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# 17663 6-Dec-2007 09:51
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While browsing TradeMe for my son’s  Christmas present, I came across the following listing. This describes a SIM card for an operator offering 500 minutes that can be used to call a number of countries including NZ. The listing further states you can get a regular NZ landline-type number as well as a 021 number, but if you want to port your existing 021 number to this service, you must pay $300. A deposit is also required when signing up for the service. I did a bit of Googling and can’t turn up any other references to this. Of concern is that the listing makes no mention of the name of the company providing the service. Does anyone have any further info?


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# 98489 6-Dec-2007 10:01
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If it’s too good to be true, then it probably is.


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# 98500 6-Dec-2007 10:45
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I sent the following question via TradeMe.

Hi, what is the name of the company offering this service, and is there a website I can visit for more info?

How does roaming overseas work with this SIM?



Hi, the company called " Telnet Telecommunication ltd",at this moment we don't have English Website,but will come in 2 month. If you need more infos, I can e-mail you some details. Please let me know your roaming destination, then I can tell you more. And I am very sure the charge will be much cheaper than normal charge.

Anyone know anything about this company? 



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  # 98516 6-Dec-2007 11:21
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Sounds like a slight dodgy setup with free calling between their sim cards, being routed off to VoIP. $200 deposit, while they are paying ~1c per minute, and I bet they cut you off so quick if you exceed the preset limits.

I dont see anything magical here, and I bet it wont be around for long (and neither will your $200).

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  # 98559 6-Dec-2007 14:53
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I asked a few questions off the seller?

Q. Local DDI number like 0x-xxxxxxx How do you arrange / setup the local DDI number? 
A. It depends on what area you are, like in Auckland,normally we provide 09-9xxxxxx this kind of number. If you are in Christchurch, we provide 03-9xxxxxx. Thanks 11:05 am, Thu 6 Dec

Q I note you supply a Nokia phone? If I want to put the SIM card into the phone I already have, will all the features still work? 
A Yes. This SIM card suit for any kind of Cell phone. The free Nokia is just our promotion. Cheers 11:55 am, Thu 6 Dec 

Q The $200 deposit? Is that a setup fee or does the money go towards your Monthly Fees? 
A Becase this is not prepay plan, we ask for $200 just for finance security. And we will return it to you after first 12 months contract if you quit the plan. 12:00 pm, Thu 6 Dec 

Q Is this service available now? 
A yes. you can you use it as soon as you sign the contract. 1:41 pm, Thu 6 Dec 

Q Is any of this service using VOIP? 
A Sorry, I don't know what is "VOIP" 1:45 pm, Thu 6 Dec 

A company Search brought up these facts:

Company Number  1863043  View Certificate Of Incorporation 
Incorporated    06-SEP-2006  View Online Extract 
Current Status    REGISTERED   
Entity Type    Company  
Constitution Filed    No 
Annual Return Filing Month  March 
Previous Names 
Company Name  Date Changed 
Address Details 
Registered Office 
  7Fl 175 Queen St 
Address for Service 
  7Fl 175 Queen St 
Address for Share Register 
  7Fl 175 Queen St 
Address for Records - Accounting records 
  7Fl 175 Queen St 
Name  Date Appointed: 
LI, Wei  07-FEB-2007 
    994B New North Road, Auckland 
NI, Jingwu  06-SEP-2006 
    2/3 Ondine Place, Glenfield, Auckland 
ZHENG, Lu  07-FEB-2007 
    2/8 Brook St, Milford, Auckland 
Share Parcels 
   Total Number of shares  174,201 
    Number of Shares  58,067    
    Shareholder(s)  NI, Jingwu  2/3 Ondine Place, Glenfield, Auckland 
    Number of Shares  58,067    
    Shareholder(s)  Li, Wei  994b New North Road, Mt Albert, Auckland 
    Number of Shares  58,067    
    Shareholder(s)  Zheng, Lu  2/8 Brook St, Milford, Auckland 
Documents Registered 
 Date  Barcode  Description  File Size  Available 
 19-APR-2007 12:57:56   Online Particulars of Directors   
  19-APR-2007 12:57:55  30012867181  Consent of Director  27.3 Kb  
 19-APR-2007 12:57:30   Online Particulars of Directors   
  19-APR-2007 12:57:30  30012867170  Consent of Director  30.5 Kb  
 22-MAR-2007 15:19:00   Online Annual Return   
 22-MAR-2007 14:03:11   Notice Of Issue Of Shares   
 22-MAR-2007 14:03:11   Particulars of Shareholding   
 06-OCT-2006 12:17:43   Particulars of Shareholding   
 05-OCT-2006 16:47:15   Online Change of Company Name   
 06-SEP-2006 11:29:05   Application To Incorporate A Company   
  06-SEP-2006 11:29:05  30010615756  Consent Of Officer  27.9 Kb  
Printed: Thursday, 6th December 2007 12:47:04

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  # 101966 27-Dec-2007 22:31
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LI, Wei 07-FEB-2007
994B New North Road, Auckland

Two words: Dodgy!

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