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Topic # 8987 11-Aug-2006 12:02
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Can anyone tell me how Telecom's mobile broadband compares with that offered by Vodafone with regards to service and speed?

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  Reply # 43749 11-Aug-2006 12:17
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Telecoms EVDO averages speeds of 300-500Kbps but i regularly get around 1Mbps.
Vodafones UMTS has a top speed of 384Kbps and averages around 80 to 150Kbps.

You generally get better reception from Telecom, UMTS is 2100mhz are gets very flaky when inside or if the signal isnt very strong. I havent suffered much of a signal fade when sitting at the office here using EVDO and all round reception is very good.

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  Reply # 43754 11-Aug-2006 12:36
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Vodafone on a global scale has a much bigger service area not cheap using it out of NZ though (rates and countrys and on the Vodafone NZ website)

Also Vodafone and Telecom are rolling out upgrades to each of there networks,

Vodafone are getting HSDPA and Telecom getting EV-DO rev A

You should see many changes before Christmas from both carriers.

On my Vodafone UMTS modem I average around the 250k

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Reply # 43755 11-Aug-2006 13:00
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In additional to Brads and Johns posts: One thing that you may want to consider, if you are intending to use any WAP sessions with your connection - Telecoms data plans exclude WAP, while WAP usage made on Vodafone is included with the data bundle.

At 5c a KB, Telecoms WAP data is not cheap.




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  Reply # 43756 11-Aug-2006 13:04
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i'm using Vodafone's 1GB for $49 with the VMC card and often operate from indoor. It works great and get good 380Kbps up and down.

Good speed, and definitely faster than GPRS's 56Kbps. I think the UMTS speed is acceptable, good mid-range speed for general web browsing, lite-medium file transfer. Don't expect it to replace your wired broadband or gaming. For general web-usage it serves me well.




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  Reply # 43770 11-Aug-2006 16:32
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chiefie: i'm using Vodafone's 1GB for $49 with the VMC card and often operate from indoor. It works great and get good 380Kbps up and down.


Don't think you get 380kbps on the uplink.....not possible.




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  Reply # 43771 11-Aug-2006 16:39
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UMTS is only 64kbps upstream.... correct?

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  Reply # 43772 11-Aug-2006 16:49
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lol. i think i might have drunk too much "V"...




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  Reply # 43773 11-Aug-2006 17:04
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bradstewart: UMTS is only 64kbps upstream.... correct?


Correct - unless you go through Optimiser and then it is 10Gbps!




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  Reply # 43774 11-Aug-2006 17:17
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Correct - unless you go through Optimiser and then it is 10Gbps!


Yeah right, I guess you saw and believed the marketing too :)

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  Reply # 43775 11-Aug-2006 17:24

forgive the probably-already-asked questions, but when is EV-DO Revision A, and HSDPA going to be available here?

and where are the IPv6 deployment plans? the HTC Apache is IPv6-ready but noone seems to be up with the pace




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  Reply # 43776 11-Aug-2006 17:28
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Before christmas sometime

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  Reply # 43777 11-Aug-2006 17:53
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Got a year for the Xmas?

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  Reply # 43778 11-Aug-2006 17:54
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2006.

Hopefully 2007s XMAS present will be EV-DO Rev B

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  Reply # 43779 11-Aug-2006 19:44
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bradstewart: UMTS is only 64kbps upstream.... correct?


3G UMTS uplink is currently 128kbps.

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Reply # 43781 11-Aug-2006 20:05
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Bigfella you are incorrect its not 128k its 64k

When HSDPA is launched it should be 384k uplink

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