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# 41713 21-Sep-2009 21:25
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Hi,

Was wondering if anybody had has success with Vodafone handsets being used Telecom's XT network? I am considering buying a Sony Ericsson C903 phone from Vody and putting it on XT. Telecom website SAYS its compatible, but I was wondering if anyone had concrete experiences with this and what some of the problems that occurred may have been??

Cheers for your assistance/advice.


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# 257448 21-Sep-2009 21:27
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If the handset supports WCDMA850 its not rocket science of course it will work

Have you read around the forums??

Another post answered 100s of times around geekzone

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  # 257450 21-Sep-2009 21:32
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The C903 I would not use on telecom XT

3G Extended Coverage
This device supports Vodafone 3G Extended coverage (3G over 900MHz)

Telecom XT is %100 WCDMA 850 with very limited 2100mhz WCDMA

Vodafone NZ is a mix of 2100mhz WCDMA with 900mhz WCDMA

GSM900 and limited GSM1800 mhz

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  # 257452 21-Sep-2009 21:35
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What John is saying is that Telecom is a 850 MHz network. They do have 2100 MHz cellsites but is for capacity support only - don't count on them for coverage.

In other words, unless the handset is 850 MHz, it will work - with very limited coverage. I repeat VERY LIMITED COVERAGE. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK.




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  # 257456 21-Sep-2009 21:50
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  # 257457 21-Sep-2009 21:51
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Thank you for the advice John & Mauricio! I also found the page about compatible models. But Mauricio - you say even th C903a will not perform very well on XT?? Darn!! (its on special and has better spec than similarly priced XT phones lol). But its gotta do the job and if it don't it ain't worth it huh.
Again, cheers for the info. Have saved me from making an expensive error (and made me consider whether the phone is worth swtiching to Vodafone for!) :P

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  # 257467 21-Sep-2009 23:25
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traceywnz: Thank you for the advice John & Mauricio! I also found the page about compatible models. But Mauricio - you say even th C903a will not perform very well on XT?? Darn!! (its on special and has better spec than similarly priced XT phones lol). But its gotta do the job and if it don't it ain't worth it huh.
Again, cheers for the info. Have saved me from making an expensive error (and made me consider whether the phone is worth swtiching to Vodafone for!) :P


The c903 will not work, but the c903a will work.


In short; Sony Ericsson phones have an 'a' following the model code if it will work on an 850MHz WCDMA network.




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  # 257477 22-Sep-2009 06:39
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There are NO handsets in the market that will give you an optimal experience on both XT and VF.

If you buy a VF handset with 900 3G support your phone won't work across most of the country on XT because it uses 850Mhz 3G.

If you buy a XT handset it will be limited to GSM/GPRS across most of the country where Vodafone have deployed 900 3G. You will only have coverage typicaslly in the major citires where 2100Mhz 3G is deployed.

To sum it up:

1) If you want to use XT buy a handset from Telecom.

2) If you want to use VF buy a handset from VF.

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