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# 208100 26-Jan-2017 16:24
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I purchased an iPad for my grandparents (both 90+) a couple years ago so they could Skype my mum who lives in the UK.

 

Since they don't have a landline internet connection (since they don't have a computer) I put a Skinny Data Only SIM card in their iPad and have been topping it up by 5GB ($60) every 3 months for them since they only Skype her once a week (occasionally twice) and use about an average 300MB per call (it can vary from 200-500MB).

 

This has been perfect for them and despite being very anti-technology have warmed to their weekly Skype calls with their daughter that they haven't seen for 15 years and who is very ill and bed ridden and therefore cannot travel to see them.

 

I log onto Skinny from wherever I am in the world at the time and top up and apply the 5GB Data pack to keep them in contact for the next 3 months, they don't need (or want) to know anything else about what a top up is or email or anything else related. They struggled just to work out how to use Skype and even now are scared of it however have worked out how to make a call and feel proud of themselves every time they use it.

 

I have just logged into their account to check on their data usage and noticed that the 5GB Data Combo is no longer available, can anyone advise what has happened to it? There seems to be no mention of it on their website any longer.

 

The only option I appear to see now is the Ultimate Combo (2.5GB data + other stuff that would be no use to them on an iPad only - i.e. calls & texts) however for the cost for this over 3 months would be $138 compared to the $60 it has been costing to date. There is another package below this, Big Data, however this only provides 1GB data per month where they use on average 1.7GB month with their weekly calls and overheads of app updates etc. so this would not suffice.. and if I were to tell them they need to reduce their Skype usage it would still come in more expensive on Big Data than before at $78 for 3 months.

 

They still have data in their account to last another couple months max however I'm a bit stuck on what I am going to do after this.

 

I would really appreciate to hear peoples feedback on what has happened to the Skinny Data Only combo's and also get advice on what to do in this scenario.


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  # 1710189 26-Jan-2017 17:05
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A bit more expensive is Vodafone 5GB for $80, but lasts up to six months: https://www.vodafone.co.nz/mobile-broadband/prepay/ 

 

 





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  # 1710194 26-Jan-2017 17:15
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If you go to http://skinnydirect.co.nz you can get 6gb data and unlimited calling and texting for $50. This is charged monthly to a credit or debit card.

 

The $30 per month 3gb option might be more suitable.

 

 

 

Another option I can think of is the 2degrees 12gb for $99 pack that lasts a few months


 
 
 
 


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  # 1710196 26-Jan-2017 17:18
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Yabanize: 

 

Another option I can think of is the 2degrees 12gb for $99 pack that lasts a few months

 

 

6 Months. I'm not sure if you can get it on prepay or only one postpaid? It's not listed on their site anywhere obvious, only in the addons section when logged in.




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  # 1710198 26-Jan-2017 17:20
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coffeebaron, thanks, this looks to be best alternative if Skinny have in fact scrapped this combo although I would be pretty disappointed if they have since they have just essentially dropped a bunch of customers whom this package was serving well, their replacement to this is at a cost of more than double.


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  # 1710199 26-Jan-2017 17:20
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kingjj:

 

Yabanize: 

 

Another option I can think of is the 2degrees 12gb for $99 pack that lasts a few months

 

 

6 Months. I'm not sure if you can get it on prepay or only one postpaid? It's not listed on their site anywhere obvious, only in the addons section when logged in.

 

 

https://www.2degreesmobile.co.nz/mobile/zone-data-packs/

 

Certain zone only, prepay only, 6mths


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  # 1710203 26-Jan-2017 17:32
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Chorus has spent $1.4 billion on making their xDSL broadband network faster and even more now as they are upgrading their rural Conklins. If your still stuck on ADSL or VDSL, why not spend $195 on a master filter install to make sure you are getting the most out of your connection?
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  # 1710216 26-Jan-2017 18:03
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coffeebaron:

 

A bit more expensive is Vodafone 5GB for $80, but lasts up to six months: https://www.vodafone.co.nz/mobile-broadband/prepay/ 

 

 

 

This is what I set up for my parents' iPad, given they (well now only my mother) don't use much data, but still want to be able to use the iPad anywhere.

 

But, based on suggestions here a couple of years back, there's a more cost-effective way of managing this for those who don't need significant amounts of data - by purchasing $20 of credit for four months (I just use auto top-up), she gets 500 MB each month (free data for each top-up). This provides enough data for these months, then I purchase the 5GB pack for that $80 credit (putting a stop on the auto-top up). As such my mother spends $80 for data that lasts 10 months. 


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  # 1710934 28-Jan-2017 08:27
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The account holder would have received an email notifying the data only plans were being retired on the 25th of Jan. If you'd bought the plan prior to that you could have lasted 6 more months maximum.

If they are in a 2degrees coverage area (ie not roaming on Vodafone) then the $99 for 12GB zone data is the go.

It's pretty much shame on Skinny for abandoning some regular customers.

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