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2degrees almost unlimited mobile plan looks the deal

A new unlimited mobile plan from 2degrees can be yours for as little as NZ$40 a month if you are on a shared account. If only one person pays the bill it’s NZ$85. This makes it the best bang-for-buck mobile plan in the country, but there are fish-hooks in the small print. Unlike rival unlimited […]

Unravelling 5G part 1: Don’t expect a big bang

Visitors to this year’s Mobile World Congress were bombarded with messages emphasising that 2019 is the year of 5G mobile. At the giant Huawei stand and a mini-conference the day before the main event the slogan was 5G is on. Many carriers announced they had either started their 5G roll-outs or will soon. Hardware and […]

Emirates in-flight wi-fi: More despair than OnAir

While one trip is not enough to write a definitive review of Emirates OnAir inflight Wi-fi service, I’m not masochistic enough to put myself through the experience a second time. So this is an anecdote, not a formal review. My earlier plan to work at the airport business lounge was foiled by overcrowding. Plan B […]

Spark adds Cambridge, Turangi to 4.5G network

Spark press release: Spark announced today that Cambridge and Turangi have become the latest towns capable of getting the fastest mobile data speeds in the country, as 4.5G is switched on in the two Waikato locations. The launch of 4.5G in Cambridge and Turangi follows other single-tower deployments covering limited areas in the Christchurch CBD, […]

Behind Spark’s slow-burn 4.5G plan

Last week Spark installed new 4.5G technology on five Queenstown cellular towers. They mean the region now has New Zealand’s fastest mobile data network. The Queenstown towers join one-off upgraded Spark towers in Christchurch and Silverdale. Upgrading Queenstown is Spark’s latest move to squeeze the most from its cellular spectrum. It’s been doing this since buying […]