a 3G/HSDPA card - if you're in Australia regularly I would suggest getting a plan on Telstra's NextG network as it's by far the best option in Australia for mobile data.



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  Reply # 102665 3-Jan-2008 11:11
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Ah... as I feared!!  Thanks for that - good tight advice. I shall look into that.
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Reply # 102668 3-Jan-2008 11:32
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I beleive Telecom will be providing customers like yourself a data roaming solution in the very near future.

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  Reply # 102778 3-Jan-2008 20:25
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Good to hear - given the cost of alternatives like hotel ethernet etc. Thanks for that
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Reply # 102785 3-Jan-2008 20:53
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Thelonious: Good to hear - given the cost of alternatives like hotel ethernet etc. Thanks for that
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Most hotel Internet services are much cheaper than any cellular data roaming. Most hotels charge something around US$19.95/AU$29.95 more or less for a full day access - on mobile cellular roaming this wouldn't give you much data at all!




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  Reply # 102786 3-Jan-2008 20:57
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Thelonious: Good to hear - given the cost of alternatives like hotel ethernet etc. Thanks for that
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IMHO it's pretty hard to go past WiFi if you want affordable mobile data in Australia. Hotspot prividers like Azure only charge A$6.60 per hour and have huge numbers of hotspots including a lot of hotels. Telstra also have extensive CBD WiFi coverage and are in (virtually) every McDonalds and Starbucks in Australia.

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  Reply # 104069 10-Jan-2008 20:00
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*BUMP* Telecom has released new zone pricing for mobile data roaming, increasing the Telecom Mobile Data Roaming footprint.

For pricing see: http://www.telecom.co.nz/dataroaming

One could safely assume this is use loan devices, and launches 28th of January 2008.








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  Reply # 104072 10-Jan-2008 20:06
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For discussion on Telecom Data Zone pricing please reply to this thread: http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?ForumId=39&TopicId=18449

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