I am in Canada. You have not known 'Telco Hell' until you have tried to buy a phone and plan in Canada.
All the phones are locked. I wander up and down the aisles looking at the new-shiny phones....knowing they are all tainted...and beyond my reach.
The affordable mobile plans are all limited to small geographic areas within "area codes". A call in or out is a toll call. You pay to receive calls and txts. You can get a 'national' plan for all of Canada, but it costs a lot. You can't get a plan for just the province you live in. It's your postage stamp.....or the whole country - all 7 times zones.
Kiwis have it SO GOOD! Only the caller / texte pays. Phones aren't locked. You can get decent minutes for the entire country on both pre-pay and on account. Even data is becoming cheaper....(unless you're on Vodafone).
So...thank you NZ mobile cell providers. Thank you.
All that said....I still have a Bell Canada account because roaming on a Kiwi phone would be outrageously expensive by comparison....but at least all I have to do is swap my BCE SIM into my Kiwi phone, set up the APNs....and I'm away laughing.
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Comment by johnr, on 6-Dec-2011 08:55
excuse me I will just quietly do a URL drop and move on
Comment by networkn, on 6-Dec-2011 10:57
I think that international roaming charges dropped we would have a pretty good system. Whilst $10 for 512MB seems good, overage is still pretty pricey. I know everyone has to make a buck, but $20 for another 1GB seems odd, since most people accidentally going over 512MB may do so by 100MB not 1024MB. I think VF prob should have done it in $10 for 512MB blocks.
Comment by Parewanui, on 12-Dec-2011 15:03
Hmmm... not as I know it... I have a sister in Toronto who in the last 2 months purchased an unlocked android phone and $26(approx)/month prepay sim with 60 min, lots of texts, and free calling in Canada, and 300 or 500 mb data. It was not as easy for me - I got the run-around back in April at a shop for 'R.....'. The saleperson tried to sell me a $45 sim. All I wanted was a $20 sim prepaid. With a lot of prodding I got this - but not a nice experience.
Comment by Parewanui, on 12-Dec-2011 15:18
Checked again with my sis - http://mobilicity.ca - like 2Degress in NZ. But only v. cheap in the metro-areas. As it is using other phone networks rual so like toll-calls. Get an unlocked phone at a parrallel -importers - like here in NZ.