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Topic # 46704 7-Nov-2009 23:17
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I get a low but usable 2100 over most of the house, so I thought I would get a 850 device and see what it is like.

Anyway, there is nothing in heaps of places. With the aircard I have to plug the big goofy flat antenna into it to get any 850 in most places, and then its at -95dB or so - with it on 2100 its -89 to -90 around the place.

Is there places where that is to be expected, or is it possible I have a faulty aircard - its definatly seeing the 850 since when I set it to 3g 850 only it doesnt see vodafone which it does if I set it to 3g all.

May be scoring a 850 capable nokia shortly but if there is no signal here than nothing to be gained moving to telecom really.




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  Reply # 270960 8-Nov-2009 00:12
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Is this Telecom XT or CDMA? I get perfectly fine signal on CDMA.





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  Reply # 270962 8-Nov-2009 00:52
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I'm guessing that since he mentions 3G that hes talking about the XT network :)

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  Reply # 270974 8-Nov-2009 08:41
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Make sure the card is WCDMA 850

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  Reply # 270982 8-Nov-2009 09:42
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What coverage do the coverage maps display when you put in your address?

http://www.telecom.co.nz/coverage

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  Reply # 271004 8-Nov-2009 13:17
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It is, its a big pond branded  sierra wireless aircard 880U - works great when I have my vodafone sim in it but thats hardly proving that the 2100 works.

Basically without the big flap antenna it will not see 850, only 2100, and since 850 is better at in building I would suspect the other way would be what I should be seeing. With the flappy antenna it sees both. So I am suspecting it may be partially stuffed.

Heres the map. I would expect more than "fair" for an urban area.

The thing is, CDMA is pretty much ok here (was a lot better before the XT rollout) - can use it everywhere in the house except the basement ok. Some deadspots if the phone is put down but when on a call its no worries prettymuch.

screencap of coverage





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