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noroad
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  #1452402 17-Dec-2015 17:17

SiliconAudio: So, I got a reply back from Skinny.  They aren't using the 700 MHz spectrum at all:

Unfortunately our Skinny Broadband doesnt use 700MHZ 4G network ( Rural) we use Sparks 4G network HSDPA 850MHZ and UMTS 2100MHZ


If this is the case, then Houston we have a problem, HSDPA and UMTS are NOT 4G, It would be a pretty poor show if the service is advertised as "Superfast 4G" but to have it only delivered on previous generation technologies. I think someone from Skinny had better clarify things definitively at this point.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mobile_phone_standards

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  #1452405 17-Dec-2015 17:29
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SiliconAudio: So, I got a reply back from Skinny.  They aren't using the 700 MHz spectrum at all:

Unfortunately our Skinny Broadband doesnt use 700MHZ 4G network ( Rural) we use Sparks 4G network HSDPA 850MHZ and UMTS 2100MHZ


I just need to correct this and apologise if you were given incorrect or misleading information.  

We use Spark's 4G network on 700Mhz, 1800Mhz and 2600Mhz for Skinny Broadband.  Whilst not all addresses that receive 4G coverage are eligible, as Spark expands their network we'll update our eligibility criteria.  In fact more addresses were just added this week and more will be added mid January.

 
 
 
 


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  #1452462 17-Dec-2015 18:35
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LivingSkinny:
SiliconAudio: So, I got a reply back from Skinny.  They aren't using the 700 MHz spectrum at all:

Unfortunately our Skinny Broadband doesnt use 700MHZ 4G network ( Rural) we use Sparks 4G network HSDPA 850MHZ and UMTS 2100MHZ


I just need to correct this and apologise if you were given incorrect or misleading information.  

We use Spark's 4G network on 700Mhz, 1800Mhz and 2600Mhz for Skinny Broadband.  Whilst not all addresses that receive 4G coverage are eligible, as Spark expands their network we'll update our eligibility criteria.  In fact more addresses were just added this week and more will be added mid January.


Now I don't know who to believe.  700 MHz 4G is already available in my area.  Saying that you're waiting on Spark to expand the network doesn't make sense.

I share an Office with the Northland Spark team who tell me 4G 700 MHz is already available to me.  The Spark 4G-700 MHz map shows it's available to me, yet you're saying you are waiting on Spark to expand into my area?  Hmm...

I was ready to accept that you don't use the 700 MHz band, and that would have explained everything.  Now I am just more confused/bemused.  Currently, what I have in writing in an official Skinny response is that you do not have a product offering on 700 MHz, and I'm inclined to believe that based on all the information I have collected to date.

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  #1452463 17-Dec-2015 18:40
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Just because you can get Spark 4G, doesn't mean you can get Skinny Broadband. You need to be in the specified cell sites in order to get it.

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  #1452470 17-Dec-2015 18:46
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SiliconAudio:
LivingSkinny:
SiliconAudio: So, I got a reply back from Skinny.  They aren't using the 700 MHz spectrum at all:

Unfortunately our Skinny Broadband doesnt use 700MHZ 4G network ( Rural) we use Sparks 4G network HSDPA 850MHZ and UMTS 2100MHZ


I just need to correct this and apologise if you were given incorrect or misleading information.  

We use Spark's 4G network on 700Mhz, 1800Mhz and 2600Mhz for Skinny Broadband.  Whilst not all addresses that receive 4G coverage are eligible, as Spark expands their network we'll update our eligibility criteria.  In fact more addresses were just added this week and more will be added mid January.


Now I don't know who to believe.  700 MHz 4G is already available in my area.  Saying that you're waiting on Spark to expand the network doesn't make sense.

I share an Office with the Northland Spark team who tell me 4G 700 MHz is already available to me.  The Spark 4G-700 MHz map shows it's available to me, yet you're saying you are waiting on Spark to expand into my area?  Hmm...

I was ready to accept that you don't use the 700 MHz band, and that would have explained everything.  Now I am just more confused/bemused.  Currently, what I have in writing in an official Skinny response is that you do not have a product offering on 700 MHz, and I'm inclined to believe that based on all the information I have collected to date.


Skinny broadband is a 4G only product which runs on the 700Mhz, 1800mhz and 2600Mhz frequencies.

However, due to network capacity planning reasons it is not available everywhere that 4G is present.

It may be that additional capacity has to be added to an existing 4G capable area before it is eligible for Skinny Broadband.

I'm sorry that you were misinformed and I have taken steps to ensure our team receive additional training.

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  #1452484 17-Dec-2015 19:13
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LivingSkinny:
SiliconAudio:
LivingSkinny:
SiliconAudio: So, I got a reply back from Skinny.  They aren't using the 700 MHz spectrum at all:

Unfortunately our Skinny Broadband doesnt use 700MHZ 4G network ( Rural) we use Sparks 4G network HSDPA 850MHZ and UMTS 2100MHZ


I just need to correct this and apologise if you were given incorrect or misleading information.  

We use Spark's 4G network on 700Mhz, 1800Mhz and 2600Mhz for Skinny Broadband.  Whilst not all addresses that receive 4G coverage are eligible, as Spark expands their network we'll update our eligibility criteria.  In fact more addresses were just added this week and more will be added mid January.


Now I don't know who to believe.  700 MHz 4G is already available in my area.  Saying that you're waiting on Spark to expand the network doesn't make sense.

I share an Office with the Northland Spark team who tell me 4G 700 MHz is already available to me.  The Spark 4G-700 MHz map shows it's available to me, yet you're saying you are waiting on Spark to expand into my area?  Hmm...

I was ready to accept that you don't use the 700 MHz band, and that would have explained everything.  Now I am just more confused/bemused.  Currently, what I have in writing in an official Skinny response is that you do not have a product offering on 700 MHz, and I'm inclined to believe that based on all the information I have collected to date.


Skinny broadband is a 4G only product which runs on the 700Mhz, 1800mhz and 2600Mhz frequencies.

However, due to network capacity planning reasons it is not available everywhere that 4G is present.

It may be that additional capacity has to be added to an existing 4G capable area before it is eligible for Skinny Broadband.

I'm sorry that you were misinformed and I have taken steps to ensure our team receive additional training.


OK, thanks for clearing that up.  I look forward to it being available in my area, as it seems like the best product for me.  I like that I can just buy another 60 GB when I need/want to with your product versus the way the competing 4G products work.  Looking forward to getting anything better than the 5 Mbps I am stuck with now :)

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  #1452486 17-Dec-2015 19:18
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SiliconAudio:
LivingSkinny:
SiliconAudio:
LivingSkinny:
SiliconAudio: So, I got a reply back from Skinny.  They aren't using the 700 MHz spectrum at all:

Unfortunately our Skinny Broadband doesnt use 700MHZ 4G network ( Rural) we use Sparks 4G network HSDPA 850MHZ and UMTS 2100MHZ


I just need to correct this and apologise if you were given incorrect or misleading information.  

We use Spark's 4G network on 700Mhz, 1800Mhz and 2600Mhz for Skinny Broadband.  Whilst not all addresses that receive 4G coverage are eligible, as Spark expands their network we'll update our eligibility criteria.  In fact more addresses were just added this week and more will be added mid January.


Now I don't know who to believe.  700 MHz 4G is already available in my area.  Saying that you're waiting on Spark to expand the network doesn't make sense.

I share an Office with the Northland Spark team who tell me 4G 700 MHz is already available to me.  The Spark 4G-700 MHz map shows it's available to me, yet you're saying you are waiting on Spark to expand into my area?  Hmm...

I was ready to accept that you don't use the 700 MHz band, and that would have explained everything.  Now I am just more confused/bemused.  Currently, what I have in writing in an official Skinny response is that you do not have a product offering on 700 MHz, and I'm inclined to believe that based on all the information I have collected to date.


Skinny broadband is a 4G only product which runs on the 700Mhz, 1800mhz and 2600Mhz frequencies.

However, due to network capacity planning reasons it is not available everywhere that 4G is present.

It may be that additional capacity has to be added to an existing 4G capable area before it is eligible for Skinny Broadband.

I'm sorry that you were misinformed and I have taken steps to ensure our team receive additional training.


OK, thanks for clearing that up.  I look forward to it being available in my area, as it seems like the best product for me.  I like that I can just buy another 60 GB when I need/want to with your product versus the way the competing 4G products work.  Looking forward to getting anything better than the 5 Mbps I am stuck with now :)


The next address update will be loaded mid Jan and then monthly so I suggest checking on the 15th

 
 
 
 


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  #1452487 17-Dec-2015 19:18
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SiliconAudio:
LivingSkinny:
SiliconAudio:
LivingSkinny:
SiliconAudio: So, I got a reply back from Skinny.  They aren't using the 700 MHz spectrum at all:

Unfortunately our Skinny Broadband doesnt use 700MHZ 4G network ( Rural) we use Sparks 4G network HSDPA 850MHZ and UMTS 2100MHZ


I just need to correct this and apologise if you were given incorrect or misleading information.  

We use Spark's 4G network on 700Mhz, 1800Mhz and 2600Mhz for Skinny Broadband.  Whilst not all addresses that receive 4G coverage are eligible, as Spark expands their network we'll update our eligibility criteria.  In fact more addresses were just added this week and more will be added mid January.


Now I don't know who to believe.  700 MHz 4G is already available in my area.  Saying that you're waiting on Spark to expand the network doesn't make sense.

I share an Office with the Northland Spark team who tell me 4G 700 MHz is already available to me.  The Spark 4G-700 MHz map shows it's available to me, yet you're saying you are waiting on Spark to expand into my area?  Hmm...

I was ready to accept that you don't use the 700 MHz band, and that would have explained everything.  Now I am just more confused/bemused.  Currently, what I have in writing in an official Skinny response is that you do not have a product offering on 700 MHz, and I'm inclined to believe that based on all the information I have collected to date.


Skinny broadband is a 4G only product which runs on the 700Mhz, 1800mhz and 2600Mhz frequencies.

However, due to network capacity planning reasons it is not available everywhere that 4G is present.

It may be that additional capacity has to be added to an existing 4G capable area before it is eligible for Skinny Broadband.

I'm sorry that you were misinformed and I have taken steps to ensure our team receive additional training.


OK, thanks for clearing that up.  I look forward to it being available in my area, as it seems like the best product for me.  I like that I can just buy another 60 GB when I need/want to with your product versus the way the competing 4G products work.  Looking forward to getting anything better than the 5 Mbps I am stuck with now :)


The next address update will be loaded mid Jan and then monthly so I suggest checking on the 15th

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  #1452649 17-Dec-2015 21:14
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what i am wondering is how skinny is able to offer such cheap data.
if it is govt subsidised RBI data i thought it would only be available to rural users or people with no ADSL
so far the only adresses coming up that are available are in the city.
 if congestion is the issue thinly populated rural areas would not have that problem

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  #1454737 21-Dec-2015 19:20
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will thye being offering unlimited as well? 

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  #1455697 22-Dec-2015 22:28
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kaihoka: what i am wondering is how skinny is able to offer such cheap data.
if it is govt subsidised RBI data i thought it would only be available to rural users or people with no ADSL
so far the only adresses coming up that are available are in the city.
 if congestion is the issue thinly populated rural areas would not have that problem


The service is cheap because the 4G band is very cost effective and has a very large capacity. The units are also geographically locked to a specific tower.

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  #1455743 23-Dec-2015 02:07
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So will 2talk not work over this connection ???

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  #1455836 23-Dec-2015 09:57
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Well as a user of the service for the past week and a half I am a very happy.

I am in Auckland and my particular area is still limited to ADSL services only (usually about 10Mbps Down 700Kbps Up) with VDSL not doable and Fibre sometime away thought I would give this service a try in my desire for more speed.

With the Skinny 4G Broadband speeds have consistently far better 30+Mbps Down 20+Mbps Up so far once I found the best spot for the device in the house, that being said I polished off the first 60GB in a week so this new found speed may prove to be more expensive but I can live with that until fibre comes along.

Can't comment on VOIP services as I don't use any mobiles cater to all voice requirements in our household, but Skype and similar services work flawlessly.

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  #1455851 23-Dec-2015 10:16

haysking: So will 2talk not work over this connection ???


As long as you are using their sip proxy in your configuration its very likely 2talk will work.

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  #1455861 23-Dec-2015 10:41
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noroad:
haysking: So will 2talk not work over this connection ???


As long as you are using their sip proxy in your configuration its very likely 2talk will work.

I'm planning to get a connection soon to play with, so will post back (probably in new year) my results.





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