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#10893 18-Dec-2006 13:54
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who thinks that vodafone's 3g broadband is going to be a thing of the past once slingshot's new wimax network is completed nationwide because they just got that 499million dollar plus funding from japan? look what slingshot max wireless offer currently:

For $99.90 you get a phoneline with caller id,call waiting and you get full speed unlimited broadband and cheap capped calling.

compare this to vodafone's 3g broadband and you get only 1gb of data for $59.95 on no contract. i mean this is half of the total price for slingshot max wireless and you only get 1gb of data. both vodafone and slingshot max wireless use wireless networks so why can slingshot max wireless offer unlimited data and vodafone only offers 1gb? i would have at least liked vodafone to have a 10gb cap for a no contract $59.95 a month and when they get their full speeds with hsdpa upgrade users at the same price.

also look at the wimax mobile phones coming out next year:

I mean vodafone's 3g broadband network should be able to handle this because it has been around for longer than slingshot's new wireless network so it should be able to handle heavy data loads.And wouldn't it be great if vodafone offered any amount of additional 3g broadband modems for $10 a month?

also look at this wimax router:,1558,1789754,00.asp

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  #55785 18-Dec-2006 14:12
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stacey1122: also look at this wimax router:,1558,1789754,00.asp

This is a very old news article from April 05.  In it they mention trials during Q2 05 with rollout during Q3 05.

BCL (now Kordia) use AirSpan equipment as mentioned in the article referred to.  A few months back Kordia announced that they saw no reason to migrate their EXTEND network onto WiMax.  A short-sighted decision I think.  However, it's doubtful that CallPlus would be using AirSpan equipment given the existing tie-up with Kordia.  AirSpan gear seems very expensive from the dealings I have had with it.

stacey1122: also look at the wimax mobile phones coming out next year:

These WiMax/GSM phones support Mobile WiMax which is a different standard than ordinary WiMax.  It remains to be seen whether CallPlus will support Mobile WiMax.  So far as I am aware, their existing trial in Whangarei uses ordinary WiMax which is intended for stationary use.

stacey1122: who thinks that vodafone's 3g broadband is going to be a thing of the past once slingshot's new wimax network is completed nationwide

Anyone who believes that is making a very brave (or foolhardy) call indeed.  There is a lot more to building a nationwide mobile phone / data network than just rolling out some base stations.

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#55787 18-Dec-2006 14:17
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These are all different technologies. WiMax is more a replacement for last mile wired networks than anything else. It's designed for data.

Vodafone HSDPA should be compared to Telecom's CDMA EV-DO Rev A. Those are hybrid voice and data networks.

Companies such as Sprint are planning to operating CDMA EV-DO for voice and WiMax for data, but with the option of using CDMA EV-DO for data where WiMax is not available due to spectrum issues.

They all have their space in the business.



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