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#28407 28-Nov-2008 15:41
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I just got an email telling me Telecom New Zealand is now accepting incoming roaming from their first partner...


Telecom’s new W850 mobile network passed a key milestone this week with the start of inbound roaming for overseas visitors.
 
CEO Telecom Retail Alan Gourdie said the roaming arrangements launched this week are with Telstra Corporation Australia and the Digicel Group who cover a range of Pacific Islands.
 
Further reciprocal roaming agreements with global providers will be activated over the coming months so by June Telecom will also offer customers over 170 overseas destinations for voice and texting and over 110 destinations for internet data.
 
“We have set ambitious targets for our new mobile network and everyone in our business is galvanised around meeting those targets and bringing exciting mobile services to all our customers,” said Mr Gourdie.
 
“We are pleased to reach this milestone within our committed timeframes and thrilled with the progress overall of the new mobile network’s rollout.”
 
This month Telecom also commenced its planned pilot programme with a group of internal local users. The pilot, which is focused on ensuring a best-in-class customer experience, will build up further in the coming months.
 
Telecom’s new mobile network now has active coverage for inbound customers in the Auckland CBD, Auckland airport and city-to-airport commuter route. Work is also on track for similar coverage in Wellington and Christchurch by early 2009.
 
In October Telecom announced plans to deliver World Class 3G services and fast mobile broadband to 97% of New Zealanders, up to a year in advance of its main competitor’s plans.
 
With a full launch due by June, the service will offer the best nationwide coverage, the fastest internet on mobile, a wide range of world-leading handsets, as well as better content, music and business applications.
 
Telecom is offering a range of promotions to existing and new customers who sign up with Telecom that make it easy, and attractive, for them to be amongst the first on the new mobile network next year. Gen-i clients are also being provided with migration options for the new network through their client managers.
 
About Telecom’s new mobile network
Telecom’s new nationwide 3G mobile network is based on WCDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access) technology, using a frequency of 850 Mega Hertz (MHz).  Over the past year a growing number of leading mobile providers internationally have launched WCDMA at 850MHz mobile networks, including AT&T in the United States and Telstra in Australia. T-Day for full launch of services will be by June next year.
 





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  #180951 28-Nov-2008 16:56
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I expect VF will start upping the ante now, with even more agressive advertsiing? I wonder is overseas users when arriving in NZ get a choice of which provider to use?



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#180953 28-Nov-2008 17:00
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I expect Telstra 3G users to automatically find Telecom's network first because it will be on 850MHz, the same band as in Australia.

Only when out of range the handset would switch to other bands, so if Telecom is doing it from the Airport and on the way to the CBD there's great chance they will catch a lot of voice calls. I mean who doesn't call back home to say "I am here, all ok" as soon as you leave an airport?




 
 
 
 


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  #181270 30-Nov-2008 23:15
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freitasm: I mean who doesn't call back home to say "I am here, all ok" as soon as you leave an airport?

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  #181275 30-Nov-2008 23:41
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I have a 3G iPhone on O2 and can not find a TCNZ network from my Remuera Auckland home

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  #181322 1-Dec-2008 11:06
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So who's going to be the first Geekzoner to make a call?




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  #181436 1-Dec-2008 19:31
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As soon as I get the chance to go into the CBD, I should be able to log onto the Telecom network with my O2 iPhone on roaming



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  #181438 1-Dec-2008 19:47
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Note that this press release says roaming is active with Telstra and Digicel only.




 
 
 
 


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  #181452 1-Dec-2008 20:42
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They are definitely making progress with there changeover too (from 2G - 850 3G). Noticed when trying to scan some area's in the Waikato, I can no longer pickup the Telecom sites = concluding, the 2G I could pickup before is now gone, and my phone can't do 850 3G.




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  #181459 1-Dec-2008 21:06
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Wonder if my VFAU sim will work. Might have to try when I get home.

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  #181472 1-Dec-2008 22:14
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n00dy: I expect VF will start upping the ante now, with even more agressive advertsiing? I wonder is overseas users when arriving in NZ get a choice of which provider to use?


LOL.  i just got a call from a vodafone account manager today - perhaps that is part of vf recognising that they have to up their game a bit. In the past i've been told to bugger off and talk to a dealer about our account.




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adamj: Wonder if my VFAU sim will work. Might have to try when I get home.


Probably not:

freitasm: I just got an email telling me Telecom New Zealand is now accepting incoming roaming from their first partner...


Telecom’s new W850 mobile network passed a key milestone this week with the start of inbound roaming for overseas visitors.
 
CEO Telecom Retail Alan Gourdie said the roaming arrangements launched this week are with Telstra Corporation Australia and the Digicel Group who cover a range of Pacific Islands. 
 
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