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# 41907 24-Sep-2009 22:22
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My friend is going to visit us in the next month and he is going to buy a new mobile oversea. Not sure if the mobile will be compatible with Vodafone's 3G standard.  for example, nokia 5800 or e75.
could someone let me know the 3G standard in New Zealand please?
Many thanks.

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  # 258190 24-Sep-2009 22:27
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There are three frequencies used to deliver 3G WCDMA through out New Zealand.

Telecom - 850MHz with 2100 MHz capacity in Major centers
2degrees - 2100MHz (not live)
Vodafone - 2100MHz within the major cities, 900MHz in rural areas.


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  # 258253 25-Sep-2009 08:50
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Thanks very much!


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  # 258258 25-Sep-2009 09:07
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Basically means if he buys a 3G handset from AT&T (850/2100) for example it will work on Telecom 100% because AT&T and Telecom use the same frequencies.

It will work on Vodafone, but only a little bit on 3G because Vodafone uses 900/2100 while AT&T uses 850/2100. It will work on 2G though.

There isn't a 900/2100 handset in the U.S. so you won't find one there that works on 100% of the Vodafone 3G.

T-Mobile uses a completely different frequency.

Also when buying a handset from a telco in the U.S. they will be locked. Unless your friend is buying it from a parallel shop.

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  # 258447 25-Sep-2009 22:38
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AT&T uses 850/1900 for 3G

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  # 258448 25-Sep-2009 22:44
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Yes but their phones are 850/1900/2100 so they work fine on 100% of Telecom's XT Network, while you won't find a phone that does 850 and 900 phones (or even quadband WCDMA for that matter).

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