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trevleyb

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#318 8-Jul-2003 16:31

In response to: http://www.geekzone.co.nz/content.asp?contentid=1115

I can see the case and in fact this is what I did while I lived in the UK. I never bothered with getting a BT landline, and instead used a Vodafone pre-paid mobile for about 18 months. This was great as a call anywhere was around 5pence a minute (which from memory was the same as a peak call from a BT phone). The only issue I had was I had no access to the Internet from home, but I did not need internet access as I had access from work.

The issue that I see in New Zealand is that local calls are free. In my experience, people in New Zealand have an aversion to calling someone on a mobile due to the high cost (it is still 72cents per minute from a home phone to a mobile). So the cost of a land line to a mobile either has to come down, or we all need to get 200 minutes of free time to use for this purpose.

I remember a lecturer say to our class about 8-9 years ago while at University that the telecomunications industry was changing. What was once wired is becoming wireless, and what was once wireless is becomeing wired. Phones are now wireless and televisions are now connected by cable (or at least I guess a cable to a satelite as is the case in NZ)

Just my 2 cents worth.

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  #594 8-Jul-2003 16:41
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"The issue that I see in New Zealand is that local calls are free. In my experience, people in New Zealand have an aversion to calling someone on a mobile due to the high cost (it is still 72cents per minute from a home phone to a mobile). So the cost of a land line to a mobile either has to come down, or we all need to get 200 minutes of free time to use for this purpose."

Risking being called hypocrite... This statement basically translates to (I know it's not exactly the case) "I'll pay NZ$ 35/mo for a landline so others can contact me for free ". In a perfect world, all my friends would have mobile phones too, so everyone would have the included minutes somehow - which agrees with the second part of your reasoning.

It may not make much sense for American users, where mobile customers pay to receive calls and SMS. And I think this is the reason why mobile phones have still not penetrated the market there so much as in Europe or Asia-Pacific.




 

 

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#602 9-Jul-2003 19:04
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I have been completely wireless for a couple of months now, simply because the flatting situation that I am in makes it impractical to own a landline. I have a Vodafone Get70 plan for outgoing calls, and a GPRS plan with 50Mb of data. I also have the Free2call service for rare occassions when I need someone to be able to contact me free of charge.

It still works out to be more expensive than having a landline, but it's simple, practical, and convenient.

 
 
 
 


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I would be completely up for losing the landline - just one minor problem.

Although I am only 15k from the Auckland CBD, reception for my mobile at home is so poor that it makes conversation impossible.

I am sure I am not alone in wishing the telecom providers would go for more blanket coverage on the "basic" services before investing elsewhere!


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#670 14-Jul-2003 10:47
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What a great idea to go wireless. I agree with the practicality of going completely wireless and the cost is not much more even less in some situations.

Thinking about some other benefits too -

* In a flatting situation there is no need to be able to check who made which calls when and divide out costs (or pay for the service where you get PINs to do that for you)

* No connection/re-connection fees on moving house

My vote is to go wireless - and I have done for the last few years. And to be honest using the new Vodafone Mobile Connect Card for internet access really isn't too much slower (with the exception of graphics heavy pages) than a standard POTS internet connection...

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#671 14-Jul-2003 11:01
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Jetboy, since you're using the Vodafone Connect card, check the Vodafone Optimiser.

I'm using it and it's even better now.




 

 

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