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  #3181318 12-Jan-2024 22:42
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Sorry to hear of the experience. 


I've had a reasonable track record using overseas mobile numbers with certain NZ services (eg. Banking).
You may need to call the bank to register the foreign mobile number though as some apps won't allow you to use non NZ addresses. 

My approach has been to lift as many services across to my AU mobile numbers. I keep a prepaid ($10 a year top up) for the last stubborn services and wifi calling to avoid roaming charges. Both One NZ and 2 Degrees will allow for overseas Wifi calling (Spark does not). 


I hope that the NZ operators evolve their policies. I managed to get my 2 Degrees esim reissued when I was in the country a few weeks ago, took 4 hours though. 
One NZ is nicer though - the QR codes are reusable. 

Optus and Vodafone (in Aus) will happily do overseas eSIM activation provided that you meet the minimum points of ID (plus do the facial ID).


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  #3181344 13-Jan-2024 08:30
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@droidxt That is the very reason I went back to a physical SIM card and when I travel I always have a spare blank 2degrees SIM on me.

eSIM is not mature enough and just makes things messy

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  #3181355 13-Jan-2024 09:30
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Yes indeed, as I was saying in the other thread, experiences like this are more than enough to keep me away from using an eSIM in my next new phone.

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