Vodafone Search and Rescue network

Network in a Box changes the face of search and rescue in NZ

We’re always looking for a new way to empower our customers through the power of our network. Now, in collaboration with Police Search and Rescue (SAR), we’ve found a way to potentially help save lives in the future.

Together with SAR, Vodafone successfully tested the Vodafone Search and Rescue Network which creates an area of immediate mobile phone coverage beneath a helicopter as it flies overhead – giving rescuers the ability to communicate with cell phones below.

Our Vodafone Search and Rescue Network prototype was tested in the Hunua Ranges – a 15,000 square kilometre zero coverage area of bushland near South Auckland popular with trampers and campers.


#PhoneByDrone - world's first drone delivery of an iPhone 7

Phone by drone

This morning (16 September 2016) Vodafone made one of its first iPhone 7 customer deliveries by drone - the first iPhone delivery of its kind anywhere in the world. Except this phone didn’t stick to travelling by road, it flew! Strapped to a custom drone piloted by David ‘The Mad Scientist’ Drummond and his team, the Rose Gold iPhone 7 Plus flew around the Viaduct before being delivered to Irene Hu outside the Hilton Hotel on Princes Wharf.  

“Technology and innovation is at the heart of what we do, and this is another example of how Vodafone can bring this to life in a way that’s exciting for our customers,” said Matt Williams, Vodafone’s Consumer Director. Vodafone’s flagship store on Queen Street also joined the iPhone 7 action this morning, with Apple enthusiasts lining up from as early as 8pm on Thursday evening.


Smart Jacket shines a light on future of bike safety

Vodafone Smart Jacket

Our network has the power not just to connect Kiwis with each other but to help solve everyday issues in unexpected ways. We’ve teamed up with BMX champion Sarah Walker and comedian Jon Bridges to demonstrate #4GSmartJacket.

So what makes this jacket smart? The Vodafone Smart Jacket uses the cyclists’ smartphone and an app to send signals to tiny LED lights on the sleeves and back of the jacket, indicating which direction they’re turning – which could help make cyclists more visible, and safer at night.


Ready for the ultimate network test?

Ready to redline?

Watch kiwi drift sensation Mad Mike Whiddett demonstrate the reliability of our 4G network in a high octane experiment at Leadfoot track in Hahei.

Experience the rush as Mike screams through a custom drift course in his fully loaded Mazda FD3 RX7 performance car with our super-fast 4G network being his eyes on the track.

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 S7
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
  • Samsung GALAXY Core Prime
  • 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.

LTE is a standard for high-speed wireless communication and it stands for Long Term Evolution. It can provide significantly higher data transfer rates than older technologies (with speeds up to 300Mbps download and 75Mbps upload) . LTE also offers reduced latency during data transfer and its capacity can be scaled up to meet future bandwidth demands..

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.