NZtechfreak: I would say the number of people on plan is much higher in the UK - they offer amazing deals on handsets with contracts (at least amazing by New Zealand standards).
For instance one of my buddies at Symbian-Freak got his N95 free on contract, and he can upgrade handsets every 3 months to anything else he wants for free... His contract isn't bad either - unlimited data for 7.50pounds (will have to ask him about it, I think his 'unlimited' data was actually capped to 500MB, so he may now be getting this free).
Companies are testing this here now - but not Vodafone NZ. Telecom is doing their "free email Internet access" with a fair use policy. It means no charges for data if you have an account and a specific handset model. And no surprises in your bill.
I can't say exactly how much is their fair use, but they imagine the plan being used by poeple for email, downloading some attachments and some light browsing on the device itself. Not for modem use.
I haven't heard anything from Vodafone NZ. I haven't anything from Vodafone NZ in any front anyway.
cafeg: Yep, Great Idea Vodafone UK - 500mb of data for everyone on a plan..
I wish they would do the same here and I would then go off prepay onto a plan as I'm sure a lot of prepay users would.
Right now there is no incentive to go on a plan for me as I have to pay plan charges a month plus data ontop ..
I wonder if Vfone UK has the same percentage of prepay users compared to account as NZ does ?
If they do it gets more on account and monthly payments coming in..
According to my mate over there, they have massive handset subsidys so most people are on a plan. Prepay is reserved for the "chav's" and illegal workers from the recharge sales they see in their shop.
He picked up an older style N95 for nothing on a 30 pound a month plan which has more mins and texts then anything from vodafone nz. Not sure of the term but he is leaving the UK when his visa is up so it doesnt really matter.