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Topic # 23049 16-Jun-2008 15:06
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I just noticed on Vodafone Live now there is a new Prepay Data rate kicking in from July 27 where if you use data there will be a charge of $1 for 10mb of traffic, then after that its $1 per meg, the limit resets each day.
Its a step in the right direction but I'd like to see options like $5 for 50mb for example.

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  Reply # 138407 16-Jun-2008 16:01
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Its a very good deal for casual users, and the rate even applies if you use your phone as a modem. Available for both On Account and Prepay:

http://www.vodafone.co.nz/mobile-data/mobile-web.jsp

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  Reply # 138421 16-Jun-2008 16:23
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and there goes my 20megs for $20 plan

Thats a huge saving, interestingly "Casual Daily Rate does not apply to VoIP ...."

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  Reply # 138437 16-Jun-2008 16:49
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This is great stuff! Finally smartphones can be utilised to their full potential!

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  Reply # 138438 16-Jun-2008 16:51


And the official word:


Media Release
16 June 2008


Vodafone launches $1 a day mobile broadband

Vodafone has blown apart the mobile data market with the launch of its new casual rate of $1 a day.

From July 28, customers will be able to surf the net, download music and games and play on their favourite sites without committing to a fixed monthly data contract.

The $1 a day casual rate gives customers up to 10MB of data – more than enough for most casual users on their mobile devices. Customers who go over that limit will be charged at $1 per megabyte and users who regularly need more can take advantage of our suite of data plans.

Vodafone’s GM of Products and Services, Kursten Shalfoon, says the new casual rate will change the way customers use the internet on their mobile devices.

“Over the past year we’ve increased network capacity, the handsets are evolving rapidly and now we’re able to bring mobile internet alive with sharper prices.”

To make sure customers can take advantage of the new rate, Vodafone’s network is optimising websites for viewing on customers’ mobiles – a first for New Zealand.

“There’s nothing to install at the customer’s end, and it works with all our WAP-enabled mobiles. It means customers don’t spend ages downloading a page they can’t read on their mobile device. Instead they’ll get a page that’s optimised for their own personal device making the experience that much better for all concerned.”

The new pricing is simple and affordable, and now applies to almost all internet data, including the Vodafone Live! portal. Sky Mobile TV and Vodafone Compass will continue to be free of data usage costs.

“We have great content deals, and Vodafone Live will still bring the best of the internet to Vodafone customers, but it means the customers can decide what they’ll want to look at and what they want to get involved with.”


- ends -





Paul Brislen
Head of Corporate Communications
Vodafone

http://forum.vodafone.co.nz


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  Reply # 138443 16-Jun-2008 16:54
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So browing Live! now uses chargeable data like in the old days and is no longer free?



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  Reply # 138459 16-Jun-2008 17:11

Sounds like Bebo, mYouTube, mTradeMe, Wikipedia, Facebook etc will be charged under this $1/10MB deal but the "main" Vodafone Live! will be zero rated still

From Vf website:
Other Vodafone live pages
Other internet websites

Up to $1 a day
for a 10MB daily allowance (only charged on the days you use it)
Additional data over the 10MB daily allowance is $1/MB.


Also sounds like you'll now be charged for the data used for purchasing off Vlive (Full music tracks, ringtones etc)

What can you do with 10MB in a day?

You could download 5 average sized full music tracks, 20 average sized games or 80 average sized ringtones. (Remember the cost price of these purchases still applies).


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  Reply # 138465 16-Jun-2008 17:20
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Can somebody (Paul?) tell us how data usage will be charged? The Vodafone site says

"If you use less than $1 worth of data in a day, we'll only charge for what you used."

What exactly does this mean? Is the 1st 1MB of data charged at $1/mb - then no additional charge up to 10MB and then $1 per MB after that?

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  Reply # 138484 16-Jun-2008 18:04
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To make sure customers can take advantage of the new rate, Vodafone’s network is optimising websites for viewing on customers’ mobiles – a first for New Zealand.

This sounds like a disaster waiting to happen... how many websites will it break? and can it be turned off?

 

Also, anyone think July 28th sounds co-incidentally close to the July 11th iPhone launch?
Perhaps July 28th will be when we get the iPhone here in NZ?


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  Reply # 138487 16-Jun-2008 18:08
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peteremcc:

To make sure customers can take advantage of the new rate, Vodafone’s network is optimising websites for viewing on customers’ mobiles – a first for New Zealand.

This sounds like a disaster waiting to happen... how many websites will it break? and can it be turned off?


Also, anyone think July 28th sounds co-incidentally close to the July 11th iPhone launch?
Perhaps July 28th will be when we get the iPhone here in NZ?



Vodafone arent optimising them themselves, the organisations are. Ie the Air NZ site was built by Air NZ, the Bebo site by Bebo etc.

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  Reply # 138489 16-Jun-2008 18:12
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it clearly says that the vodafone network is doing the optimising. i've been able to view the optimised google and facebook etc pages on vodafones network for ages, and you can view the trademe optimised page now - thats got nothing to do with vodafone's network. how can it be a world first, if i can do it already? it just sounds like what google do when you view pages through google reader.

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  Reply # 138491 16-Jun-2008 18:22
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adamj:
Vodafone arent optimising them themselves, the organisations are. Ie the Air NZ site was built by Air NZ, the Bebo site by Bebo etc.


Not correct, as of Thursday last week they turned on a new optimizer which amoung other things inserts links back to vodafone live and rewrites pages on all websites you visit if you arent using one of the non-optimized apns such as the "Internet" apn

Take a look, set say at m.google.com using first the "Internet" apn, then again using apn "live.vodafone.com"

On the second one you can see the inserted content, highlighed in red by me



Obviously this is separate to the intentionally wap designed sites such as m.trademe.co.nz that you refer to adamj

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  Reply # 138492 16-Jun-2008 18:26
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That's not 'optimizing' thats just attaching additional content.

I know for a fact that the Air NZ and Trade Me sites were built by those respective companies, it's not vodafone "optimising" their normal sites.

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  Reply # 138496 16-Jun-2008 18:27
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To make sure customers can take advantage of the new rate, Vodafone’s network is optimising websites for viewing on customers’ mobiles – a first for New Zealand.

This sounds like a disaster waiting to happen... how many websites will it break? and can it be turned off?


Also, anyone think July 28th sounds co-incidentally close to the July 11th iPhone launch?
Perhaps July 28th will be when we get the iPhone here in NZ?



There is no need to use this proxy if you don't want to - it only kicks in if you are using the live.vodafone.com APN which is typically only used for WAP.

If you're using something such as Opera Mini (which IMHO does a far superior job at rendering pages) then you'll normally be using the www.vodafone.net.nz or Internet APN which aren't affected by this proxy.

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  Reply # 138501 16-Jun-2008 18:36
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Nice one Vodafone,  hope you release the fine print soon.

As for the optimisation http://blog.projectxtech.com/2008/06/16/runtime-page-optimiser/ could be one why of doing it.
Runtime Page Optimiser features:
  * Combines all javascript and css on the fly
 * Generates CSS sprites on the fly
 * No code modifications required!
 * Runs on ASP.net 2 and and IIS 6/7
 * Compatible with IE6/7 , Firefox 2/3, Safari 3

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