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  #2371334 9-Dec-2019 17:32
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Oh, I quoted the wrong post. Should have been the one above with the list of countries!

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  #2371341 9-Dec-2019 17:50
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Camel roaming is just Prepay roaming

You have camel prepay roaming 1.0 2.0 2.1 etc.....I think it's up to standard 4.x something

 

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAMEL_Application_Part


 
 
 
 




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  #2371970 10-Dec-2019 19:03
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UPDATE - ISSUE FIXED

 

Thanks to @rushtoe and a member of the VF 'complex team' we are now able to connect to Mobilis here in New Caledonia, albeit near the end of our stay 😞.  Also thanks @Linux for pinging the tech lead in Vodafone.

 

Did require staying in Wifi range at our hotel for a few hours for discussions via WhatsApp with one of the 'complex team', but the result is worth it.  Not just from our point of view but it is also something that needed to be sorted from Vodafone's point of view.  I gather from the 'complex team' tech support that settings changes were made to the VF and/or Mobilis(?) networks though it was not clear what they were - my hearing not being good, but also I am not certain the tech support guy wanted to divulge that info (or I would have understood anyway).  No changes needed at our end.

 

My phone appears to be fully functioning.  Wife's (S9+ import) phone took a lot longer to connect 'properly' - seems it may not be fully compatible with the bands used here in New Caledonia.  According to frequencycheck.com, it is only compatible with Mobilis 2G & 2.5G (?).

 

Appreciate the effort by all concerned but consider it was something that needed to be fixed.

 

==

 

Still very disappointing that New Caledonia is not included in the VF Roaming Add-on packs.  As effectively the closest country to NZ and a fantastic place, this should be a tourist destination for Kiwi's. But the lack of reasonably priced mobile roaming is a big disincentive.  Yes, food costs etc are high but with care that can mostly be mitigated.  Very different flavour to other Pacific Islands such and Fiji and the Cook Islands.

 

 


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  #2371974 10-Dec-2019 19:09
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Do you know if they have a cable connection to the rest of the world? If not (like Rarotonga) that accounts for high roaming charges and not being included in the various bundles



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  #2371982 10-Dec-2019 19:25
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I don't know.  But we have free 'premium' wifi connection here at our hotel and the speed is fairly impressive.  My phone did a multi MB update this morning (think it may have been around 70 MB) and the DL took only a minute or so, if that. 




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  #2371989 10-Dec-2019 19:37
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Just checked.  As I suspected would be the case, yes there is an undersea cable to AU https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gondwana-1

 

And about to be connected to Fiji - http://www.fintel.com.fj/pages.cfm/company/news/to-make-caledonian-internet-safer-second-submarine-cable-rescue-gondwana-1-develop-an-international-access-offer.html

 

This is a wealthy 'country'  (mining economy), by some accounts a higher GDP per capita than NZ.   In the process of rolling out FTTH to 'all' residents - https://blog.apnic.net/2018/09/10/ncseries-nurturing-growth-of-the-internet-in-new-caledonia/


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  #2372004 10-Dec-2019 20:55
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DS248:

 

Just checked.  As I suspected would be the case, yes there is an undersea cable to AU https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gondwana-1

 

And about to be connected to Fiji - http://www.fintel.com.fj/pages.cfm/company/news/to-make-caledonian-internet-safer-second-submarine-cable-rescue-gondwana-1-develop-an-international-access-offer.html

 

This is a wealthy 'country'  (mining economy), by some accounts a higher GDP per capita than NZ.   In the process of rolling out FTTH to 'all' residents - https://blog.apnic.net/2018/09/10/ncseries-nurturing-growth-of-the-internet-in-new-caledonia/

 

 

So, just carrier inertia that it isn't on the roaming packs.

 

Still sounds like a nice place to visit


 
 
 
 


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  #2372016 10-Dec-2019 21:01
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I would also love to see New Caledonia added to Vodafone's $7 a day deal.

 

I went there back in 2016 and had a great time, so I'm seriously considering going back next year. I see that in New Caledonia there is a travel SIM that you can buy at the airport, so that would be a good backup plan.


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  #2372173 11-Dec-2019 07:53
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DS248:

 

Still very disappointing that New Caledonia is not included in the VF Roaming Add-on packs.  As effectively the closest country to NZ and a fantastic place, this should be a tourist destination for Kiwi's. But the lack of reasonably priced mobile roaming is a big disincentive.  Yes, food costs etc are high but with care that can mostly be mitigated.  Very different flavour to other Pacific Islands such and Fiji and the Cook Islands.

 

 

 

 

The fact it's the "closest country" means very little. Roaming is a two way partnership, and in the case of many small countries inbound roaming is a huge revenue earner for them so there is no obvious business case for these countries to offer bill and keep / bilateral traffic via a roaming hub when the only people who will benefit are all the inbound roamers (rather than their own customers who roam elsewhere in the word) and then subsequent increases in inbound roaming traffic would probably mean all their connections to the outside world then need big $$ spent on them with regular capacity upgrades with you've just slashed revenue from roaming.

 

 

 

 




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  #2372314 11-Dec-2019 11:07
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Not certain that applies here.  GDP per capita is comparable with NZ.  In bound tourism is not particularly large.  People on the plane we came over on seemed to be mostly locals returning from trips/holidays in NZ.  Nickel exports and transfer payments from mainland France drive the economy.  And as posted previously, the country is already well connected to the outside world with a second undersea cable already set in motion in large part for redundancy.  Plus already rolling out FTTH to almost all homes.  Hard to see that inbound roaming would require any substantial additional capacity upgrade to overseas links.  Increased inbound tourism would be beneficial to the economy and would help reduce reliance on nickel exports.


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