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  Reply # 978200 31-Jan-2014 16:06 Send private message

Kirdog: And there are unlimited packages for 42 $NZD but speed is limited to 2Mbps or something. 



You have your answer: limited to 2 Mbps. In New Zealand 4G reaches over 100 Mbps. Can't compare services.

Kirdog: 

5) Good solution for RURAL users.


No different here, 4G is the last mile for the RBI (Rural Broadband Initiative).





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  Reply # 978230 31-Jan-2014 16:34 Send private message

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Kirdog: And there are unlimited packages for 42 $NZD but speed is limited to 2Mbps or something. 



You have your answer: limited to 2 Mbps. In New Zealand 4G reaches over 100 Mbps. Can't compare services.

Kirdog: 

5) Good solution for RURAL users.


No different here, 4G is the last mile for the RBI (Rural Broadband Initiative).



Read my post carefully. 

There are 2 different kind of plans: limited and unlimited (but with speed limit.) 

Limited plans with 40GB/20/10 data allowance comes with full speed 3G(21Mbps) and 4G (100+Mbps). 




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  Reply # 978233 31-Jan-2014 16:37 Send private message

networkn:
Kirdog: http://moscow.megafon.ru/internet/router/#month (Use website translater if needed)

Global Russia Mobile provider (megafon) offers 40Gb for 46 $NZD

1) GPRS/3G/4G
2) Minimum speeds is 4-6 Mbps, according to speedtest of users.
3) No capacity issues
4) Lots of users prefer to buy mobile broadband if they don't spend lots of data.
5) Good solution for RURAL users.

How this could happen?, company with definitely low prices, can provide this type of plans? Also some smaller cellular companies can give you up to 120 Gb of mobile data.

My comment: NZ data is most expensive in the world i think, and 4G with 3Gb of tiny data, you must be joking... :)


ugh, again with this nonsense. Any idea how many people in Russia? Ever heard of Economies of scale? Most expensive country in the world? Been to smaller places like Fiji ?



Trust me, Russian economic is corrupted and unstable at all, sad but true...





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  Reply # 978237 31-Jan-2014 16:44 One person supports this post Send private message

Kirdog:
networkn:
Kirdog: http://moscow.megafon.ru/internet/router/#month (Use website translater if needed)

Global Russia Mobile provider (megafon) offers 40Gb for 46 $NZD

1) GPRS/3G/4G
2) Minimum speeds is 4-6 Mbps, according to speedtest of users.
3) No capacity issues
4) Lots of users prefer to buy mobile broadband if they don't spend lots of data.
5) Good solution for RURAL users.

How this could happen?, company with definitely low prices, can provide this type of plans? Also some smaller cellular companies can give you up to 120 Gb of mobile data.

My comment: NZ data is most expensive in the world i think, and 4G with 3Gb of tiny data, you must be joking... :)


ugh, again with this nonsense. Any idea how many people in Russia? Ever heard of Economies of scale? Most expensive country in the world? Been to smaller places like Fiji ?



Trust me, Russian economic is corrupted and unstable at all, sad but true...






It's irrelevant, if you have a pool of 143M subscribers vs NZ's Paltry 4M it makes it possible to provide cheaper services. 

Or, you could move to Russia so telco's aren't "ripping you off". 

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  Reply # 978276 31-Jan-2014 17:54 Send private message

Just out of curiosity, I thought I'd take a look at the entry level smartphone plans on Verizon & AT&T, since the US is often touted as a bastion of cheap, fast, & unlimited data*.

Both have a $40US base charge for unlimited talk & text. VZW charges $50US for 1GB, AT&T charges $45US. So $85-$90US for unlimited calling, texting, & 1GB of data, on a 24 month term, with a device activation fee, & the 'freedom' to choose from only the devices those operators choose to range.
For comparison's sake, the equivalent entry-level unlimited talk & text plan from Vodafone NZ is $69.00NZ on no term, covers calling & texting to Australia as well as NZ, & includes 1.5GB of data.

* Yes, you can get unlimited data on Sprint & T-Mobile, but that's a case of 'live in the relatively few right places or you're screwed for reception'.

Factoring in our population & topography, NZ's mobile market really is not too shabby in the global scheme of things.




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  Reply # 978285 31-Jan-2014 18:19 Send private message



How do they get on overseas with unlimited mobile data such as in the US? Or is it just horribly slow?


I have an "unlimited" data plan with Softbank in JP.
Buried in the fine print is says if I go over 1.5gb on my unlimited data plan in a month they will reduce my speed to 128k. :-O

still unlimited technically - and in some places on their network I'm lucky to get 128k even without being reduced.  :-D

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  Reply # 978311 31-Jan-2014 18:40 Send private message

NikT: Just out of curiosity, I thought I'd take a look at the entry level smartphone plans on Verizon & AT&T, since the US is often touted as a bastion of cheap, fast, & unlimited data*.

Both have a $40US base charge for unlimited talk & text. VZW charges $50US for 1GB, AT&T charges $45US. So $85-$90US for unlimited calling, texting, & 1GB of data, on a 24 month term, with a device activation fee, & the 'freedom' to choose from only the devices those operators choose to range.
For comparison's sake, the equivalent entry-level unlimited talk & text plan from Vodafone NZ is $69.00NZ on no term, covers calling & texting to Australia as well as NZ, & includes 1.5GB of data.

* Yes, you can get unlimited data on Sprint & T-Mobile, but that's a case of 'live in the relatively few right places or you're screwed for reception'.

Factoring in our population & topography, NZ's mobile market really is not too shabby in the global scheme of things.


How many smartphone users have a tablet??? You will pay US$20 per month for the privilege to tether your tablet to your smartphone and use the smartphone GB you already paid for. And as MF has mentioned on more than one occasion, the speed is often not that great in the US.

Not to bad here for a remote, small country

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  Reply # 978319 31-Jan-2014 19:17 Send private message

tdgeek:

How many smartphone users have a tablet??? You will pay US$20 per month for the privilege to tether your tablet to your smartphone and use the smartphone GB you already paid for. And as MF has mentioned on more than one occasion, the speed is often not that great in the US.

Not to bad here for a remote, small country


To be fair to ATT & VZW, those are their new 'share' plans which do include tethering AFAIK. You can also share the data pool from those core plans directly to 3G/4G tablets for +$10US per month per tablet. Although I can't imagine 1GB going terribly far across both devices - and it's $95/$100US per month for the one phone, the one tablet, and the 1GB.

farcus:

I have an "unlimited" data plan with Softbank in JP.
Buried in the fine print is says if I go over 1.5gb on my unlimited data plan in a month they will reduce my speed to 128k. :-O

still unlimited technically - and in some places on their network I'm lucky to get 128k even without being reduced.  :-D


This is the other side of unlimited (Or 'unlimited' - common in the UK as well) data. Softbank notoriously oversaturated their network by selling iPhones on low-cost plans with unlimited data as standard. Sold well, but not a great experience. While I do believe data caps in NZ will increase over time, this needs to be carefully managed against network & capacity upgrades to ensure the experience remains consistently excellent - I'd take a solid couple of gigs at cat4 LTE speeds over unlimited 2G speeds.

Technically you can use as much data as you want in NZ, you just have to pay for it. As Mauricio, John, & Steve keep saying with good reason, wireless is a finite resource & serves a different purpose to fixed line.




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  Reply # 978340 31-Jan-2014 20:22 Send private message

I believe the mobile operator three in the UK offers unlimited data. Here is a recent video on mobile speedtests in the UK.

http://jmcomms.com/2014/01/18/testing-threes-4g-network-in-london-with-ee-and-o2-comparisons/#more-459

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRJMwZpiFOM#t=18



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