Vodafone 4 G is here–well in Auckland at least
Vodafone has launched a 4G mobile service giving those that live or work in the Auckland central region which will give them access to a 4g network ( if you mobile device allows it). At the moment the service currently covers 30 percent of central Auckland with a rollout plan of May for Christchurch and Wellington in August or September. By the end of the year Vodafone are looking to have it across an additional 15 towns ( not named) around New Zealand.
What this will mean is that users of 4G based devices will have a faster mobile browsing experience ( web pages will download quicker, in theory) and there should be an increase in web applications and video and audio streaming services.
Questions where asked of CEO Russell Stanners in regards to data packages but it seems that Vodafone New Zealand will not be moving on this, Stanners believes that current data caps were adequate for mobile users. The 4G service will cost users and extra $10 per month ( users on the $120 per month plan will incur this charge).
Tests from people that have been on trial have seen download speeds in the high 70 megabits per second and upload speeds in mid 40 megabits per second, which is faster than a lot of the current ADSL broadband coming into peoples homes.
Current mobile devices that can access the 4G network are:
- iPhone 5
- iPad mini
- later model iPads with Retina display
- Samsung Galaxy S3
- Galaxy Note II
- HTC 8X
Vodafone have a list of mobile devices listed here.
To see if you are in the Auckland 4G coverage are here is the Vodafone 4 Coverage map:
Vodafone Consumer 4G Video