Vodafone has said that advice given by one of its employees to IT labour hire firm 3W joint CEO Bruce Mills that that he should switch his BlackBerry fleet to slower 2G services to avoid drop-outs was inaccurate.
Mills said yesterday on Twitter that he had just been told to
switch the fleet over to the 2G networks to stop call drop-outs
across the country. "Not a great solution," he tweeted.
Mike Casey, director of graduate recruitment company
GradConnection, replied. "I have the same problem. Tempted to
When asked for further detail on the issue, Mills told
ZDNet.com.au that his employees were constantly getting drop-outs on different models of Blackberry handset — Storm, Curve and
Bold — in North Sydney, Redcliffe (Queensland) and also at the
Microsoft Partner Conference on the Gold Coast last week. He maintained
that many delegates he spoke to there were having the same problem.
"[The phones] do everything, email, Twitter, Facebook. Problem is they
lack one feature, the ability to make reliable phone calls," he said.
He said he rang Vodafone Corporate Support to find out what was
going on. "[I] got told they are upgrading the network over the
last month and the upgrades are continuing. They suggested I switch
all the phones to 2G," he said, adding that the Vodafone employee
had told him they did the same for reliability.
A spokesperson for Vodafone said that the upgrade was definitely
finished on 31 August, and that there were no planned disruptions
to 2G or 3G services, so the advice wouldn't have been accurate.
"It's certainly not a message that we are communicating to
customers," the spokesperson said. "VHA has carefully planned the
Vodafone network upgrade to ensure a smooth transition to 3G
services, with minimal disruption to customers."
The Vodafone spokesperson highlighted that to access Vodafone's
3G services in regional and metropolitan areas, customers needed a
3G 900MHz mobile.
Mills' BlackBerry devices are 2100Mhz compatible but not 900Mhz compatible, according
to the Vodafone website. However, North Sydney, Redcliffe and the area of the
Gold Coast where Microsoft's Conference was held are
all covered by 2100MHz, according to Vodafone's coverage maps.
Last week, VHA also had an outage last week in Perth due to a 3G network fault which
dogged the higher speed services but left those running on 2G unscathed.