Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
1 | 2 
400 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 29


  Reply # 1877454 4-Oct-2017 20:18
Send private message

i founds Vodafone roaming was great 5$ per day, i found so much free wifi at hotels and around Sydney CBD hardly used any of my own data, even airport wifi was free 


579 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 374


  Reply # 1892457 30-Oct-2017 10:15
One person supports this post
Send private message

I usually pick up a local SIM in Aussie. They can beat any roaming deal in every aspect except convenience. Price is better, voice quality is better, and data is so much much faster than roaming. Things may have improved in the last 12 months but 2DM roaming data was terribly slow last time I was in Perth CBD - Ookla Speedtest app was timing out. An Optus sim in the same kiwi phone, same location got 40mbit down on LTE. Mates on Vodafone NZ roaming had OK data, but still not as fast and cheap as the local companies.

 

A couple of things to be aware of:

 

1) Telstra run the same frequencies as Spark/Skinny, so don't buy a Telstra SIM unless your phone is Spark Compatible. Optus/Voda there use the same frequencies as 2DM/Voda here, so are the safer bet's.

 

2) The Australian phone companies require an official ID (and a physical address) to connect a prepaid SIM, so take your passport along when buying the SIM -  if you have time to sort it out at the airport it can be smoother to do it there because the sales people there are used to dealing with foreign addresses - the sales people in the mall's seem to struggle to enter a NZ address into their computer. I've used my hotel address a few times to simplify things for them.


RC

8 posts

Wannabe Geek


  Reply # 1892498 30-Oct-2017 11:13
Send private message

Agree that data roaming is bad. Australia on 2 Degrees 2 years ago was sub 56KPS dial up speeds. USA and England 1 years ago (on Vodafone this time) was also terribly slow to the point of near useless. 

 

Someone told me that the data has to be routed via NZ (2 degrees) or NZ and the Netherlands (Vodafone roaming). So, unless you don't need data, I'd put your NZ sim in a lightweight small handset for calls and texts and buy a local SIM card in Aussy.


4423 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1933

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1892508 30-Oct-2017 11:25
One person supports this post
Send private message

RC:

 

Someone told me that the data has to be routed via NZ (2 degrees) or NZ and the Netherlands (Vodafone roaming). So, unless you don't need data, I'd put your NZ sim in a lightweight small handset for calls and texts and buy a local SIM card in Aussy.

 

 

 

 

Roaming data is always routed back to your home network. So if you are the Netherlands and attempt to load a local Netherlands restaurant web site, the request goes:

 

     

  1. Handset --> SGSN (local)
  2. SGSN --> GGSN (across GRX network to NZ)
  3. GGSN --> Netherlands web site (across the internet)
  4. Web site --> GGSN
  5. GGSN --> SGSN
  6. SGSN --> Handset

 

So, two round trips to NZ. Same is true for Australia although obviously Australia is closer so it is less excruciating. LTE doesn't change that although the boxes have different names (MME and SGW/PGW). So no matter whose network you are on at home, if you need speed, get a local SIM or use Wifi.





iPad Air + iPhone SE + 2degrees 4tw!

These comments are my own and do not represent the opinions of 2degrees.


Minimalist
5475 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 412

Moderator
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 1892845 30-Oct-2017 22:08
Send private message

I roamed on 2D for 12 days last week with no issues - on VF AU in Brisbane then Telstra in Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne.

1 | 2 
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic

Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Hawaiki Transpacific cable ready-for-service
Posted 20-Jul-2018 11:29


Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central launches
Posted 10-Jul-2018 10:40


Spark completes first milestone in voice platform upgrade
Posted 10-Jul-2018 09:36


Microsoft ices heated developers
Posted 6-Jul-2018 20:16


PB Technologies charged for its extended warranties and warned for bait advertising
Posted 3-Jul-2018 15:45


Almost 20,000 people claim credits from Spark
Posted 29-Jun-2018 10:40


Cove sells NZ's first insurance policy via chatbot
Posted 25-Jun-2018 10:04


N4L helping TAKA Trust bridge the digital divide for Lower Hutt students
Posted 18-Jun-2018 13:08


Winners Announced for 2018 CIO Awards
Posted 18-Jun-2018 13:03


Logitech Rally sets new standard for USB-connected video conference cameras
Posted 18-Jun-2018 09:27


Russell Stanners steps down as Vodafone NZ CEO
Posted 12-Jun-2018 09:13


Intergen recognised as 2018 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year for New Zealand
Posted 12-Jun-2018 08:00


Finalists Announced For Microsoft NZ Partner Awards
Posted 6-Jun-2018 15:12


Vocus Group and Vodafone announce joint venture to accelerate fibre innovation
Posted 5-Jun-2018 10:52


Kogan.com to launch Kogan Mobile in New Zealand
Posted 4-Jun-2018 14:34



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.