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Topic # 68087 14-Sep-2010 19:24
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Hi There!

I was contemplating getting myself a 3G Stick, I want something really quick. I see Telecom have a 20mbps stick and VF have a 3.6 and 7.2 Stick. I am struggling to keep track of all the available SKU's that have been offered (Had thought I might be able to pick on up second hand).

K3565-Z and K3715 are 3.6mbps sticks? Is K3765 the only 7.2mbps stick?

Is VF going to release a 20MB one as well?

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  Reply # 379822 14-Sep-2010 20:21
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The maximum you'll get at the moment is around 4 MB/s - you would probably only see 20 MB/s with perfect network conditions and no one else connected and using data...which in reality never happens.

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  Reply # 379890 14-Sep-2010 22:21
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Here's my 2 cents...  I bought one of those Sierra Wireless 308 Turbo T‑Stick very recently, and I tried many different places in Auckland, indoor and outdoor, and the most I've been getting is about 3.5Mb/s with odd occasions getting 6Mb/s.  Although that's quite sufficient for my needs, it certainly did not live up to Telecom's advertising.  If I could go back in time, I'd get one of the older 7.2 Mb/s device instead.

 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 379894 14-Sep-2010 22:27
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Nice to know thanks. I just need to find myself a cheap 7.2mbps device then. ;)

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  Reply # 379897 14-Sep-2010 22:29
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technicaljoe:  Although that's quite sufficient for my needs, it certainly did not live up to Telecom's advertising.  


YMMV I guess, on my 21Mbps T-Stick I regularly get between 8Mbps and 12Mbps; however Telecom do state on the website;

telecom.co.nz: Designed for HSPA+ networks (capable of theoretical download speeds of 21Mbps but indicative speeds of approx 4Mbps are achievable. Actual speeds may vary)
 

I do like the Sierra devices tho, not that I've every really had a problem with the ZTE ones I have used.

Also if you are considering Telecom and going on a plan; check out; http://store.telecom.co.nz/mobile/special-offers/risk-free 

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  Reply # 379901 14-Sep-2010 22:32
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Thanks. I was trying to determine who would have the best coverage. Also I have long been a vodafone client and they owe me a couple of big favours after leaving with me with no internet for 3.5 days so I can likely ask them for something. I do already have a 7.2mbps capable cellphone, so I guess Telecom would be the logical choice. I would like one of those 308 devices, but man they are freaking expensive.

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  Reply # 379912 14-Sep-2010 22:43
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You can check the coverage of both networks here:

http://www.telecom.co.nz/mobile/ournetwork/coverage

http://www.vodafone.co.nz/coverage/

Note that these maps should not be taken as absolute gospel, they're an indication of the coverage you should get.



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  Reply # 379915 14-Sep-2010 22:46
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Yah that's the problem, I need a real person with experience to give me some idea :)

The coverage maps are really innaccurate. The Mt Eden Area shows total mobile coverage but there are at least 3 dead zones on mt eden road alone!

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  Reply # 379916 14-Sep-2010 22:51
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Given Telecom for the most part use a lower frequency (850MHz) to provide 3G service in your area compared to Vodafone (2100MHz) in building penetration should be better.

However as always YMMV.

Side note; there is a Telecom store on Dominion Road go and talk to them, and a local VF store and as I said above if you are going on account for a fixed term (24months) give Telecom ago, you have a 30 day risk free trial period, if it's not for you, take the modem back for a refund and give VF ago.

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