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  # 1372499 23-Aug-2015 15:24
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They use Vodafone, you can get the 4g plan on 3G and it will just change to 4g when it's available. I got my dad who has Vodafone to test over a few months when he visited. Once 4g was available I was convinced (based on speed tests)

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  # 1372500 23-Aug-2015 15:24
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DIYDan: Vodafone has a good 3G service and a lot of people in Southland are moving from Woosh to Vodafone or thinking of doing so. I've contacted Spark a couple of months back about if and when the 4G will be in our area; but no one is willing to give out any information. I'm about 3 months away from signing up with Vodafone myself. I would be willing to wait, if only I knew how long it will be before we have 4G. I know about 10 other people who are with Woosh and everyone including myself will be signing with Vodafone, if Spark don't tell us something in the next few months.

Once a lot of these people sign up with Vodafone, Spark will struggle to get them to move over. All we're looking for is a 6/12/18/24 month time frame for our area.

Vodafone is not the only game in town if you have a good 3G signal from them.  Ultimate Broadband will give you much better service and they also offer 50GB of extra off-peak data with their plans (or more in some cases):

Ultimate Broadband RBI plans

I have just signed up for ultimate broadband and would highly recommend them. There service while I had some questions was awesome, and then signed up and had an issues but they got it sorted with a few hours on Friday night. Performance wise I get between 40-70 meg down and at least 25 meg up. Pretty happy thus far at day 3. I would recommend ultimate broadband for value and service

Thanks for the info guys. Ultimate broadband looks like a good option on 3G; with the option to move to 4G when it becomes available. Myself and a few others, might just be giving them a call next week. The 50Gb off peak is a bonus too.

I wonder which network they use Vodafone or Spark?

Ultimate Broadband is Vodafone - the RBI product is a regulated one and a number of providers sell it (Vodafone and Ultimate Broadband being 2 such providers).

Historically speaking Vodafone haven't offered the cheapest RBI pricing in the market because of the perception that it would be anti-competitive for them to offer the lowest pricing when they also provide the wholesale product.


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Master Geek

  # 1372537 23-Aug-2015 16:16
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Do ultimate have any the nelson ,Golden Bay area or is it all self install there

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  # 1372539 23-Aug-2015 16:20
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kaihoka: Do ultimate have any the nelson ,Golden Bay area or is it all self install there

If you get Vodafone cell phone coverage then just do the sell install. They told me if you need an external aerial I could pay the extra later

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  # 1372671 23-Aug-2015 20:06
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kaihoka: Do ultimate have any the nelson ,Golden Bay area or is it all self install there

They would probably cover that area from their Canterbury base, or may have a 3rd party installer as they do in the North.

DIY is a doddle so long as you have reasonable coverage.  If you have a signal of 3 bars or better, an indoor antenna could probably be used, so long as you have a window facing towards the cell tower.  Otherwise an outdoor antenna is the best bet.  Just buy a 'Hockey Stick' mounting from your local electrical store, or if you have an old analogue TV aerial still in place, re-use the mounting pole from that.

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  # 1372710 23-Aug-2015 22:01
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It would be doddle.for me and I have RBI.
I am trying to sort things for my friends. A lot of them do no even have cell phones and are not tech inclined

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