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Topic # 29069 21-Dec-2008 21:35
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I know in Whangarei they have 3g coverage.

Does anyone know how far south it goes?  I'm holidaying in Ruakaka next week, just wondering if it extends that far south...

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  Reply # 185551 21-Dec-2008 22:09
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Looking at Vodafone's coverage map, it appears to run out on the edge of the city when heading south
no 900mhz 3g either by the looks either

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  Reply # 185553 21-Dec-2008 22:13
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hasole: I know in Whangarei they have 3g coverage.

Does anyone know how far south it goes?  I'm holidaying in Ruakaka next week, just wondering if it extends that far south...


No 3G coverage North of Whangarei today this changes soon (not next week soon)

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  Reply # 185576 21-Dec-2008 23:36
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No, the 3G coverage is pretty piss poor up here.
Unless you are in the Whangarei CBD then you are unlikely to get it.




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  Reply # 185578 21-Dec-2008 23:41
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CYaBro: No, the 3G coverage is pretty piss poor up here.
Unless you are in the Whangarei CBD then you are unlikely to get it.


That is incorrect there are places out of the CBD with there own 3G sites

Kamo
Onerahi (turned on 4 weeks ago)
Airport

and some more places I can't think of right now

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  Reply # 185584 22-Dec-2008 00:33
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I go to Ruakaka regularly, there is no Vodafone 3G coverage, and at our place the GPRS coverage is spotty and only works sometimes in the house

The ADSL is awesome though, we are less than 1km from the exchange and get very good performance :)



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  Reply # 185606 22-Dec-2008 08:19
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grr gprs from the camp ground it is.

what is so good about umts 900mhz?

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  Reply # 185632 22-Dec-2008 10:18
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CYaBro: No, the 3G coverage is pretty piss poor up here.
Unless you are in the Whangarei CBD then you are unlikely to get it.


That is incorrect there are places out of the CBD with there own 3G sites

Kamo
Onerahi (turned on 4 weeks ago)
Airport

and some more places I can't think of right now

John


Like I said "pretty piss poor coverage"
Why Onerahi??  When will we get better coverage?




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  Reply # 185644 22-Dec-2008 10:45
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CYaBro: Why Onerahi??

That's where the Airport is.  Clearly, Voda are aiming primarily at the business market and tough luck for the rest...

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  Reply # 185650 22-Dec-2008 11:11
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grant_k:
CYaBro: Why Onerahi??

That's where the Airport is.  Clearly, Voda are aiming primarily at the business market and tough luck for the rest...


Yea I know that but he mentioned the Airport as well.

While we're on the subject of Vodafone coverage (sorry to hijack this thread - mods please move if required) my family has a house at Langs Beach, where we usally spend most of the summer.
Over Christmas, while the whole family is there, there can be up to a dozen cell phones.
John, you'll be pleased to know that 95% are Vodafone and one, sometimes two, are Telecom.
The problem we have there is that 99% of the time we can't make or receive calls or texts.
All the phones experience the same problem except the Telecom ones.  They all have great signal too.
What would cause this?
It happens all year round not just over the holidays so it's not a cell site capacity problem.
If anyone tries to call us it will go straight to voicemail.  If we try to make a call you get a connection error, you have to try a few times before it will work.
Any texts that we send take a long time to go and any that are sent to us can take 6-8 hours to arrive!
And when the texts do eventually come through they come in batches, if more than one has been sent to us.






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  Reply # 185653 22-Dec-2008 11:26
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CYaBro:
grant_k:
CYaBro: Why Onerahi??

That's where the Airport is.  Clearly, Voda are aiming primarily at the business market and tough luck for the rest...


Yea I know that but he mentioned the Airport as well.

To cater for travellers en route to/from the airport I'm guessing.

For most of this week, I was not far from Onerahi, less than 10km along the harbour shore near Parua Bay.  Yet the coverage there was pretty dodgy, no service in a lot of areas, and only 2 bars in the best spots on the property.  My cellphone frequently didn't ring either.  For the record, I wasn't using anything fancy like 3G, just good old 2G.

My Sister on the other hand, was happily using her Telecom 3G Mobile Broadband card without any problems.

Voda's coverage in areas outside the CBD of Whangarei certainly leaves a lot to be desired and that goes for pretty much all of the Far North.  Telecom reaches a lot more places around Northland in my experience.

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  Reply # 185668 22-Dec-2008 12:27
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Even driving down SH1 to Auckland there are a lot of dead spots on Vodafone but Telecom is fine.
And that's with a car kit with external antenna!




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  Reply # 185682 22-Dec-2008 14:00
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CYaBro: Even driving down SH1 to Auckland there are a lot of dead spots on Vodafone but Telecom is fine.
And that's with a car kit with external antenna!


Both carriers have black spots

SH1 is the length of New Zealand so of course there are going to be black spots

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  Reply # 185719 22-Dec-2008 18:04
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johnr:
CYaBro: Even driving down SH1 to Auckland there are a lot of dead spots on Vodafone but Telecom is fine.
And that's with a car kit with external antenna!



Both carriers have black spots

SH1 is the length of New Zealand so of course there are going to be black spots


Any answer to the other problem we are having?




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  Reply # 185870 23-Dec-2008 22:58
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CYaBro:
grant_k:
CYaBro: Why Onerahi??

That's where the Airport is.  Clearly, Voda are aiming primarily at the business market and tough luck for the rest...


Yea I know that but he mentioned the Airport as well.

While we're on the subject of Vodafone coverage (sorry to hijack this thread - mods please move if required) my family has a house at Langs Beach, where we usally spend most of the summer.
Over Christmas, while the whole family is there, there can be up to a dozen cell phones.
John, you'll be pleased to know that 95% are Vodafone and one, sometimes two, are Telecom.
The problem we have there is that 99% of the time we can't make or receive calls or texts.
All the phones experience the same problem except the Telecom ones.  They all have great signal too.
What would cause this?
It happens all year round not just over the holidays so it's not a cell site capacity problem.
If anyone tries to call us it will go straight to voicemail.  If we try to make a call you get a connection error, you have to try a few times before it will work.
Any texts that we send take a long time to go and any that are sent to us can take 6-8 hours to arrive!
And when the texts do eventually come through they come in batches, if more than one has been sent to us.




Remember the RSSI signal indicator often means little and you can be showing 2 or 3 bars and your calls could be clipping or may not always be recieved. How far are you from the serving cell site? are you flicking between 3 & 2G?

Could be a sector capacity issue, that is not uncommon on CDMA but GSM will be slightly different, John will know the answer to that





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  Reply # 185873 23-Dec-2008 23:28
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bbman:
Remember the RSSI signal indicator often means little and you can be showing 2 or 3 bars and your calls could be clipping or may not always be recieved. How far are you from the serving cell site? are you flicking between 3 & 2G?

Could be a sector capacity issue, that is not uncommon on CDMA but GSM will be slightly different, John will know the answer to that


We are quite far from the site where we are at Langs but we see Ruakaka across the water.
The phones say they are on the Ruakaka site and no it's not a 3G problem as that's not even available out there!
We don't only show 2-3 bars, usually 4-5 or full on most phones.




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