I've just come back to NZ from Australia with my partner. She has an unlocked iPhone that she used over there, and she wanted to get a Prepay SIM to use it over here as she'll be here semi-permanently. We went out this morning to Queensgate to check out what Vodafone and Telecom had on offer.
We've been in Australia for 6 months and have been on the Three network over there. For $49 a month we get $350 worth of voice and text + 500MB data + a couple of network specific freebies like access to their video news etc.
We weren't expecting to get anything like this in NZ but what we did get I was quite happy about. First we went to Telecom and I was most impressed with how helpful the guy was there (Paul I think). We said that we want 500MB of data, as many txts as possible, and voice on top. I was really surprised by the way he worked with us to tailor the services to suit us...We ended up getting a 500MB data pack for $30, unlimited txts for $12 and she will just top up whatever she thinks she needs for voice.
We went to Vodafone afterward to compare things. They were unwilling to customise a service for us, and their prepay data was only available as a 100MB pack. Even the guy himself clearly felt disheartened that he couldn't help us, and he could just see another sale walking out the door.
I've been with Vodafone for many years but when I come back to NZ I'll be shifting to Telecom if the service is as good as it was today. Well done to them!