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#154164 20-Oct-2014 09:04
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Skinny sent out a press release about new voice/data prices being cut in half. Fail to mention SMS prices go from $0.08 to $0.20:


Over the last ten years, the cost of living in New Zealand has continued to rise – on average, food prices have risen by 32.3 per cent, transport is up 35.7 per cent and housing has increased 66.3 per cent.

However there is one industry that has continued to defy the trend – the mobile phone industry. Mobile data, calling and text prices have been on the decline according to the 2013 Annual Telecommunications Monitoring Report.

Skinny Mobile, the mobile phone brand that is redefining the way the Kiwis communicate, just announced new NZ calling and data standard prepay rates that are 50 per cent lower than Vodafone and 2degrees standard prepay rates for NZ calling and data.

“In our experience over 50 per cent of Kiwis on prepay are still using standard rates, and have been paying hefty prices to do so,” says Ross Parker, General Manager of Skinny Mobile.

“At Skinny, we believe in great pricing for everyone, so we’re making some big changes to our standard rates and dropping our standard rate cost per minute and cost per megabyte to just 20 cents.”

Skinny’s new pricing is available now.








 

 

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  #1158226 20-Oct-2014 09:23
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Does anyone actually use casual rates? They're still a ripoff - especially that text price, jesus!

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  #1158238 20-Oct-2014 09:37
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I suspect the money saved by reduced data charge would offset the increased text cost (assuming you're not using a dumbphone)

 
 
 
 


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  #1158260 20-Oct-2014 10:29
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quality reporting by stuff "Spark's mobile price cut has a catch"

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  #1158265 20-Oct-2014 10:36
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freitasm: [snip]Fail to mention SMS prices go from $0.08 to $0.20:






Not sure that's really a fair comment. It's right there on the screenshot you posted. Sure they didn't put "TEXT MESSAGE PRICE HIKE" in the headline but I'm landing on "completely reasonable" with this one.

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[Important Edit] I have NOTHING to do with Skinny, from a technology, marketing or pricing standpoint, and when I read this post I (for some reason) thought it was actually 2 degrees... Only one I had posted did I realise it was Skinny!... Considered deleting my post but nope, I still think the same.





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  #1158270 20-Oct-2014 10:41
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Wonder how many people still use MMS??   I haven't since I discovered WhatsApp some years ago and Facebook Messenger..  Same applies to SMS..




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  #1158274 20-Oct-2014 10:42
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ripdog: Does anyone actually use casual rates? They're still a ripoff - especially that text price, jesus!


You would be surprized how many people with dumb phones still use casual rates..




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  #1158278 20-Oct-2014 10:45
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It says on the site "and our text rate is super skinny too!"

How? It should say "Our text rate is at least 50% more expensive than 2degrees and the same price as vodafone and spark

Its also a big mess that people have to opt in to the new rates... I left more of my thoughts in the other thread

 
 
 
 


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  #1158288 20-Oct-2014 11:01
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Talkiet:
freitasm: [snip]Fail to mention SMS prices go from $0.08 to $0.20:



Not sure that's really a fair comment. It's right there on the screenshot you posted. Sure they didn't put "TEXT MESSAGE PRICE HIKE" in the headline but I'm landing on "completely reasonable" with this one.



It is in the screenshot I posted. Knowing our media I am sure they won't even bother visiting the site to check prices, so not having this in the press release means it will probably go unnoticed by papers.





 

 

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  #1158295 20-Oct-2014 11:12
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old3eyes: Wonder how many people still use MMS??   I haven't since I discovered WhatsApp some years ago and Facebook Messenger..  Same applies to SMS..


I use MMS a lot.

For those folk (like my parents) that don't have an iDevice (so no iMessage), or have iMessage turned off, so they can take advantage of their free txt allocation without eating any of their data, I use MMS a lot.

50c per pxt message kills me.




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