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  Reply # 752217 28-Jan-2013 19:47
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As above to get access to the U900 network you need a handset that supports the technology

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  Reply # 752335 28-Jan-2013 22:07
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johnr: As above to get access to the U900 network you need a handset that supports the technology

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Ha!

Again my bad:(

It turns out my (now dated) iPhone 3G would work better on telekom's 850' as can't support 3G on 900' sorry!

"The iPhone 3G and 3GS, as well as the forthcoming iPad, all contain 3G antenna/chipsets that support UMTS/HSDPA at 850, 1900, and 2100 MHz. UMTS/HSDPA is an alphabet-soup way of referring to the GSM flavors of 3G. In other words, high-speed broadband works at those frequencies, and only those frequencies. If high-speed broadband isn't available at those frequencies, the iPhone will fall back to GSM/EDGE at 850, 900, 1800, or 1900 MHz."

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 752339 28-Jan-2013 22:14
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The iPhone 4 / 4S / 5 are better suited for the Vodafone 3G network as they support U900 the 5 is the best as it supports Dual carrier as well and approx 50 percent or could be more as of today supports 43Mbps Dual carrier on U900 / U2100



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  Reply # 752341 28-Jan-2013 22:16
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Yup, you need an iPhone 4 and higher, or one of many other U900 capable phones available now.
So it looks like your little town has not missed out after all :)




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  Reply # 752362 29-Jan-2013 05:50
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The Franklin area has been 900Mhz 3G for 3+ years now.

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  Reply # 752704 29-Jan-2013 15:15
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Vodafone doubled the capacity, improved coverage and further increased speeds to two thirds of its Auckland network over Anniversary Weekend, in a major investment programme designed to bring the best technologies to New Zealand.

Tony Baird, Vodafone Chief Network Officer, says the company has upgraded 300 of its 450 cell sites in Auckland, with the rest to follow over the coming weeks.

“This major boost to our network means customers will really notice a difference; increased speed in more areas – up to twice as fast – and better coverage, particularly in buildings.” 

Baird says Vodafone has added to the frequencies it uses to deliver 3G services, with upgraded sites now running on the 900MHz and the 2100Mhz spectrum bands.  Together, these frequencies allow mobile signal to travel further and deeper into built-up areas – and doubles the capacity of the network.

“We’ve also upgraded sites in Auckland with the latest Dual Carrier (DC) technology, which means customers can go up to twice as fast with a DC capable device.

“We know this is important to customers, as the rising popularity of smartphones and the explosion of mobile broadband has seen data usage on our network roughly quadruple over the past two years.”

Vodafone is making a significant investment in Dual Carrier (DC) technology which will be deployed on approximately 50% of its cell sites, covering roughly 70% of the population by April 2013 as it is progressively rolled out nationwide.  DC is a network technology that provides faster internet speeds and a far quicker browsing response time.  Whether it’s sharing photos, streaming music or accessing the internet, DC makes it an easier, faster and more enjoyable experience. 

In preparation for this upgrade, over the past several months Vodafone has installed new equipment on two thirds of its cell sites in the Auckland region, with the remaining third to be completed over the next few weeks. 

Similar upgrades will be completed in Wellington and Christchurch over the next few months, with other towns and cities being upgraded during the year. Sites constructed under the Rural Broadband Initiative also already use Dual Carrier technology.

Vodafone’s network upgrade is being carried out in partnership with long-standing partner Nokia Siemens Networks.





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  Reply # 752734 29-Jan-2013 15:55
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So here in Three Kings I've gone from no signal (had to use a Femto to connect) to three/four bars of reception throughout the house.

This is a tremendous change - very good for someone who works from home.

In addition my speed has jumped from at best 1.5Mbit/s down to 3.5Mbit/s down, which is tremendous. I don't have a DC capable device here but my next purchase will have to be something that can rock along so I can take advantage of it.

Given these speeds you'd have to wonder just what a 30/10 UFB plan could do that this can't (aside from pricing I guess).

And then there's LTE...

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  Reply # 752744 29-Jan-2013 16:06
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Well in my office in the CBD Fringe I can consistently get 8Mbps down and 2Mbps up on my SGSIII now

The phone is constantly switching between 3G and H+ though, not sure if it's relevant.

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  Reply # 752745 29-Jan-2013 16:08
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networkn:The phone is constantly switching between 3G and H+ though, not sure if it's relevant.


Yes this is meant to happen

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  Reply # 752749 29-Jan-2013 16:18
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johnr:
networkn:The phone is constantly switching between 3G and H+ though, not sure if it's relevant.


Yes this is meant to happen


Not to mention 2G as well. I find this is a real battery killer.

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  Reply # 752758 29-Jan-2013 16:36
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Kiwipixter:
johnr:
networkn:The phone is constantly switching between 3G and H+ though, not sure if it's relevant.


Yes this is meant to happen


Not to mention 2G as well. I find this is a real battery killer.


I wondered if that should be the case or not. Should it have an impact on your phones battery life?

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PaulBrislen: So here in Three Kings I've gone from no signal (had to use a Femto to connect) to three/four bars of reception throughout the house.

This is a tremendous change - very good for someone who works from home.

In addition my speed has jumped from at best 1.5Mbit/s down to 3.5Mbit/s down, which is tremendous. I don't have a DC capable device here but my next purchase will have to be something that can rock along so I can take advantage of it.

Given these speeds you'd have to wonder just what a 30/10 UFB plan could do that this can't (aside from pricing I guess).

And then there's LTE...

cheers

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I'm going to have to unplug the femto when I get home and see if this has made a difference.




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  Reply # 752761 29-Jan-2013 16:47
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PaulBrislen: So here in Three Kings I've gone from no signal (had to use a Femto to connect) to three/four bars of reception throughout the house.

This is a tremendous change - very good for someone who works from home.

In addition my speed has jumped from at best 1.5Mbit/s down to 3.5Mbit/s down, which is tremendous. I don't have a DC capable device here but my next purchase will have to be something that can rock along so I can take advantage of it.

Given these speeds you'd have to wonder just what a 30/10 UFB plan could do that this can't (aside from pricing I guess).

And then there's LTE...

cheers

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  Reply # 752763 29-Jan-2013 16:50
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networkn:
Kiwipixter:
johnr:
networkn:The phone is constantly switching between 3G and H+ though, not sure if it's relevant.


Yes this is meant to happen


Not to mention 2G as well. I find this is a real battery killer.


I wondered if that should be the case or not. Should it have an impact on your phones battery life?


In my experience, yes.  Worst on the iPhone.  I have used Androids, BlackBerrys, and Nokia Symbian based phones on Voda network.

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  Reply # 752774 29-Jan-2013 16:53
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networkn:
Kiwipixter:
johnr:
networkn:The phone is constantly switching between 3G and H+ though, not sure if it's relevant.


Yes this is meant to happen


Not to mention 2G as well. I find this is a real battery killer.


I wondered if that should be the case or not. Should it have an impact on your phones battery life?


It should switch to 2G if necessary, and yes switching between the two frequently can impact battery life but if you want you might be able to turn off 2G in the settings somewhere and see if it helps

edit: I just checked on my phone and it has the ability to go 2G only but not 3G only, I could have sworn that was an option at some point

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