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# 14995 30-Jul-2007 13:13
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Well, that is according to Stuff

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Vodafone has assumed data cap leadership in the 3G mobile data market with a plan that lets customers download up to 6 gigabytes of data a month over its 021 network for $79.95 to $89.95 a month.

Telecom, which has previously closely matched Vodafone's new offers, has yet to respond.



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# 80347 30-Jul-2007 13:25
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You are right Mauricio. I guess I kept thinking of the offer as being 3GB not 6GB, Stuff included the insurance. A very good deal for 6GB.

 
 
 
 


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  # 80349 30-Jul-2007 13:33
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In the 5 cities where they have a viable (ish) solution.




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# 80355 30-Jul-2007 13:53
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and I remember when Voda first launched GPRS for $30 per meg. Now it is 3G for 2.6 cents per meg. Data/mobile data is one of the only services that actually keeps getting cheaper in this country. Good to see that the government regulation is working!

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  # 80366 30-Jul-2007 15:28
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antoniosk: In the 5 cities where they have a viable (ish) solution.


In another recent thread I seem to recall Johnr saying that HSDPA coverage is now the same as regular 3G UMTS coverage.

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  # 80368 30-Jul-2007 15:30
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What I'd like to know is if you get a publicly routable IP address, rather than the silly 10.x.x.x I get using GPRS on my current phone.

Also how well vodems work with linux.



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  # 80371 30-Jul-2007 15:33
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I you want a publicly routable IP address go Telecom CDMA.

 
 
 
 


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  # 80402 30-Jul-2007 16:39
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alasta: In another recent thread I seem to recall Johnr saying that HSDPA coverage is now the same as regular 3G UMTS coverage.

Which means that it is STILL ABYSMAL Yell

3G has only very limited coverage compared to EVDO.

To prove my point, click here:

http://www.vodafone.co.nz/personal/coverage-and-roaming/nz-coverage-maps/broadband/index.jsp?area=auckland

A helluva lot of the newer -- and even some older -- suburbs around Auckland are still not covered.



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  # 80408 30-Jul-2007 16:44
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Still - if you are an 'urbanite' you can not complain about the price. Chuck an antenna on the roof and go VoIP all for $79.95 per month. No line rental, wiring surcharge, etc, etc.

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Jama: Still - if you are an 'urbanite' you can not complain about the price. Chuck an antenna on the roof and go VoIP all for $79.95 per month. No line rental, wiring surcharge, etc, etc.

Absolutely!  It's a great deal for those who happen to live in the very restricted coverage areas.

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  # 80425 30-Jul-2007 17:31
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Grant17:
alasta: In another recent thread I seem to recall Johnr saying that HSDPA coverage is now the same as regular 3G UMTS coverage.

Which means that it is STILL ABYSMAL Yell

3G has only very limited coverage compared to EVDO.

To prove my point, click here:

http://www.vodafone.co.nz/personal/coverage-and-roaming/nz-coverage-maps/broadband/index.jsp?area=auckland

A helluva lot of the newer -- and even some older -- suburbs around Auckland are still not covered.


Judging Vodafone's 3G coverage by looking at their coverage maps on their website coverage map is a bad mistake. Like the rest of their abysmal outdated website their coverage maps have not been updated for several years. 3G coverage is available in a large number of areas that aren't shown on their website, both in the Auckland region and the rest of NZ. Vodafone themselves obviously aren't even aware of the fact that all WCDMA sites are how HSDPA capable unlike at launch where it was only on limited sites (hence the different maps for 3G and 3G broadband on their site).




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  # 80429 30-Jul-2007 17:39
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If you compare this Telecom rev A map with Vodafone's 3G coverage in Auckland Vodafone currently offer better coverage that Telecom. This will obviously change however once all Telecom sites are upgraded to rev a.


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freitasm: Shouldn't you compare Telecom CDMA EVDO Rev 0 with Vodafone 3G?

Exactly!  Rev.0 provides perfectably acceptable performance for most applications.

The one area I found it lacking was when using Skype due to the limited Upstream bandwidth of around 120kbps.  Sending large e-mail attachments would also show up its limitations.  However, for web surfing or receiving e-mail, it was fine, which is a very different story than GPRS.

Telecom's Rev.0 coverage is huge compared to Voda 3G and that was the basis of my comparison.

Vodafone cannot expect prospective customers to buy 3G data cards in the HOPE that there might be coverage where they want it.  Instead, Vodafone needs to provide up-to-date maps so people can see for themselves what the story is.  If a telco cannot be relied upon to keep their maps up-to-date, what chance is there that their data network will be reliable?

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  # 80440 30-Jul-2007 18:26
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I'm moving house shortly and will be relying solely on Voda 3G services. I'm not a huge data user (apart from the occasional Top Gear torrent) so 6GB will work well. Will start using Skype then also with a local number :)

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