This is especially relevant since you have admitted that you cant do credit limits and tell people to use prepay if they want to control spending
This is of course an interesting topic for both Telco's. Also in Australia it is possible to have one of their 'cap' plans and pay by purchasing a voucher. I wonder if we would ever see anything like that here, as it would make it possible for people who are worried about a large bill to control their spending, and expand the reach of account type plans to those who can not currently receive their benefits (i.e. those with bad credit, or under 18).
Of course the 12 month minimum contracts throw a spanner in the works there...
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Somebody seriously needs to introduce the concept of "prepaid" data to the market. Let a customer buy a Supa Prepay or You Choose addon that gives them 1GB of data for say $70 that is valid for say 3 months from the time of purchase.
Mobile carriers just don't get the whole mobile data thing despite it being essential for them to drive data growth. Not everybody wants a fixed monthly fee when they have erratic data usage and nobody can afford to pay $10/MB for casual use.
I've been suggesting this now for several years on here and every time I do there are always quite a few posters saying they love the concept and would use it. Why do VF and Telecom choose to ignore something that customers obviously want?
I've heard for quite some time that Vodafone were in the process of rolling out such a plan but publically they say they aren't.
lchiu7: Maybe import the GSM version of the TouchSticking with telecom for my main phone. There is the $10 txting and have been using this 027 number for years anyway. Though... I do have a second number which is vodafone. But that phone is not quite so old, and not really feeling like I'm going to spend vast sums of money twice in a row to buy a Touch on BOTH networks. However, when I do get my next vodafone cell phone I'll most probably get something similar. The one I'm the most keen on is the Neo1973 (www.OpenMoko.com).
Then you can get prepaid data
xcubed: And now that Vodafone have their new billing system sorted, they should have no excuse for not providing prepay data.
tonyhughes:xcubed: And now that Vodafone have their new billing system sorted, they should have no excuse for not providing prepay data.
Watch this space, and you should all see exciting things happening...
dman: Unfortunately however when I've been looking at new phones to buy, I find out the Telecom Okta phones are not available on pre-paid because of the data charging can't be done with pre-paid! arrghh... will have to be on a plan perhaps? Paying $40 or so per month compared to the only $10 per month I'm paying now....
Unfortunately however when I've been looking at new phones to buy, I find out the Telecom Okta phones are not available on pre-paid because of the data charging can't be done with pre-paid! arrghh... will have to be on a plan perhaps? Paying $40 or so per month compared to the only $10 per month I'm paying now....