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  Reply # 384479 26-Sep-2010 10:18
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c71931f: Apparently there's no 2100MHz coverage in Nelson, even tho a originally-vodafone phone works on XT & that only has 2100MHz, not 850MHz ...

Yes there is - XT has 2100 coverage in Nelson; same as New Plymouth though, it doesn't cover everywhere.

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  Reply # 384480 26-Sep-2010 10:19
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freitasm:
quickymart: You imported it to NZ or bought it overseas and came here? Did you check the specs before buying it? People can get caught out by this.

As a rule (from my experience): if you buy a WCDMA phone from America, it'll work on XT.
If you buy a WCDMA phone from Europe it'll work on Vodafone.


If you buy a WCDMA phone from AT&T in the U.S. it will work on XT. However if you buy it from T-Mobile in the U.S. it won't work on XT.


Aha! I was close :)

 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 384552 26-Sep-2010 15:25
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quickymart: You imported it to NZ or bought it overseas and came here? Did you check the specs before buying it? People can get caught out by this.

As a rule (from my experience): if you buy a WCDMA phone from America, it'll work on XT.
If you buy a WCDMA phone from Europe it'll work on Vodafone.


I imported it to NZ. And I knew that it wouldnt work on the 850 3G network when I bought it, but at the time I needed a phone which works on Vodafone 3G, but recently my parents have been having thoughts about moving to New Plymouth and so if I did move down there I'd need a phone that works on XT sadly...



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  Reply # 384555 26-Sep-2010 15:28
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BarTender: Here is something I have been working on:

http://sites.google.com/site/wooshinfo/dump.kml

Which means you can load it straight up in Google Maps:

However there is a limit of 1000 element in Google Maps, so I am going to split them into the relevant sites, since both Vodafone and Telecom have over 1000 sites per frequency.


Thanks, I downloaded the linked file but how do i open it

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  Reply # 384558 26-Sep-2010 15:32
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RealityClash:
BarTender: Here is something I have been working on:

http://sites.google.com/site/wooshinfo/dump.kml

Which means you can load it straight up in Google Maps:

However there is a limit of 1000 element in Google Maps, so I am going to split them into the relevant sites, since both Vodafone and Telecom have over 1000 sites per frequency.


Thanks, I downloaded the linked file but how do i open it


You need to either have Google Earth installed, or you can paste the link into Google Maps.

Check out my blog entry: http://www.geekzone.co.nz/BarTender/7403

Which lets you either download the KML to load into Google Earth, or show the KML in Google Maps.

When using Google Maps don't select the "All Sites" since Google limits the number of points to 1000, which is one Telco with the number of cellsites both Telecom and Vodafone run.





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  Reply # 384587 26-Sep-2010 17:23
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Don't bother going on XT if you only have 2100mhz.. Are you just worried about the txt packs or do you use a lot of data as well?



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  Reply # 384679 26-Sep-2010 21:26
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kyhwana2: Don't bother going on XT if you only have 2100mhz.. Are you just worried about the txt packs or do you use a lot of data as well?


I just want to be able to txt people on XT, im not fussed if it means I have to go on a plan on vodafone or 2degrees if 2100 coverage on XT isnt even worth thinking about.

I never call anyone and im not so worried if I cant use 3G internet etc, just as long I can send at least 2000 - 3000 txts a month for under $20 :)

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  Reply # 384690 26-Sep-2010 22:16
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hmm, 2degree's txt pack is 1000 for $10 till end of this year, 500 txts usually..
http://www.2degreesmobile.co.nz/text-pack
Not including the free txts in the month you top up..
Vodafones txt2000 pack only includes txts to vodafone phones, so that's pretty fail right there...

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  Reply # 384767 27-Sep-2010 09:49
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RealityClash:
kyhwana2: Don't bother going on XT if you only have 2100mhz.. Are you just worried about the txt packs or do you use a lot of data as well?


I just want to be able to txt people on XT, im not fussed if it means I have to go on a plan on vodafone or 2degrees if 2100 coverage on XT isnt even worth thinking about.

I never call anyone and im not so worried if I cant use 3G internet etc, just as long I can send at least 2000 - 3000 txts a month for under $20 :)

Only issue is, having 2500 texts to send isn't much good if you go out of the (rather limited) 2100 coverage area and can't use your phone :(

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  Reply # 384800 27-Sep-2010 10:36
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I admit the 2100 is pretty hit and miss for XT, but i leave my XT sim in my phone and enjoy hspa across most of Auckland on 2100. Admittedly heading out of town i need to swap the sims around, but for normal day to day use i get good coverage and nice speeds!

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  Reply # 385052 27-Sep-2010 17:21
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When I tried it there were whole suburbs missing out on it, and the inbuilding was probably worse than vodafones 2100 was.





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