We moved to Balmain Road in Chatswood, our house had reasonable, not great, reception on Vodafone New Zealand‘s network.
When my employer changed mobile provider to Telecom, my home coverage dropped – albeit on a different phone. I would miss incoming calls, only to find a stack of voice mail messages when I walked up the road.
A year ago, I left my job and switched back to Vodafone hoping to see better reception. If anything, Vodafone’s coverage was worse than Telecom’s. Something happened between the two dates – the arrival of 3G networks.
Incidentally my house is not in the 3G coverage area. And curiously, when there is reception my phone is serviced by Te Atatu about 5km across the harbour.
Shortly before Christmas I tried a 2degrees sim card in my phone. The reception is perfect. Five bars on the handset display and crisp, clear reception.