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Topic # 230521 27-Feb-2018 17:57
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Hi all,

My partner and I have purchased a property in CHB we have looked at the Broadband Map in NZ and Vodafone is the only company that came up as having coverage. We have do be Aonet as well in the area. Both have said that there is a possibility that they can’t supply service, and we would require something that costs around 3k.

Can anyone please give advise on this?

We have been offered a booster (which may be considered not used in NZ) but is used in other countries which seems to be able to fix the problem, but we need to know, can we use it? Or is there other options that are available without the boosters, or are there cheaper booster options or does anyone have any advise when dealing with these people?

Thank you all in advance

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  Reply # 1965309 27-Feb-2018 18:09
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AONet definitely has the best coverage throughout CHB, so if they're worried about coverage they're most likely right.




Spark has pretty decent Cell coverage in HB (better than Voda), have you checked with them?

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  Reply # 1965341 27-Feb-2018 19:14
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Not sure if my other reply come through, so apologise in advance if this repeats.

The neighbours are on Vodafone they had someone come out and needed an antenna on their roof and the seem to be happy

My partner and I are both on spark on our phones and can get very little coverage (if any)

So looking at something to help to ensure we have decent coverage.



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  Reply # 1965353 27-Feb-2018 19:29
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VodafoneNZ does offer Sure Signal but in this case may not be suitable and 2Degrees offers Wi-Fi calling but it is limited to some Samsung handsets


Sure Signal does work on any NZ fixed line ISP



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  Reply # 1965354 27-Feb-2018 19:30
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Give us a call - we have a few transmitters around Porangahau and are building more under the governments RBI2 scheme for broadband service. 


We are also approved to run sure signals over our network for extended vodafone coverage. 


With 2degrees and a compatible phone, you can use their wifi calling service


With Spark, you would need to use a Cell-Fi 




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  Reply # 1965357 27-Feb-2018 19:36
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The example of for VF needing the antenna would go hand in hand with your spark experience.




A Fixed device preforms alot better than a mobile. may be an antenna required situation due to topology.


I'm happy to run checks on my side of the fence for you.






Please disregard the booster idea. They are not supported or allowed on NZ networks (2D have some that are ok When professionally installed IIRC. - Would need to check with them..). The only booster product otherwise that is supported is Cel-fi.


It's very easy for them to be picked up, and very costly if caught due to the very heavy negative effect on the network in many cases.

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  Reply # 1965361 27-Feb-2018 19:44
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Quick vote for Ray, we hear good stories about his service.



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Reply # 1966695 1-Mar-2018 18:21
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Thank you all for your advice! Will follow up and be in touch.

Appreciate your assistance



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