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Topic # 7704 4-May-2006 11:54
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for myself on prepay i'm on the casual rate for gprs of  $0.10/10KB
i reckon they should charge 10cents per 100KB insted of 10KB. I have just got the new opera mini browser for my mobile phone(the new version lets u save mp3 etc) and u can do alot more with it but webpages use alot of gprs data. if i browse to trademe using opera mini on my mobile it uses about 40KB which costs me $0.40 cents which is pretty high. most other countries have unlimited gprs.


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Reply # 34775 4-May-2006 12:25
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kelly2626: most other countries have unlimited gprs.
Something has been done (the 1GB/$49 deal). You will find out that "unlimited GPRS" in other countries is actually limited to a fair use policy, which is in general limited to 1GB.

The only problem with the New Zealand "1GB/$49" deals is that you are locked into a 24 month contract. Otherwise it's pretty good actually.





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  Reply # 34776 4-May-2006 12:32
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I'm on that $49for 1GB and you only get locked in 24 months contract if you want free VMC. otherwise you can be on $49 for 1GB on open term.


I don't mind 24 months contract as i get the VMC free, and when HSDPA card is out, i can still continue using my 1GB for $49, just need to change SIM card over that's all.


I have new SIM card, and new account with TelstraClear, just for data usage only, and IF i really want, i can get the open term 1GB  for $49 put on my everyday SIM too... but at the moment, I don't need such huge data plan for my everyday SIM. i just have 3MB and that's more than enough... I clear my emails everyday at work using my laptop and VMC.




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Reply # 34779 4-May-2006 12:44
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Good update, thanks! See, $49 for 1GB data/month is not bad. It's a lot of data, unless you are planning of using the cellular network as your main connection - which I don't advise at the moment.





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  Reply # 34782 4-May-2006 13:08
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kelly2626:

for myself on prepay i'm on the casual rate for gprs of  $0.10/10KB
i reckon they should charge 10cents per 100KB insted of 10KB. I have just got the new opera mini browser for my mobile phone(the new version lets u save mp3 etc) and u can do alot more with it but webpages use alot of gprs data. if i browse to trademe using opera mini on my mobile it uses about 40KB which costs me $0.40 cents which is pretty high. most other countries have unlimited gprs.



Move to a plan. You can then get cheap data.



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  Reply # 34839 4-May-2006 16:10
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Try not to complain about price too much. If your on Telecom and want to use Opera mini on your phone you get 5c/Kb that 50c/10Kb, $50/Mb.

I wap usage isnt charged at data rates but thats another discussion.

Anyway the point is prepaid isnt designed to accomodate a person using GPRS data. Prepaid is for calling and texting/pxting. swtich to a plan with decent data rates you'll proably save money that way

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  Reply # 34850 4-May-2006 16:33
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You are only locked to a contract if you also get a cheap handset, Anyone can just add the plan to their (post paid) account, on either network.


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Reply # 34851 4-May-2006 16:39
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kelly if vodafone gave you data 10 cents for 100 kb you would then want 1000kb for 10 cents and so on,

Where do you get your ideas from?

Petrol should be 20 cents a litre not a $1.70.9 but is that going to happen

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  Reply # 34854 4-May-2006 17:10
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bradstewart: Try not to complain about price too much. If your on Telecom and want to use Opera mini on your phone you get 5c/Kb that 50c/10Kb, $50/Mb.


Telecom casual data use is $8 per MB, it's only WAP that is $50.

Somebody can correct me if I'm wrong on this but I also don't believe you can get a data plan or use data on Telecom prepay, you have to be on account.

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  Reply # 34858 4-May-2006 17:27
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sbiddle: Telecom casual data use is $8 per MB, it's only WAP that is $50.

Somebody can correct me if I'm wrong on this but I also don't believe you can get a data plan or use data on Telecom prepay, you have to be on account.


Thats what i meant, apps on your phone that require net access get charged at WAP rates. And you cannot get data on a prepaid plan

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  Reply # 34874 4-May-2006 18:38
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bradstewart:
sbiddle: Telecom casual data use is $8 per MB, it's only WAP that is $50.

Somebody can correct me if I'm wrong on this but I also don't believe you can get a data plan or use data on Telecom prepay, you have to be on account.


Thats what i meant, apps on your phone that require net access get charged at WAP rates. And you cannot get data on a prepaid plan

Try it and see what happens... you officially cant get data on 027 prepaid, but in days gone by, some people could - and it was free (i.e. it wasnt blocked, and they couldnt bill it). Id say they have closed that loophole by now though...




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  Reply # 34879 4-May-2006 18:58
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Yes, that loophole was closed when they upgraded the Telecom prepaid system (with female voices)

Free TXT bugs were closed too. I have had 2 025's with free TXT in days gone by.

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