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Topic # 226103 20-Dec-2017 15:01
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I've been with Skinny which I understand is Spark network for 3 years now using an android smart phone.
I have their highest plan $46/mo.

I can say without a doubt in the last 1 year the performance for data apps has degaded noticeably on every single app that I use. Email, Social media etc.

I also noticed calls dropping, reception being low or weak constantly and this is something that has gotten worse over time.

I am getting the feeling that Skinny network is simply overloaded.

Does anyone know which network is currently offering the best performance?
I am considering a switch to 2Degrees but have not decided anything yet.

Based in Auckland Central City so do not need rural coverage.

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  Reply # 1922596 20-Dec-2017 15:06
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VodafoneNZ offers the best capacity on the 1800Mhz 4G band but this does not carry normal voice calls that is on the 900 / 2100Mhz which has loads of capacity,

 

I have changed from VFNZ to 2D and do notice the speed drop but 2D work very well for me and I say give 2D a try as well

 

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  Reply # 1922629 20-Dec-2017 15:36
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Oh important clarification I only use 3G connection.
I have disabled 4G.

But regardless it did not use to be this slow or congested

 
 
 
 


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fatjoez: Oh important clarification I only use 3G connection.
I have disabled 4G.

But regardless it did not use to be this slow or congested

 

Are you kidding me? You want capacity and best performance but you disable 4G talk about an oxymoron

 

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  Reply # 1922635 20-Dec-2017 15:44
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So is what you mean to say that the 3G network is heavily congested now and that switching to 4G would offer less congestion?

Or just more speed. Because my concern and issue is not speed it is congestion which are two separate issues.

I would have thought 4G network might have more congestion because everyone has the latest phones and uses 4G now anyway by default. Even my old Samsung S2 I think had 4G.

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  Reply # 1922636 20-Dec-2017 15:45
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If you disable 4G your mobile data performance will be severely impacted. It may not be the network but your settings.




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  Reply # 1922637 20-Dec-2017 15:46
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4G offers lower latency and more bandwidth. The handset switches to 3G when required for voice calls and back to 4G for mobile data

 

I just don't get why you would disable 4G / LTE this makes no sense to me

 

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  Reply # 1922638 20-Dec-2017 15:48
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Disabled 4G to increase battery life. Was under the impression this would dramatically increase it.

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  Reply # 1922640 20-Dec-2017 15:49
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fatjoez: Disabled 4G to increase battery life. Was under the impression this would dramatically increase it.

 

Turn 4G back on

 

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  Reply # 1922642 20-Dec-2017 15:54
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Carriers are re-farming 3G spectrum over to 4G : example VodafoneNZ is re-farming 10Mhz of the 2100Mhz band to 4G / LTE of total 25Mhz and the extra 5Mhz is for Sure Signal

 

Hope that makes sense

 

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