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  Reply # 50554 31-Oct-2006 22:06
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How strange..... Bestmate does not include PXTing! --- dumb ommision.. it should include all the comms to that number!

Bestmate is great, and it will be abused by many. (fair use policy applies)
The nice touch is that it's only $3 to change your "bestmate" (if less than a month) so it's probably cheaper in many cases to change it then call out and change it back!
The TXT will be well used by my monitoring Gateway (will be detailed in upcoming blog post), the problem is the 90 day topup though at leats it's only "credit expiry"

The "comes with the supa prepay" $2 weeknight caps are lovely..

The TXT is kinda cool but probably not that much use to me.

The standard 89c call rate is crap, the full-minute rounding is even worse, buyt hey, this is how they will claw back some of their lost revenue. look for some "dual sim" devices still hanging about (jaycar still have afew)

To answer an earlier question, While I have successfully ripped the Ki strings (the crpytogrophy) from old simcards (2 here, numerous overseas) and cloned then onto a SmartSIM (pre "Sim2) it only destroys the new ones so it;s not really an option unless you happen to find some old sim-1's floating about. The product used was called "SuperSIM"

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Reply # 50566 1-Nov-2006 00:47
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bradstewart: Does this replace the current prepay plans? And $20 min topup every 3months is a bit harsh. It was bad enough being forced to top up once a year.


i just want to say i agree with you there

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  Reply # 50567 1-Nov-2006 00:48
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It just became avail now, 12:45 I am the first official customer! LOL it did not work till just now.

now for it;s first calls then dump the SIM into my controller gateway and instruct away!

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  Reply # 50568 1-Nov-2006 00:57
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i think this suks man 1 best mate txt2000 only to 021 and 029 and have hold credit for 90 days to hell with this man i want to text my 027 mates as well it sounds like it costs more on vodafone still. on telecom 10 txt i get 450 free text's to both networks and calling to 027 49c and landlines minit.

in my opin this promo suks i thorught it would have been better then this

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Reply # 50569 1-Nov-2006 01:00
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and i can't call 434 or change to supa perpay the text messageing thing not working

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  Reply # 50570 1-Nov-2006 01:10
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joe5600: and i can't call 434 or change to supa perpay the text messageing thing not working

You don't need to bother with calling 434, you just text SUPA PREPAY to 756.

I've just gone through and set up Best Mate as well (all using the TXT messages to 756) and it worked like a charm.

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  Reply # 50573 1-Nov-2006 07:31
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joe5600: i think this suks man 1 best mate txt2000 only to 021 and 029 and have hold credit for 90 days to hell with this man i want to text my 027 mates as well it sounds like it costs more on vodafone still. on telecom 10 txt i get 450 free text's to both networks and calling to 027 49c and landlines minit.

in my opin this promo suks i thorught it would have been better then this


Its not a promo its a prepay priciing plan and no one is making you change GEEEEEEEZZZZZZZ

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  Reply # 50575 1-Nov-2006 08:00
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I noticed the website up last night and set myself up. I took quite a long time to do, but I got there in the end.
There was a delay of about 5 minutes between my message sent and the replies from vodafone. That, along with a couple of "I didn't understand the command" type messages made the whole process drag out for over an hour.

Still, its nice to be on the new plan. I feel like I should be sending loads of messages but have nothing to say. At least I don't have to worry about using up the credit now if I want to call.

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Reply # 50577 1-Nov-2006 09:07
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This is the oficial press release, received minutes go. Please everyone note this is not a promotion. This is a calling plan.


Vodafone New Zealand today launched BestMate™ on Supa Prepay.

Supa Prepay is a new calling plan for Prepay customers that allows Vodafone to provide great base rates and added value deals like BestMate™ – an option that until now wasn’t available to Prepay customers.
First in the New Zealand market, BestMate™ allows Prepay customers to call, video call and TXT their Vodafone BestMate™ as much as they like…round the clock….24/7 - for only $6 a month!

BestMate™ is just one of several exciting new benefits Vodafone Prepay customers can now enjoy when they choose to go on Supa Prepay.

“We are keeping things simple for our customers, ensuring we give them price certainty, choice and value,” says Shelley Watson, General Manager, Customer Base Marketing.

“We’ve talked to our customers about what they want to replace Free TXT Weekends, and BestMate™ came out on top.

“Almost everyone has one Vodafone number they call, video call and TXT often. In fact 20% of the average Prepay customers’ spend is a call or TXT to one person,” says Watson.

All Supa Prepay customers get a great flat base rate of $0.89 for ALL national voice and video calls anytime plus capped calling where they pay no more than $2 for 2hours to any 021/029, nights and weekends call. Then they choose from the following Add-Ons:

• One Vodafone BestMate™ they call, video call and TXT all they like for $6 per month
• TXT2000 which provides 2,000 TXTs to 021/029 numbers for only $10 a month


Supa Prepay customers can also call the 15 top international destinations within the base rate of $0.89 a minute – Australia, USA, Canada, Ireland, UK, China, Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia and Thailand.

For all existing Prepay Vodafone customers it is FREE to switch to Supa Prepay! Simply go in store or TXT ‘SUPA’ to 756 and Vodafone will TXT you back to confirm you’re switched to Supa Prepay, then add-on BestMate™ & TXT2000 as you like.
New customers can head in store to buy a Supa Prepay sim pack or get up and running at the Vodafone v.store – www.vodafone.co.nz/vstore.

Aaron Beckman, Vodafone Head of Consumer Products adds, “Supa Prepay is powered by a major technology upgrade which allows us to offer customers more flexibility in the way they use their mobile today.

“This is just the beginning of the great flexibility and value for all our customers. In early 2007 we plan to offer customers the chance to nominate more than one BestMate™ and On Account customers will also be able to take up a similar deal.
For more info - check out www.vodafone.co.nz, or call 0800 BestMate.








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  Reply # 50587 1-Nov-2006 10:23
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joe5600: i think this suks man 1 best mate txt2000 only to 021 and 029 and have hold credit for 90 days to hell with this man i want to text my 027 mates as well it sounds like it costs more on vodafone still. on telecom 10 txt i get 450 free text's to both networks and calling to 027 49c and landlines minit.

in my opin this promo suks i thorught it would have been better then this


I think it sux too. Vodafone should just make txt and calls free for everybody. That would be so much better.


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  Reply # 50591 1-Nov-2006 10:39
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sbiddle:
joe5600: i think this suks man 1 best mate txt2000 only to 021 and 029 and have hold credit for 90 days to hell with this man i want to text my 027 mates as well it sounds like it costs more on vodafone still. on telecom 10 txt i get 450 free text's to both networks and calling to 027 49c and landlines minit.

in my opin this promo suks i thorught it would have been better then this


I think it sux too. Vodafone should just make txt and calls free for everybody. That would be so much better.



Yer for sure and the staff don't need paying they work for nothing
Power company does not need to be paid
Don't need a building to put staff in
The network costs nothing to run and Nokia just give the cellsites to vodafone for free
The land owners where sites are have them on there for nothing


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johnr:
sbiddle:
joe5600: i think this suks man 1 best mate txt2000 only to 021 and 029 and have hold credit for 90 days to hell with this man i want to text my 027 mates as well it sounds like it costs more on vodafone still. on telecom 10 txt i get 450 free text's to both networks and calling to 027 49c and landlines minit.

in my opin this promo suks i thorught it would have been better then this


I think it sux too. Vodafone should just make txt and calls free for everybody. That would be so much better.



Yer for sure and the staff don't need paying they work for nothing
Power company does not need to be paid
Don't need a building to put staff in
The network costs nothing to run and Nokia just give the cellsites to vodafone for free
The land owners where sites are have them on there for nothing



Sbiddle was being sarcastic - in case you couldn't tell!

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Reply # 50605 1-Nov-2006 11:28
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joe5600: could you please write in FULL english, none of this horrible 'txt spk'. I can't be bothered trying to decipher it. Its very irritating. Thank you.

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  Reply # 50613 1-Nov-2006 11:47
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Ha, I was going to attempt to translate but I don't fully understand it myself.

  • Anyway, This plan looks alright for people who only realy call/txt one person but I think most people are better off on old Plans or 027.




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  Reply # 50623 1-Nov-2006 12:41
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simon_nz90:
johnr:
sbiddle:
joe5600: i think this suks man 1 best mate txt2000 only to 021 and 029 and have hold credit for 90 days to hell with this man i want to text my 027 mates as well it sounds like it costs more on vodafone still. on telecom 10 txt i get 450 free text's to both networks and calling to 027 49c and landlines minit.

in my opin this promo suks i thorught it would have been better then this


I think it sux too. Vodafone should just make txt and calls free for everybody. That would be so much better.



Yer for sure and the staff don't need paying they work for nothing
Power company does not need to be paid
Don't need a building to put staff in
The network costs nothing to run and Nokia just give the cellsites to vodafone for free
The land owners where sites are have them on there for nothing



Sbiddle was being sarcastic - in case you couldn't tell!



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