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Topic # 34841 30-May-2009 10:50
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With the XT Network launch and some of small hiccups we've seen (mainly due to activation and overloaded workers), I am interested to know more about the other side...

I have been using the XT Network for about two or three weeks before launch, so it doesn't count much due to lack of "competitors" on bandwidth.

So my request is for people who are successfully connected to post their impressions here. No discussions please, just reports (good things, bad things) about the network performance, your location (or where you recorded the good and bad coverage), and other bits of information.

Let's see...





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  Reply # 219732 30-May-2009 10:55
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Really happy with full signal strength all over Napier and Hastings yesterday and last night.

Hammered my 6120c with loads of calls, text, data, and battery still at half.

Call quality seems to be really really good.







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  Reply # 219754 30-May-2009 12:14
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I got a 6120c as well yesterday morning. Took about 4 hours to activate which I was told would be the case. Fine by me. Very good service in the store I was at. So far I have not seen my reception drop one bar at all anywhere in Christchurch. It almost made me wonder if it was just stuck on full.

Data is fast, calls are very clear. Battery life hasn't been so good, may just need a few cycles to get it up to full capacity. Oh and I must mention that this phone is insane for the price, a very good deal IMO.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 219760 30-May-2009 12:26
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I got my cheapy Nokia 3120 (which I'm actually quite impressed with considering). I wandered out of the store at about 6:30 with the new SIM, and by 7:10 the phone had kicked in.

Full reception at home here whereas Vodafone's 2100Mhz would be quite intermittent, installed a couple of small essetials OTA and they downloaded extremely quickly.

Plus I got free jellybeans, so I'm happy. There's one small potential issue which I'll discuss in another thread.

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  Reply # 219761 30-May-2009 12:26
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A full new exchange activesync on a 6120 (including 400 contacts, a metric truckload of calendar and task items, and lots of email) was SIGNIFICANTLY faster than doing it on any of my CDMA WinMo devices.

Not sure if its just the network at play, but everything to do with data feels so snappy and responsive!







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  Reply # 219781 30-May-2009 13:07
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Got an XT prepaid SIM, put it in my iPhone 3G and I'm totally impressed with the coverage, speeds, and PRICES! No more long term commitments, and 1GB of data on prepay! Totally awesome! And, it's cheaper than Vodafone too! No more dropping back to GPRS, or one bar signal.

Oh, I've got on gripe about it though: why does it have to take 12 - 24 hours to activate my 1GB data plan? And the thing is, even AFTER 24 hours, I still haven't got my data plan activated!

The network is too good 10MB for a day isn't really enough, is it?

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  Reply # 219789 30-May-2009 13:24
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Got an E71 and shifted prepaid account over from CDMA to XT at 9am from the Westfield Queensgate store in Lower Hutt, was activated almost instantly.

Call quality is great, full signal everywhere I have been so far, pricing is great (for me) and will be roaming near end of June so will see how that goes.

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  Reply # 219806 30-May-2009 14:08
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Dropped a Telecom prepaid SIM into one of our test phones (N95 8GB), network detected the device and automatically fired through the welcome message and correct Internet and other settings so that side of things seems to be working well.




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  Reply # 219952 30-May-2009 21:19
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using a 6120c, however coverage around Dannemora, and Botany Downs was suprisngly low. No coverage at my house and about 1 or 2 bars out on the drive

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  Reply # 219958 30-May-2009 21:32
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Hi bonkiebonks

I have just sent you a PM.

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  Reply # 219964 30-May-2009 22:03
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bonkiebonks: Got an XT prepaid SIM, put it in my iPhone 3G and I'm totally impressed with the coverage, speeds, and PRICES! No more long term commitments, and 1GB of data on prepay! Totally awesome! And, it's cheaper than Vodafone too! No more dropping back to GPRS, or one bar signal.


I've been having the same very poor service/call quality issues with my iPhone 3G on Vodafone as well... so picked up a pre-paid XT SIM to test on Friday - as per Tony's post, initial impressions were very positive here in Napier. Enough so that I'll be looking to port my main number over this coming week.

So thumbs up on service quality so far.




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  Reply # 219969 30-May-2009 22:07
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RedJungle:
I've been having the same very poor service/call quality issues with my iPhone 3G on Vodafone as well... so picked up a pre-paid XT SIM to test on Friday - as per Tony's post, initial impressions were very positive here in Napier. Enough so that I'll be looking to port my main number over this coming week.

So thumbs up on service quality so far.



Good to hear. Just a heads up you can re-use SIM cards on the Telecom network unlike VFNZ. So if you’re prepaid they can just disconnect your prepaid number and port your number across onto that SIM. If you’re post-paid Telecom will give you a free SIM anyway.

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  Reply # 219979 30-May-2009 22:49

I was the first customer in telecom store lynnmall on Friday, signed up to new account. Worked as soon as I put the sim in my iPhone and have had very strong signal all around Auckland. Data speed is great no more GPRS which it kept dropping to on Vodafone. Plans are way more flexable than vodafones iPhone plans. Very pleased with the whole experience.

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  Reply # 220000 30-May-2009 23:43
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I have been with Vodafone since Bellsouth days - had a work Telecom handset during the same period. I switched. i decided to do a test.

i have a 6121 and a 6120 that i purchased yesterday.

the 6121 is almost flat with no calls and the 6120 is only one bar down.

the call quality on the xt network is superior in every respect.

does anyone else notice voda handsets suck the batt life?

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  Reply # 220119 31-May-2009 13:24
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Was connected instantly, put the sim card in, and joined my favourites 1st thing, and was making calls 2 minutes later.

I wouldnt use the XT network for Data usage though...Ludicrous prices, would have to be a mad man.

Browsed igoogle and my email on friday... 5 megs within 5 seconds, cut my losses and decided to keep to wifi connections. I have free wifi at home, work and Uni so it does the job for me.

Texting and calling is much more reasonable where a top up of 60 bucks gets me 80 bucks credit, Im sorted for the next 6 months.

Its really just vodafone with plans that suit my usage.


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  Reply # 220127 31-May-2009 14:11
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Had a long wait to get the sim activated but now its going using my iphone 3G
im very happy with it no more dropping back to 2g
Good job telecom :)

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