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  Reply # 1055039 28-May-2014 13:22
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So what about if you travel to a Daily Roaming country for say 3 weeks and all you want is a "small" amount of data to keep your email and OTT messaging apps ticking over?  Can you buy a data angel overseas data pack and use that instead of the Daily Roaming or do you have to use the Daily Roaming ($15 for the data pack vs $105 for daily roaming)?

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  Reply # 1055043 28-May-2014 13:28
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I am in the other boat. I use HEAPS of data whilst I am away, so I usually just buy a local simcard as overall it's cheaper. 

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  Reply # 1055080 28-May-2014 14:08
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freitasm: That's because New Zealand mobile networks are way ahead of what you can get in the USA, both in terms of coverage and speed. We are a lucky bunch here in New Zealand with Vodafone, Telecom and 2degrees offering a mobile service that is pretty good.


The US call HSPA+ '4G', while to the rest of the world that's still 3G.

Better to identify LTE rather than '4G', I reckon




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  Reply # 1055087 28-May-2014 14:16
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Fine print warning:

Only for plans that are CURRENTLY on sale 

help.vodafone.co.nz/app/answers/detail/a_id/22042

not on older or grandfathered plans

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  Reply # 1055092 28-May-2014 14:25
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freitasm: That's because New Zealand mobile networks are way ahead of what you can get in the USA, both in terms of coverage and speed. We are a lucky bunch here in New Zealand with Vodafone, Telecom and 2degrees offering a mobile service that is pretty good.



I've only been to the US once (San Francisco last year), and I was quite surprised by how bad, in terms of both speed and reliability, my mobile experience was over there. Upon advice of my hotel concierge, I purchased a pre-pay sim from T-Mobile. Next time I'll try another operator.

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  Reply # 1055093 28-May-2014 14:26
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dclegg:
freitasm: That's because New Zealand mobile networks are way ahead of what you can get in the USA, both in terms of coverage and speed. We are a lucky bunch here in New Zealand with Vodafone, Telecom and 2degrees offering a mobile service that is pretty good.



I've only been to the US once (San Francisco last year), and I was quite surprised by how bad, in terms of both speed and reliability, my mobile experience was over there. Upon advice of my hotel concierge, I purchased a pre-pay sim from T-Mobile. Next time I'll try another operator.


We have used T-Mobile multiple times same result as you, very average. I had a much better connection using one of the Verizon MVNO's.

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  Reply # 1055097 28-May-2014 14:32
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dclegg:
freitasm: That's because New Zealand mobile networks are way ahead of what you can get in the USA, both in terms of coverage and speed. We are a lucky bunch here in New Zealand with Vodafone, Telecom and 2degrees offering a mobile service that is pretty good.



I've only been to the US once (San Francisco last year), and I was quite surprised by how bad, in terms of both speed and reliability, my mobile experience was over there. Upon advice of my hotel concierge, I purchased a pre-pay sim from T-Mobile. Next time I'll try another operator.


We have used T-Mobile multiple times same result as you, very average. I had a much better connection using one of the Verizon MVNO's.


Yeah, next time I was planning to use Verizon. Both Verizon and T-Mobile are directly across from each other, near the location where I'd be staying for subsequent trips (work has a specific "hotel" they like to use).

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  Reply # 1055099 28-May-2014 14:32
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networkn: We have used T-Mobile multiple times same result as you, very average. I had a much better connection using one of the Verizon MVNO's.


Do you mean AT&T? Verizon is a CDMA carrier (Tho they have some LTE now)




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  Reply # 1055100 28-May-2014 14:35
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networkn: We have used T-Mobile multiple times same result as you, very average. I had a much better connection using one of the Verizon MVNO's.


Do you mean AT&T? Verizon is a CDMA carrier (Tho they have some LTE now)


Opps, yes sorry that is correct. 

We don't bother going to stores, Amazon ships sim cards out for $0.01c with free shipping.



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  Reply # 1055332 28-May-2014 18:24
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T-Mobile is terrible in the US. ajobbins have me his SIM card to use last year after he visited but I don't recall him warning me how bad the experience would actually be!



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  Reply # 1055340 28-May-2014 18:41
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sbiddle: T-Mobile is terrible in the US. ajobbins have me his SIM card to use last year after he visited but I don't recall him warning me how bad the experience would actually be!


It was actually OK in New York/Manhattan, but I guess they will have invested in a lot of capacity there. There were black spots tho, and undoubtedly I would have been better off with an AT&T SIM. Hindsight....




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  Reply # 1055344 28-May-2014 18:56
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networkn:
DjShadow: Pitty that prepay misses out on this also


Well for those of us who pay considerably more on post pay accounts, I entirely disagree. The vast majority of promos that telcos offer are to prepay making us people who pay a lot monthly feel sad. 



Why not offer it to prepay if they have enough money on their account??   Seems a bit of a class system running here. 




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  Reply # 1055386 28-May-2014 19:41
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freitasm: It will work on any network. If you are in Sydney and roaming on Telstra it will be the same as if you were on Vodafone.

They initial coverage is basically AU/UK/US plus a bunch of Western Europe countries. Other countries will be added as it goes.



India as well




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  Reply # 1055410 28-May-2014 19:55
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networkn:
DjShadow: Pitty that prepay misses out on this also


Well for those of us who pay considerably more on post pay accounts, I entirely disagree. The vast majority of promos that telcos offer are to prepay making us people who pay a lot monthly feel sad. 



Why not offer it to prepay if they have enough money on their account??   Seems a bit of a class system running here. 


yup, cant cost them any exta to offer to all their customers, and doesn't make "Paid" subscibers envy if we ALL get it... BUT maybe they like their paid customers to feel 'special' sometimes, and maybe it's a subtle plug to get you on a postpay plan before you go hoping to keep you there when you return?

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  Reply # 1055423 28-May-2014 20:05
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Aww man, no Japan :(

Heading there in June, was planning to pick up one of those 4g wifi hotspots over there anyway

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