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Master Geek

#90631 26-Sep-2011 12:20
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I'm not completely understanding on 2 degrees mobile broadband zones?

So why can we not use the 2 Degrees mobilebroadband packs outside of the main cities?

Sorry if I really have missed an obvious reason.

Is this to with roaming on VF's network? haha.

any help or general knowledge of how this stuff works would be cool too (:

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  #525741 26-Sep-2011 12:32
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traversd: Is this to with roaming on VF's network?


traversd: haha.

What's funny about it?



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  #525742 26-Sep-2011 12:32
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2° only has it's own towers in main centers. These comprise the Mobile Broadband Zones.

The rest of the nation roams on Vodafone, as rates for roaming data are not regulated (VF can charge 2° whatever they want to provide roaming data). The result is that data is extremely expensive to provide and the existing packs do not make much profit for 2°. On their own network they do not need to pay charges, so they are free to offer large and good value data packs.
The good news is they are expanding their zones at the moment, Tauranga and Hamilton recently joined the club and there are other places under planning, consent or construction.

Hope this clears it up! 

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  #525743 26-Sep-2011 12:33
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Damn your elite forum skills freitasm!

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  #525773 26-Sep-2011 12:55
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On a per MB basis it's much cheaper to provide data in urban areas than rural, even for Vodafone and Telecom (more people covered by the same cell tower in urban areas = lower cost per customer), this is why 2D sensibly concentrated it's build on urban areas.

Voda and Telecom decided to keep their pricing the same wherever you are, even though it costs more for those in rural areas. Not so economically efficient, but simpler for customers to understand.

2Degrees have even higher rural costs than the other 2, (because they roam onto vodas network) so decided that they would price discriminate between rural and urban customers. Sensible move since it allows them to compete better in the more profitable urban areas whilst oignoring the higerh cost rural areas, but the trade off is that it is more complex for customers to understand.

(which is slightly odd when there whole 'thing' when they launched was about simplicity)

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  #525779 26-Sep-2011 13:08

(which is slightly odd when there whole 'thing' when they launched was about simplicity)

They had better hurry up else they will miss the data boat...

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  #525786 26-Sep-2011 13:37
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Tauranga is not a BB zone yet. Towers have not all been built yet. And some towers still don't have customer access.

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Master Geek

  #525873 26-Sep-2011 15:56
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oh sorry, i write haha when i feel awkward.
thanks that makes sense, (:

well are 2 degrees aiming to cover all of nz by a certain date or what?


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Uber Geek

  #525903 26-Sep-2011 17:10

Here are their current/immediate plans to construct...

They will be adding Nelson, New Plymouth, Hopefully Gisborne in 6-12 months.

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  #526810 28-Sep-2011 15:46
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SteveOn: I think you meant Palmerston North, not New Plymouth.

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Master Geek

  #528069 1-Oct-2011 19:33
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thanks for all that. cheers.

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  #528084 1-Oct-2011 22:20

Publius: SteveOn: I think you meant Palmerston North, not New Plymouth.

Nope, I know palmy already has towers in the ground right now.

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Master Geek

  #528100 1-Oct-2011 22:45
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Hey guys.
Huge thanks.
you guys are a real good help.
many thanks!

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