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Topic # 242783 14-Nov-2018 08:34
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Customers can now get unlimited data, calls and texts for $99.99 and share with up to 3 others on their account for just $29.99 each*. With four people on an account, the average price is now only $47.49 for an unlimited connection.

Today, Spark is launching a set of new Unlimited plans that dramatically reduces the cost of unlimited mobile data, as a step towards making ‘unlimited for everyone’ an achievable goal. The intention is to make unlimited mobile plans accessible for more Kiwis.

Previously, Spark simply offered a standalone Unlimited mobile plan for $79.99. But now Kiwis can buy a new $99.99 Unlimited mobile plan to which they can then add up to three Unlimited plans for just $29.99 each. This new Unlimited plan allows up to three other mobiles on the same account to access unlimited data, minutes and texts, offering unlimited mobile data for a relatively small extra cost per line.

Everyone on the new Unlimited plans has unlimited data, calls and texts (standard NZ and Aus numbers). Maximum speeds are reduced after 22GB; each connection gets full speed for their own 22GB of usage per month. No tethering or hot spotting is allowed on any of the plans unless a Hotspot Extra is purchased. The $99.99 Unlimited plan includes Spotify Premium and Lightbox on us. $29.99 Unlimited plans include the option to purchase an additional Spotify Premium subscription at half price.

Customers stand to save significant amounts each month. For instance, a year ago unlimited mobile data, text & minutes for a family of four would have cost $319.96 per month. Now it will cost them $189.96. A couple who would have paid $159.98 per month can now pay just $129.98 per month together.

And when you average the price paid, these new plans are the cheapest way to buy unlimited in New Zealand by far – and are cheaper than many other providers around the world. For instance, with four Unlimited plans on the same account, the average price is only $47.49 per line a month.

Joe Goddard, Tribe Lead for Consumer, says, “We think this Unlimited plan is the next evolution in mobile for New Zealand. A year ago, hardly anyone had unlimited mobile data on their phone. Today, over 50,000 Spark customers have an Unlimited mobile plan, with thousands more joining every month.

“There is huge and growing appetite for plans that give you that freedom – customers love the confidence they have on unlimited that they’ll never run out of data in combination with the peace of mind that they have a fixed plan cost.

“An Unlimited mobile plan is just making sense for more and more people. Mobile data usage is climbing rapidly – compared to two years ago, mobile customers are using 165% more data on the Spark network (and this excludes data used by wireless broadband connections).

“We think the future of mobile should be unlimited amounts of data for everyone. We get the upside of having more customers enjoying Spark’s mobile plans – our customers get unlimited data at an amazing price.”

The cost of mobile data from Spark has massively decreased in the past few years – two years ago, $79.99 got you 5GB of data, and as recently as August last year, unlimited data set you back by $129.99. Today’s announcement of these new Unlimited plans brings the average price down dramatically, making unlimited plans even more affordable to more New Zealanders.



* For each mobile, speeds reduce after 22GB, no tethering or hotspots, standard NZ and Aus numbers only.




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  Reply # 2125317 14-Nov-2018 08:53
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Nice offering for sure but no tethering I suspect puts people off I could understand no tethering once you use up the included 22GB

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  Reply # 2125325 14-Nov-2018 09:13
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Linux: Nice offering for sure but no tethering I suspect puts people off I could understand no tethering once you use up the included 22GB

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Suppose they have introduced share plans like VF and 2deg have. 

 

With VF I pay $80 per month for 22.5GB + $20 to add my sisters phone on. I can still tether and do what ever I want and I never use all my data..
I see Vodafone has a far superior offering (for me) given on Spark you get slowed down at the same data usage to make it virtually worthless and pay $20 more per month + $10 to add someone on compared to VF. I am saving $30 per month by using the equivalent Vodafone service (If we discount the speed reduction).
Even if you get a spotify deal it still doesn't put it past the tipping point.





 


 
 
 
 


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They have not done anything with the cheaper plans, the $59.95 for 4 gig is way behind VF and 2degrees but I'm guessing they are using the free spotify and lightbox as justification

 

Edit: Just noticed they have capped Spotify free for 24 months too


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  Reply # 2125470 14-Nov-2018 11:16
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i do quite like this plan, and have actually had stores try to sell me on it.

 

 

 

Unfortunately the tethering just doesn't work for me, my 15GB share plan fits alot better.

 

Tethering is an interesting sticking point though, While us that use it are pretty loud about it, It's used far less..

 

 

 

 

 

@djshadow those plans do have an free addon for extra data bundled with them at the moment, I'll pass on the feedback though :)

 

 





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  Reply # 2125492 14-Nov-2018 11:30
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Still suprises me that Telcos still offer Unlimited but limited plans "For each mobile, speeds reduce after 22GB".

 

The ComCom came down very harshly  on fixed lined providers for such offerings.


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  Reply # 2125496 14-Nov-2018 11:33
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Sounddude:

 

Still suprises me that Telcos still offer Unlimited but limited plans "For each mobile, speeds reduce after 22GB".

 

The ComCom came down very harshly  on fixed lined providers for such offerings.

 

 

And came down on Vodafone for their unlimied mobile offering


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  Reply # 2125512 14-Nov-2018 11:53
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Sounddude:

 

Still suprises me that Telcos still offer Unlimited but limited plans "For each mobile, speeds reduce after 22GB".

 

The ComCom came down very harshly  on fixed lined providers for such offerings.

 

 

 

 

Exactly what I was thinking





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  Reply # 2126642 14-Nov-2018 15:27
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And only 24 months Spotify - possibly Spark’s greatest differentiator from everyone else.

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  Reply # 2126706 14-Nov-2018 16:11
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DjShadow:

 

They have not done anything with the cheaper plans, the $59.95 for 4 gig is way behind VF and 2degrees but I'm guessing they are using the free spotify and lightbox as justification

 

 

Skinny (which is Spark) offer 4GB (and unlimited NZ/AU calls/SMS) for $36/28days. The difference of $24 (ignore the few days difference) is only slightly less than the cost of Lightbox and Spotify.

 

 

 

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And came down on Vodafone for their unlimied mobile offering

 

 

That is not correct. They are only under investigation, no decision has been made.


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  Reply # 2126717 14-Nov-2018 16:30
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I actually like this plan it would be quite a saving and could see myself switching to it from Vodafone with 3 phones. The selling point is each phone having 22Gb rather then sharing 1 pool of Data . Even if I factor in an additional $20.00 of Vodafone Broadband and sky discounts it is still a saving. The lack of tethering is a bit of an issue but I do have a spare prepay so guess Id just need to by a data pack for the 2 or 3 times a year I tether


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  Reply # 2126738 14-Nov-2018 17:30
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There is a tethering add-on for the standalone spark unlimited plan - might also be available on this offering?

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  Reply # 2126739 14-Nov-2018 17:33
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staticnz: There is a tethering add-on for the standalone spark unlimited plan - might also be available on this offering?

 

@staticnz In the press release

 

" No tethering or hot spotting is allowed on any of the plans unless a Hotspot Extra is purchased "

 

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  Reply # 2126741 14-Nov-2018 17:38
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staticnz: There is a tethering add-on for the standalone spark unlimited plan - might also be available on this offering?


@staticnz In the press release


" No tethering or hot spotting is allowed on any of the plans unless a Hotspot Extra is purchased "


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Yep that’s the add on I was referring to. So you can buy that for $1 (1GB) or $10 (10GB) and get the tethering needed without needing a separate sim

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  Reply # 2126742 14-Nov-2018 17:41
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staticnz:
Linux:

 

staticnz: There is a tethering add-on for the standalone spark unlimited plan - might also be available on this offering?

 

 

 

@staticnz In the press release

 

 

 

" No tethering or hot spotting is allowed on any of the plans unless a Hotspot Extra is purchased "

 

 

 

John

 



Yep that’s the add on I was referring to. So you can buy that for $1 (1GB) or $10 (10GB) and get the tethering needed without needing a separate sim

 

 

 

Exactly yep, the change here is it can be a Group plan, essentially discounted for having multiple unlimited mobile connections in the same house.





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  Reply # 2126754 14-Nov-2018 18:21
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DjShadow:

 

They have not done anything with the cheaper plans, the $59.95 for 4 gig is way behind VF and 2degrees but I'm guessing they are using the free spotify and lightbox as justification

 

Edit: Just noticed they have capped Spotify free for 24 months too

 

 

 

 

Yes, I noticed that too. That means I might as well port to Skinny to enjoy the cheaper rates. Unfortunately, I can't claim Spotify as a business expense so that'll either have to be terminated for a while, or I'll just suck up the cost as a personal expense. 


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