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Topic # 31134 5-Mar-2009 21:40
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Does any one know how to get on or become part of the the customer pilots that Telecom is planning to run for the new network?

I have an iphone 3G which would absolutley rock on the new network and I would be keen to help test the new network out.

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  Reply # 199511 5-Mar-2009 21:43
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one surefire way would be to get a job there :-)




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  Reply # 199519 5-Mar-2009 22:06
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Regs: one surefire way would be to get a job there :-)


Never thought of that angle......can you imagine the job interview...."so why do you want to work at telecom"

"Er um so I can trial your new network!!"

I will be porting my 027 number back to telecom once the network goes live anyway (only left a month ago because I won an iphone).

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  Reply # 199525 5-Mar-2009 22:25
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mule:
Regs: one surefire way would be to get a job there :-)


Never thought of that angle......can you imagine the job interview...."so why do you want to work at telecom"

"Er um so I can trial your new network!!"



don't forget: "and get free sky tv, unlimited internet and free homeline too!"




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  Reply # 199709 7-Mar-2009 01:50
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Regs: one surefire way would be to get a job there :-)


Not really.  very few Telecom staff are on the pilot.  Maybe 50-100 spread throughout the business.

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  Reply # 199710 7-Mar-2009 01:55
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Regs: one surefire way would be to get a job there :-)


Never thought of that angle......can you imagine the job interview...."so why do you want to work at telecom"

"Er um so I can trial your new network!!"



don't forget: "and get free sky tv, unlimited internet and free homeline too!"


the only it of that which is true is the homeline.

You get a basic BB plan paid for (Go I think which is what, 3GB?), and something like $50 subsidy to go towards either calling, extra data, or sky.    I use nealy $30 or so on upgrading BB to get the Pro plan (40GB) and the rest on calling. I still have to pay a bit every month (especially if I go over my data cap which is charged as normal)

Sky is also no longer available to new starters, but people with sky on their bill cankeep it there, but still have to pay for it out fo the $50 subsidy.

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  Reply # 199745 7-Mar-2009 12:35
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im not clear on the sky thing. say i work for telecom does this mean i get a subsidy for sky, and then how do i go and get this subsidy?im already on the broadband for free, i just want to know whats the highest data cap i can be on while still paying nothing.?it would be wicked to be testing the new network, especially with an iPhone

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  Reply # 199754 7-Mar-2009 13:01
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I don't think the Sky plan would be even possible now.

From the Telecom Website:
As of 16 May 2008, Telecom is no longer selling SKY Digital Start Up. Existing customers who currently subscribe to SKY with Telecom will continue to have their SKY billed through their Telecom account.

Have heard that the new network sims are only provided to very few select people.

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  Reply # 199766 7-Mar-2009 14:59
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If you are based in Ak or WN you could approach Alcatel-Lucent and offer to work on the network testing teams. Could be a chance to travel a large part of the country making LOTS of phone calls.

Although the test kits probably don't use iPhone3G's Laughing

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  Reply # 200147 9-Mar-2009 15:40
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mule: Does any one know how to get on or become part of the the customer pilots that Telecom is planning to run for the new network?

I have an iphone 3G which would absolutley rock on the new network and I would be keen to help test the new network out.


Current iPhone uses a completely incompatible radio, it won't work on the new Telecom network anyway.

EDIT: Dis-regard, remarkably stupid & wrong.

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Reply # 200149 9-Mar-2009 15:42
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mule: Does any one know how to get on or become part of the the customer pilots that Telecom is planning to run for the new network?

I have an iphone 3G which would absolutley rock on the new network and I would be keen to help test the new network out.


Current iPhone uses a completely incompatible radio, it won't work on the new Telecom network anyway.


The Apple iPhone won't work, but the Apple iPhone 3G will work on Telecom's new network with no problems - better than on the Vodafone network actually. This has been discussed here on Geekzone already.




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Reply # 200155 9-Mar-2009 15:48
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Sorry about that, didn't realise they were installing 2100Mhz towers to a useful extent. Might have to switch my trusty W900 over to Telecom if they're coverage ends up exceeding VF's as SE don't make a 900Mhz phone other than the X1, and I don't really want a Win-phone.

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Reply # 200157 9-Mar-2009 15:50
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stevenz: Sorry about that, didn't realise they were installing 2100Mhz towers to a useful extent.?Might have to switch my trusty W900 over to Telecom if they're coverage ends up exceeding VF's as SE don't make a 900Mhz phone other than the X1, and I don't really want a Win-phone.


Once again for everyone's benefit.

The iPhone 3G operates in WCDMA 850MHz and 2100MHz. Telecom's new network is 850MHz everywhere with some 2100 MHz in the middle. That's why the iPhone 3G will work really well on this new network.

For comparison, Vodafone's 3G network is 2100 MHz in the main centres and 900MHz outside, which means the iPhone 3G they sell now won't work outside the metropolitan areas at all.

Is that clear now to everyone?

Please read this blog post.




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  Reply # 200166 9-Mar-2009 16:07
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freitasm: 

[...] which means the iPhone 3G they [Vodafone] sell now won't work outside the metropolitan areas at all.



Vodafone's GSM coverage will still be available - but that isn't any fun.




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  Reply # 200196 9-Mar-2009 17:19
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The iPhone doesnt even work well on vodafone in the cities because for some stupid reason they always fall back to 2G when you get on a call or start to actually use the net on it for something more then a trickle of data.

Best thing about telecom is no worthless 2G to fall back onto when the phone decides, so it will stay 3g all the time.




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Reply # 200258 9-Mar-2009 22:16
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So gettting back on topic here for a minute.....the upshot of the replies is that no one is aware of telecom looking for consumers (I am excluding those who might be invited to test for some reason or another) to voluntaire to test their new network before it goes live.

I thought it would be the case, but also thought there was an oportunity to get some tech savy people on the network early so they could rave about its performance and coverage (thats assuming it correct) before it goes live to the general public, hopefully raising the hype of the new network...... never mind, I will be watching this space with anticipation for a go live date so I can port my 027 number back.

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