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Topic # 78210 1-Mar-2011 09:54 Send private message

I have just noticed the new plans from telecom including various levels of smartphone plans starting at $40 even their new talk and text plans now inlcude data.

Very good move on telecom's part.

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  Reply # 444352 1-Mar-2011 10:15 Send private message

Pity I didn't see these yesterday... my usage meters have reset so I can't figure out whether the new options are cheaper or not!

Thanks for the heads up though :)

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  Reply # 444365 1-Mar-2011 10:45 Send private message

http://www.telecom.co.nz/mobile/yourmobile/plansandpricing




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  Reply # 444371 1-Mar-2011 10:52 Send private message

I'm liking it, those Smartphone plans aren't bad value at all.





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  Reply # 444375 1-Mar-2011 10:57 Send private message

And will be excellent for when iOS 4.3 comes out with the ability to use the iPhone as a Wi-Fi hotspot.




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  Reply # 444393 1-Mar-2011 11:43 Send private message

The smart phone plans look good, I recently moved to 2degrees from telecom but may move back some time if I can be bothered.

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  Reply # 444400 1-Mar-2011 12:30

They are "okay" I guess.. If you don't like to use your phone as a calling or texting device...

DeroyBoy: The smart phone plans look good, I recently moved to 2degrees from telecom but may move back some time if I can be bothered.


Why?

On 2d for my $59 I get 220 Min 1000 texts and 1074 MB...

On telecom you get 100 Min 300 texts and 1024 MB



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  Reply # 444401 1-Mar-2011 12:39 Send private message

SteveON: They are "okay" I guess.. If you don't like to use your phone as a calling or texting device...

DeroyBoy: The smart phone plans look good, I recently moved to 2degrees from telecom but may move back some time if I can be bothered.


Why?

On 2d for my $59 I get 220 Min 1000 texts and 1074 MB...

On telecom you get 100 Min 300 texts and 1024 MB




I don't need that many minutes or text and would prefer to have nation wide data.

No doubt 2 degrees offer great calling/text value but once I go outside their coverage data is to expensive. 

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  Reply # 444409 1-Mar-2011 13:03

DeroyBoy:
SteveON: They are "okay" I guess.. If you don't like to use your phone as a calling or texting device...

DeroyBoy: The smart phone plans look good, I recently moved to 2degrees from telecom but may move back some time if I can be bothered.


Why?

On 2d for my $59 I get 220 Min 1000 texts and 1074 MB...

On telecom you get 100 Min 300 texts and 1024 MB




I don't need that many minutes or text and would prefer to have nation wide data.

No doubt 2 degrees offer great calling/text value but once I go outside their coverage data is to expensive. 


100MB for $10 isn't that bad.

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  Reply # 444446 1-Mar-2011 13:52 Send private message

it;s a lot more than on the XT plans though, which is the point he was making about national data.

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  Reply # 444461 1-Mar-2011 14:40 Send private message

SteveON:
DeroyBoy:
SteveON: They are "okay" I guess.. If you don't like to use your phone as a calling or texting device...

DeroyBoy: The smart phone plans look good, I recently moved to 2degrees from telecom but may move back some time if I can be bothered.


Why?

On 2d for my $59 I get 220 Min 1000 texts and 1074 MB...

On telecom you get 100 Min 300 texts and 1024 MB




I don't need that many minutes or text and would prefer to have nation wide data.

No doubt 2 degrees offer great calling/text value but once I go outside their coverage data is to expensive. 


100MB for $10 isn't that bad.


Would you say that $100 for 1GB isn't that bad either? Because obviously that's what it would be if someone stuck with 2degrees whilst outside their zones.

The Smartphone plans are far better for someone who spends time travelling the country and using data, 2degrees' rates destroy everything if you never leave the main centres. Different strokes for different folks.  




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  Reply # 444467 1-Mar-2011 14:57 Send private message

corksta: And will be excellent for when iOS 4.3 comes out with the ability to use the iPhone as a Wi-Fi hotspot.

This will be operator dependent I suspect... sadly.

NealR please pass on my congratulations to the Marketing team (or whoever comes up with these plans) because I have to say that the plans look pretty good at first glance, and much more balanced than previous offering when aligned to "typical usage" of smartphone users.

You'll recall I criticised the options previously: http://www.geekzone.co.nz/ahmad/7342

But these plans look smart at last.

Bump up the 512Mb to 1Gb on the $40 plan and I'll be all over it once I'm off contract!!! Wink 1Gb would mean that I wouldn't have to be cautious with usage, even though my usage wouldn't actually double.




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  Reply # 444471 1-Mar-2011 15:06 Send private message

When Internet Tethering was first announced that was also operator dependent but all three support it.

I personally expect all three to continue to support it.




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  Reply # 444472 1-Mar-2011 15:13 Send private message

Too presumptive to go assuming anything. We don't even know if Apple will do an Apple and make the feature available to supporter operators only at the last minute either. As usual with Apple, I'll believe it when I see it.




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  Reply # 444543 1-Mar-2011 19:39 Send private message

I hope that they don't go the way of the US carriers and make data plans mandatory for smartfones..




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  Reply # 444550 1-Mar-2011 19:57 Send private message

old3eyes: I hope that they don't go the way of the US carriers and make data plans mandatory for smartfones..

Well it's not like you have to buy your smartphone from them..? 




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