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What's 4G

Our 4G network is fast

4G is the 4th generation of mobile technology. This is the network the best mobile phones were made for. So say hello to things like:

  • Streaming HD video
  • Gaming in real time, not delayed time
  • Download an album in the time it used to take for a single track
  • Instantly open large attachments and files

Now you can do everything a whole lot better on your 4G smartphone or tablet. We have NZ’s largest 4G network, covering over 90% of Kiwis, and growing.

4G Extended Coverage

4G Extended coverage - 700MHz

When we first launched 4G in Feb 2013, we used a spectrum called 1800MHz. All of our 4G devices work in areas covered by this spectrum.
In 2014 we continued with 4G spectrum at 2600MHz.

As we increased our rollout to rural NZ we have started to use the 4G spectrum at 700MHz called 4G Extended. This provides better coverage in rural locations and is more effective at penetrating walls and buildings.

Using 4G in these locations requires a device that supports 4G Extended. See our range of 4G phones below.


4G Extended Help

Does my phone support 4G Extended?

All devices listed here work with 4G Extended at 700MHz and 4G at 1800MHz:

  • Samsung GALAXY S5 (SM-G900i variant)
  • Samsung GALAXY Alpha
  • Samsung GALAXY Note 4
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 5
  • Samsung GALAXY Tab Active
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7
  • Samsung GALAXY Tab S 10.5
  • Samsung GALAXY A3
  • Samsung GALAXY A5
  • Samsung Galaxy J5
  • Samsung Galaxy S6
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+


Network jargon buster

Here's a quick-reference list of important mobile and network terms in case you wanted to know! Like "What is 4G?"

2G is known as 2nd generation and was built in the early 1990s. This is our original GSM network, which handles voice calls and text messages. We keep our 2G network in great shape, and it works seamlessly with 3G and 4G for reliability and quality of service.

3G is known as 3rd generation. 3G refers to our fast mobile network that provides mobile calls, mobile internet access, video calls and mobile TV. Our 3G network covers 98% of where Kiwis live, work and play.

4G: Known as 4th generation or LTE, 4G is a high speed data network for mobile phones and devices. It provides almost instantaneous web page loading, faster photo viewing on Facebook and video streaming without the wait. Vodafone launched NZ's first 4G network in Auckland in February 2013 and it's still NZ's biggest.

4G Extended - 700MHz: 4G Extended uses the 700MHz frequency of the 4G spectrum which is typically used in rural areas. 4G Extended complements our 4G network on the 1800MHz frequency.

Band 3 is a 4G standard that uses the 1800MHz frequency.

Band 7 is a 4G standard that uses the 2600MHz frequency.

Band 28 is a 4G standard that uses the 700MHz frequency.

CAT 6 LTE is a technology capable of delivering speeds up to 301.5 Mbit/s by using multiple aerials.

Dual Carrier or DC-HSPA: This technology combines two 3G channels together to provide a faster data session. Where 3G can deliver up to 21 Mbps, Dual Carrier is capable of delivering up to 42 Mbps. Actual speeds will vary depending on your signal level and distance from the network tower.

Sure Signal: Sure Signal is a device that boosts indoor 3G mobile phone signal. It's a great solution for Vodafone customers who suffer from 'low bars' at home or work.

U900: 3G on the 900MHz frequency band - used for rural and marine areas, where there's a greater distance between cell sites. It also provides better indoor 3G coverage.

U2100: 3G on the 2100MHz frequency band - used for urban areas, where every cell site has more traffic to manage.

UFB: Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) is a New Zealand government initiative to deliver fast broadband internet access, using fibre, to 75% of the population over a 10-year period. The aim is a minimum speed of 100 Mbps downloading and 50 Mbps uploading.