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#114366 17-Feb-2013 15:56
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Hi,

It seems this used to be possible possible with dual band handsets if UMA was allowed by the mobile service provider. Is there a similar way now?

My situation is no mobile coverage at home, but have very good wireless broadband and home wifi network.  I'd like to get a mobile handset that will use a specific provider's network when I'm out and about but will automatically switch to using my wifi network when home.

This is different to wanting to use VOIP. Makes sense? Any ideas?

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  #763818 17-Feb-2013 15:59
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If you are with Vodafone for mobile *AND* broadband then you can always use a Vodafone Sure Signal.




 

 

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  #763821 17-Feb-2013 16:02
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Approx where are you located? Vodafone are deploying a number of RBI 3G sites at the moment

http://www.vodafone.co.nz/about/rural-broadband-initiative/

 
 
 
 




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  #763825 17-Feb-2013 16:18
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Thanks for quick replies. We don't use Vodafone for broadband, we use UberGroup. No option for Vodafone broadband, only as provider of mobile service for when out and about. We're locate about 15km's NE of Whangarei in Whareora. Does UMA still get used? Is there an equivalent currently in NZ?

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  #763827 17-Feb-2013 16:25
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There's no UMA in New Zealand.

The Sure Signal is your only option if you want to add coverage to a certain place.




 

 

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  #763833 17-Feb-2013 16:40
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Not possible since we can't get fixed line broadband, which is a pre-requisite of the Vodafone Sure Signal plan... There must be another way?!


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  #763855 17-Feb-2013 19:03
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shroo: There must be another way?!



Nope.

Looking at the RBI maps a lot of that area will be be covered by the RBI, but whether you'll get covererage on your handset will depend entirely on where you are.



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  #763890 17-Feb-2013 20:56
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Why not use a smart phone and skype out when at home.  Divert your inward mobile calls to your skype number on "no answer" instead of your mobile call minder.  You may prefer one of the other calling systems such as google talk or Vonage if they have similar services.

 
 
 
 


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  #763898 17-Feb-2013 21:04
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Google Voice and Vonage aren't available in New Zealand.





 

 

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  #763902 17-Feb-2013 21:08
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Juicytree: Why not use a smart phone and skype out when at home.  Divert your inward mobile calls to your skype number on "no answer" instead of your mobile call minder.  You may prefer one of the other calling systems such as google talk or Vonage if they have similar services.


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  #763930 17-Feb-2013 22:20
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Juicytree: Why not use a smart phone and skype out when at home.  Divert your inward mobile calls to your skype number on "no answer" instead of your mobile call minder.  You may prefer one of the other calling systems such as google talk or Vonage if they have similar services.


This seems to be a pretty good option to me.  I've never used it but I think Whatsapp or something similar would work for SMS too.




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  #763934 17-Feb-2013 22:28
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You can't receive a SMS sent to your mobile number on WhatsApp.




 

 

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  #763937 17-Feb-2013 22:36
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Is there zero coverage throughout the home; or can you get 1 bar signal at a window / on roof?




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freitasm: You can't receive a SMS sent to your mobile number on WhatsApp.


Good point, I forgot about that, though it could still be useful in some circumstances like this I guess. 

I you're using Skype there's also the message service on Skype.




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  #765215 18-Feb-2013 15:47
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Left-field comment, but doesn't Office 365 provide an incoming text diversion/copy of some sort. Maybe use that in combination with some cell to VOIP redirection?

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  #765239 18-Feb-2013 16:15
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freitasm: You can't receive a SMS sent to your mobile number on WhatsApp.


Good point, I forgot about that, though it could still be useful in some circumstances like this I guess. 

I you're using Skype there's also the message service on Skype.


Which, again, is only OUT, not IN.





 

 

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