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Topic # 129166 5-Sep-2013 17:05 Send private message

Hi All, 

My Vodafone Smart 45 account expires in November and I was on the lookout for a better plan with other providers. I read an article on NZ Herald which stated that consumers should look for better alternatives then to sign into a Contract.

Currently I pay $45 on a 24 month contract expiring on Nov 23 2013.
it includes : 
500MB + 100 Min + 5000 txts + 1 BestMate

I have come to realize since starting to work full time in the IT industry that one would normally use up 500mb of data and use calling options more then txting (i use Google Hangouts + Whatsapp) to text people or groups of people. Bestmate option is not something that I can use to my advantage at this stage.

The current package with Vodafone is OK at best - I feel that I over pay for a better package that can be found with Skinny/2Degrees.

I would like to get more opinions on this and see which Mobile provider is best for the value they provide with their respective plans. Skinny mobiles' new $16 Stretch plan looks perfect however I am weary with reception wows that people complain about.

What do you guys think of Skinny mobile in comparison to Voda/2Deg/Telecom?



Many thanks!
Hemant


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  Reply # 890455 5-Sep-2013 17:11 One person supports this post Send private message

I just moved to Skinny from 2 Degrees. I didn't really want to move but 2 Degrees reception is poor where I am. I find the Skinny marketing a little off putting if you are over the age of 16 but since it is the Telecom network it goes great.

Would be fantastic if they could provide carry over minutes and data. Otherwise no complaints from me.

They said number porting might take up to 3 days, in practice it was completed in 3 hours.

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  Reply # 890464 5-Sep-2013 17:47 One person supports this post Send private message

I was a long standing customer of vf for well over 10 yrs until late last year.
I was on a grandfathered plan that was costing me around $75 a month albeit for 3 gb of data. 

Since ive been on skinny Ive cut my costs more than half. Typically my week roll over combos are the 4$ Loose lips. 60 min a week and 100 Txt plus another 4$ for the 260 mb per week.
This usually does me well. Im currently on holiday so last week i upped my data to 600mb a week for a total of 12$ a week.
Now next week ill convert back to $8  a week and its so easy to do this.
As said its on telecom network and coverage is good.
The online meny is so easy to use. Recently had a phone stollen- go online and blocked the sim. Next day go to supermarket get another sim and transfer the number to my new sim. All in a time frame of 10-15 mins max and do it yourself.
Im in the late 50's so yes the marketing is aimed at the youngsters but what the heck the plans suit me!!





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  Reply # 890476 5-Sep-2013 18:10 Send private message

They do have pretty good coverage, As they use the Telecom XT network (check out http://skinny.co.nz/coverage )

Since you said you talk alot you might want to look at their weekly Loose Lips plan http://skinny.co.nz/2852_EN-Skinny_Pricing-Weekly.htm


However Stretch is a great combo too, And if you move your existing 021 022 or 027 number over to them your first month is free. http://skinny.co.nz/2369_EN-Why_Skinny-Keep_Your_Number.htm

T
here are data and minute addons for both plans if you wanted to get a little bit more



What phone are you planning on using? Not all phones will work with Skinny/Telecom




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  Reply # 890479 5-Sep-2013 18:14 Send private message

psychrn: Im in the late 50's so yes the marketing is aimed at the youngsters but what the heck the plans suit me!!



Lately I believe their new branding and marketing is to target more people, not just youth




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  Reply # 890609 5-Sep-2013 20:43 One person supports this post Send private message

Both Skinny and Telecom are very good (well Skinny uses Telecom's network). I am on Telecom and wife is on Skinny. A good thing of both of them is that their networks are 100% 3G, so you always have mobile boardband access. When I was with Vodafone and 2degrees, there were times that I am out of 3G coverage and using data over GPRS / EDGE is not fun. There are a couple of things Skinny is better than Telecom: you can set up automatic top ups with a credit card or a visa debit card with Skinny, but not telecom. Also, Skinny offers some "HookUp" deals http://www.skinny.co.nz/2837_EN-Why_Skinny-HookUp.htm#burgerfuel which may appeal to some (I like the free chips from burgerfuel). One of the features I like with Telecom is that I can turn voicemail off completely. So, if I am not picking up the phone, it will just keep ringing. Or, I can change the timeout from the default 20 secounds to 30. However, the default of Skinny is 20 secs and it is not changable.

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  Reply # 890611 5-Sep-2013 20:47 Send private message

AKLWestie: Both Skinny and Telecom are very good (well Skinny uses Telecom's network). I am on Telecom and wife is on Skinny. A good thing of both of them is that their networks are 100% 3G, so you always have mobile boardband access. When I was with Vodafone and 2degrees, there were times that I am out of 3G coverage and using data over GPRS / EDGE is not fun. There are a couple of things Skinny is better than Telecom: you can set up automatic top ups with a credit card or a visa debit card with Skinny, but not telecom. Also, Skinny offers some "HookUp" deals http://www.skinny.co.nz/2837_EN-Why_Skinny-HookUp.htm#burgerfuel which may appeal to some (I like the free chips from burgerfuel). One of the features I like with Telecom is that I can turn voicemail off completely. So, if I am not picking up the phone, it will just keep ringing. Or, I can change the timeout from the default 20 secounds to 30. However, the default of Skinny is 20 secs and it is not changable.

 
You can also turn off voicemail on Skinny.
 
You can also topup from $5 and earn Skinny Dollars




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  Reply # 890761 6-Sep-2013 10:13 Send private message

AKLWestie: Both Skinny and Telecom are very good (well Skinny uses Telecom's network). I am on Telecom and wife is on Skinny. A good thing of both of them is that their networks are 100% 3G, so you always have mobile boardband access. When I was with Vodafone and 2degrees, there were times that I am out of 3G coverage and using data over GPRS / EDGE is not fun. There are a couple of things Skinny is better than Telecom: you can set up automatic top ups with a credit card or a visa debit card with Skinny, but not telecom. Also, Skinny offers some "HookUp" deals http://www.skinny.co.nz/2837_EN-Why_Skinny-HookUp.htm#burgerfuel which may appeal to some (I like the free chips from burgerfuel). One of the features I like with Telecom is that I can turn voicemail off completely. So, if I am not picking up the phone, it will just keep ringing. Or, I can change the timeout from the default 20 secounds to 30. However, the default of Skinny is 20 secs and it is not changable.


Has your wife ever had reception wows when travelling say around north island or even south island?
Looking at Skinny's coverage map doesnt give a clear indication to what happens when travelling inland (away from main cities/towns).

Thanks for your response!



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  Reply # 890764 6-Sep-2013 10:16 Send private message

psychrn: I was a long standing customer of vf for well over 10 yrs until late last year.
I was on a grandfathered plan that was costing me around $75 a month albeit for 3 gb of data. 

Since ive been on skinny Ive cut my costs more than half. Typically my week roll over combos are the 4$ Loose lips. 60 min a week and 100 Txt plus another 4$ for the 260 mb per week.
This usually does me well. Im currently on holiday so last week i upped my data to 600mb a week for a total of 12$ a week.
Now next week ill convert back to $8  a week and its so easy to do this.
As said its on telecom network and coverage is good.
The online meny is so easy to use. Recently had a phone stollen- go online and blocked the sim. Next day go to supermarket get another sim and transfer the number to my new sim. All in a time frame of 10-15 mins max and do it yourself.
Im in the late 50's so yes the marketing is aimed at the youngsters but what the heck the plans suit me!!




Thanks for your insight!
This is what I wanted to hear that moving to skinny is definitely a money saving move.
Currently all my family and friends are with Vodafone (being the major market player) and looking at their plans I am certain they would want to move to Skinny to save money.

Thanks

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  Reply # 890821 6-Sep-2013 11:36 Send private message

hval007: Hi All, 

My Vodafone Smart 45 account expires in November and I was on the lookout for a better plan with other providers. I read an article on NZ Herald which stated that consumers should look for better alternatives then to sign into a Contract.

Currently I pay $45 on a 24 month contract expiring on Nov 23 2013.
it includes : 
500MB + 100 Min + 5000 txts + 1 BestMate

I have come to realize since starting to work full time in the IT industry that one would normally use up 500mb of data and use calling options more then txting (i use Google Hangouts + Whatsapp) to text people or groups of people. Bestmate option is not something that I can use to my advantage at this stage.

The current package with Vodafone is OK at best - I feel that I over pay for a better package that can be found with Skinny/2Degrees.

I would like to get more opinions on this and see which Mobile provider is best for the value they provide with their respective plans. Skinny mobiles' new $16 Stretch plan looks perfect however I am weary with reception wows that people complain about.

What do you guys think of Skinny mobile in comparison to Voda/2Deg/Telecom?



Many thanks!
Hemant



On our Carryover Combo you'll get 500MB, 90 Carryover minutes and All You Need Texts that you can use for Aussie numbers too - Carryover Combo 

Pay Monthly customers enjoy Carryover Data and with our $39 plan you'll get 750MB of Carryover National Data and 220 Carryover Minutes - Carryover Plans  

If you need more data our 1GB MBB can be added (from the 16th Sept it'll be National Data).

Cheers
^POB

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  Reply # 890864 6-Sep-2013 12:36 Send private message

2DegreesCare:
hval007: Hi All, 

My Vodafone Smart 45 account expires in November and I was on the lookout for a better plan with other providers. I read an article on NZ Herald which stated that consumers should look for better alternatives then to sign into a Contract.

Currently I pay $45 on a 24 month contract expiring on Nov 23 2013.
it includes : 
500MB + 100 Min + 5000 txts + 1 BestMate

I have come to realize since starting to work full time in the IT industry that one would normally use up 500mb of data and use calling options more then txting (i use Google Hangouts + Whatsapp) to text people or groups of people. Bestmate option is not something that I can use to my advantage at this stage.

The current package with Vodafone is OK at best - I feel that I over pay for a better package that can be found with Skinny/2Degrees.

I would like to get more opinions on this and see which Mobile provider is best for the value they provide with their respective plans. Skinny mobiles' new $16 Stretch plan looks perfect however I am weary with reception wows that people complain about.

What do you guys think of Skinny mobile in comparison to Voda/2Deg/Telecom?



Many thanks!
Hemant



On our Carryover Combo you'll get 500MB, 90 Carryover minutes and All You Need Texts that you can use for Aussie numbers too - Carryover Combo 

Pay Monthly customers enjoy Carryover Data and with our $39 plan you'll get 750MB of Carryover National Data and 220 Carryover Minutes - Carryover Plans  

If you need more data our 1GB MBB can be added (from the 16th Sept it'll be National Data).

Cheers
^POB


So theres gonna be no more bbzone?All national?




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  Reply # 890872 6-Sep-2013 12:56 One person supports this post Send private message

hval007:
AKLWestie: Both Skinny and Telecom are very good (well Skinny uses Telecom's network). I am on Telecom and wife is on Skinny. A good thing of both of them is that their networks are 100% 3G, so you always have mobile boardband access. When I was with Vodafone and 2degrees, there were times that I am out of 3G coverage and using data over GPRS / EDGE is not fun. There are a couple of things Skinny is better than Telecom: you can set up automatic top ups with a credit card or a visa debit card with Skinny, but not telecom. Also, Skinny offers some "HookUp" deals http://www.skinny.co.nz/2837_EN-Why_Skinny-HookUp.htm#burgerfuel which may appeal to some (I like the free chips from burgerfuel). One of the features I like with Telecom is that I can turn voicemail off completely. So, if I am not picking up the phone, it will just keep ringing. Or, I can change the timeout from the default 20 secounds to 30. However, the default of Skinny is 20 secs and it is not changable.


Has your wife ever had reception wows when travelling say around north island or even south island?
Looking at Skinny's coverage map doesnt give a clear indication to what happens when travelling inland (away from main cities/towns).

Thanks for your response!


Skinny uses the Telecom network so it should be good coverage..






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  Reply # 890945 6-Sep-2013 14:39 Send private message

Yabanize: So theres gonna be no more bbzone?All national?


Just the 1GB pack will be National Data at this stage.

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  Reply # 893107 11-Sep-2013 10:02 One person supports this post Send private message

hval007: 

Currently I pay $45 on a 24 month contract expiring on Nov 23 2013.
it includes : 
500MB + 100 Min + 5000 txts + 1 BestMate



We have today launched a $20 Add-on for 1GB of data.  So for comparison you could look at: 

$16 Stretch Combo for 90 mins, unlimited text and 500MB
+$8 Talk 60 Add-On for 60 minutes national calling
+$20 Data 1GB Add-On for 1GB National Data

For $44 this would give you 1.5GB + 150 Min + unlimited text

Alternatively you could mix it as

$16 Stretch Combo for 90 mins, unlimited text and 500MB
+$4 Skinny Minutes for 1,000 Skinny to Skinny minute
+$10 Data300 Add-On for 300MB National Data

For $30 this would give you 800MB + 90 Min + 1,000 Skinny to Skinny minutes + Unlimited text

Cheers

Paul

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