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Topic # 30607 15-Feb-2009 00:59
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I use a HSDPA stick (ICON 225) here in Switzerland and can't imagine living without. Can I use my stick on any Kiwi mobile net with an affordable price package and to witch speed? will be greatfull for all information

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  Reply # 195870 15-Feb-2009 06:27
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Do you have he specs of the stick? The supported frequencies are what we need.

If it supports 2100MHz UMTS (most likely it will) you will get HSDPA 3.6 in the cities and major towns. If it supports 900MHz UMTS you will get HSDPA 3.6 in a growing list of rural areas. for details.

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  Reply # 195894 15-Feb-2009 12:07
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Sadly, I think you will find mobile data rates are ridiculously expensive in New Zealand when compared to Europe.


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  Reply # 195896 15-Feb-2009 12:27
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You're out of luck if you're looking for "affordable" 3G plans here in NZ.
Here's the plans vodafone offers.
No Contract
200MB $40 (-$10 for 24 month contract)
1GB $60 (-$10 for 24 month contract)
3GB $80 (-$10 for 24 month contract)

With all the plans if you go above that cap they will charge you another $10 and let you use up another <x> MB..

ie: If you pay $40 for 200MB then go over the cap, they'll end up charging you $50 for using anywhere from 201MB to 400MB.
After that doubleing of your cap, they charge $.50 PER MB.

So, hopefully you arn't intending on using this as your main 'net connection, since the best you can get is 6GB/month for $90 (or $80 on 24 month contract)

To find out if your HSDPA stick works over here you need to find out what frequencies it runs on.

Here in NZ vodafone uses UMTS 2100mhz and 900mhz UMTS.

Hope that helps :)

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  Reply # 195912 15-Feb-2009 15:49
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scottjpalmer: Do you have he specs of the stick? The supported frequencies are what we need.

A quick Google search reveals the stick only supports 2100MHz.

Vodafone, NZ Comms (not sure from launch through) and Telecom (from launch) will support this frequency. However Telecom will not provide any fall back outside Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch like NZ Comms (will), and VFNZ do.

zhtiger74: Your best bet coverage wise will be VF if you choose to use your existing hardware.

When are you coming down under?


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