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#18667 18-Jan-2008 21:43
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Good news everyone.

Telstra has now delayed the planned CDMA closure until April 28, as a result from pressure from the Australian Government.

For the official Telstra Press Release, see this reply.




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Well, I have just arrived back in the country, and this is great news to arrive to.

I am off now to seek out some more information about the delayed closure.

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  #105619 18-Jan-2008 23:36
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Maybe Telecom will use the time to launch a new WorldMode phone. :)




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  #105621 18-Jan-2008 23:44
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That is a given, and widely reported on (including right here on Geekzone).

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  #105622 18-Jan-2008 23:53
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For those of you interested, here is the Telstra Press Release;

http://www.telstra.com.au/abouttelstra/media/announcements_article.cfm?ObjectID=41577

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  #105629 19-Jan-2008 06:44
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It's really only going to benefit Telecom roaming customers - Telstra only have a handful of customers left on CDMA so the decision is harldy beneficial to most of them who already have new phones!

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sbiddle: It's really only going to benefit Telecom roaming customers - Telstra only have a handful of customers left on CDMA so the decision is harldy beneficial to most of them who already have new phones!



Really? From what I have been reading, Telstra could have as many as 800,000 customers still on the CDMA network, hardly what you would call a handful! One of Telstra's resellers has also been quoted in referrence to this number.

http://www.news.com.au/mercury/story/0,22884,22997182-5007221,00.html

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  #105656 19-Jan-2008 11:27
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I recall reading an article around Xmas time that said there were less than 100000 "active" connections left. I guess only Telstra would know the true figure and if it's not looking good for them then they're probably not going to tell anybody! :-)



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  #105657 19-Jan-2008 11:29
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The official Government report is here

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  #107128 28-Jan-2008 10:20
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I'll bet ya TCNZ are loosing corporate customers in droves to Voda at the moment!!!

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  #107129 28-Jan-2008 10:24
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News of such a change could have really impacted Telecom - but now that Telstra has been forced to wait, those who switched might just kick themselves...

But Telecom needs to open up their 'range' a little. I mean - one WorldMode phone?... and it doesn't support ALL frequencies worldwide. So what kind of roaming phone is that?




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  #107130 28-Jan-2008 10:25
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They sent one a communication about roaming in Australia (I got a letter), basically you can get loan phones for your stay or 'worldmode' devices. Its a bit of a hassle, yes, but worth switching - probably not.

I would assume that corporates would be contacted by their account managers regarding this. Remember, that this does not affect roaming to other CDMA enabled countries.




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#107134 28-Jan-2008 10:31
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manhinli: But Telecom needs to open up their 'range' a little. I mean - one WorldMode phone?... and it doesn't support ALL frequencies worldwide. So what kind of roaming phone is that?


Telecom is coming with a range of worldmode phones, including a Windows Mobile device (Samsung Blackjack), a RIM BlackBerry, and a couple of other new phones.




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  #107137 28-Jan-2008 10:39
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cokemaster: They sent one a communication about roaming in Australia (I got a letter), basically you can get loan phones for your stay or 'worldmode' devices. Its a bit of a hassle, yes, but worth switching - probably not.

I would assume that corporates would be contacted by their account managers regarding this. Remember, that this does not affect roaming to other CDMA enabled countries.


What customer is going to be happy about giving thier phone up for a clapped out (and most of them were) old GSM phone just so they can roam properly while overseas??? To quote a famous brother from East Christchurch, "Not Many, If Any!"

Also how many other countries are there worldwise where you can roam on CDMA?? The list is very thin, and is made up of places your average kiwi wouldn't visit very often.

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  #107139 28-Jan-2008 10:41
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manhinli: But Telecom needs to open up their 'range' a little. I mean - one WorldMode phone?... and it doesn't support ALL frequencies worldwide. So what kind of roaming phone is that?


Telecom is coming with a range of worldmode phones, including a Windows Mobile device (Samsung Blackjack), a RIM BlackBerry, and a couple of other new phones.

I knew that - but I was trying to say that they should have launched with a better range.




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  #107146 28-Jan-2008 10:50
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What customer is going to be happy about giving thier phone up for a clapped out (and most of them were) old GSM phone just so they can roam properly while overseas??? To quote a famous brother from East Christchurch, "Not Many, If Any!"



Thats true, switching phones is always a hassle. Hence why there are worldmode devices which have dual radios in them. Perhaps you should see some of the so called old gsm phones before knocking them?

But in saying that, roaming is something that is not performed every day (for most people) so while there is an impact, its not as bad as one may think.

Also how many other countries are there worldwise where you can roam on CDMA?? The list is very thin, and is made up of places your average kiwi wouldn't visit very often.


There aren't as many as GSM networks, however there are a lot of countries that do use CDMA.




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