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#62956 18-Jun-2010 00:56
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we are planning to visit NZ for around 6 months starting October/November this year.

I will be looking for information on the best deals for mobile phone (and checking if any of my current handsets are worth bringing) and also trying to work out if it is worth bringing a portable PC with me if Internet connections are reasonably cost effective.

I've already established that I can't get NZ maps for my current GPS so will be checking if I should but a new GPS in the UK with NZ maps or if it is more sensible to buy a new unit once I arrive.

I will no doubt also be asking questions about other technical stuff, plus road useage and the like.
A lot has changed since I was last over in the early '90s.

Mainly, though, we are hoping that NZ is just as beautiful and unspoilt as we remember from our first visit.
We also want to see a lot more of South Island because last time I was job hunting in Auckland and Wellington and we spent all our time in North Island.



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  #342837 18-Jun-2010 06:28
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2 Degrees probably offer the best value for prepay mobile

Wireless hotspots are available at many places so it may be worth bring a laptop, Mobile Broadband available from both Vodafone and Telecom, but its not cheap.

I am not familiar with GPS devices, however all of the above can be done on an HTC Desire mobile if you want to consider that for travel. I recently went through Vietnam with mine and it worked perfectly for mobile interent(WIFI), GPS and mobile functions etc.

Hope you have a good trip, weather wise a good time to come over.

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  #342843 18-Jun-2010 07:56
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If you are here for 6 months it probably makes sense just to by a GPS here. I think Harvey Normans had one on special on tv last night for something like $150 (< 70 pounds).

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  #342852 18-Jun-2010 08:39
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Mobile broadband need not to be expensive. If you will be using for email only and the odd checking of places to eat, etc - no streaming, no torrenting, then you can get mobile plans with Telecom or Vodafone with 2G or more for under NZ$60/month (about GBP20).

I would recommend Telecom, for 100% 3G coverage. If you go with Vodafone then you will have the (non rare it seems) drop to 2G (GPRS) speeds.



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  #342865 18-Jun-2010 09:06
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freitasm: you can get mobile plans with Telecom or Vodafone with 2G or more for under NZ$60/month (about GBP20).

You may have to adjust your exchange rate expectation - the rate on google is over 28GBP (0.4742 or 2.11 $'s for a quid).

Another google accelerator type: convert 60nzd to gbp - and it will instantly convert.

Back OT - why not have a look at renting a phone/gps - saves all the worries of compatibility and contracts!

Procrastination eventually pays off.

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  #343011 18-Jun-2010 13:40
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NZ is awesome.. I'm sure you will have a great time!


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