This is the browser-based dialer - go ahead login with your Gizmo5 account or create a new one): The service also allows incoming calls from other users, free calls to other Gizmo5 users, 800 numbers (USA) and SIP services. You can even setup a caller ID so that when you call out to a landline or mobile it shows your own number.
Early in 2009 ITECH will be flying to the USA where he will enjoy a Zero Gravity Flight experience. Click on my picture to have an idea of how cool is this prize...
Well done and thanks to everyone who entered the competition!
At some time tomorrow (16 December NZ time) I will close the comments here and go through your creative comments... If more than one gives the same correct description then I will draw it.
UPDATE: Thanks everyone who posted a comment. I've selected a winner - please check my last comment.
I won't post here technical definitions of 3G services, neither go into the debate of merits of one technology or another.
However I feel it's a good time to clarify something related to the path Telecom New Zealand is following. Mainly because a lot of people still don't make a couple of important distinctions:
A GSM network is quite different from a 3G network (regardless of it being based on WCDMA, HSDPA and CDMA EVDO).
For this post, let's talk about 3G based on WCDMA/HSDPA/HSPA, which is what Vodafone New Zealand currently offers and what Telecom New Zealand is going to deploy.
In short a GSM-only handset won't work on a 3G network. Not all GSM handsets available in store are 3G handsets.
First some of the network-side components are different. Second GSM operates in some bands (900MHz, 1800MHz, and 1900MHz) while WCDMA operates in different bands (2100MHz, 900MHz, 850MHz).
Vodafone is deploying a 900MHz WCDMA network to cover the spots where its current 2100MHz WCDMA network is not available (or replacing it and some). Again, a GSM 900MHz handset won't connect to WCDMA 900MHz network because these are different technologies.
Telecom is deploying a WCDMA 850MHz network - it is actually live in some areas of Auckland, already accepting incoming roaming from Australia and Pacific Islands.
So what works now?
First you will need a 3G 850MHz handset to connect to Telecom New Zealand's new network. Where would you get those? Telecom has said they will supply handsets free to customers on a valid contract when the new network comes live.
Of course you could also bring your own handset. Other operators using WCDMA 850MHz include Telstra in Australia and American operators such as AT&T Wireless and T-Mobile.
For roaming you will need a handset that supports 850MHz (AU/USA/Canada) and 2100MHz (Europe).
What if you are porting from Vodafone New Zealand to Telecom New Zealand? The same applies. GSM-only handsets won't work. 3G handsets may work if they support 850MHz - a good example is your Apple iPhone.
The Apple iPhone is an interesting thing - it should work well on Telecom New Zealand's new network because it is originally designed for WCDMA 850MHz in the USA. It also works on Vodafone New Zealand's existing WCDMA 2100MHz network. But the current Apple iPhone 3G won't work on Vodafone's new WCDMA 900MHz network.
Does it make sense now?
You can also refer to the official HP Magic Giveaway page for more information.
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We here at Geekzone are participating with another 49 blogs in the HP Magic Giveaway competition sponsored by HP and Microsoft.
Each of the 50 websites have a prize pack to giveaway - and this is some hardcore package:
- HP TouchSmart IQ816 PC (specs pdf)
- HP HDX 18 series Premium Notebook PC (specs pdf)
- HP MediaSmart Connect (specs pdf)
- HP Pavilion dv4 series Entertainment Notebook PC (specs pdf)
- HP Mini 1000 (specs pdf)
- HP Photosmart C6380 Wireless AIO (printer)
- HP 564 Photo Value Pak
- Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate/Home Premium or Microsoft Windows XP pre-installed on all units (Mini 1000 runs XP)
- Microsoft Office Home and Student Edition 2007 (Student-Teacher Edition) – 1 DVD with 3 licenses
- Microsoft Windows Live
- Corel VideoStudio X2
- Kung Fu Panda (2 widescreen DVDs; 1 widescreen Blu-ray disc)
The winner in each site gets one whole package. To read more about each product visit the HP Magic Giveaway competition website where you will find full specifications and links to all sites.
Each site will run its own competition with different rules and dates. You can enter in as many competitions you want, to increase your chances to win.
UPDATE: The Geekzone competition is now running - click here for details.
This is the list of other participating sites:
Below is a video that shows how the new terminals will look like. Note the self-service kiosks and the bag drop belt in the back of the area.
In the check-in front they are introducing some cool stuff such as mPass, a J2ME application that runs on most modern mobile phones. You will be able to downlod all boarding passes related to your Airpoints account, or individual boarding passes based on booking reference and name. The application show this information on a 2D barcode that you can use to scan directy from your phone and board the aircraft.
Also new is the RFID tag, a sticker that will be sent to Airpoints Gold Elite, Gold and Silver members. You can attach that to the back of your mobile phone, or wallet and use it to board directly - unless you have to get a bag tag.
At last a full self-service boarding experience, including new special bag tags printed directly at the kiosk, incuding a Priority label if you are entitled to it.
And speaking of kiosks and airports, the main centres will have a new area for check-in - look the artist's idea and the picture I took at the Auckland airport this morning.
If you are a Airpoints member you will be happy to know ALL flights now count towards your points. Even the cheap ones. And the company is introducing www.myairnz.com, a website full of widget goodness for the frequent traveller.
Check the pictures I took during the event in their training area:
Geekzone was running on an Intel Xeon "Nocona" dual-core 3GHz box with 3GB RAM and two 70GB SCSI discs. The software platform was based on Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition and Microsoft SQL Server 2008. We use NOD32 for antivirus protection.
A new HP DL360 server was installed. This new box is based on an Intel 5400 quad-core 3GHz with 10GB RAM, four 146GB HDD and ILO2 for remote management.
This is the host box running Micosoft Hyper-V. I installed a virtual machine for Geekzone, keeping the same software platform but in 64 bit. Geekzone is running on a quad core, 6GB RAM virtual machine.
Also on the same box we have an Exchange server running on a dual core 2GB RAM virtual machine, an ad server running on a dual core 2GB RAM, and a single core 512MB RAM virtual machine running Windows XP SP3 and hosting an IRC script that monitors our chatroom.
The old server is still in place, with a mirror of our SQL 2008 database, and Adventnet Applicatins Manager. This server will also be used for development.
Thanks to HP New Zealand and Microsoft New Zealand for their support - we couldn't do this upgrade without their help. also thanks to ICONZ for arranging the installation and network configuration so that everything could have been done within the time we had available.
By the way, how many SQL 2008 servers in New Zealand are running in a virtual environment?