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DrGr33n

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#27177 16-Oct-2008 16:15

Now my 2 year vodem contract is up. I was wondering if it was possible to buy data
blocks of Vodafone to use on the Vodem, or is Vodem use only available on contract?
Because after a job change four months ago I hardly use it. But it is still handy to have
around (but not at $50.00/mth).

Cheers ;-)

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  #171596 16-Oct-2008 16:36
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DrGr33n: Now my 2 year vodem contract is up. I was wondering if it was possible to buy data
blocks of Vodafone to use on the Vodem, or is Vodem use only available on contract?
Because after a job change four months ago I hardly use it. But it is still handy to have
around (but not at $50.00/mth).

Cheers ;-)

You can stick a pre-pay card in and use the $1 per day for upto 10MB.
Or change to the 200MB per month plan - $30 (but hope they don't lock ya back into contract for the plan change). This I what I'm on, and out of contract, but I changed to this plan whilst still within my 24 mth.




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  #171607 16-Oct-2008 17:25
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The contract is finished - but the plan is still attached to it, so you can just keep using it and paying the same. Or you can change to a different plan - which most likely will lock you in for another two years. Or use on prepay as suggested - but only good if it's less than 10MB a day otherwise it gets expensive.




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DrGr33n

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  #171616 16-Oct-2008 18:14

Thanks for the reply guys. Much appreciated. I think that answers my question.

Cheers ;-)



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#171785 17-Oct-2008 12:56
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My contract expires next month.  I am on a 200mb/month plan for $30.

I have a first generation iPhone on which I have never used data.  However, when my vodem contract expires, I am considering cancelling the vodem plan and shifting the 200mb plan to my iPhone, as I am not using my vodem as much as I was.   I will keep the vodem and if I do need to use it, I can swap the sim out of my iPhone and into the vodem - the only downside being that my phone is not usable during that time.  

I guess that by switching my data plan to another device (number), I will either pay $39.95 per month or sign for two years).

Another issue I have is that my area in Pukekohe has seen a fall in VF coverage over the last year.  I though it was me but many of my neighbours are also complaining about reduced signal strength.  A retailer nearby has gone from "adequate" signal strength to none at all.   Sadly, our calls to VF receive the same response - "we will log your call with our technicians".   Anyway, I digress - what I am getting at is that I don't want to lock into a two year data deal with VF as I have been watching the networks on my phone as I travel around the country and Telecom has shown up everywhere except Dunedin Airport so far.   As with many in my neighbourhood, I will head off to Telecom as soon as my iPhone can accept a SIM from them.   Hence I won't do a two year contract.

Be warned!  It's very easy to burn through 10mb of data with a vodem as you have no doubt seen.   I would be hesitant to use the $1/day plan with the vodem as this could cost you heaps once you burn through your allowance of 10mb.


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  #171787 17-Oct-2008 13:03
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  #171799 17-Oct-2008 14:09

Thanks for the advice Woddy99. Just a couple of questions about  the telecom sim you mentioned. How far away is
that from being implemented? Will it be compatible with vodem?

Any info/links would be appreciated.

Cheers ;-)

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  #171802 17-Oct-2008 14:15
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Telecoms network kicks off June next year I believe.

As for vodem compatibilty, I could not answer that, although my guess would be that Telecom's mobile broadband network would not support the vodem.  It would be simple enough to find on this forum what Telecoms network will consist of and compare with the vodem specs.

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  #171803 17-Oct-2008 14:28
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Vodem won't work well because it doesn't support WCDMA850, only WCDMA 2100.

It will obviously work on Telecom's network where there is 2100 WCDMA but this is primarily going to be the main centres. The bulk of the coverage will all be WCDMA 850.

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  #171807 17-Oct-2008 14:46

Doh.. Oh well looks like the vodem will be put into retirement for a while. Although the 200mb plan
is cheap enough I dont think another 2 year contract is for me.

Thanks for the speedy reply guys.

Cheers ;-)

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  #171914 18-Oct-2008 10:22
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Perhaps you should re-sign and get a free Vodem Stick. I believe they operate at the 900mhz band now so in the coming year you'll be able to use it virtually anywhere in NZ at high speeds. Even now, coverage is exceptional all over rural parts of Auckland.

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