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Topic # 9293 5-Sep-2006 17:37
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I could not believe this, Today I looked into changing my plan from iHug to someone more reliable.
The search looks to be almost dumping my landline and data plan altogether (which I use once a month) and stickin with the harrier.

A look at Xtra's website revealed
Xtra GO at $49.95* 128k upload, 2MBps plan 1GB data cap.

My mobile data running on Telecoms CDMA evdo 027 network.
CDMA $55, 200k upload, 720k download, 1GB datacap. (my usage speeds)

Or of course,, there is the Vodafone 1GB plan, 128k upload, 300k download for $55 also.

You can get 5GB data for $49.95 a month if you commit to making all direct-dial toll calls all with Telecom.



* if you have your tolls elsewhere



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  Reply # 45477 5-Sep-2006 18:52
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I havealso read some rumors that VF plans may get even better once the new network is up and running after the 12th September. Apparently they are going to push it as a viable alternative to ADSL.

No doubt T'com will follow suit.




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  Reply # 45488 5-Sep-2006 19:57
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its only a matter of time before the Mobile providers start offering 3,5,10gb options on their networks. Thats onc of the reasons some of the no network ISP's have signed MNVO contracts with Vodafone.

I guess they see the advantages of using cellular to provide broadband, only problem is Vodafones 3g really wont have a real influence on the national broadband market until is is enabled on 900mhz, the 2100mhz is proven overseas to be long term non viable for large coverage foot prints. But that only takes time and money, VNZ has plenty of this to throw around.

TNZ have a big advantage here as EVDO has a much better foot print from enabled sites but also from a Technology point of view. Telecom just haven't yet decided on MNVO's, they are only around corner though with TNZ.

TNZ main prob at mo is the 1gb plan is only availanble on PDA's and data cards, routers and fixed modems inc the minimax currently cannot have these plans loaded, once they wake up to this and the initial rev a roll out is done and rev 0 is expanded the broadband market will really hot up, maybe the orcoms of the world will wont to onsale TNZ's 3g. Also Wimax is only just round the corner, another card TNZ is waiting to roll out possibly.

I have heard rumors that a 5gb plan will be available in TNZ on Rev A and HSDPA on VNZ with in 6 months, rumors but totally possibly! the way things are going.






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Reply # 45717 9-Sep-2006 15:30
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Voda don't have a hope in hell competing in any meaningful way with wired broadband over the next 3-5 (other than PR hype sucked up by sycophantic tech illiterate journos at the herald and elsewhere) - take a look at their published postage stamp size 3G coverage compared to EVDO? Why's that - UMTS 3G reguires roughly four times the cell site density of 800Mhz cellular and with sites costing around $500,000 each (kit, land, resource consents up to half the cost due the commie RMA) the economics don't stack up...

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