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Topic # 4546 1-Aug-2005 11:53
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Finally, officially, Mobile Broadband roaming to Oz is available.
EVDO in all cities apparently, and 80kbps 1x in the regions.
Call Telecom roaming before you go to confirm you are set up.




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Reply # 17334 1-Aug-2005 11:58
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Great stuff! Most importantly, how much would this be? Hope it is not $30/MB like Vodafone GPRS...





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Reply # 17336 1-Aug-2005 12:12
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Actually 1x roaming has been on since 2003 (unbilled). EVDO and the billing is what is new.

 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 17347 1-Aug-2005 14:28
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Hence the "officially" part Jama :-P
Unbilled roaming has also been unsupported roaming. You cant tell someone "yes you can roam" in case they have difficulties - the official word was "no, no roaming..."

Not sure on cost - I phoned the roaming helpdesk (0800492120) and waited on hold for 14 minutes before giving up. Why oh why cant they tell us how long the queue is when we ring??





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  Reply # 17358 1-Aug-2005 16:50
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If telecom have launched a service should the price not be on the telecom website!

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Reply # 17359 1-Aug-2005 17:07
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Whatever Disenchanted.... a lot of corporates have been using 1x roaming for over a year with no issues. All data devices by default have been loaded with a PRL supporting Telstra CDMA since 2002.



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Reply # 17360 1-Aug-2005 17:15
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im not disputing that, but no ones been able to go to a customer and proactively offer them data roaming unless they were prepared to run the risk of dealing with the fallout should the service have not worked.

Telecom were not providing its partners with information or support for it - but now they are.

Thats all :-)




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  Reply # 17361 1-Aug-2005 17:17
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johnr: If telecom have launched a service should the price not be on the telecom website!

Nope, not necessarily. Telecom have lots of services that are not priced on the website for various reasons.

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Reply # 17365 1-Aug-2005 17:28
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OK - fair enough and it is good to finally be (or soon to be) official and a good move waiting to provide EVDO as well. So you all know mobile@jamamobile password: telecom works in Aussie. No need to change username/password.



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Reply # 17366 1-Aug-2005 17:30
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oh darn it!! you told everyone my login!! my bills gonna be HUGE!!!!!!!!!

I should book a trip to Gold Coast now to test it out :-)

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Reply # 17367 1-Aug-2005 17:33
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It goes well. I was getting averages of 105kbps on 1x in Bundaberg a couple of weeks ago. Haven't personally tried EVDO myself but I have it on good authority that it is slightly slower than what we get here. For the record some testing last week in Aus on '3' produced continual averages of 220kbps (UMTS).

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But how much for the EV-DO/1X roaming?

It is very annoying that almost no operators offer pre-paid mobile data, in fact Vodafone NZ is one of the very few - I don't know of any others. What I mean is Pre-pay connections that provide unregulated internet access - most Pre-pay connections globally only permit access to walled garden WAP type services.

If you know of any others, what is the operator, how much per MB, and what is the APN? We could compile a very useful list here to be maintained on Geekzone.

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Reply # 17466 3-Aug-2005 00:48
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I have a huge list of APN's including a pile which most prividers will never tell you.
None for Prepaid though (apart from my one sim card which miracle'y "worked" and didn't charge a cent!)

Yes the Telecom "free" roaming was fantastic. I luckily got free roaming on Telecom AND Voda there :-) I was a very happy Chappy, those 2 Poor poor PDA's. at least my 1GB card was well used.




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  Reply # 17470 3-Aug-2005 08:24
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Yet another example of TNZ providing a free service because they didnt have the capability to bill it all figured out. :-) Smart way of doing it. Customers have effectively tested the system long term, now Telecom can launch it, and know what to expect.




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Reply # 17471 3-Aug-2005 08:25
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It's about $20/mb on casual plan





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  Reply # 17472 3-Aug-2005 08:28
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i wonder i wonder i wonder if anyone from oz got a telecom new zealand card, so they would have had permanent (semi) free mob data in their home city????

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