Telecom has launched its new 4G network with an offer to bring over current Telecom 3G users for free.

The 4G network will launch on 12 November in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. The biggest news about the 4G roll out is that Telecom won’t be charging more for it on its current plans and that it’s available on pre-pay. The 4G services will use LTE technology over the 1800MHz spectrum band.

This comes after Telecom’s recent national WiFi roll out, that allows Telecom customers to get 1GB free WiFi per day at 700 hotspots around the country. Non-Telecom customers can get access for free until December 6 (if they sign up before October 14) and then it’s $9.95/30 days.

If the speeds are similar to Vodafone this will be great for consumers.

Coverage notes from Telecom

At this point Telecom says that in Auckland it will be live across the CBD, central Auckland suburbs and selected eastern, western, northern and southern suburbs. In Wellington it will cover the northern CBD and fringe suburbs, and parts of Lower Hutt; and in Christchurch it will cover parts of the CBD.

Telecom is waiting on the results of the government’s 700MHz spectrum auction before rolling out further national coverage.

More information

  • Telecom.co.nz - find out more about the 4G network and check whether your phone is 4G-ready.