Vodafone's 3G network operates on 2 different frequencies (2100MHz and 900Mhz). Both of these frequencies offer the same rich, fast, 3G experience.
3G Broadband operates at 2100MHz 3G Broadband Extended operates at 900MHz Note: The Vodafone 4G network operates on the 1800MHz frequency and uses Band 3
Why? 900MHz is better suited to rural areas where there can be a larger distance between cell sites. 2100MHz is ideal in urban areas where there is typically shorter distances between cell sites. It allows more people to operate on the same cell site, and can manage the high traffic.
Both 900MHz and 2100 MHz offer the same experience. They have the same speed and performance.
What does that mean for me? 3G Broadband Extended (900MHz) capable devices have coverage in 97% of the places NZers live, work and play.
If you will be using the device in an area showing on our 3G coverage maps as being in 3G extended coverage.
Most devices that work on the 900Mhz band are also built to work on the 2100Mhz band. If yours is one of these, and you are within 3G Broadband coverage you will have a high-speed connection.
3G Broadband coverage and 3G Broadband Extended areas on the coverage map support these devices to work at Broadband speeds.
3G Broadband (2100MHz) devices will work also work across the whole network but they will only work at Broadband speeds where it shows 3G Broadband coverage on the map.