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Topic # 129044 2-Sep-2013 10:14
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Recently, 2Degrees and Vodafone have both started a war in the mission to gain more pay monthly / on-account customers.



2Degrees - $99 plan, allowing you to call unlimited to any NZ and Aus numbers, and comes with 1GB of data and plenty of texts.

Vodafone - Red, which can also include unlimited calls to NZ and Aus numbers (if you are on the higher plan), plenty of texts and at least 1GB of data.

When is Telecom refreshing their plans?

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  Reply # 888147 2-Sep-2013 10:19
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I can't imagine Telecom sitting on their hands, esp since they fired the 1st shots with the prepay value packs a few years ago.
Also got to remember the Xmas season is approaching so all the mobile players will be wanting new customers



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  Reply # 888152 2-Sep-2013 10:31
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True, I expect them to come up with something shortly. I am needing something for business pretty shortly, so I'll hold out to see what Telecom offers. I believe they will match the competition with at least a plan that offers unlimited calling to NZ and Aus numbers.

Then again, I just hope they beat the competition when it comes to data allowances.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 888159 2-Sep-2013 10:39
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Maybe they will launch new plans to coincide with their 4G official launch in October?



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  Reply # 888164 2-Sep-2013 10:45
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mrgsm021: Maybe they will launch new plans to coincide with their 4G official launch in October?


They may, but I think they'll lose too many customers to the competition if they hold out for another month or so.

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  Reply # 888167 2-Sep-2013 10:51
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not that many people want/need unlimited minutes, or spend a lot of time calling ozzie from their mobile (skype anyone?), and their existing plans are reasonably well competitive on the other elements of txt and data.

e.g. you can get 500 mins, unlimited txts, and 1GB data for $59 on Telecom postpaid. sure, it's not unlimited minutes, and very few people use anywhere even close to 500 minutes per month.




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  Reply # 888173 2-Sep-2013 10:56
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NonprayingMantis: not that many people want/need unlimited minutes, or spend a lot of time calling ozzie from their mobile (skype anyone?), and their existing plans are reasonably well competitive on the other elements of txt and data.

e.g. you can get 500 mins, unlimited txts, and 1GB data for $59 on Telecom postpaid. sure, it's not unlimited minutes, and very few people use anywhere even close to 500 minutes per month.



Yes, people may not need all the calling minutes. The fact is that the competition is offering it, so it would be suicide for Telecom not to at least match it.

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  Reply # 888179 2-Sep-2013 11:09
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If Telecom come up with a plan giving me decent minutes and texts with at least 2 gig of data for less than my legacy smart 3 plan ($80, 120 mins, 2500 txt, 1000 pxt, 3 gig data) from Vodafone then they'll get me as a customer. It's ridiculous that in 4 years a better plan hasn't come out yet.

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heavenlywild:
NonprayingMantis: not that many people want/need unlimited minutes, or spend a lot of time calling ozzie from their mobile (skype anyone?), and their existing plans are reasonably well competitive on the other elements of txt and data.

e.g. you can get 500 mins, unlimited txts, and 1GB data for $59 on Telecom postpaid. sure, it's not unlimited minutes, and very few people use anywhere even close to 500 minutes per month.



Yes, people may not need all the calling minutes. The fact is that the competition is offering it, so it would be suicide for Telecom not to at least match it.


well, I wouldn't say 'suicide'.

My point was really that they probably won't have too much a sense of urgency about responding right away because

1) plans at $70+ only appeal to a very small proportion of customers
2) at other levels their plans are reasonably well competitive
3) most postpaid customers on those kinds of plans are in a contract at any given time (typical 24 month contract means around 5% of the market is 'available' in any given month)
4) most customers don't shop around all that much anyway even when their contracts do come up. the majority will stay with their current provider whoever that is

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  Reply # 888249 2-Sep-2013 12:45
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Poll: If Telecom come up with a plan giving me decent minutes and texts with at least 2 gig of data for less than my legacy smart 3 plan ($80, 120 mins, 2500 txt, 1000 pxt, 3 gig data) from Vodafone then they'll get me as a customer. It's ridiculous that in 4 years a better plan hasn't come out yet.


For $79/mth you can get 500min, unlimited national texts and 2gb data on telecom


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  Reply # 888255 2-Sep-2013 12:53
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Wade:
Poll: If Telecom come up with a plan giving me decent minutes and texts with at least 2 gig of data for less than my legacy smart 3 plan ($80, 120 mins, 2500 txt, 1000 pxt, 3 gig data) from Vodafone then they'll get me as a customer. It's ridiculous that in 4 years a better plan hasn't come out yet.


For $79/mth you can get 500min, unlimited national texts and 2gb data on telecom



A $1 saving is not a saving worth going for, I should have been a little clearer with my wording, I don't need more minutes than I have currently or more texts, I do need a decent amount of data available.
Looking at the Telecom Addon's they may get me most of the way there if I tack them onto their cheaper plans.

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  Reply # 888264 2-Sep-2013 13:11
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Poll: 
A $1 saving is not a saving worth going for, I should have been a little clearer with my wording, I don't need more minutes than I have currently or more texts, I do need a decent amount of data available.
Looking at the Telecom Addon's they may get me most of the way there if I tack them onto their cheaper plans.


Depends how much you need in the way of minutes, I pay $68/month with Telecom for 100 minutes, unlimited texts and 3.5GB data - Smart OneBill ($19 - 100min/non-stoptxt/500MB) + 3GB data pack ($49). $48 would get you 100min/unlimited txt/2GB ($19 + $29 for 1.5GB pack). I believe you need your landline with Telecom to get the $19 base package though.




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  Reply # 888327 2-Sep-2013 15:05
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Inphinity:
Poll: Stuff


Depends how much you need in the way of minutes, I pay $68/month with Telecom for 100 minutes, unlimited texts and 3.5GB data - Smart OneBill ($19 - 100min/non-stoptxt/500MB) + 3GB data pack ($49). $48 would get you 100min/unlimited txt/2GB ($19 + $29 for 1.5GB pack). I believe you need your landline with Telecom to get the $19 base package though.


This will probably be great for someone else, I think you're right about needing a landline too, I can't find that $19 plan on their site and a landline is something I have no intention of ever needing again.
The $29 plan combined with the data add on is looking pretty tempting though. $20 dollars is enough for me to look seriously at changing.

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  Reply # 888428 2-Sep-2013 17:47
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Just found Vodafone have updated their plans and add on data packs, ended up having 2 gig of data with the option to add more for $54 a month ($29 byo plan plus 1.5gig extra data for $25), They've been blowing the trumpet about the Red plans but their budget plans have improved significantly too.
The Telecom plans are pretty good but this way I get to keep Vodafone's rather good international roaming.

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Poll:
Wade:
Poll: If Telecom come up with a plan giving me decent minutes and texts with at least 2 gig of data for less than my legacy smart 3 plan ($80, 120 mins, 2500 txt, 1000 pxt, 3 gig data) from Vodafone then they'll get me as a customer. It's ridiculous that in 4 years a better plan hasn't come out yet.


For $79/mth you can get 500min, unlimited national texts and 2gb data on telecom



A $1 saving is not a saving worth going for, I should have been a little clearer with my wording, I don't need more minutes than I have currently or more texts, I do need a decent amount of data available.
Looking at the Telecom Addon's they may get me most of the way there if I tack them onto their cheaper plans.


I'm on the $39 plan plus $20/1gb and it works well for me. I was on the smart 2 3gb promo plan but found the real benefit for me was not the saving of a couple of dollars but far less call dropouts and far more consistent (and faster) data

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  Reply # 888434 2-Sep-2013 18:04
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Inphinity:
I believe you need your landline with Telecom to get the $19 base package though.


NO mate, not true.
'Smart One Bill' is essentially the same as Prepaid but its on-account/postpaid. You can add any of the packs i.e. $19 Value pack etc.

All the info at  their website 

I really like it as I find it really good not having the hassle of topping up with Vouchers or credit card, every time. Direct debit, easy as!

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