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  Reply # 265387 20-Oct-2009 17:53
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daparrot: The words Vodafone and Coverage are very rarley used unless you also use the word rubbish.

Thier 3G implementation is a great disappointment.


That's not necessarily a view that everybody shares. I don't have a problem at all with Vodafone's coverage in the places I frequent using both 900 and 2100 3G.

The voice call I had drop last night was also the first time I've had a call drop in probably 6 weeks despite using voice a lot while mobile and also being a reasonably heavy user of VoIP calling over 3G.


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  Reply # 265391 20-Oct-2009 18:01
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Bothe Telecom and Vodafone claim around 97% of new Zealand has 3G coverage ( how they get that figure anyone can guess..
The difference between Telecoms XT network is you either get 3G coverage or no coverage for the 97% of NZ.
Where with Vodafone you get 3G coverage sometimes and then fall back to 2G coverage for the rest of NZ
With the XT network Telecom atleast have to try to be honest.

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  Reply # 265394 20-Oct-2009 18:06
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daparrot: Bothe Telecom and Vodafone claim around 97% of new Zealand has 3G coverage ( how they get that figure anyone can guess..
The difference between Telecoms XT network is you either get 3G coverage or no coverage for the 97% of NZ.
Where with Vodafone you get 3G coverage sometimes and then fall back to 2G coverage for the rest of NZ
With the XT network Telecom atleast have to try to be honest.


Neither claim 97% of New Zealand. It's 97% of the population.

If you're on Vodafone and don't have a handset that supports 900MHz UMTS then you will fall back to GSM.

If you have a handset that does support 900 UMTS then you get 3G coverage on both 2100 and 900 depending on your location. This 3G footprint essentially mirrors the existing GSM coverage - there will be the odd place where there is GSM and no 3G but it's certainly the exception rather than the norm.



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  Reply # 265396 20-Oct-2009 18:07
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daparrot: Bothe Telecom and Vodafone claim around 97% of new Zealand has 3G coverage ( how they get that figure anyone can guess..
The difference between Telecoms XT network is you either get 3G coverage or no coverage for the 97% of NZ.
Where with Vodafone you get 3G coverage sometimes and then fall back to 2G coverage for the rest of NZ
With the XT network Telecom atleast have to try to be honest.


This is correct vf and tcnz have 97% population 3G coverage and devices can drop back to 2G for many reasons so what is your point?

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  Reply # 265399 20-Oct-2009 18:09
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quite a few places in the north and south isalnd have 3G only sites as well now

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  Reply # 265473 20-Oct-2009 22:14
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sbiddle:

If you're on Vodafone and don't have a handset that supports 900MHz UMTS then you will fall back to GSM.

If you have a handset that does support 900 UMTS then you get 3G coverage on both 2100 and 900 depending on your location. This 3G footprint essentially mirrors the existing GSM coverage - there will be the odd place where there is GSM and no 3G but it's certainly the exception rather than the norm.


You will fall back to GSM regardless of having 900UMTS or not since they choose to only put the 900 MHz where there are few customers. Whereas the majority of vodafones customers will never see it.

Its a joke that they are wanting to provide better 3g service to whopwhop towns, rather then places like malls that would have more people thru them in a day then live in half the small places they deploy 900MHz UMTS.




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  Reply # 265515 21-Oct-2009 04:37
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I've had perfect 900Mhz 3G coverage "in the middle of nowhere" on the west coast. Where are you referring to?

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  Reply # 265522 21-Oct-2009 07:54
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Just outside of eketahuna (15km), i get 2 bars 3g and no 2g.

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