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Topic # 29586 12-Jan-2009 17:00
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Hey,
Just thought i'd let everyone know that Telecoms 3G 850MHz network is now live all over Hastings as it wasn't posted on here already and I can use my O2 UK sim to roam on it
Went from Hastings through to Taradale (Napier) today and it has pretty good coverage all the way there :)

Can anyone else roam onto it?
Or can no one else pick up the network yet? - I have a phone from the US that can use 850MHz 3G

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  Reply # 189035 12-Jan-2009 17:17
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What Make/Model phone are you using?



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  Reply # 189036 12-Jan-2009 17:21
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It's a Samsung A707

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung_SGH-A707

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  Reply # 189041 12-Jan-2009 17:35
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Hmm I cant seem to pick it up on the far side of taradale using my n95

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  Reply # 189042 12-Jan-2009 17:36
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The HB network isn't yet complete or optimised so you might encounter some issues... please be understandingInnocent.

Have you tried using HSDPA? Or is that not available when roaming?



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  Reply # 189045 12-Jan-2009 17:44
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I tried making a voice call and as I have no credit on my O2 simcard it just went to the topup menu for O2 UK so voice calls work.
Just got someone to send me a text message and I received that fine.

I haven't used mobile data yet as i'm trying to download the web settings for the O2 network to my phone to try it (but it may not work anyway as I have no credit on there)

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  Reply # 189055 12-Jan-2009 18:26
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14464443: I tried making a voice call and as I have no credit on my O2 simcard it just went to the topup menu for O2 UK so voice calls work.
Just got someone to send me a text message and I received that fine.

I haven't used mobile data yet as i'm trying to download the web settings for the O2 network to my phone to try it (but it may not work anyway as I have no credit on there)

Great stuff!

Cant wait for full launch!




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  Reply # 189102 12-Jan-2009 23:07
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woohoo, hurry up and get it live down south is all i can say. I think i need to buy a handset from the US maybe






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  Reply # 189128 13-Jan-2009 08:21
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boby55: Hmm I cant seem to pick it up on the far side of taradale using my n95


Are you using an American N95? Because the New Zealand version doesn't work in 850MHz - the American versions do.




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  Reply # 189130 13-Jan-2009 08:30
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freitasm:
boby55: Hmm I cant seem to pick it up on the far side of taradale using my n95


Are you using an American N95? Because the New Zealand version doesn't work in 850MHz - the American versions do.

I didnt know that.... is that original ones, or just 8GB ?

Could be my new handset at launch then. Although I do like the E51 - but a better camera would be nice.




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  Reply # 189133 13-Jan-2009 08:46
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You will have to check but AFAIK there aren't WCDMA handsets that operate in 2100/1900/1800/900/850 MHz all in one - not yet.




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  Reply # 189134 13-Jan-2009 08:49
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The iPhone is a handset that will work just fine on Telecom's new network - and will fail miserably on Vodafone's 900MHz network for example.

That's because the iPhone works on 850 and 2100MHz networks. There was a rumour a few months before the launch of the iPhone 3G of a new 900MHz model, but I've haven't heard anything since...

So if you buy an iPhone now you will use on Vodafone's 2100MHz network, but nowhere when on their "extended" coverage. Then simply pop a Telecom SIM card and off you go.







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Reply # 189136 13-Jan-2009 09:07
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freitasm:  There was a rumour a few months before the launch of the iPhone 3G of a new 900MHz model, but I've haven't heard anything since...


Hi MF I would take this as BS


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  Reply # 189138 13-Jan-2009 09:10
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It probably was. The rumours were going around a couple of months before the Vodafone announcement of the iPhone distribution - when Vodafone was also working on a 900 MHz network. This is because people would be instantly put off if knowing that their new handset would work only on the "old" part of Vodafone's network.

As I said, all rumours, no substance.




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  Reply # 189140 13-Jan-2009 09:22
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johnr:

freitasm:  There was a rumour a few months before the launch of the iPhone 3G of a new 900MHz model, but I've haven't heard anything since...


Hi MF I would take this as BS


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Some overseas forums have been quoting the Iphone 3G 2.5 version as having the upgraded radio, this was dated back to june / July last year, before 900mhz was even available, speculation and untruth as has been said.
 
I would imagine as 900Mhz is still in its early stages commercially it may be towards the end of this year or even next year before a re release iphone with a 900mhz radio is available & that depends on the growth of 3G market in that freq which will pick up this year especially in Europe and a to a lesser degree in Aus & Asia this year.

I guess Apple being a US based company have centred the 3G component around the North american UMTS standards, key being 850Mhz & 1900 and for Europe and else where 2100mhz.

It works on EDGE & GSM else where so at the moment why would they re release until they can sell a bundle of them.





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  Reply # 189145 13-Jan-2009 09:51
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My personal prediction is that the need for 850 or 900 WCDMA specific devices will end later this year.

Qualcomm resolved the spectrum interference issues between WCDMA850 and WCDMA900 in their device RF chipsets last year so I would expect OEM's (such as Nokia) to start producing devices later this year.

Time will tell.




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