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# 123511 10-Jul-2013 09:25
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Vodafone launches 4G – the world’s fastest mobile network technology – in parts of Taupo today.

Taupo is the second North Island location – and now the fifth in New Zealand – to have superfast access to content and information on the move.  Taupo now joins parts of Auckland, Christchurch, Lake Brunner, Queenstown and Wanaka to have superfast access to content and information on the move.

Russell Stanners, CEO of Vodafone New Zealand, says the launch of a commercial 4G network is great news for Taupo.

“4G has captured customers’ imaginations, with over 135,000 4G-capable devices now active on our network.  And with 4G available to around 75% of the Taupo population by the end of July, there’s even more opportunity for Taupo locals and visitors to experience the speed of 4G.

“We’re proud to be the first to bring 4G to Taupo.  Now you can use 4G when you’re trout fishing on the Lake, trying your luck at the Hole in One Challenge or simply enjoying a stroll around the town.”

Vodafone’s 4G network is up to 10 times faster than standard 3G services*, allowing customers to stream, download, upload, browse and game faster than ever before – and there are now over 120,000 4G-capable devices active on the Vodafone network.  Kiwis can download a book in less than a second; stream HD movies or download them in minutes, not hours; download an album in the time it takes for a single track on 3G; and quickly zoom around maps on a mobile or tablet.   And 4G delivers a near seamless connection to the cloud, allowing businesses to upload and download attachments in seconds, and load web pages instantly.

Vodafone offers the largest range of 4G-capable devices at a range of price points – 14 now, including the new Sony Xperia SP, BlackBerry Z10, HTC One, Samsung GALAXY S 4 and iPhone 5.

Kiwis wanting to experience the speed of 4G will need a 4G-capable device with the latest software, a qualifying plan and be in a 4G coverage area.  The device seamlessly switches to Vodafone’s next fastest 3G speeds when customers leave the 4G coverage area.

Vodafone customers can keep control of 4G data use with Vodafone’s exclusive Data Angel® service.  Data Angel®  alerts customers when they’re approaching their data allowance limit, and when their limit is reached – letting customers use their device freely while staying in control of how much they spend.

Vodafone’s 4G network build is being carried out in partnership with long-standing partner Nokia Siemens Networks – next stop Wellington.

Vodafone will roll out 4G to another13 cities by the end of December this year. 







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  # 852199 10-Jul-2013 10:03
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Will be interesting to see if this helps with reception issues on Vodafone in Taupo at all. We have an employee based there and they just couldn't stay on the Vodafone network as calls would drop out all the time. They are now on XT and have no call quality issues at all.

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  # 852203 10-Jul-2013 10:05
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Hi Myopinion

3G 900Mhz Dual carrier 43Mbps went live and 3G on 2100Mhz got speed / capacity upgrades at the same time

 
 
 
 


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  # 852209 10-Jul-2013 10:17
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freitasm: Vodafone will roll out 4G to another13 cities by the end of December this year. 

Great, now where's a list? ;)

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  # 852210 10-Jul-2013 10:19
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How many cities in NZ and how many already have 4G coverage?

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  # 853373 10-Jul-2013 15:12
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Does this upgrade also improve 3G coverage?
I've had no end of issues at my family holiday house in 4 Mile Bay. On the coverage maps it used to show that area as being just outside the 3G coverage area.
Wonder if given the increase in residential development out that way, extending the coverage area would be a good thing to do if not already covered by this upgrade.




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  # 853390 10-Jul-2013 15:26
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The CBD and near by will have stronger 3G coverage not sure of the area you are speaking about I will look on Google maps bit later

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  # 853395 10-Jul-2013 15:33
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johnr: The CBD and near by will have stronger 3G coverage not sure of the area you are speaking about I will look on Google maps bit later

Stanley Street, Wharewaka to be more specific.
Between Taupo township and the airport.




 
 
 
 


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  # 853400 10-Jul-2013 15:40
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Looks like one of those places you will need to try and see if 3G has improved but make sure the handset supports 3G on 900Mhz

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  # 853402 10-Jul-2013 15:44
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Looking at the 4G map for Taupo it's just on the fringe of 4G coverage as well,

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  # 853405 10-Jul-2013 15:50
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johnr: Looks like one of those places you will need to try and see if 3G has improved but make sure the handset supports 3G on 900Mhz

I'll be up there again in a couple of weeks so will try it and see.
Running a Galaxy S2 which apparently should do 3G on the 900Mhz band.  Correct me if my quick research is incorrect on that one.  :-)




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  # 853406 10-Jul-2013 15:54
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Yes the S2 should support 3G on 900Mhz maybe it's time for 4G handset

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  # 853409 10-Jul-2013 16:01
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johnr: Yes the S2 should support 3G on 900Mhz maybe it's time for 4G handset

lol, not yet.
Budget won't support it currently.  And the S2 does what I need it to at the moment.  :-)




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  # 863649 22-Jul-2013 15:29
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Spent the weekend up at the mountain and staying in Taupo. 3G coverage seemed to actually be worse at the holiday house and pretty much non-existent anywhere but in the towns all the way up SH1. Makes it hard to get weather and mountain reports while travelling.

As previously mentioned, given the new developments out that way in Taupo, maybe a new cell tower somewhere near the airport might be useful in the near future.




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  # 863670 22-Jul-2013 15:38
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Where did you get Samsung S2 from and anyone with you using a Samsung S3 or S4 or iPhone4 and above?

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  # 863706 22-Jul-2013 16:08
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Meh!!

Unless they offer bigger caps I wouldn't get it. 

Parts of taupo? Taupo isn't big so I wonder which parts. 

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