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# 68481 22-Sep-2010 21:18
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arriving in Christchurch on the 31st October for about 4 months.
We will be travelling around South then North Island.

I have an unlocked Huawei E160 HSDPA USB modem stick.

I am looking for 3 things (assuming that they are available in NZ as they are in the UK).

(1) SIM only deal - I assume it has to be PAYG unless someone does a rolling monthly contract.
(2) Good coverage on both islands and good rural coverage.
(3) Access to WiFi hotspots bundled in (as there is, for example, with O2 over here). This is a 'nice to have'.

Coverage is more important than top speed although both would be nice :-)



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  # 383409 23-Sep-2010 02:14
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Three main options really for mobile broadband in NZ atm:

With your Huawei device a quick google shows is 3G/HDSPA 850/2100 support but no 900, if this is correct your best bet is Telecom XT network.

You should be able to get a sim from any Telecom store hooked up with  appropriate mobile broadband plan.  Depending on how much data you think you'll use there are various options. 

I think from memory there is even a store in the airport so you can be up and running pretty fast.

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  # 383418 23-Sep-2010 02:41
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With your Huawei device a quick google shows is 3G/HDSPA 850/2100 support but no 900, if this is correct your best bet is Telecom XT network.

Main web site shows

HSDPA/UMTS (850/1900/2100MHz)
GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900MHz)

Which frequencies are used for HSDPA/UMTS in NZ?


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  # 383419 23-Sep-2010 03:19
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LittleGreyCat: Which frequencies are used for HSDPA/UMTS in NZ?

Telecom XT - 850 and a little bit of 2100 in some urban areas
Vodafone & 2degrees - 2100 urban and 900 rural
(2degrees roams on Vodafone when outside Auckland/Wellington/Christchurch/Queenstown which gets expensive)

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