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Topic # 189384 27-Dec-2015 14:51
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since the COW was removed from Cambridge the service in Leamington is largely unserviceable. From their coverage map you will see it is mostly in the grey area.

The trouble is coming back from Cambridge when I arrive home in Wordsworth street in Leamington  the service has changed to emergency calls only and the phone needs restarting (phone is samsung s3 mini ).

No problem with Spark or Vodafone SIM's. It seems to me that 2degrees think service is officially available in all of Leamington and it isn't so Vodafone don't allow roaming.Is it fixable or should I bite the bullet so to speak as my friends suggest and move to Vodafone or Spark and loose all my roll over minutes and data..

I hope it is fixable.

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  Reply # 1457822 27-Dec-2015 17:37
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Have you tried forcing your phone to roam onto Vodafone? Just because 2degrees have native coverage in a town doesn't necessarily mean you won't be able to roam on Vodafone. (Can't in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch but usually can elsewhere.)

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  Reply # 1480701 28-Jan-2016 15:26
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In settings I see Network set to (auto mode) should this be WCDMA only?


Network to select automatically . OK?


I see in Google that the  Samsung s3 mini  i8190 T lists 900 in the available connections etc. I also via Kies (lite) see the firmware has a Telecom custom version installed. How can I remove this and replace it with whatever works properly for 2Degrees?


I have looked through trademe and find loads for sale saying will work on any network etc.


Something is horribly wrong here (I think)





According to this site the i8190T does 850/2100MHz UMTS/WCDMA (3G) and 850/900/1800/1900 GSM (2G).


Away from highly populated areas you'll only get 2G on 2Degrees or Vodafone.  You'd get 3G on Telecom or one of their MVNOs (Skinny et al). 


So "it will work on any network" and you'll probably get 3G in most places in the big cities, but everywhere else it's going to be 2G a lot of the time.  Unless you switch to Telecom/et al or buy a new phone.  I've been pleasantly surprised by the $140 Samsung Galaxy J2 I just bought to replace my broken phone.  4G, decent screen, reasonably snappy.


Note that the exact model number matters, there will be several "Samsung S3 Mini" phones with different numeric model numbers that support different frequency bands.



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