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# 37656 16-Jul-2009 15:46
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How good is it as in reliability and consistency in throughput, the reason I ask is that I recently started to use data on my iphone 3g and have it found it to be quite slow I thought it might be the phone until I tried using a speed test tool, speeds at best were sub 200K down and up was always faster.  I was in Aust visiting family & using tethering and it was almost as slow as dial up though this may be because of VF in Aust.  I normally sync my mail and calendar thru work and at home so this was the first time using the VF network for data, am I expecting too much from it.


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  # 236151 16-Jul-2009 16:06
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Well if you enjoy slow 3G speeds as you've described, constant fallback to GPRS on your expensive iPhone 3G, and many dropped calls despite living in metropolitan Auckland then their network is brilliant.

And that about sums it up.

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  # 236159 16-Jul-2009 16:13
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I thought as much, iphone's aren't that expensive compared to other pda/phone/mp3 player combos on the market.


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  # 236218 16-Jul-2009 18:53
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I get really inconsistent 3G speeds with speedtest place to place (best I've ever had either way was 1Mbit, and that wasn't at the same time and only one time each) and constant drop backs to GSM when browsing.

In saying that browsing experience is usually ok when it doesn't drop back to GSM. I wouldn't rely on it to do real time stuff all the time though, although I was pleasantly surprised the other day when I used my phone as a modem to remote control a pc for half an hour and it stayed in 3G mode the entire time, and it was even usable as well. The gods must of been shining on me that day.

In all honestly the only reason I'm still with vodafone (aside from the contract) is the phone I wanted dictated the network I have to use (900/2100 3G). Bring on the 4band 3G phones :)

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  # 236567 17-Jul-2009 22:02
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I purchased my phone outright, I may look at using Telecom's XT network, I hear it's pretty good but will it be more reliable. It's not a big thing for me but using data comes in handy at times.

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