In my previous post, I was less than impressed with Telecom NZ**. However, in this post, I must say that I am extremely IMPRESSED with them.
However, the Siri service uses 3G data to send your voice to Apple servers to process and do the voice recognition, and this means that the service is only as good as the data service of your provider.
I have been a loyal Vodafone NZ customer for over 15 years, never really questioning that they were doing a good job, and regularly paying a phone bill of around $400 a month. I have suffered from having 1 bar of signal strength on my iPhone at my castor bay house, and generally blamed the iPhone and not vodafone, and figured that 3G data was just never going to be that great, and would never compete with DSL or wifi type speeds.
So it was with some amazement, that yesterday when my friend and I were playing with Siri, that he was getting almost immediate responses (via Telecom XT), and my phone barely seemed to be able to work (on Vodafone). That was the last straw for me, and I promptly walked into a Telecom XT store at 5pm yesterday and asked them to port my number across. I expected this porting process between telephone companies to be a horrible process, fraught with stuff-ups where I would probably lose access to my phone for a day or so, and maybe even my number, but I HAD to get Siri working, it's just that cool.
So I was surprised to wake up at 7am today, and find that my phone was reporting "no signal". They can't have done my porting already? can they. To my delight, I put my XT sim into my phone, and found that it was connected with Telecom XT. Even more impressive, was the fact that at my house, I now had FULL signal strength, where I had previously only had one bar. And EVEN more impressive, was that I started surfing around on the Internet on my phone for an hour or so, before I realized that I wasn't connected to my Wifi network, but to Telecom XT. Using data on Vodafone is workable, but it's often slow and Facebook needs to be refreshed, shut down the app etc. On XT, the speeds are just incredible - I highly recommend the switch if you are a power smart phone user. The XT network is 3G ONLY, so there is never a time when you're on GPRS or no data or some slow speed connection.
Even nicer, I found a plan on Telecom for $120 a month that gives me 3Gb of data (not one), 5 times as many txt messages (2,500 not 500), and about double the calling that I have been making on Vodafone. and my bill is now a fixed $120 a month, instead of a variable $400 a month. Thank you Telecom XT!
**I am not, and have never been a Telecom hater, I just call things as I see them. I think Telecom is a great company, with a marketing department that doesn't always do them justice.