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  # 445752 5-Mar-2011 11:11
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n4: I'd say the messages were intended to reach people without reliable power supply and so don't have good access to TV, radio, or the internet. Clearly you don't fall into that category, so all is working as it should. Maybe Vodafone cast the net a bit wider than 2degrees.


That's what I was thinking too. It's the most likely scenario.

I don't think there is a conspiracy happening... but who knows. Wink



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  # 445754 5-Mar-2011 11:22
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keewee01: That's what I was thinking too. It's the most likely scenario.

I don't think there is a conspiracy happening... but who knows. Wink


Ya, I don't think there's a conspiracy either...  I was simply more concerned with a fault that they may not know about.

Johnr already told us that they don't have message confirmation on the network any more.  So how do they know that messages are getting delivered unless those of us in the effected areas put our hands up and ask questions?





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  # 445819 5-Mar-2011 17:06
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I live in Bexley and have got the Civil Defence txt messages on my 2Degrees phone, i have been to the central city but i am sure i was getting the txt's before that.

Could it depend on what cell tower you connect to ? 

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  # 446380 7-Mar-2011 18:03
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Ironclad: I live in Bexley and have got the Civil Defence txt messages on my 2Degrees phone, i have been to the central city but i am sure i was getting the txt's before that.

Could it depend on what cell tower you connect to ? 


Do you know whether they are SMSs or Cell Broadcast messages?

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  # 446381 7-Mar-2011 18:11
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They are SMS messages.

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  # 446401 7-Mar-2011 19:04
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Within a city you can receive cell signal from many different towers e.g. I live in Ilam/Fendalton but get signal from Ilam (on top of the Uni), Riccarton, Hagley, Middleton and even Wigram cellsites. This seems random, but differences in phone and cell site design could affect this.

Also 2G signal tends to be transmitted from macro cells that cover a larger area, whereas 3G micro cells are more numerous and cover a smaller area each. So having a 2G or 3G phone could affect the messages you receive, as you could be placed in a broader area if connected to a 2G macro cell site.

I guess you are outside the area that CD want to send the message to, but your wife picked up the message by accident for one of the reasons above.

Either way SMS seems not the best way to send localised messages, but i guess the sort of messages they are sending at the moment aren't life or death matters.

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  # 447009 9-Mar-2011 16:44
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So are these messages still coming through in Christchurch?

With respect to Cell Broadcast, a lot of phones (read iPhone and many Androids) can't do Cell Broadcast.




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