It's been fascinating over the years to watch the price of roaming increase considerably. In 2001 Vodafone pioneered the concept of charging NZ customers the same price to roam on the Vodafone Australia network as what they paid at home. This was in part due to the competition with 4 networks (Vodafone, Telstra, Optus and OneTel) who were all eager for their chunk of the inbound roaming market.
This was fantastic - SMS's cost 20c while you were in Aussie, calls within Australia cost the same as a call inside NZ (less GST since it's not payable while roaming) and a call back in NZ or a roam forward (inbound) call cost the same rate as you would pay for a call to Australia (again less GST). Over the years as my plan has changed these costs have varied but for the last few years it has cost me NZ 43c per minute to answer a phone call while in Australia with a 1 minute minimum and calls then charged per second. This per second charging isn't just with Vodafone Australia - all inbound roam forward calls anywhere in the world were charged per second after the first minute.
Welcome 2007. Vodafone decide to overhaul their roaming and make life simple. The cost to answer a call no matter where you are roaming now costs NZ$1 per minute with absolutely no mention that these calls are now no longer rounded to the nearest second but are infact rounded *up* to the next minute. Suddenly my 43c per minute to answer a call is now $1 and each and every call is rounded up to the next minute. Sending a TXT message now also costs 80c - up from the 20c it cost back in 2001.
Good on ya Vodafone, shafting your customers yet again..
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Comment by mushion22, on 31-May-2008 13:58
Yet another angle NZX can (and hopefully will) attack VF and TCNZ from!
Why can I use a VoIP phone anywhere in the world and incur the same costs, but not use a GSM phone - a technology that is much more ubiquitous at present - without huge surcharges?
Greed and Opportunism is why.
Viva la Net Neutrality and Open Access, I say!
Comment by mushion22, on 31-May-2008 14:00
Oops, I mean NZC, sorry.
Comment by taniwha, on 31-May-2008 16:39
and folks in Oz think they're eing nice by calling instead of sms... those 6 minutes calls didn't cost me $6.. it was more like $12. (it's a prepay so hard to tell)
Comment by mclayma, on 31-May-2008 19:42
Half price roaming on Telecom at the moment until November :)
Comment by paradoxsm, on 31-May-2008 20:50
Half price Telecom roaming is great! Note this does not apply for us old o2 users. I should check the rounding on roaming calls made on my Telecom simcard though.
Vodafone changed the pricing to better themselves of course, I'm about to launch into a "full minute" rounding attack on the telco's as this is currenly their secret cash cow and a way of rorting more money and saying "we have dropped prices" to the comcom and the like.
Here's to NZC, GSM will once again be worthwhile!
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