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#62523 9-Jun-2010 02:49
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XT is still looking like the best choice for iPhone users while there is no 900MHz coverage around the places people actually are.

Any news on this John?




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  #339654 9-Jun-2010 03:17
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??? Does it not support 2100 anymore?

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  #339656 9-Jun-2010 03:22
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Yes, but there is no 2100 in loads of places when you go indoors and GPRS fallback is too painful.




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  #339710 9-Jun-2010 10:28
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Check out vodafone.co.nz/coverage for the "extended" coverage map. I think it's quite impressive, to be honest. Does Telecom have something similar for comparison?

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  #339714 9-Jun-2010 10:40
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GBristow: Check out vodafone.co.nz/coverage for the "extended" coverage map. I think it's quite impressive, to be honest. Does Telecom have something similar for comparison?


They sure do, cehck out http://www.telecom.co.nz/mobilecoverage 

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  #339724 9-Jun-2010 11:11
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Vodafone did a huge amount of 900 MHz 3G expansion over 2009 in response to XT launch.

I used this coverage all around Golden Bay and Abel Tasman over Xmas on an HTC Magic and an Acer Netbook and it was awesome. I only once fell back to 2G, and perhaps there were other places that had 3G and no 2G - but I wouldn't have seen this.

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  #339728 9-Jun-2010 11:23
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Don't vodafone have the issue of GSM being on 900mhz so there is less spectrum available for UMTS at 900mhz.

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  #339732 9-Jun-2010 11:30
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As I understand it this is a problem in other countries with 4+ GSM/3G networks all using 900, but in NZ there are only two, so there is plenty of spectrum to manage both.

 
 
 
 


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  #339749 9-Jun-2010 12:15
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I always liked Vodafone over Telecom, but changed to XT simply because I have an iPhone and had a poor experience on Vodafone with it. Now it's brilliant and as it should be, but when/if VF saturates the urban centres with 900MHz I would look at moving back, especially as it's probably safe to say that all future iPhone versions will remain at least quandband UMTS.

If I knew that everywhere I went on VF my iPhone wouldn't ever drop back to GPRS I'd be a happy camper.




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  #339811 9-Jun-2010 14:43
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jason.h:
GBristow: Check out vodafone.co.nz/coverage for the "extended" coverage map. I think it's quite impressive, to be honest. Does Telecom have something similar for comparison?


They sure do, cehck out http://www.telecom.co.nz/mobilecoverage 


Thanks mate. It's a little hard to do a comparison. When I zoom in, the Telecom coverage map gets really pixelated. For that reason, I have my doubts about its accuracy. Some areas where it says good coverage exists, I know it doesn't.

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  #340162 10-Jun-2010 12:54
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Still a big 3g dead spot north of Tauranga. Be nice if that was fixed. Serving site is minden i think.

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#340165 10-Jun-2010 13:03
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Being able to get 3g on the Iphone in Pukekohe will be nice enough for me Smile

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  #341006 12-Jun-2010 18:37
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i think vodafone only expand coverage if lots of users complain and I think they install a booster.

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#341020 12-Jun-2010 19:11
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markh14: i think vodafone only expand coverage if lots of users complain and I think they install a booster.


So the 20 or so new cells Vodafone NZ have deployed this year to improve coverage around New Zealand are only boostes?? They are very expensive boosters

A month does not go buy where Vodafone is expanding and improving coverage around New Zealand it would be the same for TCNZ and 2degrees

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  #341021 12-Jun-2010 19:12
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stagnant16: Being able to get 3g on the Iphone in Pukekohe will be nice enough for me Smile


Pukekohe township and Pukekohe race track are 3G 2100mhz cells

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  #341022 12-Jun-2010 19:18
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johnr:
stagnant16: Being able to get 3g on the Iphone in Pukekohe will be nice enough for me Smile


Pukekohe township and Pukekohe race track are 3G 2100mhz cells

John


hmmm... May the all the potatoes and and cabbages are blocking the signal.

Nill 3G coverage in Beresford Street & Les Marston. Granted les Marston is on the other side of town but very suprised with Beresford. Maybe a taller ladder is needed :-)


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