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Topic # 64824 23-Jul-2010 15:18
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TELECOM CONFIRMS OPTIONS FOR IPAD USERS

Telecom is encouraging people to connect their iPad with a Telecom microSIM.  The XT Network offers customers value, competitive prices on mobile data plans and consistent 3G data coverage in more places around New Zealand.

For $29.95 per month, XT customers can get 500 megabytes worth of data or for $18 per month customers can get a total of 240MB.  These options are available on both Prepaid or on an open term postpaid plan

From next week, Telecom will also be offering micro-SIM cards to XT customers to make it easier for them to use the latest Smartphone and notebook devices.

iPad users who sign up to the 500MB postpaid plan will receive a free micro-SIM. The micro-SIMs are expected in most stores as early as Monday and nationwide from Wednesday.

Prepaid customers on the 500MB plan get at least 25% bonus top up per month and postpaid customers on open term on this plan will save $10 per month compared with the Vodafone equivalent.

Telecom Head of Marketing Management, Paul Taylor says, “Of course, we’ll also continue to offer a 2GB and 4GB data plan for those avid data consumers.”

“Users who have purchased iPads abroad along with travellers roaming on our network already report that the iPad 3G works incredibly well on Telecom’s XT network.

“Our XT network will offer iPad users consistent 3G service rather than the device having to switch between different technologies on other networks which will mean greater speed differences for the iPad customer, depending on where they are,”  says Mr Taylor.

Telecom also has the latest WiFi technology for those using the iPad at home – as well as home broadband plans to suit household needs.






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  Reply # 355407 23-Jul-2010 15:36
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So their plans for the iPad look so much better compare to the Vodafone's one....

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  Reply # 355408 23-Jul-2010 15:38
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..... and a golden opportunity lost by another telco - let's hope 2 degrees come up with something innovative in the next few weeks!

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  Reply # 355412 23-Jul-2010 15:43
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$18 for 240MB, what kind of lame product innovation is this? I hope Telecom is not paying someone $$$ to come up with original ideas like this.

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  Reply # 355414 23-Jul-2010 15:43
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Agreed these are better than the Vodafone options, and while I have hope for something special from 2 degree's their 3G will not be running on the correct frequencies out of the cities to get good 3G coverage everywhere (correct me if I am wrong of course).

Either way I have been running with my XT 8GB p/month plan on my iPad for the last month and I really enjoy being able to get fast browsing anywhere.

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  Reply # 355417 23-Jul-2010 15:45
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This is just reiterating what Telecom XT offered before.

The prepaid 500MB option would suit the majority of users best.




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  Reply # 355440 23-Jul-2010 16:22
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manhinli: This is just reiterating what Telecom XT offered before.

And I'm grateful. I think that the concept of device-specific plans is a very bad precedent, and I'm happy to see that Telecom isn't going down that road.

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  Reply # 355450 23-Jul-2010 16:30
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its still a use it or lose it plan. Why can't they just sell 500MB and when its used up, buy another block of data.

This smacks of yet more gouging by a Telco. (unless i have mis-read it)

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  Reply # 355456 23-Jul-2010 16:36
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bobmeister: its still a use it or lose it plan. Why can't they just sell 500MB and when its used up, buy another block of data.


This smacks of yet more gouging by a Telco. (unless i have mis-read it)




Not even ADSL is done' like that so I think you will be EXTREMELY lucky to find a mobile telco do that. 
Tho at least with XT if you don't use all 500mb you will be only charged for what you use.


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  Reply # 355463 23-Jul-2010 17:01
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boby55:
bobmeister: its still a use it or lose it plan. Why can't they just sell 500MB and when its used up, buy another block of data.


This smacks of yet more gouging by a Telco. (unless i have mis-read it)




Not even ADSL is done' like that so I think you will be EXTREMELY lucky to find a mobile telco do that. 
Tho at least with XT if you don't use all 500mb you will be only charged for what you use.



Xnet does it. :) You only pay (per MB chunk) for what you use. Works out at $1.02/GB. (to the MB)
 

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  Reply # 355535 23-Jul-2010 19:31
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Hi,

Just a few quick questions for everybody. I understand that some of these details may be unknown at this stage, just I would like to ask here before asking at a telecom store on monday.

First off, this may seem an extremely silly question, but are these the same sims telecom will be distributing for use with the iphone 4 when it is released? or are these iPad specific sims (as vodafone have?)?

When purchased, does a sim card need to be activated on the spot? or can I wait until the iphone 4 release?

Will these be available in non-telecom owned stores such as leading edge and ORB? I live in New Plymouth and we do not have a telecom specific store. If any of these were to stock the micro sims which would be the most likely?

Thanks.

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  Reply # 355546 23-Jul-2010 20:00
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MNKEY

I think I can answer your queries, I hope my learned colleagues can confirm.

Sims and Microsims are standard-sizes. If you buy one here or in Timbuktu they should be the same. Microsim will fit any microsim based device, iPad and iPhone being the two currently in the spotlight.

The non Telecom owned stores sell our products and services, which will include the sims.

Think of the sim as your phone number and plan. If we have you on an XT phone, you have an 02x number and a plan. The plan may be data as in Mobile Broadband based plans or phone type plans that have minutes/text/data options. The phone you use is "dumb" as far as your connection to Telecom is concerned. The number and plan is the sim. If you buy a new phone, just pop the sim in.

So, for a microsim, if you already have a Telecom XT phone, you just need us to transfer the number and plan to the new sim. In the olden days you got us to transfer the number and plan from the CDMA phone to the new CDMA phone, now its only the sim that matters.

Hope the above helps

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Tony ORT

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  Reply # 355584 23-Jul-2010 22:44
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Thanks for the response.

I was under the impression that the vodafone iPad sims were incapable of calling/ texting and were therefore unsuitable for use in an iphone 4.

On the vodafone website, it warns users that the sim they are purchasing will only work in the ipad.

Hence my question if these will work in an iphone or not, or if they are the equivalent of the vodafone ipad microsims, released at the same time as the ipad itself for use with that product exclusively.

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  Reply # 355586 23-Jul-2010 22:52
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Sorry, I responded from a Telecom XT view

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  Reply # 355588 23-Jul-2010 22:54
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No no thats fine, that's what I'm after :)

I'm just trying to make sure these sims aren't specific to the ipad like the ones vodafone are doing.

I appreciate your input!

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  Reply # 355626 24-Jul-2010 00:15
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bobmeister: its still a use it or lose it plan. Why can't they just sell 500MB and when its used up, buy another block of data.

This smacks of yet more gouging by a Telco. (unless i have mis-read it)


In a month the first 300MB are charged at 10c/MB.  the next 200Mb are free. the next 300Mb charged at 10c/MB, then a further 200Mb free.  After that,  every Mb is 10c.

and you get the bonus credit too, which means that if you top up $60 you get $80, which is effectively the same as a 25% discount on whatever you buy.

I just hope they have enough stock when I go and get one next week

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