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Topic # 248840 12-Apr-2019 09:27
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I like Spark, I don’t want to leave. Their network and speeds are solid, their coverage is excellent, their customer service has been top notch when I’ve needed it, their roaming plans are good, but it’s getting harder to be able to justify staying with them.

I know it’s not quite an apples and apples comparison between the two companies as I’m sure Spark have higher costs and bigger overheads that need to be recouped, but my occupation qualifies me for 2degrees’ Kiwi Hero plan so for $60 it’s the usual unlimited stuff, 25GB data, free data sharing, etc. On Spark my $59.99 plan gets me 4GB plus the bonus for 4GB for the next few months until that drops off, plus $10 a month to share data. That’s a substantial difference. I get by with that plan but I’d be a lot more comfortable on the 2degrees one based on how I like to use my devices away from home.

I’m sure some will say “it is what it is, stop whining and change providers”, but surely there’s someone or a team within Spark who can see a disparity like this and are looking at doing something to be competitive?

I know the reps on here can’t discuss future plans, but tell me something that’ll stop me looking elsewhere!




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  Reply # 2215555 12-Apr-2019 09:57
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look at skinny/skinnydirect same network, budget plans.





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  Reply # 2215582 12-Apr-2019 10:37
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Spark has never been the you choose if you want something cheap. Try Skinny if you want same network but lower cost.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 2215586 12-Apr-2019 10:41
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corksta: free data sharing

 

 

It's not free to share data. The Kiwi Hero page says "Shared data available" but it currently costs $25 per additional user.

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  Reply # 2215587 12-Apr-2019 10:42
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I am really surprised that the $60 plan is still on 4Gb, plus another 4Gb that they won't commit to. As far as I recall the competition are offering 10Gb at this price point.

 

I'm guessing they may be trying to push people onto the 22Gb plan (I refuse to refer to it as 'unlimited') but as someone who uses around 6-8Gb per month I don't really see why I should spend another $20 a month, or even more if I want tethering.


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  Reply # 2215589 12-Apr-2019 10:43
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Hammerer:
corksta: free data sharing
It's not free to share data. The Kiwi Hero page says "Shared data available" but it currently costs $25 per additional user.

 

@Hammerer Not if you are sharing only data! You can also share to prepaid connections at no extra cost

 

https://www.2degreesmobile.co.nz/help-and-support/mobile/products-and-services/shared-data/




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Hammerer:
corksta: free data sharing


It's not free to share data. The Kiwi Hero page says "Shared data available" but it currently costs $25 per additional user.


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It says data sharing is free, at the bottom of the page with the drop down box for ‘shared data’.




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  Reply # 2215596 12-Apr-2019 10:47
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Skinny is on the same network, and has good service. They're much cheaper.


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  Reply # 2215598 12-Apr-2019 10:48
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timmmay:

 

Skinny is on the same network, and has good service. They're much cheaper.

 

 

28 days plans RIPPPPPPPP off


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  Reply # 2215622 12-Apr-2019 11:14
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Linux:

 

timmmay:

 

Skinny is on the same network, and has good service. They're much cheaper.

 

 

28 days plans RIPPPPPPPP off

 

 

Spark: $39 per month for ample texts and calls, and 1 gig data.
Skinny: $16 per month for ample texts and calls, and 1.25 gig data.

Both on the same network, so no difference there. Spark has various data packages restricted to Spotify and Facebook, etc., whereas Skinny has all-you-can-eat data binges for whatever you want for a small sum for a limited time.

 

$39 vs $16 - no contest. Skinny wins hands down.


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  Reply # 2215623 12-Apr-2019 11:16
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What about Spark / Skinny to other carriers?


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  Reply # 2215627 12-Apr-2019 11:20
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Hammerer:
corksta: free data sharing
It's not free to share data. The Kiwi Hero page says "Shared data available" but it currently costs $25 per additional user.

 

@Hammerer Not if you are sharing only data! You can also share to prepaid connections at no extra cost

 

https://www.2degreesmobile.co.nz/help-and-support/mobile/products-and-services/shared-data/

 

 

Thanks for correcting me. That makes the Kiwi Heroes plans very attractive for me.

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  Reply # 2215719 12-Apr-2019 12:56
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Linux:

timmmay:


Skinny is on the same network, and has good service. They're much cheaper.



28 days plans RIPPPPPPPP off



It’s an extra top up a year, which also means extra data top up so it’s more like paying for a bigger plan

$19 a month vs $16 28 days, even on a 31 day month the $16 is slightly cheaper per day.

What did catch my eye on 2degrees site was $19 up plans looks like the free hour of data a day is being continued, Skinny has ended the free weekend data, I’m thinking.....

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  Reply # 2215731 12-Apr-2019 13:30
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Spark's plan with 2GB of Data is $39/month, $468 per year on contract. Their prepay plans are $19 / 4 weeks for 1.25GB Data ($247 / year) or $29/ 4 weeks for 4GB of data ($377). If you want 4GB 

 

Skinny gives you 2.5GB for $26 / 4 weeks ($338) or $16 for 1.25GB ($208), 4GB for $36 / 4 weeks ($468).

 

So if you really like Spark and can make do with moderate less data, try their prepay. For 4GB of data the Spark prepay is good value, better than Skinny.

 

Someone could do a Google sheet that includes this, 2degrees, and Vodafone, but I can't be bothered. Work pays for my phone, $40 a month I understand for more data than I need, but when I was paying I was on the Skinny $16 plan and found it fine. If you don't stream music / video 1.25GB is more than enough for most people.


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  Reply # 2215739 12-Apr-2019 13:41
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Linux:

 

timmmay:

 

Skinny is on the same network, and has good service. They're much cheaper.

 

 

28 days plans RIPPPPPPPP off

 

 

Agreed but it seems the norm these days except for 2D. Spark prepay is monthly but not sure if it's the same as their postpay plans of a calendar month.    From memory Vodafone started the 28 day charge.  When I made a comment like yours when this happened I was shouted down by lots of people saying that 28 days  it  is a normal pay month if payed every fortnight. No mention that if you're on a salary and paid on say the 15th of the month.  Defiantly not 28 days. 





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I thought they were holding the Data Caps back (compared to others) so your plan cost is actually paying for Spotify and Lightbox. I'm in the same position where I like the Spark network (and my sharers like it too) but don't like the plans compared to what Vodafone and 2D offer.

 

Yes there is the unlimited plan but I can't justify the big jump in cost.


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