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#21687 4-May-2008 08:59
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Through my xnet vfx connection I can call any mobile in NZ on either network for 30 cents a minute and in fact 30 cents a minute to mobiles in most other countries in the world.

But if I call with my mobile with vodafone prepay connection to mobiles or other phones in NZ its 89 cents a minute,
Thats a huge 59 cent a minute difference..

Why is this, If xnet can afford to connect us to NZ mobile networks for 30 cents a minute why don't we have 30 cent a minute calls through our cellphones connected to Vfone NZ ??

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  #128347 4-May-2008 09:31
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I'm sure it is something to do with fixed line vs wireless/mobile, as termination pricing differs from if you were calling from a fixed line to having it through a cell tower. I'm interested to know as well Cool

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  #128356 4-May-2008 10:18
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Supa Prepay is slightly more expensive than Motormouth Prepay, which has a rate of 49c to landlines and Vodafone mobiles.

If you take a look at Telecom's Go Prepaid plans, they practically match!

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  #128366 4-May-2008 11:57
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You can get slightly cheaper on a plan. For instance, I get 20/10c a minute offpeak on my flexi mytime plan.

Same applies to vodafone plans to a lesser degree.


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  #128367 4-May-2008 11:58
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Let's look at this mathematically....

A mobile call would consist of the following charges:

1.  "Markup" by vodafone for profit
2.  Cost for "mobile-vodafone cell tower and equipment"
3.  Termination charge...

Let's start with #2.  With Callplus's Superbuzz Card, you can call other countries using vodafone mobile for around 2cents/min off peak, 6cents peak.  Hence, we can deduce that this cost should really be no more than 5cents/min.  Otherwise, both CardCall and Vodafone would keep making a loss with this arrangement!

Next, let's consider #3.  For a vodafone-vodafone call, there is no termination charge.  For a vodafone-landline call, there is also no termination charge.  For a vodafone-other mobile call, if this is the same as a WorldxChange/Xnet VFX-Mobile call, this should be no more than 30cents/min.

Hence, in summary, the minimum charges Vodafone can charge, minus the markup:

Vodafone-vodafone:  5cents/min
Vodafone-landline:  5cents/min
Vodafone-other mobile:  30-89cents/min

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