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  Reply # 358045 29-Jul-2010 00:19
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eXDee: Personally i'm on prepaid with $30 for 500mb then $12 for 2500 texts. I dont make calls from my cell phone. If i did i'd use VoIP anyway.
It works out at a $40 topup gives $50 credit, then the $8 of extra credit i could use on a little bit of calling, checking voicemail etc.

I too found that plans were limiting for what i wanted from them, prepaid addons worked out much more flexible. I'd make calls if it weren't so expensive.

sorry just to be clear my cheerleader comments were directed at SteveON. How do you expect me to compare 2 Degrees offering base on pure speculation??

exdee I certainly see where XT prepay helps you and others needing more than 240/250Mb of data. But I hav heard that most users don't even use 100Mb? Not sure how true this is but every time I have raised it here the majority seem ok with even 100Mb (!).

So my post is for the majority of us that use less than 240/250Mb per month. The iPhone/smart plans are certainly better than what I can find on XT based on this, especially after handset subsidy is considered.

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  Reply # 358091 29-Jul-2010 08:43
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ahmad: Edit: I just saw those forum posts you refer to - it seems you should be well aware of the whole "zone" thing. Not sure why you have been making these comments knowing that the most likely scenario is that 3G will be UNavailable in Dunedin...


I have no idea why this would be the. 2degrees customer will have 3G access outside their own network coverage by roaming on Vodafone.

ahmad: According to leaked retailer information 3G will only be in 2 Degrees "zones". Furthermore their CSRs are advising the information they currently can reveal says that 3G won't be available roaming on Vodafone (eg. in Dunedin). If that changes fine but at their currently data pack pricing it would still be cheaper on Vodafone. It is all in the subsidy and total cost of ownership.


Your friendly retailer is wrong. 2degrees 3G will be available on 2degrees and through roaming on Vodafone when outside the main "zone".

The keyword here is "roaming".

And, please don't call people cheerleaders. From what I read SteveON did nothing but comment on prices. I will help you and reset the FUG so you can read it again. This is a warning.





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  Reply # 358103 29-Jul-2010 09:12
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freitasm: 
Your friendly retailer is wrong. 2degrees 3G will be available on 2degrees and through roaming on Vodafone when outside the main "zone".



Yes, this is true.  I locked my sons 2Degrees phone to UMTS and could make calls in Invercargill fine 



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  Reply # 358113 29-Jul-2010 09:26
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freitasm:
ahmad: According to leaked retailer information 3G will only be in 2 Degrees "zones". Furthermore their CSRs are advising the information they currently can reveal says that 3G won't be available roaming on Vodafone (eg. in Dunedin). If that changes fine but at their currently data pack pricing it would still be cheaper on Vodafone. It is all in the subsidy and total cost of ownership.


Your friendly retailer is wrong. 2degrees 3G will be available on 2degrees and through roaming on Vodafone when outside the main "zone".

So 2degrees has actually confirmed this officially then?

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  Reply # 358114 29-Jul-2010 09:27
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ahmad:
freitasm:
ahmad: According to leaked retailer information 3G will only be in 2 Degrees "zones". Furthermore their CSRs are advising the information they currently can reveal says that 3G won't be available roaming on Vodafone (eg. in Dunedin). If that changes fine but at their currently data pack pricing it would still be cheaper on Vodafone. It is all in the subsidy and total cost of ownership.


Your friendly retailer is wrong. 2degrees 3G will be available on 2degrees and through roaming on Vodafone when outside the main "zone".

So 2degrees has actually confirmed this officially then?


No, you won't find an official confirmation until they release commercial information on launch. But your retailer is wrong. That's all I will say.







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  Reply # 358117 29-Jul-2010 09:37
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So far in this thread, we have had confirmed pricing from Telecom XT, current (actual) pricing from Vodafone (which could conceivably go up, but I wonder why it would), and a suggestion that I should consider 2degrees pricing, even though this pricing is not confirmed, nor is the network rollout confirmed, nor is any roaming agreement in Dunedin is confirmed.

Honestly my mistake and breach of the FUG was more to do with even responding to the pure speculation.

If I had added 2degrees into the comparison, I would have been fried for not knowing what I was talking about. By leaving them out, I'm again being fried.

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  Reply # 358119 29-Jul-2010 09:39
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ahmad: If I had added 2degrees into the comparison, I would have been fried for not knowing what I was talking about.


You don't know anything about 2degrees so don't even consider them until they launch their service. As easy as that.

ahmad: By leaving them out, I'm again being fried.


No, you should not be "fried" for leaving out a player that is not, well, playing yet.

*sigh*










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  Reply # 358120 29-Jul-2010 09:42
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@freitasm the whole controversy that erupted here was over my decision to leave 2degrees out of the equation, followed by loyal 2degrees customers willing me over to them.

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  Reply # 358125 29-Jul-2010 09:51
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  Reply # 358126 29-Jul-2010 09:52
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Not sure if you read the blog post but it was left out, along with the reason for leaving it out...

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  Reply # 358147 29-Jul-2010 10:12
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ahmad:
freitasm:
ahmad: According to leaked retailer information 3G will only be in 2 Degrees "zones". Furthermore their CSRs are advising the information they currently can reveal says that 3G won't be available roaming on Vodafone (eg. in Dunedin). If that changes fine but at their currently data pack pricing it would still be cheaper on Vodafone. It is all in the subsidy and total cost of ownership.


Your friendly retailer is wrong. 2degrees 3G will be available on 2degrees and through roaming on Vodafone when outside the main "zone".

So 2degrees has actually confirmed this officially then?


Just to jump in here, a 2degrees CSR has told me 3G will be available in Dunedin, and I have just put my 2D sim in my phone and it is showing 3G



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  Reply # 358154 29-Jul-2010 10:21
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semigeek:
ahmad:
freitasm:
ahmad: According to leaked retailer information 3G will only be in 2 Degrees "zones". Furthermore their CSRs are advising the information they currently can reveal says that 3G won't be available roaming on Vodafone (eg. in Dunedin). If that changes fine but at their currently data pack pricing it would still be cheaper on Vodafone. It is all in the subsidy and total cost of ownership.


Your friendly retailer is wrong. 2degrees 3G will be available on 2degrees and through roaming on Vodafone when outside the main "zone".

So 2degrees has actually confirmed this officially then?


Just to jump in here, a 2degrees CSR has told me 3G will be available in Dunedin, and I have just put my 2D sim in my phone and it is showing 3G

Feel free to jump in but once again this is PURE SPECULATION until the network is actually formally announced and launched.

I get it! We may be roaming on Vodafone 3G. I knew that was a possibility from the start. But don't expect me to write an article or make a reasoned analysis based on speculation.

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  Reply # 358613 29-Jul-2010 17:51
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Interesting thread - I had no idea 2degrees had 3G roaming on Vodafone, I thought it was only 3G on their network, 2G everywhere else.

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  Reply # 358621 29-Jul-2010 17:59
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Telecom have today just annouced new data plans!

Telecom’s XT Mobile Network offers Apple iPhone users 3G services and speeds across the country along with competitive prices on mobile data plans.

From tomorrow, Telecom is offering Smartphone users the opportunity to double their data for the next 3 months when they sign up to our new 500 megabyte Smartphone Extra.

This means customers can add 1GB of data and 2500 text messages for $38 per month to any prepaid or postpaid voice plan on XT until the end of September.

Also, from 1 August for as little as $6, lower-level data users can now get a 50MB Data Extra, giving customers approximately five thousand Facebook page views per month*.

Telecom Head of Marketing Management, Paul Taylor says, “Our XT network offers customers a great mobile data experience and we have added new data plans to our already competitive prices so Smartphone users can make the most of it.”

Last Friday, Telecom confirmed that for $29.95 per month, XT customers can get 500MB worth of data or for $18 per month customers can get a total of 240MB on both prepaid or an open term postpaid plan. Telecom also offers a 2GB and 4GB data plan for avid data consumers.

Telecom stores are offering micro-SIM cards to XT customers to make it easier for them to use the latest Smartphone and notebook devices.

The 500MB Smartphone Extra offer is valid until 30 September.

*The data quantity example is an estimate only based on billed activity for internet use browsing m.facebook.com on a mobile phone. Actual data amounts transferred will vary.





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  Reply # 358793 29-Jul-2010 20:35
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From tomorrow, Telecom is offering Smartphone users the opportunity to double their data for the next 3 months when they sign up to our new 500 megabyte Smartphone Extra.

This means customers can add 1GB of data and 2500 text messages for $38 per month to any prepaid or postpaid voice plan on XT until the end of September.


'for the next three months' should be the end of October (since it is the end of July now).

i.e. 28th August = 1 month
28th September = 2 months
28th October = 3 months.

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