Telecom New Zealand started it by offering some security software to all their broadband users - a move now other ISPs are following too.
Telecom also differentiate itself by offering Flickr Pro accounts to its dial-up and broadband users.
They are again ahead of the pack by partnering with Frogprintgs to offer an initial 50 prints for free, and 20% discount afterwards.
Pretty good value if you ask me.
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?
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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:
It's huge: Symantec is taking the winner from this and other similar competitions from around the world on a business class flight to the USA and once there they will experience a Zero Gravity flight - about 90 minutes of excitment with 15 Zero Gravity sequences.
And that's not all. The winners gets a chance to enter a second draw with a suborbital flight as a prize.
How big is that?
Check all you need to know (sorry, long T&Cs, talk to the lawyers!) in our Zero G competition page.
I have a friend in Wellington, New Zealand, let's call her L.E. with phone number +64 4 555-1234. I have a commercial contact in Auckland, let's call her R.M. with phone number +64 9 555-1234. Yes, same country code and phone number, just different area codes.
An interesting coincidence.
Today R.M. called me. I answer saying "Hello L.E."... But of course it wasn't L.E calling me, but that's what the Phone application tells me.
It seems the Windows Mobile Phone application searches only the phone number (not including the area code). It also seems the index use is probably something like (Phone + Name), therefore a search with Phone = 555-1234 brings L.E.'s record first - and stops there without checking area code to make sure it's really who the caller is.
Freaky how this happened. How big a coincidence to have two people you know with the same phone number just different area codes? I would say it is harder to happen in the USA, but in a small country like New Zealand...