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  Reply # 888438 2-Sep-2013 18:13
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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.


Er, the $19 100mins/unlimited txt/500MB's is $19 prepay, no landline or anything required.



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  Reply # 888473 2-Sep-2013 18:56
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Er, the $19 100mins/unlimited txt/500MB's is $19 prepay, no landline or anything required.




You're referring to the $19 prepaid value pack, which differs slightly from the Smart OneBill value pack that I'm referring to, where it's billed to your home phone account. It's effectively the same 'deal' as the prepay, but on account.




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  Reply # 888505 2-Sep-2013 19:38
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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!


The website says "The Smart One Bill option links your mobile phone to your home phone account, ideal for people who don't use their mobile much, but like the idea of having one available."

Tells me you need a landline account first..




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  Reply # 888507 2-Sep-2013 19:41
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I don't know about you guys but giving customers $60 if they move over to Telecom is a pretty good shot at the competition:

http://www.telecom.co.nz/mobile/mobile/plansandpricing/prepaid/switchnow/

Their open accounts are pretty good - I'm sitting on the $39 per month plan and it is a pretty good deal when you consider better coverage, speed, etc. Focusing simply on price or some other specification whilst ignoring the larger picture really doesn't do well when comparing the alternatives.




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  Reply # 888530 2-Sep-2013 20:10
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PeebZ:
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!


The website says "The Smart One Bill option links your mobile phone to your home phone account, ideal for people who don't use their mobile much, but like the idea of having one available."

Tells me you need a landline account first..


Ideally yes you need to have a landline and tack it onto that but I am fairly sure you can get a smart one bill without a landline as long as you open a Telecom account and keep on paying your bill. I am fairly sure if you disconnect all your lines and don't pay us any money then the "smart one bill" accounts get closed after 12 months, but in effect they are postpaid accounts and you can tack on whatever extras you want otherwise they revert to casual rates. Perfect for parking those "cool" numbers you want (like I have done for my kids when they get phones in the future )

May be worth ringing up 123 and asking if you can signup if you don't have an open account and seeing what can be done.

I could be wrong here it's been known to happen :).

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  Reply # 888538 2-Sep-2013 20:14
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I'm sitting on a $19 prepaid plan - 90 min, unlimited texts, 500MB of data.

Don't care about more minutes (I only use 10-20 of the 90 per month), don't care much about unlimited texts (send about 20-30 per month, would be happy with a package offering only 100). Do care about data. If any of the major carriers offered a pre-pay pack in my current price range with significantly LESS minutes, significantly LESS texts, but at least 1GB+ of data I would be in like the proverbial robbers dog.

The minutes/texts we can get now are reasonable. But compared to what I need and the pricing in other markets (US, UK etc) we still seem to get gouged on reasonable data packages.

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  Reply # 888562 2-Sep-2013 20:25
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JimmyH: I'm sitting on a $19 prepaid plan - 90 min, unlimited texts, 500MB of data.

Don't care about more minutes (I only use 10-20 of the 90 per month), don't care much about unlimited texts (send about 20-30 per month, would be happy with a package offering only 100). Do care about data. If any of the major carriers offered a pre-pay pack in my current price range with significantly LESS minutes, significantly LESS texts, but at least 1GB+ of data I would be in like the proverbial robbers dog.

The minutes/texts we can get now are reasonable. But compared to what I need and the pricing in other markets (US, UK etc) we still seem to get gouged on reasonable data packages.


So why not just pay casual on Call's and Text and just get a data pack? $49 for 3gb is pretty good value in my view: https://pwm.telecom.co.nz/mobileonliness/buy-extras/

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  Reply # 888674 2-Sep-2013 22:49
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old3eyes:
PeebZ:
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!


The website says "The Smart One Bill option links your mobile phone to your home phone account, ideal for people who don't use their mobile much, but like the idea of having one available."

Tells me you need a landline account first..


Ideally yes you need to have a landline and tack it onto that but I am fairly sure you can get a smart one bill without a landline as long as you open a Telecom account and keep on paying your bill. I am fairly sure if you disconnect all your lines and don't pay us any money then the "smart one bill" accounts get closed after 12 months, but in effect they are postpaid accounts and you can tack on whatever extras you want otherwise they revert to casual rates. Perfect for parking those "cool" numbers you want (like I have done for my kids when they get phones in the future )

May be worth ringing up 123 and asking if you can signup if you don't have an open account and seeing what can be done.

I could be wrong here it's been known to happen :).


Smart One Bill & Smart One Bill $19 Value Pack is ONLY available to customers who have their landline calling with Telecom.

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  Reply # 889345 3-Sep-2013 23:12
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I find that I get all I need from adding on the $19 plans thru the month as data needs dictate, sure, not as cheap as the larger data plans, but I am not committing to 3 gig upfront.

Just pop into the my telecom portal, cancel the addon thats almost run out and buy another one, only run it up to 2 cancelled ones and a single active one at once, have to cancel it otherwise it will renew if you have credit on the phone, which means its 500 megs will expire sooner than if you were to cancel it and then re-add it only when needed.

Am finding that between home, work, and the wifi hotspots that telecom have allover the place I can get a lot of stuff done without using the 3g, like syncing rdio and dropbox etc.




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  Reply # 889844 4-Sep-2013 18:15
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I'm pretty happy with the $19 plan, but I would really like 4G or at least DC-HSPA to turn up sooner rather than later as 3G performance in/around Wellington over the past month has been getting pretty poor (although it seemed to have improved a bit today). Once I no longer have to wait >30 seconds for a basic news page to load with full bars I may have to up the data allocation.





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