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#293306 12-Jan-2022 22:18
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Currently using a Huawei B315 with external antenna on Vodafone rural broadband.

VF are ending rural broadband and want us to switch to Farmside.

There is normal cell reception at this address.

Farmside is more expensive for less data.

What's the difference?

Can I just get a VF wireless broadband SIM and put it in the current router?

Thanks

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  #2849569 12-Jan-2022 22:40
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Farmside is owned by Vodafone

Same 4G network- I am guessing you have capacity limitations on your tower




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  #2849578 12-Jan-2022 23:19
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What is your location? Have you investigated perhaps local WISP's (Wireless internet service providers) in your area? What are your requirements exactly?





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  #2849596 12-Jan-2022 23:47
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I would look in to a WISP if there is one in you area, take a look at wispanz that will point you in the direction of some wisps in your area.




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  #2849683 13-Jan-2022 09:45
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Location is Manawahe North Island, high elevation.

Use case is general internet browsing.

I am thinking normal 4g may be adequate.

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  #2849688 13-Jan-2022 09:58
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There are a few other RBI resellers around that would be happy to have you, and can probably just send you out a new SIM to use with existing modem.

 

https://www.ultimatebroadband.co.nz/

 

https://netspeed.net.nz/

 

https://www.wirelessnation.co.nz/ 

 

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  #2849689 13-Jan-2022 09:58
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if Vodafone wont do rural 4G in that area anymore your area looks like a candidate for @myfullflavour

 

https://fullflavour.nz/ and the dude is here on GeekZone





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  #2849695 13-Jan-2022 10:09
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Starlink?

 

I have it installed at home and I am very impressed with it. I would take it over 4G anyday.





 




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  #2849700 13-Jan-2022 10:19
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coffeebaron:

There are a few other RBI resellers around that would be happy to have you, and can probably just send you out a new SIM to use with existing modem.



Thanks but I'm not clear why I *need* RBI? What advantage is it giving me over a normal 4G VF SIM?

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  #2849714 13-Jan-2022 10:33
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Wfnz:
coffeebaron:

 

There are a few other RBI resellers around that would be happy to have you, and can probably just send you out a new SIM to use with existing modem.

 



Thanks but I'm not clear why I *need* RBI? What advantage is it giving me over a normal 4G VF SIM?

 

Sure go out and get a normal VF 4G SIM on an "extra large" 100GB Plan for $100 per month once you blow through it you will have a 1.2mbps internet connection for the rest of the month

 

Fixed 4g wireless with high data caps can no longer be offered when a 4G tower reaches a certain capacity level, they need to ensure there is enough bandwidth off that tower for everyone - Radio waves are no unlimited





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  #2849842 13-Jan-2022 12:36
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VF is $55/month for 300gb. The current limit is around 100gb which is very rarely exceeded.

After reading this thread I still don't understand the benefits that the rural 4G plans (ie Farmside) give over a normal 4G plan, despite the significant increase in cost.

It's good to know that other wireless offerings are available, but what's here has worked fine to date.


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  #2849997 13-Jan-2022 13:34
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If you're rural, you should never have been put on that plan.




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  #2850255 13-Jan-2022 17:11
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coffeebaron: If you're rural, you should never have been put on that plan.


Or there was sufficient capacity at the time and now there isn’t




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  #2850260 13-Jan-2022 17:18
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nztim:
coffeebaron: If you're rural, you should never have been put on that plan.


Or there was sufficient capacity at the time and now there isn’t

 

No, Vodafone were never allowed to sell non RBI plans in rural areas. It was against their agreements for the RBI contract, ensuring a margin for RBI resellers. 

 

 





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  #2850278 13-Jan-2022 19:03
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coffeebaron:

 

No, Vodafone were never allowed to sell non RBI plans in rural areas. It was against their agreements for the RBI contract, ensuring a margin for RBI resellers. 

 

 

In that case the owner is SOL - My recommendation is still that the OP contacts Jessie 





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  #2850297 13-Jan-2022 20:42
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nztim:

coffeebaron:


No, Vodafone were never allowed to sell non RBI plans in rural areas. It was against their agreements for the RBI contract, ensuring a margin for RBI resellers. 



In that case the owner is SOL - My recommendation is still that the OP contacts Jessie 



Ok this makes some sense as to why I have to go with the more expensive for less data rural plan.

What's to stop me ordering a non rural SIM/Plan to another address and using it here?

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