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  Reply # 154740 6-Aug-2008 19:44
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Not sure if anyone's answered this yet but if the call is placed within the home zone and remains unbroken, the entire call will be charged at the home zone rate.

Also, I believe that triangulation isn't used, just cell site recognition. If the mobile connects to 2 cell sites with the 90 second walk-around then you will be in your local zone whenever your mobile is connected to those 2 cell sites (which have a large radius). The issue with trying to be sneaky and drive around the neighbourhood is that there will probably be a limited number of cell sites you can be registered to, plus the system may be smart enough to register individual nodes, meaning your location to the cell site is important. I advise doing this one by the books.

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Reply # 154743 6-Aug-2008 19:50
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Could not agree with you more, been operating a Local Zone number for about 3 weeks now and after the 90s walk from my front door, i now have local calling almost all the way to work and down to my local coffee shop and dairy .... what more could one want :) 


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  Reply # 154765 6-Aug-2008 20:58
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I'm curious about a point a few people have raised partially.  What happens if you live in an area where there are overlapping cellsites, but your initial walkaround only registers you to 2 of them?  I ask this because my parents house in Western Heights is typically served off 2 local-ish sites (Bruce McLaren and Palomino Drive), but I have seen other sites a few times.  This also has happened when I've seen coverage go dead entirely, and then switch to e.g. the Lincoln site for a few hours - presumably a site outage or maintenance.

I'm also curious for areas like the Auckland CBD, or Devonport.  I used to live in Devonport and would get served by *masses* of towers due signal reflections.

I assume VFNZ have covered this, but I'd be interested in how/what happens - is there a mechanism for normalising the detected footprint region onto cells associated with the same coverage footprint - or at least normalising the call costs?

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  Reply # 154775 6-Aug-2008 21:37
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jmosen: This is great!

Can two cell phones in the same zone share one local number? IE my partner and I both have a Vodafone cell phone. Can we share our landline number on both phones

Not that I've seen any mention of.

Any updates on whether this was possible?  Ideally when one phone is on you-choose (as reqd by product) and other on corp account....

No it's not possible

shame.  the demand would be much bigger if it was possible,  that rules it out for me.

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