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Monday, December 20, 2010

CDMA 1X Sucks ...

And why am I in CDMA 1X hell, because Telecom NZ has forced me into yet another change, and then cannot supply the phone that I want to allow me to upgrade.

I have been a loyal Telecom mobile customer for more than 15 years and some would wonder why ...

Twice now they have forced me into change due to their change of network. Now I am all for improvement, but in both instances I have had to change handsets and leave behind a bunch of expensive accessories, and loose a bunch of functionality that I had before, as well as have to sign up to a new contract to get some discount on yet another expensive phone ...

This time the phone I wanted, that still did not meet all my requirements, is not available for how long. I ordered and placed a deposit some weeks ago expecting it in December, and now I get a call to say that it is not going to be available in December, they are not sure when, maybe January. This phone is the Samsung Galaxy S i900t, I am pretty excited about the many possibilities of Android without the lock-in imposed by Apple and Microsoft, and certainly the uptake of Android seems to indicate that many other think similarly. Also the worldwide shortage of the Galaxy would seem to also indicate that it is pretty much the phone of choice at the moment. In the mean time I am stuck in CDMA 1X hell with my trusty old Harrier ....

With the forced changes over the past two network 'upgrades' I have lost functions such as high power and external antenna connectivity for working from very remote locations, I have also lost functions such as serial port which allowed me to connect to external devices, and infrared interface. I know that I am an unusual, advanced, user and that these features do not appeal so much to the masses, but I can't continue to use the features in my older phone(s) due to the enforced upgrades at my cost.

I am sure that there are many out there that will say move to an alternate network, and I must say that the reasons for staying with Telecom are slowly disappearing. I still believe that they have the better overall high speed coverage, but maybe someone can prove this wrong?

So as a long term loyal Telcom mobile contract customer that has been forced to upgrade at large expense and inconvenience twice now what can Telecom offer to retain me as a customer. It appears that I have almost a month to change my mind, since it would seem that they are in breach of contract of supply.

So open to comments and suggestions.

2 comments:

Roy said...

AFAICT Telecom still have slightly better coverage in remote areas, but only slightly. Looking elsewhere may be the way to go. 2degrees has some nice Android phones and piggyback on Vodafone's network where they don't have their own. Their data plans aren't spectacular when you're outside the main centres though.

rediguana said...

Don't you dare come over to Vodafone, the coverage is crap. A a geocacher that gets out to rather rural locations, I'd strongly recommend sticking with TEL unless you're only going to be using your phone in CBDs. I've got a TEL XT SIM in my iPad and coverage when traveling seems much better. As well as at home and work in Christchurch.