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Master Geek

#90875 1-Oct-2011 22:33
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Sorry if this is ignorant.

But I understand that 2degrees has its own towers in the main cities.

and that national data is expensive because we roam on VF's network everywhere else?

But is there a possibility 2degrees or even Vodafone could offer a nation wide 2g data pack? or would this not make a difference to the price regardless if its 2g or 3g?

I ask because I rarely need 3g speeds but offer need more data just for browsing and such.

and many thanks in advance for tolerating my questions. Cheers.

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  #528098 1-Oct-2011 22:43
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have you tried disabling 3G on your phone and see how many months before you used up 100MB of national data?


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Master Geek

  #528104 1-Oct-2011 22:57
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To be honest, I've only been on the 100mb national data pack for two months and have had 2g enabled for most of it. but i must admit that 3g has accidentally been on at times.

I only turn on mobile data when i need it.
I only ever sync applications or download files over wifi.
and use an offline gps.
I also use Opera Mini which is supposedly meant to reduce data usage.

I still seem to use up that 100mbs though? mm.

but mm but would using 3g cause me to use more data? wouldnt it just make loading pages and email a bit faster? cheers.


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  #528160 2-Oct-2011 09:01
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3G simply trades more battery life drain for faster speeds, it will not affect your consumption.

What type of phone is it

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Master Geek

  #528165 2-Oct-2011 09:27
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mm, right, okay.
I'm using a Motorola Milestone.

(and thanks for your detailed reply on the last topic i asked about as to why national data was expensive. very helpful)

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  #528173 2-Oct-2011 10:07
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As far as a network is concernded data is data, it doesn't matter if it uses GSM or WCDMA as the bearer. It still uses the same cellsite backhaul and GGSN/SGSN. From a business perspective, the actual true cost of data is also less on a 3G network since the data capacity is greater.

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Master Geek

  #528235 2-Oct-2011 12:08
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This comes down to the way they advertise the national packs as "3G data" this should be petitioned to be clear as it does not matter if you use 3G or 2G.
Same on the monthly plans - it is promoted as 3G National Data.

2G is capable of easily using up 100mb in a month - EDGE speeds arn't the greatest but it is still a semi decent connection

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