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  Reply # 36844 27-May-2006 23:58
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LOL cokemaster is on the right on the money.







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Reply # 36947 29-May-2006 00:24
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I thought I would make a list on the things I think vodafone can do to make it's service better as there is alot of competition from telecom because telecom have the fixed line advantage and it shows with their freedom plan.


Vodafone may soon release a single phone which is location based, home phone at home, Mobile out and abouts
Telecom released freedom to encourage uptake of 027 mobiles among households.

-Improve their autoroam coverage to other countries. Vodafone offer autoroaming for prepay users to Australia,Fiji,Britain,Spain
They have had these countries for a while and have not added any more autoroam agreements with any other operators from any other countries. Vodafone should have autoroaming agreements with India, South Africa,Thailand,China, Japan,USA. All the countries which are common for new zealanders to travel to. There are alot more too.
 Vodafone also need to offer satellite phones for rent when people go to a country with very bad coverage or no coverage at all or with a different frequency not supported by their phones. Other operators around the world offer satellite phones to rent directly from the mobile operator.

Think of the numbers that travel, and how they could get the network billing setup correctly, also not all roaming agreements are overly cheap. Just for some low ARPU prepay users.

-Because vodafone sponsors the vodafone warriors and vodafone select live on tv they should stream these shows live on 3G.I'm surprised vodafone has not offered live television yet apart from live prime news broadcasts and sometimes live skynews. Mobile television is huge over in other countries like britain and is a great incentive for users to buy 3g phones and a great revenue stream for the mobile operator. There is a thing called Cell Multimedia Broadcast which lets operators stream live television to phones and I think it gives 250 users on each base station the ability to have live television on their cellphones as it says here:

Live streaming,,, yawn.... I'd rather have "time shifting" where you can see a show later. The network is good at cutting people off video calls and the only place i'd be looking at tv on a cellphone is while waiting for things. aka commuting where the 3G network goes off and on like a yoyo. Oh, I want live TV... Sh1t, Why don't I just buy a TV,, news flash! oh still I have one of those little handheld jobbies, Probably better on battery too.

-Telecom is going to have a video calling network soon, and that will make it on a level playing field with vodafone. Telecom also have their new freedom plan with $10 month calling from a fixed line  to 027 mobile for up to 60minutes each call.Telecom also have $10 text to any network. Vodafone should just have $10 a month for 500 vodafone to vodafone national texts per month for all prepay users. They will not have to worry about termination rates because the texts will be between only vodafone nz mobiles.Same for calling, vodafone should let a prepay user nominate one vodafone mobile phone number which they can call for $10 a month and their calls can last 60minutes. You can only change the nominated vodafone mobile phone number once a month.

Reality bites, Copycat tactics suck, WHY do they want to? especially on PrePay, they want people on "You Choose" 24 month contracts and really are pushing it, not prepay

-Now vodafone needs to offer a HSDPA desktop modem for users with normal computersso they can use it and offer pc cards for laptops. There is already a HSDPA modem out right now for normal computers. You can view it here:


Vodafone already have a mobile connect card... Why would they invest more $$$ in this rubbish! oh wait.,,, while they are at it, they can spend another 45 Mil on EDGE too. maybe the 2 million customers on their network will pay it off in 23 years time?

A reasonable monthly plan with a large data cap and around the same prices or cheaper than fixed line offerings would make it very appealing.

Fixed line will be cheaper than mobile always, I think their 1GB plan for $49 is Excellent value.. the $40 off peak plan is very good, works out to be only 13c a min for the first 300 off peak and 20c a min for the remaining, Telecoms anytime is still about 15c plus line rental so is it so bad? no not really! The $40 can be used as tolls spend,, very nice!

Also with mobile data as woosh has shown miserably, only so many users can leech the network at a given time before the individual experience just goes to the dogs.

 

 

-I do not know if this is done anywhere in the world, but would it be great if there was advertising banners in the vodafone live wap service.It would be great for vodafone to provide things like television listings, movie listings, sports news, and weather for free. The television listing pages etc could have an advertising banner at the top of the page. I mean the internet has advertising banners, why not wap?

Oh,, is that to go with all the current slew of advertising PXT and TXT they bombard their customers with? No thanks.


-Vodafone should improve their coverage by sending a text message to all it's customers asking them where their coverage is weak or where there is no signal at all and get customers to text message back to vodafone the suburb or place where there is no coverage or very weak coverage and also text message back the make and model of their phone. This way vodafone can start fixing their coverage issues where only telecom have coverage is some places and not vodafone.
If it's economically viable for them to provice coverage there,, they will provide it there..


-Vodafone optimise their 3G network.If you do not know what optimising a 3G networks means then look at this:
http://www.arieso.com

Have you heard of the GPRS optimiser? Ummmm, already there..


Oh, I have some monopoly money for you to play with in your monopoly world? Would you like some to build a mobile network on Coventry street or Oxford street, or how about Piccadilly? It would look great alongside the Green House beside the Red Hotel. hmmmm.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 36956 29-May-2006 08:27
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Jaffa: I expect that we will see cheaper calling by the end of the year with Econet coming in.

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Econet.... this year... oh thats funny...

Honestly, I will believe Econet is starting up when I can pop in an Econet sim card and have them charge me for a call...


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Reply # 36969 29-May-2006 09:59
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they have a network!! oh my god! well if they were smart they'd let people on it to help start paying for it. now whom has the golden information as to where the cellsites are located? what network code etc.

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  Reply # 36975 29-May-2006 10:50
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Jaffa: I have played on a trial hanset but I didnt know how to get the settings. It was a nokia n70, how do I get the network settings off it ?

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  Reply # 37023 29-May-2006 13:57
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... wait for it... could be a marketing new spin: Sick of people ringing you anywhere and nagging you? Switch to Econet with only 0.5% coverage you can be sure that people can't disturb you when you are working, sleeping, traveling, or EXPECTING PHONECALLS! Switch today!




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  Reply # 37029 29-May-2006 14:28
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Jaffa:

They have already build 10 cell sites plus they also have a trial WCDMA network with about 50 users at the moment too.



Rubbish. They have so far only registered rtheir cellsite locations with the MED. If you read the media reports last week they had just received a consignment of gear that they airfreighted to NZ. From what I understand they will probably have a network running off their 10 CBD sites by maybe August or September going to plan.


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Reply # 37057 29-May-2006 16:41
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where is the coverage footprint? being high frequency umts without gsm to fall back on, i doubt it'll be any use. i'm very keen to trace the towers. i,ll have to haul out some high frequncy gear. i wonder if it appears under a network search on a device even though it will be barred off.

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  Reply # 38173 11-Jun-2006 16:53

You can also add to the improvement wish list vodafone's crappy coverage in the greater Auckland area - less than 50k from the sky tower and lucky to get one signal bar - but do they listen? - do they b*$$*#@s 

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  Reply # 38178 11-Jun-2006 17:31
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Fe3o4 what a rubbish statement

Some people get no coverage and just cause coverage is low where you live does not mean its LOW everywhere

Please tell me one mobile network provider that provides %100 coverage to the there country

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  Reply # 38179 11-Jun-2006 17:36
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There is plently of mobile coverage in the greater Auckland area since Vodafone purchased Bellsouth back in 1998 they must of put up at least another 800 cells.

In the last year of operation Bell south put up 6 and then sold it to Vodafone and in the first 12 months they put up around 147

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  Reply # 38180 11-Jun-2006 17:39
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johnr: Please tell me one mobile network provider that provides %100 coverage to the there country


The same one that Kelly suggests where service is free, plentiful and run at a loss?




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Reply # 38181 11-Jun-2006 17:44
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If only people knew the process of getting a cell up and working (not even I know the full process)

People think Vodafone/Telecom/woosh/ turn up at a empty plot of land and just stick up a new tower plug in power and drive off.

I can just see it now lets put up a $300,000 cell for these 2 users that happen to live near by.






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  Reply # 38183 11-Jun-2006 18:13


  1. The point of my so-called "rubbish statement" was the fact that they do not listen - or respond.
  2. When they plant a cell site anywhere around 302444E 5882108N I shall cease the "rubbish statements"
  3. "Comments I make in posts are my own views and findings and do NOT reflect my place of employment in any way!" You could have fooled me!


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  Reply # 38184 11-Jun-2006 18:17
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Fe3o4:
  1. The point of my so-called "rubbish statement" was the fact that they do not listen - or respond.
  2. When they plant a cell site anywhere around 302444E 5882108N I shall cease the "rubbish statements"
  3. "Comments I make in posts are my own views and findings and do NOT reflect my place of employment in any way!" You could have fooled me!



It is impossible at this point in time for mobile operators to have 100% coverage with New Zealand’s unique terrain.

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