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{{Trail|About|Auckland}}
 
{{Trail|About|Auckland}}
== By air ==
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There are 3 major mobile network operators in New Zealand:<br/>
: <small>''See also:'' [[Arrivals Departures]]</small>
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*Spark (was Telecom/XT) http://www.spark.co.nz/<br/>
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auckland_Airport Auckland] is New Zealand's biggest airport, and the fourth biggest in Australasia, meaning you can fly directly from any airport in the Pacific.
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*Vodafone http://www.vodafone.co.nz/<br/>
* The conference is taking place near the summer holiday peak so you will need to book your flights and accommodation as early as possible to get the cheapest rates.
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*2 degrees http://www.2degreesmobile.co.nz/<br/>
* Flying from the US? Remember that you're flying into the future! Don't forget to take this into account and check what day and local time you arrive.
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*Virtual network operator Skinny https://www.skinny.co.nz/<br/>
=== Immigration requirements ===
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* [http://glossary.immigration.govt.nz/australiancitizensandresidents.htm Australian] citizens and permanent residents do not usually need a visa to travel to New Zealand.
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* If you are from a visa-waiver country (including USA, most of the EU, Japan) and intending to visit for no more three months, then you do not need a visa.
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* Check the [http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/stream/visit/ Immigration New Zealand website] for details
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* [http://www.customs.govt.nz/inprivate/Pages/default.aspx Customs] advice for visiting New Zealand. Note that New Zealand has stronger restrictions on bringing in food and other products that may host agricultural pests than most countries.
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=== Airport to venue transfers ===
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Auckland airport has buses, shuttles and taxis available.  Note that the Auckland domestic and international airports are about 1 km apart, so ensure you order a taxi to the correct location.
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12 Grafton Rd, Auckland, 1010~[[Location|Owen G Glen Building (OGGB)]]~This will be the main venue for the conference.;
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Auckland Airport, Ray Emery Drive, Auckland, 2022~Auckland Airport
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* http://www.aucklandairport.co.nz/ToAndFromTheAirport/PublicTransport/TaxisAndShuttles.aspx
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* Uber has a fixed price $70 fare to or from Auckland Airport to an area which includes the University of Auckland (where the conference is held) and our accommodation.
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* http://taxi.co.nz is a facility run by Air NZ. It is a price comparison facility that includes airbus, taxi, shuttles and even helicopter. Note there's a slight surcharge for its use. In order to secure those prices, you need to book + pay for it via the website. I haven't used it before but I can see how it is useful.
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==== Airbus ====
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All offer pre-paid SIM cards which can be easily obtained and require no paperwork or registration (you can pick one up in the airport just after you get through customs).
* Cost $16 one way
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* http://www.airbus.co.nz/
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* airport to the city - http://www.airbus.co.nz/pictures/map-1-horizontal.png
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* city to the airport - http://www.airbus.co.nz/pictures/map-2-horizontal.png
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* Route #1 ("E") ''from'' the Airport via Mt Eden Road runs down Symonds St; stop #7147 (25 Symonds St, near Wellesly St East corner) is within walking distance of both Uni Hall and Carlaw Park (about 1km), and mostly downhill.
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* Route #1 appears to [http://www.airbus.co.nz/timetable run every 30 minutes during weekend daytime] (alternating with Route #5 via Dominion Road, which runs down Queen St)
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* Note that Symonds St runs along the ridgeline, so almost everything is downhill from Symonds St.  Queen Street runs down the valley, so many things are uphill from Queen St (including Queen St itself as you go away from the water!)
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* There does not seem to be a AirBus route ''to'' the airport that runs along Symonds St, only along Queen St (see [http://www.airbus.co.nz/find-a-stop AirBus Stop Map]), so at least from Carlaw Park getting a Shuttle ''to'' the airport may be much less effort.
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==== Local bus lines ====
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All operators now offer 4G in limited areas, which should cover most of Auckland CBD. The 4G frequencies are the ones used in most Asia-Pacific countries, and '''different''' to the AWS bands used in North America.
* [https://at.govt.nz/bus-train-ferry/bus-services/airport-services/#airporter 380 Airporter] (Connects to local trains. Slow, but nice for train enthusiasts... Or if you happen to have your accommodoation somewhere along the train line.
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* [https://at.govt.nz/bus-train-ferry/bus-services/airport-services/#route-375 Route 375]
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==== Shuttles ====
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* Cost $33 per person, one way.
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* Shuttles are door to door.
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* You must book the shuttle from Auckland to Airport. Please do this at least a day in advance.
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* Some other shuttle services may not be at the airport and you may need to book them for pickup.
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* Not all shuttle services have the same fee. So ask before you hop on.
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* Group fee is usually based on pick up from same_address1 and drop off at the same_address2.
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* Some don't like shuttles because you may have other passengers in the shuttle to drop off along the way. Most cases they try to group all to the CBD. Obviously problem is not there if there's a few LCA ppl in the shuttle all going to the same accommodation as you.
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== 2Degrees ==
  
* Super shuttle https://www.supershuttle.co.nz/Default.aspx
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* No own store in Airport -- free SIM cards are available on the Airbus
** The best known in Auckland for Airport shuttle service.
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* Relay airport store on the arrivals area sells SIM cards for 10 NZD
** They are at the airport and so there's no need to book for trips that start from the Airport to Auckland City.
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* SIM sizes: SIM+MicroSIM, and NanoSIM.
** Cost for airport - cbd (based on search on the [https://www.supershuttle.co.nz/Default.aspx supershuttle's website] : 4ppl $59; 5ppl $67; 6ppl $75; 7ppl $84; 8ppl $91; 9ppl $99; 10 $107  11ppl $113
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* GSM (2G) 900 / 1800
** This means for 5 ppl it works out cheaper than the airbus and you have a door to door service.
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* UMTS (3G) 900 / 2100
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* LTE (4G) Band 3 (1800MHz) and 28 (700MHz) in cities only.
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* Has a small network of their own in cities that roams to Vodafone (at no cost)
  
* Other shuttle services below were found via google + searched the prices below. I think you need to book with them in order for them to come pick you up.  Note - never used them.
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Prepaid:
  
* Shuttlebus http://www.shuttlebus.co.nz/  
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* [http://www.2degreesmobile.co.nz/prepay/pricing/plus/value-packs/carryover-combo 19 NZD: Carryover]
** From Airport to CBD:  4 pax 65; 5 pax $70 ;  6 - 11ppl  $85
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** 100 minutes of calls to phones in NZ and AU
** From CBD to airport: 6 - 11ppl $75
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** Unlimited SMS to phones in NZ and AU
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** 500MB data
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** 30 day expiry
  
* Express shuttle http://www.expressshuttle.co.nz/
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* [http://www.2degreesmobile.co.nz/mobile-data/zone-data-packs NZ$99 for 12GB ]
** Auckland CBD - Airport one way: 3-4 $60; 5-6 $70; 7- 11ppl $85
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* Air Shuttle  http://www.airshuttle.biz/
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Activating the SIM:
** Airport to CBD 3 - 9 ppl $80
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** CBD to Airport 3 - 9  ppl $65
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* Quick shuttle http://www.quickshuttle.co.nz/airport-terminal/
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* Insert the SIM in the phone
** 1 to 2 people - $60 total price
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* Make sure the correct network is selected
** 3 to 4 people - $65 total price
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* Call 200
** 5 to 6 people - $75 total price
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* You will be prompted to add a PIN to manage your account.
** 7 to 11 people - $90 total price
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* First do a top-up (1).  Minimum amount is 20 NZD, can be done by credit card over phone or purchase a topup with cash at a store.
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* You probably don't want to have them save your credit card details, otherwise the combo pack will automatically renew when you leave.
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* You get a text message confirming it.
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* Add a combo pack or data pack
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* You get a text message confirming it.
  
* Kathy's shuttle http://kathysshuttle.co.nz/
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Note: Their IVR doesn't update with your current balance while you're still on the line -- the balance is from when you started the call. So you top up your account, and then you get told that you have "0 Dollars"...
** 2 ppl from airport to central auckland $45 Source: http://kathysshuttle.co.nz/gettingplaces/
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** Her booking page has choices for up to 6 or more. So it is probably a bigger vehicle than the car on the web page.
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==== Taxi ====
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Other note: They also have a captive portal that allows you to sign up. However, this website is not mobile-friendlyAdditionally, on Android, if you rotate the phone you have to start again, and the zoom function is disabled/stuckDo it over the phone instead.
* $75-$90
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* http://taxi.co.nz (pre-paid taxi)
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* Taxi is a metered srevice and so fare above is an approximationThe meter still ticks when it is stuck in traffic unless you managed to negotiate a flat fee for the journey.
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* IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are at the airport and need to go somewhere, within the airport area, be aware that it could be very expensive despite the short distance.  (Also note that there is a [http://www.aucklandairport.co.nz/AirportInformation/Travel-between-terminals.aspx free airport transfer bus] around the Domestic/International terminals which runs 3-4 times an hour, so fine if you're willing to waitOr it's a flat 15-ish minute walk which is okay if it's not raining.)
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== By bus ==
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== Skinny ==
* [http://www.intercity.co.nz Intercity]
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* [https://nakedbus.com NakedBus]
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* [http://www.manabus.com ManaBus]
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* [http://www.kiwiexperience.com KiwiExperience]
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* [http://www.straytravel.com Stray Travel]
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== By train ==
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* Virtual Mobile Network Operator that runs from the Spark network.
* [http://www.kiwirail.co.nz KiwiRail]
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* GSM NOT AVAILABLE
** [http://www.kiwirailscenic.co.nz/northern-explorer/?servicename=Northern%20Explorer Northern Explorer]
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* UMTS (3G) 850 / 2100
  
== By car ==
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'''Note''' Skinny also does a competitive package, with $4 for a sim that comes loaded with calling time (within ANZ), texts and mobile data.
* [http://www.newzealand.com/int/travel-times-and-distances-calculator Travel time and distance calculator]
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* [http://www.aatravel.co.nz/transport-and-rentals-newzealand/rentals.php Vehicle rentals] (nationwide)
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== Spark (Telecom / XT) ==
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* Store in the international terminal, in the arrivals area.  Marked as "Telecom" in Airport maps.
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* GSM NOT AVAILABLE
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* UMTS (3G) 850 / 2100
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* LTE (4G) Band 3 (1800MHz) in cities and major rural areas, Band 7 (2600MHz) in Central Auckland and Band 28 (700MHz) in major rural areas (not cities)
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Prepaid:
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'''Note''' Spark Travellers SIM for $49 is similar to the Vodafone offering.
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'''Note''' Spark (Telecom NZ/XT) does have 1GB data on WiFi per day across NZ starting at $29
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'''Note''' Spark / Skinny share the same broadcast frequencies and have '''NO''' 2G Network
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== Vodafone ==
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* Store in the international terminal, in the arrivals area.
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* GSM (2G) 900 / 1800
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* UMTS (3G) 900 / 2100
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* LTE (4G) Band 3 (1800MHz) and 28 (700MHz) in cities only.
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Prepaid:
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'''Note''' Vodafone Travellers SIM for $49 with 2GB Data, and for a lot of our attendees from outside of ANZ it will probably include minutes to call home. Check your countries Vodafone website
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== Roaming with an Australian Telco ==
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* Optus post-paid mobiles allegedly have a $10/day travel pack option which can be activated online, giving unlimited talk and SMS plus 50MB data/day.  This is markedly (exponentially?) cheaper than the standard roaming rate.  See http://www.optus.com.au/shop/mobilephones/international-roaming/postpaid#add-roaming for details, or http://www.optus.com.au/shop/mobilephones/international-roaming/data-roaming#add-roaming if you only want data and don't care about talk/SMS.
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* Telstra has something similar - see https://www.telstra.com.au/mobile-phones/international-roaming#intravelpass.
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* So does Vodafone: http://www.vodafone.com.au/personal/international-roaming
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* Don't accidentally use roaming data without getting some sort of travel pack active first.  You will almost certainly regret it.
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* Picking up a New Zealand SIM will probably still work out cheaper than roaming travel packs, especially if you only really care about data.

Revision as of 19:07, 10 January 2015

< Main Page < About < Auckland

There are 3 major mobile network operators in New Zealand:

All offer pre-paid SIM cards which can be easily obtained and require no paperwork or registration (you can pick one up in the airport just after you get through customs).

All operators now offer 4G in limited areas, which should cover most of Auckland CBD. The 4G frequencies are the ones used in most Asia-Pacific countries, and different to the AWS bands used in North America.


2Degrees

  • No own store in Airport -- free SIM cards are available on the Airbus
  • Relay airport store on the arrivals area sells SIM cards for 10 NZD
  • SIM sizes: SIM+MicroSIM, and NanoSIM.
  • GSM (2G) 900 / 1800
  • UMTS (3G) 900 / 2100
  • LTE (4G) Band 3 (1800MHz) and 28 (700MHz) in cities only.
  • Has a small network of their own in cities that roams to Vodafone (at no cost)

Prepaid:

  • 19 NZD: Carryover
    • 100 minutes of calls to phones in NZ and AU
    • Unlimited SMS to phones in NZ and AU
    • 500MB data
    • 30 day expiry

Activating the SIM:

  • Insert the SIM in the phone
  • Make sure the correct network is selected
  • Call 200
  • You will be prompted to add a PIN to manage your account.
  • First do a top-up (1). Minimum amount is 20 NZD, can be done by credit card over phone or purchase a topup with cash at a store.
  • You probably don't want to have them save your credit card details, otherwise the combo pack will automatically renew when you leave.
  • You get a text message confirming it.
  • Add a combo pack or data pack
  • You get a text message confirming it.

Note: Their IVR doesn't update with your current balance while you're still on the line -- the balance is from when you started the call. So you top up your account, and then you get told that you have "0 Dollars"...

Other note: They also have a captive portal that allows you to sign up. However, this website is not mobile-friendly. Additionally, on Android, if you rotate the phone you have to start again, and the zoom function is disabled/stuck. Do it over the phone instead.

Skinny

  • Virtual Mobile Network Operator that runs from the Spark network.
  • GSM NOT AVAILABLE
  • UMTS (3G) 850 / 2100

Note Skinny also does a competitive package, with $4 for a sim that comes loaded with calling time (within ANZ), texts and mobile data.

Spark (Telecom / XT)

  • Store in the international terminal, in the arrivals area. Marked as "Telecom" in Airport maps.
  • GSM NOT AVAILABLE
  • UMTS (3G) 850 / 2100
  • LTE (4G) Band 3 (1800MHz) in cities and major rural areas, Band 7 (2600MHz) in Central Auckland and Band 28 (700MHz) in major rural areas (not cities)

Prepaid:

Note Spark Travellers SIM for $49 is similar to the Vodafone offering.

Note Spark (Telecom NZ/XT) does have 1GB data on WiFi per day across NZ starting at $29

Note Spark / Skinny share the same broadcast frequencies and have NO 2G Network


Vodafone

  • Store in the international terminal, in the arrivals area.
  • GSM (2G) 900 / 1800
  • UMTS (3G) 900 / 2100
  • LTE (4G) Band 3 (1800MHz) and 28 (700MHz) in cities only.

Prepaid:

Note Vodafone Travellers SIM for $49 with 2GB Data, and for a lot of our attendees from outside of ANZ it will probably include minutes to call home. Check your countries Vodafone website


Roaming with an Australian Telco