NonprayingMantis: reading the herald article abotu B&W pricing today something struck me as unusual
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10539709Black+White chief executive and owner of the company, Johnathan Eele, said 70 per cent of New Zealand's 4.1 million mobile phone users had pre-paid phones compared with 40 per cent internationally.
He said they paid a higher calling rate than users on a 24 or 36-month contract.
The new service offered today offered 30-day maximum contracts, 600 free texts a month and a maximum calling rate of 60 cents a minute.
He said the pre-pay rate at anytime on other networks was normally 89 cents a minute."The potential is massive, 70 per cent of New Zealanders are on pre-pay which means they could all move tomorrow."
B&W seem to be really targeting the prepay market from the sound of that article.
so comparing to, say, Telecom it sounds reasonably competitive for prepay peeps at first glance. pay 60c instead of 89c per minute on Go Prepaid.
but... with prepaid on Telecom (or voda) there is no monthly fee - you pay 89c per minute anytime and that is it. With B&W it seems you have to pay $30/month then your calls on top of that
The Plan + 600 = $30/month
Access + just pay for calls you make
60 cents per minute to any NZ number anytime
That's 29 cents less than anytime any net mins on most prepay plans
600 texts per month to any NZ mobile at no charge
Extra texts are 20 cents
or see here
Included NZ Mins
Included NZ Texts
Casual Data MB
Voice and Video Nat
Voice Int - Top 5
Voice Int - other
The Plan + 600
so aside from the monthly bill vs prepay top up factor which in itself could put some people off, an existing prepay customer is only better off on B&W if you use more than around 70 mins a month - which very few prepay customers actually do, or a lot more than 500 texts per month, which very few prepay cuistomers do.
Assuming $10 text:
Using 20 mins/month
Telecom 89c/min. 20 mins = $17.80 + $10 text = $27.80
B&W 60c/min 20 mins = $12 + $30 monthly fee = $42.00
Much Better with Telecom
Using 50 mins/month
Telecom 89c/min. 50 mins = $44.50 + $10 text = $54.50
B&W 60c/min 50 mins = $30 + $30 monthly fee = $60.00
Slightly Better with Telecom
Using 70 mins/month
Telecom 89c/min. 70 mins = $62.30 + $10 text = $72.30
B&W 60c/min 70 mins = $42 + $30 monthly fee = $72.00
(anyone want to check my maths? I might be wrong)
Pretty sure the same applies for voda too – I haven’t checked the numbers though