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Topic # 179396 7-Sep-2015 10:27
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Hi all.

I am new to this forum and new to NZ having only been here 6 weeks.

I have come from the UK, the land of cheap unlimited uncapped data.. oh how I miss my Three One Plan of unlimited 4G for $60 month! Moving on though because that's about all I miss.. 

I have been using a Skinny Data Only Sim since I got here believing this would be the best sim for me.. I use Skype video and voice calling a lot, stream netflix and YouTube video and spend a lot of time surfing the web particularly right now as I am constantly using Google Maps and browsing through sites like Trade Me.

I am going through around 8GB of data per week so is costing me around $100 every week, ouch! :-(

I am moving around from hotels and short term rentals right now while looking for a permanent place to call home so getting a fixed broadband connection is no good. I keep an eye out for free Wi-Fi spots when I can but haven't yet been in a place where I can make good use of one.. I've noticed a lot of cafe's and free wifi areas have 100M data or 30min time caps to them so don't really cut it for my usage.

I cant complain about the Skinny network (or should I say Spark) in terms of coverage and 4G speeds but looking back at my bank statements this past 6 weeks shows my biggest expenditure by far is Skinny, I've topped up $720 since I arrived on the 29th July.

My questions is, am I on the best mobile data plan for my usage? Are there any better (or should I say cheaper) alternatives? Just to give a little background, my current visa has 11 months remaining although I do expect to have this extended next year and hope to stay here for good however the 11 month term means no telco is willing to allow me to agree to a 12+ month contract.

I expect my usage will drop significantly once I settle into and able to get a fixed line but I dont think this will be for a few months still so any way that I can reduce my data costs would be great!

Thank you in advance for anyone that takes the time to read this and respond! :-)

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  Reply # 1380974 7-Sep-2015 10:33
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If you switch to Spark, then you can use their free WiFi that is present at most (but not all) of their phone boxes.  You get 1GB a day free, but there are conditions (you need to be on the $19 prepay at a minimum.

https://www.spark.co.nz/help/mobile-data/plans-services/free-wifi-zones/

Note that the $19 prepay also includes Spotify premium for free.

 

Actually, where are you based in NZ, as this could make a difference to the number of free Wifi spots you can access from Spark.

(Edited to ask question on location)



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  Reply # 1380979 7-Sep-2015 10:39
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I am in Wellington

... Miramar to be precise!

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  Reply # 1380980 7-Sep-2015 10:39
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This is not a spark/skinny soultion but you could also consider this: https://2degreesmobile.co.nz/mobile/zone-data-packs
Again depends on your location, you can check out the zone map to check if you can get it.

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  Reply # 1385478 11-Sep-2015 10:11
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Turn Satellite Photos off while using Google maps to save data.

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  Reply # 1386194 12-Sep-2015 13:24
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timbosan: If you switch to Spark, then you can use their free WiFi that is present at most (but not all) of their phone boxes.  You get 1GB a day free, but there are conditions (you need to be on the $19 prepay at a minimum.

https://www.spark.co.nz/help/mobile-data/plans-services/free-wifi-zones/

Note that the $19 prepay also includes Spotify premium for free.


Actually, where are you based in NZ, as this could make a difference to the number of free Wifi spots you can access from Spark.

(Edited to ask question on location)


$10 / 30 days for non Spark users

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  Reply # 1397269 30-Sep-2015 12:02
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moschops: I use Skype video and voice calling a lot, stream netflix and YouTube video


Yeah, just stop doing that and the mobile data use will plummet.

zyo

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  Reply # 1398498 2-Oct-2015 09:55
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8GB a week on mobile?!
This reminds me a few years back people getting thousand dollar broadband bills because they blew their data cap.





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  Reply # 1398500 2-Oct-2015 09:59
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sounds like you need to go fixed internet and not mobile to reduce your costs.



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  Reply # 1399966 5-Oct-2015 09:06
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TonyR1973:
moschops: I use Skype video and voice calling a lot, stream netflix and YouTube video


Yeah, just stop doing that and the mobile data use will plummet.


wow, that's such a useful and insightful answer, thank you.. I would never have thought it would be so simple! 

I wasn't asking how to reduce my data usage, it was a request for advice on whether I was on the correct data plan. I do not have any problems paying for data however always want to ensure I am aware of all the options to ensure I am on the best deal available.



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  Reply # 1399969 5-Oct-2015 09:08
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nathan: sounds like you need to go fixed internet and not mobile to reduce your costs.


Yes that is obvious however as I advised in my original post this was not an option at the time since I was moving around from hotels and short term rentals.





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Reply # 1399974 5-Oct-2015 09:18
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UPDATE:


Thank you to all those that offered advice on this. In my scenario Skinny was indeed the best plan for me based on my data usage. I am set up in a permanent place and now have a fixed line with 130M Fibre and unlimited data so my mobile data usage is no longer an issue.

I have to give a massive shout out to Skinny though..

One of their representatives read my post and got in contact with me, they offered to double my data allowance for free until I was set up with a fixed line. I was very impressed to receive this offer from them and even though I thought very highly of Skinny already this has made them shine brighter than anyone else.

If you come across the post wondering who is the best network to use for high mobile data usage in NZ then I can confidently advise that Skinny is the way forward in not just costs but customer service also, a massive thumbs up! :-)

Thank you Skinny!

 

zyo

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  Reply # 1399976 5-Oct-2015 09:24
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Kudos to Skinny.





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  Reply # 1400800 6-Oct-2015 10:48
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Awesome Customer Service!

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  Reply # 1401052 6-Oct-2015 15:00
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moschops: UPDATE:


Thank you to all those that offered advice on this. In my scenario Skinny was indeed the best plan for me based on my data usage. I am set up in a permanent place and now have a fixed line with 130M Fibre and unlimited data so my mobile data usage is no longer an issue.

 

Unrelated to topic but FYI if this is Vodafone's 130M Cable plan, this is HFC - that is, fibre to a coaxial cable network node, then coaxial to your house.
While usually fast, it's an inferior technology to what UFB uses and some areas suffer from congestion.

In the future if true UFB becomes available, vodafone won't let you use the superior technology, since they want maximum return from their investment in HFC.

However if you move from Vodafone to another provider and get UFB installed, or perhaps you move house to another location which has UFB, in general it's a much faster technology. See this graph from truenet to see how slow HFC can get in the evenings:
https://truenet.nz/sites/default/files/HSBB%20Intl%20Aug_0.png
https://truenet.nz/sites/default/files/Tech%20ToD%20Aug_1_0.png

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