In my earlier post I incorrectly said that unlike the iPhone, the iPad wouldn’t play well with Vodafone’s network in NZ.

Well I was wrong.

The iPad 3G and the iPhone 3Gs frequency specs are the same.  See below for a cut and paste from apple’s web site for each device. (Note the only difference is the iPad supports “n” on Wi-Fi, but the iPhone doesn’t).

iPad: Wi-Fi + 3G mod

iPhone: Cellular and wireless

  • UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • Data only2
  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
  • UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR wireless technology

So what does this mean?  In New Zealand both Vodafone and Telecom (through their XT network) support the iPad.  HOWEVER two important notes on this:

1) Only Telecom has announced micro-sims.  Although they haven’t actually got any yet (I checked today), so looks like will need the pen knife tick to cut down a sim card to make it fit for now (see my earlier post on trimming sim cards for the iPad)

2) More importantly: While the iPad 3G will run on both networks, just like the iPhone, its FAR better on the XT network as the faster UMTS/HSDPA runs on 850 not 900 (XT uses 850, Voda 900 nationwide), meaning that outside of major cities (where Vodaphone uses 2100MHz as well as 900), Vodafone is way slower than XT on an iPhone (it drops back to GPRS speed, which is more or less like fast dial up!).  PLUS it’s been shown by HEAPS of times on forums and tech reviews alike that XT is wasy faster in the metro areas too.

So, I was wrong (no debate there)

Black and White Version: XT will still be better for the iPad, for the same reasons it is better for the iPhone (i.e 3G coverage everywhere and a way faster network).

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