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Good Telecom GSM roaming experience

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 24-Jun-2008 12:21

When I decided to port my mobile phone number from Vodafone NZ to Telecom NZ the only thing that really worried me was voice and data roaming. How would this work? Would it work at all?

Then I found out Telecom had its own SIM cards for people to use with any unlocked GSM handset while overseas, instead of the more limited CMDA models available and I thought "why not then?"

Why not indeed. Before leaving home I inserted the Telecom SIM card in one of the i-mate Ultimate Windows Mobile devices I have here because those are quad-band GSM, EDGE and HSDPA devices. I also configured the data connection following the advice in this discussion.

And everything worked as expected - which means a great experience after all.

I turned the phone on in the LAX airport and almost instantly I had a connection to T-Mobile's EDGE service. Data roaming worked without a hitch, with my e-mails flowing to the device, quickly. My Twitter updates worked both via Fring as well as Internet Explorer mobile and everyone is happy.

Of course I could just as well get the Samsung CDMA Worldmode (which is both a GSM and CDMA device in one) and use it but it would be GPRS roaming only - and with the wrong GSM band for some places.

In all, with the right handset, Telecom has done really well. Good job. Now to use a T-Mobile Hotspot here at the airport, because that is still the cheapest option around here for mobile data.

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