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Topic # 30082 28-Jan-2009 13:32 Send private message

With the amount of 'Who's the best provider for.. ' type questions recently this information might be helpful for some.

Cheapest basic home phone deal (No broadband)
Vodafone. If you don't need broadband and make few national and international phone calls, Vodafone's "talk box" option is a basic home phone deal with unlimited local calling for $25 a month. Extra charges apply for national or international calls. Be aware that the talk box runs over Vodafone's mobile network, so during busy times your home phone will be as reliable as the mobile network where you live.

Cheapest national calling
Telecom. Telecom offers the cheapest standard per-minute rate for national calls to home phones. Its Total Home phone and broadband package gives you unlimited national calls (of up to two hours each) as part of the set monthly cost. Vodafone also offers unlimited national calls of up to two hours, for $20 on top of your monthly bill.

Cheapest home phone deal outside of Auckland
TelstraClear has its own network in Wellington and Christchurch, and offers cheaper prices in those cities where it does not pay wholesale rates to Telecom. Its basic monthly rate of $35.95 for homes on its cable network in Wellington, Kapiti and Christchurch is the cheapest in the country.

Cheapest Australian calling
TelstraClear's standard per-minute rate to call Australia is just 3c a minute more than a national call. For those with very chatty relatives across the ditch, Telecom and Vodafone offer unlimited calls to New Zealand and Australian home phones for $25 on top of your bill.

Cheapest phone and broadband combo
Vodafone. For those not on TelstraClear's cable network in Wellington and Christchurch, Vodafone has the cheapest prices on most home phone and broadband packages. For light internet users, its 1GB home phone and broadband package gives twice the broadband of Telecom's 500MB pack for $2.35 less a month. However, TelstraClear's price of $80.44 is the cheapest for 10GB broadband and home phone.

Best value pack
Telecom. If its Total Home package suits your household, Telecom's offer of 10GB broadband, home phone line and unlimited national calling for $99 a month ($109 outside Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch) is the cheapest of its kind. Add unlimited calls to Australia for $10.

Source: NZHerald




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  Reply # 192489 28-Jan-2009 13:55 Send private message

hmm i guess as it came from the herald that it must be fact then..... Where are the naked + voip options in there?

This poorly thought out journalism surly doesnt help the industry in anyway.

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  Reply # 192490 28-Jan-2009 13:59 Send private message

Wish they used the correct name for Home phone wireless.

Probably going to get some customers saying "I want the talk box please". That's going to cause some headaches for dealers.




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  Reply # 192492 28-Jan-2009 14:04 Send private message

insane: This poorly thought out journalism surly doesnt help the industry in anyway.


I don't mean this in a sarcastic sense, but perhaps you or someone else whose keen could conduct some market research on said products/services and post something that contributes then?

It seems they've covered what they have pretty well. No reason people here can't make additions to the thread regarding what else is available as alternatives and we compile a list.

I think it will go a long way toward answering the aforementioned 'Whose the best.. ' type threads that spawn similar questions, and the same answers each and every time.




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  Reply # 192505 28-Jan-2009 15:12 Send private message

Re: this article from the Herald.

I looked at the prices quoted for TCL I believe it's misleading.

The reporter was quoted (from TCL sales it seems as I contacted her) that the cheapest 10gb phone and internet plan was $80.  However looking on TCL's site at their InHome Phone and 10 Gb internet plan brings up a total of $90.

I came to the conclusion that she had been quoted the Tripple service price which gives you a $10 discount on the phone and internet.




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  Reply # 192536 28-Jan-2009 18:23 Send private message

What?  No XNet?

I pay $11.25 per month for local phone service, and my international rates are 5c/minute.  Way, way, way cheaper than TCL.

Now, perhaps if they had said, "Cheapest provider where the set of providers consists of Telecom, Vodafone and Telstra Clear".

Bah.




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  Reply # 192537 28-Jan-2009 18:24 Send private message

Anarkist:
insane: This poorly thought out journalism surly doesnt help the industry in anyway.


I don't mean this in a sarcastic sense, but perhaps you or someone else whose keen could conduct some market research on said products/services and post something that contributes then?

It seems they've covered what they have pretty well. No reason people here can't make additions to the thread regarding what else is available as alternatives and we compile a list.

I think it will go a long way toward answering the aforementioned 'Whose the best.. ' type threads that spawn similar questions, and the same answers each and every time.


Well there is such a list which is kept rather up to date infact and its found at :
http://www.nzconnection.net/Internet_Plan_and_Pricing_Comparisons:_Phone_and_Internet_Packages

I've got nothing againt you posting to a NZherald article, I just wish that they would use an exhaustive list of providers as that article seemed almost sponsored by the two or three big players whhich only furthers their dominance in the market.
I guess at least they did group the different categories so only really have a bone with the last three sections.


It would be great if people looked over the other 5 or 6 'whose the best' threads for sure, but somehow I just dont think thats going to happen :)

I think I've said enough... back to work

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