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# 77531 17-Feb-2011 18:19
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Hello folks!

I have one Vodafone Sure Signal femto cell to giveaway here on Geekzone. You can read a Vodafone Sure Signal review here.

The Sure Signal femtocell is a mini cell site that will provide 3G coverage on a 20m area around it, talking back to Vodafone through your Vodafone fixed line broadband.

Perfect if you have poor reception at home or office. Only mobile handsets connected to the Vodafone mobile service can use the femto cell (it won't allow 2degrees or Telecom XT handsets to roam on it).

ONLY VODAFONE MOBILE CUSTOMERS CAN USE IT. IN ADDITION INTERNATIONAL ROAMING USERS. NO NATIONAL ROAMING (2degrees, Telecom, Black+White, Orcon, Slingshot, TelstraClear mobile users won't be able to connect their mobiles to the mini cell site). You must have a Vodafone fixed line broadband for it to work.

Roaming devices can connect (these are the overseas SIM that can roam on Vodafone, including the Amazon Kindle).

It only works when connected to Vodafone fixed line broadband. Traffic is zero rated.

The competition runs from now until the 24th February 12pm, when I will lock this thread and draw a winner. 

You have two ways to enter this competition:

1.You can reply once to this thread with some more information about where you live now and how bad is the 3G signal there. Make it entertaining. Just a "Me too!" is not enough. A photo entry will add a bonus point!

2.Use the Retweet button to send a tweet about this competition. You can enter once a day only and each tweet until the closing of the competition is an extra chance to win. Only tweets sent from the Retweet button are valid entries and you must be registered on Geekzone before the end of this competition.

Somethings you must know: users who have been previously banned are not entitled to enter this competition. No purchase is necessary and it's only valid for New Zealand residents and will only be delivered to New Zealand addresses. The Vodafone Sure Signal can only be used with a Vodafone fixed line broadband service and I will ask for a Vodafone account number to check you are indeed a fixed line Vodafone customer. Retweet button entries are only valid if you have a Geekzone account created before the end of this competition.

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  # 440901 17-Feb-2011 21:27
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If I stand on the roof (or up by the watertank) VF 3g is just fine. Otherwise I'm in 2G land; but only if I don't actually hold onto the handset, and then run out side with it when it rings.

There's good 3G down at the letterbox too (without having to put the flag up), right by the Chorus copper line demarc point, but thats half a km away...

However if I'm near a window and align myself with a full moon I might get lucky... or maybe thats just the neighbours watching??

Soo... I live in a little gully about 13km away from the nearest Vodafone tower but the view across the inlet to Mapua, which is but 1km away, is why I live here.

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  # 440916 17-Feb-2011 21:49
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Despite living in the city, the cellphone coverage in my house is dire.

I just about threw my phone out the window when trying to talk to my sister when my phone dropped my call again.  There are a few spots in our lounge that are total dead spots, very frustrating, especially when my flatmate has his on-call whole (perhaps a blessing too Innocent)

I have Vodafone broadband too, so this'll be perfect.


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  # 441002 18-Feb-2011 08:41
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Even though most of Invercargill has great coverage, we live in an area down a 'slight' hill with lots of trees, effectively cutting our reception to almost nothing.
Hoping to win this for my parents Vodafone phones,
If only Telecom could release one for XT now :)

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  # 441015 18-Feb-2011 09:01
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I really dont know how but as soon as I enter my room my signal drops to 1 bar. I often have to double check by calling from my landline or other's mobile to see if my VF is still alive. I would really appreciate if I could get this box planted at home!!

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  # 441028 18-Feb-2011 09:32
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We live about 10 mins west of Whangarei and have no 3G and almost no cell phone coverage at all in most places in the house.
However our broadband connection is better than most peoples who live in town :) so one of these would be awesome to have at home.

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  # 441032 18-Feb-2011 09:42
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Where we live in Auckland signal is variable but when we visit my in-laws the coverage is poor to say the least. These seem like an interesting device which could be very handy.

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  # 441052 18-Feb-2011 10:20
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Far out this competition suits my sister perfectly. She has Vodafone broadband to the house but the cell reception is redickulous. It's the fairly well considered Hokowhitu park of Palmerston North but seriously it's like a vodafone black hole in there.

Not sure what it is about toilets and their cell phone signal boosting characteristics, but that's about the only place in the house that works. Outside is touch and go too, so it's not a house thing. I joked she lived in a ex nuclear bunker but really it's a normal house, just one that you have to go to the bog to make any calls or texts from. Means every phone call is echoey and difficult to hear, especially when they flush.....

So yes, 1x entry please on behalf of my sister!


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  # 441105 18-Feb-2011 11:49
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Hi all.

I have had an ongoing saga with Vodafone. i have spoken to many many different members of the Vodafone team via email and phone (they dont respond to twitter posts if they are negative) - I lost count. 

I lost 3G connectivity in our suburb in Wellington the week before christmas. and just got it back in the last 2 weeks. I run my business on that network as I'm usually very mobile. But during the christmas/new year period we were home (Don't need broadband at home but now I'm rethinking that). 

Any urgent comms and web usage had to be done at the park halfway across to the next suburb...

Later after following up many times...It was a Telecom hardware fault. 

Its been an interesting time. 

As it is the reception is rubbish. Cut off calls, "no service" etc...I thought we were living in the future. I think a couple of cans and a piece of string would be better.

Thanks for letting me vent a little Geekzone. 

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  # 441712 20-Feb-2011 18:56
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I live in Flagstaff in hamilton and my house blocks 3g and when i try and make a call it cuts outs. even when it was the landlord and then the landlord got mad asking why we hung up on him when it was just the 3g network in the house was poor.

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  # 441730 20-Feb-2011 19:58
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Vodafone signal here is patchy at best, added to that the dropped calls (possibly from the iPhone "Deathgrip") and not only do I want one, I NEED one! Will be moving round the country for the next 5 years with work to some areas of dubious 3G coverage too.


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  # 441750 20-Feb-2011 21:21
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Live in a great place, Waiheke Island but where we reside 3G has dodgy reception. Sure signal would instantly solve the issues for us.

that would be an ecumenical matter

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  # 441751 20-Feb-2011 21:22
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In our household, most people have a Vodafone cellphone. There isn't doesn't really any vodafone coverage inside the house. Most days, there are a lineup of cellphones on the north facing window sill. If you want to talk or text, you have to sit in the "Vodafone chair".
Unfortunately, my wife has a new dog, & he thinks it's Elmo's chair.
PLEASE give us ths black box to end our chair queuing, and give Elmo his chair back!

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# 441777 20-Feb-2011 23:20
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Live on the eastern side of Wainuiomata with poor reception, sometimes dropping out all together. Count me in the draw too.

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  # 441795 21-Feb-2011 06:59
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Had my house lined with lead after watching "The Day After" - reception has been patchy ever since.


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  # 441957 21-Feb-2011 15:33
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We Live ~25km North West of the Christchurch CBD as the crow flies (Further by road as the Waimak River Gets in the way,)

We do have some cellphone coverage but it is not reliable, With my wife running a business from home and me doing on call from home cellphone coverage is critical, Currently if I am on call I connect my cellphone to a large Yagi Antenna on our roof, or if I am in my car have a ~1,2m long flexible antenna.

Without these if the phone rings I need to go to certain places on the property face a certain way and hold my phone to a particular ear, to sometimes but not always get enough coverage to hold a conversation on 2G as 3G coverage is not good enough.

We have only Just - as in in the last week got ADSL broadband in our area and are waiting on a vodafone connection currently.

In our house currently we have 4 people and 5 vodafone cellphones

Coverage on the CDMA telecom network is better then vodafone, but coverage on the new telecom network is even worse then vodafone


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