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#129436 16-Sep-2013 08:46
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I'm wondering how prepaid casual data works? Info says $1 a day up to 10MB (then 20c/MB), does that mean that as soon as you connect your charged $1? Or is it broken up into smaller increments? If so, what are they? 10c/MB, 1c/100KB, 0.1c/10KB(!)? Chances are I'd only use a few KB a day checking bus real time info, maybe up to less than a MB if I went and read a few articles on m.stuff.co.nz; so really not keen on spending $1 every day but also wouldn't buy the $3 a month pack just to do that, I'd go without.

Also is anything zero rated? telecom.co.nz/ytmobile for example? Even if just that is zero rated, and I can top up and manage packs on it, then sweet. Otherwise I'll just top up/manage packs on the desktop at home, so no biggie.


Cheers in advance for any answers, off to work so I won't be back to read them until sometime this afternoon.

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  #896236 16-Sep-2013 10:55
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IIRC, you might as well just assume it'll be the full dollar immediately - you can get charged smaller amounts, but it's only for very miniscule amounts of data so you'll hit the dollar quickly. Also if you happen to have anything at all that might use background data, you're going to hit the dollar mark basically as soon as you turn mobile data on.

The usage pages like m.telecom.co.nz/yt are unmetered.

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  #896430 16-Sep-2013 17:21
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AndrewMac: IIRC, you might as well just assume it'll be the full dollar immediately - you can get charged smaller amounts, but it's only for very miniscule amounts of data so you'll hit the dollar quickly. Also if you happen to have anything at all that might use background data, you're going to hit the dollar mark basically as soon as you turn mobile data on.

The usage pages like m.telecom.co.nz/yt are unmetered.


It's only a slightly smart phone, Samsung gt-e3210b (telecom branded), so no background data. Currently I'm with 2 degrees and they charge 50c/MB casual. Checking real time info for a bus stop appears to cost me 2c & reading a few news articles costs 8c. I can read news at home and often can skim through a paper copy of the press at work during lunch time, so mostly I'll just be checking the bus, and not every day either. The bus info pages are about 50kb, so half a cent if the scale goes down to 0.1c/10kb. At that scale if I checked 3 bus infos a day and nothing else I'd spend less than 50c a month; I doubt I'd check 3 a day and I don't work 7 days a week either.

So yeah, pretty minimal data usage.

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  #896432 16-Sep-2013 17:37
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PaulBags: I'm wondering how prepaid casual data works? Info says $1 a day up to 10MB (then 20c/MB), does that mean that as soon as you connect your charged $1? Or is it broken up into smaller increments? If so, what are they? 10c/MB, 1c/100KB, 0.1c/10KB(!)? Chances are I'd only use a few KB a day checking bus real time info, maybe up to less than a MB if I went and read a few articles on m.stuff.co.nz; so really not keen on spending $1 every day but also wouldn't buy the $3 a month pack just to do that, I'd go without.

Also is anything zero rated? telecom.co.nz/ytmobile for example? Even if just that is zero rated, and I can top up and manage packs on it, then sweet. Otherwise I'll just top up/manage packs on the desktop at home, so no biggie.


Cheers in advance for any answers, off to work so I won't be back to read them until sometime this afternoon.


Casual data is 20c per MB. I don't know about zero rating sorry



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  #896482 16-Sep-2013 18:29
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That gives me more questions, like do you get charged at 20c per MB up to $1-5MB, then get 5MB 'free' until you go over the 10MB day limit and start paying 20c per MB again? That wasn't even something I'd considered.

And still doesn't answer if it gets part charged like minutes changed to years ago, or if it's 'X or part thereof'. Curiously 2d does part thereof for minutes, but seems to do part charge for data.


Why does it have to be so complicated, and why can't the website just say what it is?

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  #896497 16-Sep-2013 19:11
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Why not just go onto the $19 Big Value Pack? - 500mb of data which should be more than enough to use. Else it's pretty-much $1 each time you use it, an expensive way to go.

Even if you don't use the full 500mb it's still worth it for the 100mins and texts.




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  #896529 16-Sep-2013 19:51
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PaulBags: That gives me more questions, like do you get charged at 20c per MB up to $1-5MB, then get 5MB 'free' until you go over the 10MB day limit and start paying 20c per MB again? That wasn't even something I'd considered.

And still doesn't answer if it gets part charged like minutes changed to years ago, or if it's 'X or part thereof'. Curiously 2d does part thereof for minutes, but seems to do part charge for data.


Why does it have to be so complicated, and why can't the website just say what it is?


You will be charged 20 cents until you reach $1 in a day then you will not be charged further until you have used more than 10mb for that day. If you kept going after the 10MB you will be charged at 20 cents a mb again. I'm not sure on the part charging sorry, will have a look into it

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  #896546 16-Sep-2013 20:24
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YyraelYou: will be charged 20 cents until you reach $1 in a day then you will not be charged further until you have used more than 10mb for that day. If you kept going after the 10MB you will be charged at 20 cents a mb again. I'm not sure on the part charging sorry, will have a look into it


You might want to check that;

telecom.co.nz: National data is charged at a pro-rated rate up to a maximum of $1 for the first 0.05MB, and from then no data charges apply up to a total of 10 MB in that same day


http://www.telecom.co.nz/helpandsupport/helpandsupport/other/termsandconditions/xtmobilenetwork/telecommobilespecifictermsandconditions/#CasualPlan2

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  #896594 16-Sep-2013 21:46
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nzbnw:
YyraelYou: will be charged 20 cents until you reach $1 in a day then you will not be charged further until you have used more than 10mb for that day. If you kept going after the 10MB you will be charged at 20 cents a mb again. I'm not sure on the part charging sorry, will have a look into it


You might want to check that;

telecom.co.nz: National data is charged at a pro-rated rate up to a maximum of $1 for the first 0.05MB, and from then no data charges apply up to a total of 10 MB in that same day


http://www.telecom.co.nz/helpandsupport/helpandsupport/other/termsandconditions/xtmobilenetwork/telecommobilespecifictermsandconditions/#CasualPlan2

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Hmm. So pro rated means "To divide, distribute, or assess proportionately", and 0.05MB = ~50KB. So 100 cents divided by 50KB, that's 2c a KB up to $1/50KB, then free up to 10MB. Terms also state that "data will be billed in 10 kB increments", so Yyrael is correct in saying that "You will be charged 20 cents until you reach $1 in a day", it's just that those 20c increments are 10kB, not 1mB.

Oh well, I guess telecom don't want users with data usage so low that there's no point in buying a $3 pack, that's cool, I just won't use any data at all. In my case then 2degrees works out better for data, at 2 cents for 50kb instead of $1. But I want the $60 credit and $6 txt plan much more than I want data.

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