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#268289 10-Mar-2020 13:24
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I am currently investigating switching to Spark mobile and I see they offer free wifi with over 1000 zones. However their map seems to show less than 250 across the country.

 

Also, the map shows there are only 8 wifi zones in Christchurch with 3 of these being in the YHA on Hereford St.

 

So a couple of questions:
1. Do they actually have over 1000 wifi zones? If so where are they?
2. Is this service useful given the number of zones?

 

Keen to hear your experiences with this service, or just Spark in general.

 

Thanks,

 

 


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Uber Geek


  #2435679 10-Mar-2020 13:52
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Use payphone finder - find spots

 

Corner of Palms mall, Marshland Rd shops, Mobil Bealey, Dairy by Springfield/Edgeware

 

 

 

At least that use to be the trick, Use the phones connection, tap a wifi pod to the roof

 

Others have specific areas/ zones within popular or public spaces.




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Master Geek


  #2435682 10-Mar-2020 14:02
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Thanks, good to know.

 

But:

 

https://www.spark.co.nz/shop/landline/payphones/

 

Link to the payphone finder appears to be broken.


 
 
 
 


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Master Geek


  #2435687 10-Mar-2020 14:12
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Oblivian:

 

Use payphone finder - find spots

 

Corner of Palms mall, Marshland Rd shops, Mobil Bealey, Dairy by Springfield/Edgeware

 

 

 

At least that use to be the trick, Use the phones connection, tap a wifi pod to the roof

 

Others have specific areas/ zones within popular or public spaces.

 

 

Quote from website: "Some of our external booths are also WiFi zones"

 

From here


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  #2435691 10-Mar-2020 14:18
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I'm really curious why free WiFi would be a selling point these days.

 

 


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  #2435711 10-Mar-2020 14:41
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sbiddle:

 

I'm really curious why free WiFi would be a selling point these days.

 

 

It's quite nice to sit on my laptop in Midland Park

 

 


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  #2435715 10-Mar-2020 14:45
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Go to this link and click on Wifi sites: https://www.spark.co.nz/shop/mobile/network.html

 

From my own experience don't rely on them to all be working, the nearest one to me has been broken for a few years now


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Uber Geek


  #2435716 10-Mar-2020 14:45
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Not many Wi-Fi facilities remaining at payphones compared to say 2014.

 

I would be surprised if the 1000 locations claim is still accurate tbh.

 

Here is another link to a finder, click on "WiFi Zones":

 

https://www.spark.co.nz/help/contacts/support/store-finder/


 
 
 
 


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  #2435719 10-Mar-2020 14:50
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The Spark App shows you where all the free access points are





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  #2435734 10-Mar-2020 15:12
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sbiddle:

 

I'm really curious why free WiFi would be a selling point these days.

 

 

 

 

I agree. Free WiFi seems to always be really inconvenient for me i.e login pages and I always seem to be wary of the non-existent encryption protocols used.






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  #2435754 10-Mar-2020 15:51
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nztim:

 

sbiddle:

 

I'm really curious why free WiFi would be a selling point these days.

 

 

It's quite nice to sit on my laptop in Midland Park

 

 

 

 

CBDfree ??





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  #2435854 10-Mar-2020 17:59
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15 years ago when mobile data was quite expensive free wifi was a real good selling point; today, not so much (I haven't used it myself since 2010).


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  #2435905 10-Mar-2020 19:02
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I'd expect my teenage sister to use these a lot - always wants to hotspot off my cellphone


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  #2435945 10-Mar-2020 20:05
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I am intrigued. Where is the 1000 WiFi zones claim?


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  #2436112 11-Mar-2020 08:19
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Agreed. Years ago there were useful but these days not a selling point to be promoted in the "stuff you get " in your plan or prepay pack.

 

Maybe if they were in a LOT more places rather than just a few random telephone booths scattered around NZ.


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  #2436176 11-Mar-2020 10:01
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Whenever I use them on my iphone I get security warnings and it never works.





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