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  Reply # 565182 6-Jan-2012 09:15 Send private message

ahmad:
kobiak: Do I supposed to get any confirmation email from online free SIM sign up?

I did it yesterday, first thing in the morning after I saw this topic. Got message on screen, that skinny would be in touch shortly, but was not.

They posted about some problems with the online signup (and subsequently took it down from the site) so email or call them to be sure. 


sorted on the phone. woo-hoo! 

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  Reply # 565186 6-Jan-2012 09:18 Send private message

asmcar: On a side note, the wording on Skinnys website makes me cringe, I'm 19 so probably in their target market and it reminds me of my parents trying to talk like teenagers, seems a bit hit and miss but maybe that's just me.


I'm 42 and it seems the same to me - I can't imagine how terrible it sounds to a 19 year old! Particularly when it's that old behemoth Telecom (i.e. the grumpy old phone in the Telstraclear ads) trying to be all cool. It all seems a bit confused. Surely 19 year olds are the ones who love smartphones and use lots of data, therefore this isn't likely to be for them. If Skinny is aimed at people who have very low usage, perhaps a phone in their glovebox for emergencies, isn't that an older age group, but the Skinny brand clearly isn't aimed at them. Also, doesn't the word Skinny have fairly negative connotations these days? Aside from the whole skinny model / eating disorder side of things, it seems to emphasise what you don't get - i.e. this is a reduced version of our normal product.

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  Reply # 565187 6-Jan-2012 09:20 Send private message

talisker:
asmcar: On a side note, the wording on Skinnys website makes me cringe, I'm 19 so probably in their target market and it reminds me of my parents trying to talk like teenagers, seems a bit hit and miss but maybe that's just me.


I'm 42 and it seems the same to me - I can't imagine how terrible it sounds to a 19 year old! Particularly when it's that old behemoth Telecom (i.e. the grumpy old phone in the Telstraclear ads) trying to be all cool. It all seems a bit confused. Surely 19 year olds are the ones who love smartphones and use lots of data, therefore this isn't likely to be for them. If Skinny is aimed at people who have very low usage, perhaps a phone in their glovebox for emergencies, isn't that an older age group, but the Skinny brand clearly isn't aimed at them. Also, doesn't the word Skinny have fairly negative connotations these days? Aside from the whole skinny model / eating disorder side of things, it seems to emphasise what you don't get - i.e. this is a reduced version of our normal product.

I still believe that Geekzoners are deluded about smartphone uptake and mobile data usage. I'm sure numbers are only a tiny fraction of what people here seem to think it to be, even for the teenage market.




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  Reply # 565195 6-Jan-2012 09:36 Send private message

ahmad: I still believe that Geekzoners are deluded about smartphone uptake and mobile data usage. I'm sure numbers are only a tiny fraction of what people here seem to think it to be, even for the teenage market.


^^^ This

QFT.
 






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  Reply # 565201 6-Jan-2012 09:42 Send private message

freitasm:
ahmad:?I still believe that Geekzoners are deluded about smartphone uptake and mobile data usage. I'm sure numbers are only a tiny fraction of what people here seem to think it to be, even for the teenage market.


^^^ This

QFT.
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I believe that too, but that being the case, why is their phone lineup the type that need to yum up a lot of data? They should have cheaper end handsets and flip phones/sliders, not 4 of their 7 phones being smartphones?

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  Reply # 565212 6-Jan-2012 09:48 Send private message

ahmad:?I still believe that Geekzoners are deluded about smartphone uptake and mobile data usage. I'm sure numbers are only a tiny fraction of what people here seem to think it to be, even for the teenage market.


+ 1. I agree with you there, most teenagers end up with cheap throwaways because they break or loose their phones too often to invest in a decent phone.

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  Reply # 565222 6-Jan-2012 09:56 Send private message

ahmad: 
I still believe that Geekzoners are deluded about smartphone uptake and mobile data usage. I'm sure numbers are only a tiny fraction of what people here seem to think it to be, even for the teenage market.


totaly disagree. Most people don't even realise they have their so called smartphone. Anything with iOS, android and Symbian higher than S40 are smartphones, which adds up more than half a market.

Smartphone is more the way people use their handset rather than just owning one. And also a lot of people just dont know that their phone is capable of doing certain things, like my mother, who always had a decent phone :) 

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  Reply # 565249 6-Jan-2012 10:30 Send private message

kobiak:
ahmad: 
I still believe that Geekzoners are deluded about smartphone uptake and mobile data usage. I'm sure numbers are only a tiny fraction of what people here seem to think it to be, even for the teenage market.


totaly disagree. Most people don't even realise they have their so called smartphone. Anything with iOS, android and Symbian higher than S40 are smartphones, which adds up more than half a market.

Smartphone is more the way people use their handset rather than just owning one. And also a lot of people just dont know that their phone is capable of doing certain things, like my mother, who always had a decent phone :) 


And in some cases end up with huge dose of  bill shock when they have returned from overseas.

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  Reply # 565250 6-Jan-2012 10:30 Send private message

kobiak:
ahmad: 
I still believe that Geekzoners are deluded about smartphone uptake and mobile data usage. I'm sure numbers are only a tiny fraction of what people here seem to think it to be, even for the teenage market.


totaly disagree. Most people don't even realise they have their so called smartphone. Anything with iOS, android and Symbian higher than S40 are smartphones, which adds up more than half a market.

Smartphone is more the way people use their handset rather than just owning one. And also a lot of people just dont know that their phone is capable of doing certain things, like my mother, who always had a decent phone :) 


Exactly, I certainly had the ability to use the internet on my phone and use up a data allowance long before smartphones came along. I suspect there's not many phones available these days that don't do this, and allow people to download music etc, even if they don't run iOS, Android, Windows and so on.

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  Reply # 565260 6-Jan-2012 10:41 Send private message

from http://www.livingskinny.co.nz/help.php"In the wierd world of data, 8 bits (b) = 1 Byte (B); 1024 Bytes = 1 Kilobyte (KB); 1024 KB = 1 Megabyte (MB), 1,000 MB = 1 Gigabyte (GB)."
Shouldn't that be 1024 MB = 1GB? 




 

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  Reply # 565268 6-Jan-2012 10:56 Send private message

Most of my friends have smartphones and im 17. I got a Sagem My400v as my first real phone back in 05 or 06 that cost me $200, for $200 now you can get a decent low end smartphone like the LG P500.

I believe smartphone uptake is as high as we think BUT mobile data usage is lower. The only friends that use data are the ones on actual plans not prepaid

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  Reply # 565280 6-Jan-2012 11:27 Send private message

richms: Do they limit you to one $4 bindle per week?


You can buy as many data Add-ons in a week as you like, but only one will renew automatically.  When purchased Add-ons run to your renewal date and so the cost is pro-rated i.e. if you buy mid way through your weekly plan it would cost $2 for 60MB

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  Reply # 565282 6-Jan-2012 11:35 Send private message

LivingSkinny:
richms: Do they limit you to one $4 bindle per week?


You can buy as many data Add-ons in a week as you like, but only one will renew automatically.  When purchased Add-ons run to your renewal date and so the cost is pro-rated i.e. if you buy mid way through your weekly plan it would cost $2 for 60MB


When do you intend to have a usage meter up and running so a customer can keep a track on their usage, how many minutes and texts they have used, when they last topped up, how much money they have in their account etc etc.

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  Reply # 565290 6-Jan-2012 11:47 Send private message

codyc1515: Interesting:"Call Me Back is a service where Skinny customers (who do not have enough credit to make a call) are able to use the Skinny Mobile Menu to send a text message to other mobile users on any New Zealand network with a request to call you back."


Yes, as a youth brand we thought this would be a great way to arrange to be collected late at night if you run out of credit.  You can get to it on the Skinny Mobile Menu (our USSD menu) by calling *888*8#.  Another useful feature in the same menu is Credit transfer - you can transfer credit from one phone to another.

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  Reply # 565296 6-Jan-2012 12:22 Send private message

LennonNZ: from http://www.livingskinny.co.nz/help.php"In the wierd world of data, 8 bits (b) = 1 Byte (B); 1024 Bytes = 1 Kilobyte (KB); 1024 KB = 1 Megabyte (MB), 1,000 MB = 1 Gigabyte (GB)."
Shouldn't that be 1024 MB = 1GB? 

Yes it should be, seems like a mistake on their part.

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