Now everyone can TXT for free between Vodafone mobiles within New Zealand from midnight Friday to midnight Sunday every weekend til March 2006.
Not available for global roaming and web2TXT services.
Not available on public holidays outside of the Free TXT weekend period.
Regular and promotional charges apply for messages sent as part of a promotion, competition or TXT voting poll.
Regular charges apply for TXTchat, TXTmail and TXTgame services.
Minimum 20 cent balance for Prepay customers.
Not available for TXTs sent to 025, 027, or international numbers
I'm fully aware that Vodafones terms & conditions say it's for Vodafone mobiles to Vodafone mobiles in NZ and excludes roaming. My question is whether txt's can be sent for free to a Vodafone NZ mobile that is roaming overseas. When I tested it it appears to be the case (ie you can send the messages for free) and after speaking to a friend he says the MSC apparently does not care about the destination of a 021 phone before passing the message on. I realise if you are the roaming phone you won't be able to send them for free as the MSC knows you are roaming so can charge you for this.
If you send a SMS to a 021 or 029 customer that is roaming that is free. 021 029 customers that are roaming do not pay for incoming SMS. It would be unfare to charge a customer if they did not know someone was roaming before the SMS was sent. Hope that answers your question.
Telecoms just EXTENDED 10DOLLAR TEXTING THROUGH ALL 2006!!!!!
What was up with that fake vodafone message being sent around? a hoax or something. Man, with this news I better go out and buy a new telecom phone haha.
I agree with Felix. Voda make so much money of text (like 19cents a text) that having an offer similar to Telecom would really hit them in the back pocket. I don't see anything that is innovative or leading in their offering.....
Part of Telecom's problem is that they can't get rid of $10 TXT. They have sold so many people that removing it would be like committing suicide - it has become a standard feature for them and a selling point for their network. Initially it was to capture customers from Vodafone - it didn't succeed in doing that but is still a good selling point for them.
Vodafone on the other hand simply don't need to offer such a deal. They were not in the position of getting roughly 10000 - 150000 new customers a quarter vs vodafone getting 90000 - 100000 (approximate figures for several periods). While Telecom regained some market share late last year and bet Vodafone by something like 15000 or 20000 new connections this was not cuaused by $10 TXT but due to Telecom actually having some decent handsets in the marketplace.
Personally I don't give a crap about TXT prices, I'd prefer to see some decent voice calling rates..:-(