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Topic # 152222 20-Sep-2014 10:47
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Hi Team,


I am on a old simple prepay plan ( were i dont have to put money in every month ) with vodafone and I am travelling in Dec this year.


I am visiting

2 countries on $5 per day
2 countries on popular destinations
3 countries on rest of the world.


Now my question is, what plan should i convert to come dec, and how much data should i buy.


I assume I will say about 1 to 1.5hr per day net  - facebook, email , whatsapp, viber. I wont be calling over data. 


I am travelling for 5 weeks, I dont mind migrating to another bigger plan but then I need to come back to my old plan. 


can some one pls help 


I am open to all suggestions, thanks :) , happy to change providers at any time ( when going, coming back ) so can look at any no of combinations.


Also open to one off suggestions like using tethering via a dummy phone etc. 


Thanks

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  Reply # 1132596 20-Sep-2014 10:50
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You won't need too much data for basic whatsapp / facebook / viber but email would depend on if you add any attachments and the size of them

When away if possible attach to WiFi hotspots

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  Reply # 1132598 20-Sep-2014 10:50
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If you'll be using data roaming for an hour a day be prepared to hand over your life savings. Although it may sound like a hassle, I'd just try pickup local SIMS for cheaper data rates.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1132601 20-Sep-2014 10:54
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yes i will rely on wifi spots but lets for the sake of safety assume very poor wifi coverage , and assume I have to rely on data for my daily 1 to 1.5hr intake,


Thanks :) 


( looking back on my last travel, I think i spent about 8-10 min at one time, 5 times a day plus about 30 min every night )

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  Reply # 1132602 20-Sep-2014 10:55
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JoshWright: If you'll be using data roaming for an hour a day be prepared to hand over your life savings. Although it may sound like a hassle, I'd just try pickup local SIMS for cheaper data rates.


Many people would not agree with you with things like $5 daily roaming (6 new countries added last week) and roaming data bundles, Customers are in control of costs


$5 daily roaming includes all calls / SMS back to New Zealand and the country you are roaming in and you use your included NZ data bundle

Edit: $5 daily roaming also covers all incoming calls

http://www.vodafone.co.nz/daily-roaming/

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  Reply # 1132603 20-Sep-2014 10:56
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sep11guy: yes i will rely on wifi spots but lets for the sake of safety assume very poor wifi coverage , and assume I have to rely on data for my daily 1 to 1.5hr intake,


Thanks :) 


( looking back on my last travel, I think i spent about 8-10 min at one time, 5 times a day plus about 30 min every night )


IM apps use very little data



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  Reply # 1132607 20-Sep-2014 11:05
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So lets say for the 5 weeks i need 2 gb data in total which i need within these countries, how should i go about 

1) upgrading to which plan
2) how much data pack should i buy extra
3) i would need to come back to my old plan 





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  Reply # 1132611 20-Sep-2014 11:10
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If you are on grandfathered Prepay plan then you can't move back to it once moved off

You can't buy a 2GB bundle you buy more bundles when roaming and you have run out, You would be best going on the lowest postpay plan that allows $5 daily roaming

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  Reply # 1132613 20-Sep-2014 11:14
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$39 open term base plan which offers $5 daily roaming

http://www.vodafone.co.nz/mobile-plans/sim-only/

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  Reply # 1132644 20-Sep-2014 12:12
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When I have travelled.  It's a debate ... between convenience vs cost. 

Yep, with normal prepay I would have thought at least some countries you won't get the daily data rate unless you were on a postpaid plan etc .. even just for that month you are away and then switch back to a current prepay - yep, going back to the grandfathered prepay might not be possible. 

For me, even if I paid $100 a month while I am overseas to me that might be ok for the convience.  For cheaper use and more usage maybe get a local SIM?  I think with 2Degees I spent $40-50 just on SMS for the 2 weeks, my data was turned off, I had friends in Japan when I was there ... But with 2Degrees I did have the odd country where roaming didn't work it could be any reason but I gather if I had a local SIM maybe there would ahve been less issues ... (in Malaysia at the time).  But there will be countries that don't let you get SIM like Japan - you have to get loan phones and loan SIMs but you can get a data only SIM (no text or voice) - it's a government thing over there.  If you want prepay or postpaid SIMs you need to prove PR status. 



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  Reply # 1135351 24-Sep-2014 10:24
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I have a question.


Say if i buy 100mb of data for popular destinations and 100mb of data for rest of the world under vodafone roaming, 


and I am travelling back and forth in between 4 countries which are spread over these 2 above mentiond zones of roaming, will vodafone correctly know which pack to use when I am which country. 




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  Reply # 1135356 24-Sep-2014 10:27
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sep11guy: I have a question.


Say if i buy 100mb of data for popular destinations and 100mb of data for rest of the world under vodafone roaming, 


and I am travelling back and forth in between 4 countries which are spread over these 2 above mentiond zones of roaming, will vodafone correctly know which pack to use when I am which country. 





Yes for sure, The Vodafone App will even detect what country you are in when purchasing a data bundle



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  Reply # 1135359 24-Sep-2014 10:31
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oh great thats awsome !! thanks :) 


also, what do you recommend :


- buy all packs you think you would need for travelling, before you leave, right here in nz


- buy packs on the go, when you reach the specific country ( I am just worried about this option cuz I am not sure if the text i send will actually reach nz or not and hence my packs will be bought or not, and i dont want to get stuck without any data ) 




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  Reply # 1135362 24-Sep-2014 10:36
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Buy packs on the go using the Vodafone App no need to do it via SMS (old Skool) ! Vodafone app traffic is zero rated

When in the Vodafone App click on ' Roaming ' (swipe to right)



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  Reply # 1135363 24-Sep-2014 10:38
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johnr: Buy packs on the go using the Vodafone App no need to do it via SMS (old Skool) ! Vodafone app traffic is zero rated

When in the Vodafone App click on ' Roaming ' (swipe to right)



Amazing work !!!! 


Thank you so much :) 



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  Reply # 1135364 24-Sep-2014 10:38
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johnr: Buy packs on the go using the Vodafone App no need to do it via SMS (old Skool) ! Vodafone app traffic is zero rated

When in the Vodafone App click on ' Roaming ' (swipe to right)



Amazing work !!!! 


Thank you so much :) 

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