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Topic # 32060 9-Apr-2009 21:09
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Any reason why Telecom doesn't offer Prepaid mobile data on their mobile data cards whereas on Vodafone you can get a prepaid sim and have mobile data on a data card or on a 3G capible phone.

Sounds like Telecom are missing out on a piece of the action.

However I am sure this will all change with W-CDMA won't it?

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  Reply # 206268 9-Apr-2009 22:39
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I'm hoping that it changes when the new network launches. I've actually seen conflicting information about whether prepaid will even be offered, several posters here have said it will be but Telecom's site says "When purchasing a new mobile network handset customers will need to choose a Telecom plan". I'm reasonably confident that it's just badly-worded though; Telecom would be shooting themselves in the foot by not offering prepaid.

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  Reply # 206273 10-Apr-2009 00:09
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It was too difficult and confusing anyway with the way the old CDMA stuff was setup, phones had either "WAP" charged at standard Wap casual rates, or "WEB" access connected to a data plan, You can't put the "web" phones on prepaid. An exception to the rule was the Okta Mondo which was a WAP phone that could be also used as a simple EVDO modem so it had to be on-account and a couple of ancient Sanyo phones which actually could manage data modem access.

This hopefully will change to the standard dual APN system similar to Vodafone and most carriers worldwide. Hopefully they will get prepaid data plans out and about too, we can only wish and hope.

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