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# 140722 18-Feb-2014 17:41
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Hi I've been reading the information provided on this forum - I'm impressed by the member's knowledge. Can't see an answer to my particular question though...

 

The family & I live in a remote coastal community. We've never had cellphone reception, our unreliable landline connection, run out in the 80's and spliced and repaired many times, is the extent of our phone service. It regularly goes off in wet weather, leaving us without a phone for a day or more. Our connection to the world is satellite internet.

 

So work has begun pouring a base for a RBI cellphone tower on a neighbours farm.

 

They've also run green fibre conduit all the way out to the main road.

 

We were excited to think wireless broadband might be available soon – and our satellite provider wants us to sign another contract (at $300+ per month).

 

So I spoke with a vodafone call centre to ask what would be available, got a call back a couple of days later.

 

They said: “the tower will provide cellphone service only – no broadband”

 

The tower shows on RBI maps as “houhora central” CBDP 64090563

 

Do they put in RBI towers with no option for a data connection? How does that work?

 

I must be missing something.. Maybe someone with knowledge of Vodafone's cell service can clue me in.

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  # 989839 18-Feb-2014 17:50
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Hi Sidestep

Yes of course it will support data do you know who called you back? Name of the person I need

John



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  # 989844 18-Feb-2014 17:59
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The same nice lady from the Vodafone call centre.
She said "Give me your address and I'll check what will be available in your area, and call you back"
2 days later she did.
And told me the surprising result. Cell phone only. I asked if that meant no wireless broadband and she said "yes"
I had to think about it for a while before it started to sound wrong.

 
 
 
 




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  # 989845 18-Feb-2014 18:00
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Sorry I don't have her name

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  # 989849 18-Feb-2014 18:03
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Ok well the tower will 100% support 2G / 3G mobile voice / data when it goes live,

John



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  # 989852 18-Feb-2014 18:06
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Thank you John. That's what we thought!

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  # 989879 18-Feb-2014 18:44
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Sidestep: <snip>. Cell phone only. I asked if that meant no wireless broadband and she said "yes"
<snip>


Actualy she is right in the fact that it isnt for 'Wireless Broadband' but for 'Cellular Broadband', as they are two differnt things

 
 
 
 


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  # 989881 18-Feb-2014 18:46
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It's a RBI tower

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  # 989883 18-Feb-2014 18:47
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InstallerUFB:
Sidestep: <snip>. Cell phone only. I asked if that meant no wireless broadband and she said "yes"
<snip>


Actualy she is right in the fact that it isnt for 'Wireless Broadband' but for 'Cellular Broadband', as they are two differnt things


I see what you did there :3



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  # 989952 18-Feb-2014 20:13
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Yes I see it's possible I confused her & myself by using the wrong terminology.

 

What we're hoping to get one day is what Vodafone calls “Rural Wireless Broadband” with a fixed antenna & modem at our house.

 

 

I thought I knew that service came via their 3G network. Is “Cellular broadband” used to describe only a mobile device?

I do have a "Vodafone Pocket Wifi", it works if we drive to Kaitaia, 45km South, or walk up into the sand dunes where it sometimes picks up the tower on the Karikari peninsula.

So even if I could use that at home once the tower's working life would be better!

I'll keep watching the maps John so kindly linked to and see what comes.


 

 

 


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  # 989964 18-Feb-2014 20:37
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Yes pocket WiFI will work off the site along with RBI Broadband and normal mobile phones

John

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  # 993786 25-Feb-2014 04:19
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Hey John

Do you know what the status of the tower supporting Parua Bay is up near Whangarei, is this a full RBI upgraded tower (i.e. 900Mz) and if so what sort of speeds would be likely?

If not, do you have an ETA?

Cheers,

Al


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  # 993796 25-Feb-2014 06:46
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Hi Alsta

Can you see the tower getting built? Speed will depend on device used and load on it,

John

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  # 993797 25-Feb-2014 06:52
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Ahh, sorry. That wasn't that clear. Not living there yet... could be an option hence wondering whether RBI at that site was fully operational and whether it was an upgraded tower to 900Mhz which I understand provides for better coverage/speeds.




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