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#11816 13-Feb-2007 10:30
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I'm due to arrive in NZ in the next week and am used to mobile data (3g) here in the uk. Can anyone recommed what companies I need to research in NZ and whether anyone has experience of mobile data in NZ in terms of costs and availibility.

Many thanks Preet

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#60646 13-Feb-2007 10:51
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Both Telecom New Zealand (CDMA EVDO) and Vodafone New Zealand (GSM, UMTS, HSDPA) offer 3G services.

Telecom New Zealand offers a much better 3G coverage, and speedwise both CDMA EVDO and HSDPA are comparable. If you have an account you can access plans of NZ$49per 1GB (Vodafone offers an additional 1GB for NZ$10, but after this is casual rate).





 

 

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  #60648 13-Feb-2007 10:53
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seach the forums for EVDO and HSDPA and you will find LOTS of discussions about them.

Heres the quick and dirty:

Telecom New Zealand - Nationwide CDMA 1X - All main centres EVDO Rev0 (RevA by Xmas)
Vodafone New Zealand - Nationwide GPRS - Selected main centres UMTS - Less main centers again on HSDPA

both approx $49 for 1GB with an extra GB for $10 more. This price may vary up or down by $10 a month depending on the provider, and whether you take a term contract.







 
 
 
 


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  #60834 15-Feb-2007 06:06
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new2nz: I'm due to arrive in NZ in the next week and am used to mobile data (3g) here in the uk. Can anyone recommed what companies I need to research in NZ and whether anyone has experience of mobile data in NZ in terms of costs and availibility.

Many thanks Preet


Will you go back frequently to the UK though?  Cause if so, Vodfone is probably your much preferred choice.  Simple because with Telecom, they use CDMA, and that standard isn't used in UK.  Vice versa, with Vodafone, they run on GSM/GPRS/UMTS/HSPA for their mobile data, and that is used back in the UK by all the carriers. 

Thus, if you invest say in a broadband data card, you can use that back in the UK!  Saving you $$$


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