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    Senior Member pine-o-cleen's Avatar
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    Default Vodafone 3g broadband.

    Moving into a new home and need broadband for work (just emails etc). At the moment we use approx 4 Gb / month.

    We decided we can go without a land line and have (nearly) decided to go with Vodafone 3g broadband pro at $70 / month for 3 Gb ($10 for an extra 3Gb).

    The plus? No phone connection! = Don't have to pay for the initial connection, can use broadband anywhere I take the laptop.

    The minus? No phone connection! = If I want to make any sort of phone call, I have to pay per minute and have to sign up for 24 months or the plan is an extra $10 / month and they charge $700 for the vodem and VMC card.

    What I really want to know is, do you knowledgeable guys and girls think this is a wise decision? (2 years seems an awful long time)

    Also, has anybody signed up to 3g broadband and if so, experiences?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Vodafone 3g broadband.

    Two years isn't really that long and considering the $40 odd dollars just for a line in if 3gig will keep you happy most of the time then I would go go for it. Are you sure you will get 3G though.

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    Senior Member pine-o-cleen's Avatar
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    Default Re: Vodafone 3g broadband.

    Quote Originally Posted by mikebartnz View Post
    ...Are you sure you will get 3G though.
    Huh?

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    Default Re: Vodafone 3g broadband.

    Quote Originally Posted by pine-o-cleen View Post
    Huh?
    Isn't 3G only in the main NZ centres, and not out in the suburbs? Outside the coverage and you will only get very slow speeds. This map has 3G coverage, and as you will see, it is patchy http://www.vodafone.co.nz/help/cover...ex.jsp?area=nz
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    Default Re: Vodafone 3g broadband.

    You have to really WANT wireless to put up with it - it is not to be compared with proper internet unless you enjoy gnashing your teeth.
    I used it for a while, and other than being slow, erratic and expensive, it is handy on the bus etc. According to the coverage map, we are in a good signal area, but things work much better when the repeater/cell tower shadow falls on your section. If you have only previously had dial-up on a bad line, then the wireless doesn't seem so bad.
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    Default Re: Vodafone 3g broadband.

    Get a Skype phone and a local number

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    Default Re: Vodafone 3g broadband.

    Have been using the same plan for the last year.... Check the broad band speed where you are first. Vodafone's site has a page to check just by typing in your address.
    Most of NZ is on 2G, if any, coverage, some city areas are on 3G but speed depends on distance from the signal tower. Line of sight preferably.
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    Default Re: Vodafone 3g broadband.

    Quote Originally Posted by pine-o-cleen View Post
    We decided we can go without a land line and have (nearly) decided to go with Vodafone 3g broadband pro at $70 / month for 3 Gb ($10 for an extra 3Gb).

    The plus? No phone connection!

    The minus? No phone connection! = If I want to make any sort of phone call, I have to pay per minute and have to sign up for 24 months or the plan is an extra $10 / month and they charge $700 for the vodem and VMC card.
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    Go with Snaps Naked dsl then, $70 gets you 10GB and VOIP. No contract if you use your own modem.

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    Default Re: Vodafone 3g broadband.

    +1 for NDSL.

    Unless your right in a decent size city, you will get dial up speeds on 3G. (Or 2G, as the case may be). And massive pings, you can hardly measure the latency. It's horrible.
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    Default Re: Vodafone 3g broadband.

    Vodafone's 3G coverage currently extends to about 63% of the footprint of our 2G network (which covers 97% of the places New Zealanders live work and play) but I would check the coverage at your address first before jumping in.
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