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Reply # 45961 12-Sep-2006 22:56
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3G broadband Terms & Conditions

7. Vodafone does not support Voice over Internet Protocol (voIP), and can provide no assurance that currently available access levels may be maintained.

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Oh dear.


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  Reply # 45968 13-Sep-2006 06:45
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From Stuff today:

"Internet plans start from $29.95 a month, and Mr Patel said 95 per cent of Internet users would find a plan to suit them."


I guess my 40GB per month means I'm in an elite 5% of internet users...


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  Reply # 45989 13-Sep-2006 11:53
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vodafone\'s plans are great,but i don\'t like it that if u want to go over your 1gb monthly cap you then pay $10 to get an extra 1gb which will make your cap 2gb,but after that they charge you 50cents per megabyte. i do not know why the have a second limit for. they should let you keep topping up another $10 to get another gb of data. if they did that then they could have $49.95 for 1gb,and users can top-up $10 an unlimited number of times. So if a user wanted to use 10gb in a month,they\'d pay $49.95+$10x9= $139.95 a month for 10gb. although it\'s not cheaper than fixed line broadband,it will act like a real broadband connection where you can top-up as much as you want.


sbiddle: From Stuff today:



\"Internet plans start from $29.95 a month, and Mr Patel said 95 per cent of Internet users would find a plan to suit them.\"





I guess my 40GB per month means I\'m in an elite 5% of internet users...




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Reply # 45993 13-Sep-2006 12:05
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Hi Dan

whats with the \\\\\\\\

Is this some geek speak?

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Reply # 46012 13-Sep-2006 14:19
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> i do not know why the have a second limit for

That would be because the cost of provisioning additional bandwidth and or backhaul once it's soaked by gigs and gigs of P2P copyright infringement (or whatever) actually costs big gobs of cash.

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  Reply # 46109 14-Sep-2006 08:57
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johnr: Hi Dan

whats with the \\\\\\\\

Is this some geek speak?


It's an escape character in linux. I'm guessing he was maybe typing it on a linux terminal initially then pasted or similar?

http://www.linux.com/guides/abs-guide/escapingsection.shtml



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Reply # 46134 14-Sep-2006 13:29
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Here's another thought. I live right on the boundary of their stated HSDPA coverage, so is there any way that I can verify that the service will work at my place before I commit to it? I'm surprised that they don't offer some sort of money back guarantee, because I suspect that a lot of people will sign up for the service only to find that their home or workplace is in a coverage dead spot.



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Reply # 46201 14-Sep-2006 19:51
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freitasm: HSDPA footprint is similar to UMTS coverage...



Similar, but not the same? According to the standard UMTS coverage map, my house is just outside the coverage area, yet my phone shows full 3G signal strength and achieves good data throughput here. I suppose that means that I need not worry that I appear to be just outside the coverage area for HSDPA.



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Reply # 46202 14-Sep-2006 19:56
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What I was told during the launch is that if you can get 3G signal then you will get HSDPA. The only thing is speed: 3.6Mbps is available at launch in Wellington, Auckland, Chrischurch only, with everywhere else being 1.8Mbps. Upgrades will be released to other cell sites with time, with the objective of having 7.2Mbps available in New Zealand by the end of 2007.






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Reply # 46205 14-Sep-2006 20:03
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freitasm: What I was told during the launch is that if you can get 3G signal then you will get HSDPA. The only thing is speed: 3.6Mbps is available at launch in Wellington, Auckland, Chrischurch only, with everywhere else being 1.8Mbps. Upgrades will be released to other cell sites with time, with the objective of having 7.2Mbps available in New Zealand by the end of 2007.


Okay, thanks for that. It sounds like I should be okay then.

The economics of this working out to be a feasible replacement for Woosh are starting to look more favourable to me now for several reasons:
 - I now understand that the quoted 3G broadband prices are GST inclusive (someone may confirm or deny this).
 - It's just occurred to me that I currently pay $10 per month for the 3Gb data plan for my occassional email usage.
 - Signing a 24 month contract may be acceptable to me because the early termination fees are less than the hardware subsidy.

My Woosh contract ends next month, so I'll be thinking hard about this between now and then.

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Yes, the prices are GST inclusive :)

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  Reply # 46245 15-Sep-2006 11:07
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seriously, $59.95 for 2 gb of data is not too bad considering it's a mobile service. VNZ have not done to badly here.

The only prob is the foot print, 35% at the mo and really not going to get dramatically better in the near future, micro cells and all, they have major issues rolling out a competive solutions to smaller centres and cities.

The 900mhz version sounds good, but currently not yet commercial and thats not likely for some time according to the WWW

I think i will wait and see see how HSPDA tests, going to get a card and test the service in CHCH against my EVDO card, might be quite good,  I get an avg 750-850kbps down on that, the VNZ 3g card i tested was getting speeds around 200kbps ave, with the external antenna these speeds are all most 100% of the time the speeds i get. 

Really the people on here thinking of changing, just wait to compare to EVDO Rev A before changing, of course you will need to be in an enabled area but actually compare apples to apples, actually Rev 0 will compare niceley but has a slower upload speed but again is available in so many more places. TNZ should offer similar plans to VNZ then as well, the only major difference other than speed is the foot print is so much better on each cell enabled with EVDO.

The HSDPA / EVDO Rev A race is on, i know what network i will hedge my bets on for quailty of service and usabilty but you never know what may happen next year, bring on HSDPA  & Rev A nationwide!






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