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# 25843 3-Sep-2008 13:14
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"Local media reports have hailed the launch of a third mobile network –but TelstraClear’s new offering will hardly worry its competitors.

TelstraClear announced today it is offering a third mobile phone service, with a plan costing $20 a month.

This price includes a free Nokia 6275i phone, which retails for $499, and 500 texts per month."

http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/telstraclear-s-new-mobile-network-a-load-hot-air-34690

 





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  # 161833 3-Sep-2008 13:19
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hmmm at the end of the day you gotta really weigh up what you use your phone for. If it is only calling and SMS, then TCNZ is the way to go, TNZ and Vodafone networks are going to be good for people that are into data etc etc. For what it's worth I shall repeat my self, 29c a min for calls to mobiles and landlines from a mobile phone is unheard of on a personal plan.

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  # 161882 3-Sep-2008 15:32
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zocster: I shall repeat my self, 29c a min for calls to mobiles and landlines from a mobile phone is unheard of on a personal plan.


Let's put that into context.

To get this rate of 29c per minute, you must pay $20 per month for the cellphone connection (which includes zero free minutes), you must have a TelstraClear landline, you must have TelstraClear broadband, and you must sign into a two year term.

Compare that to Telecom's Go Onebill Mates Rates. 49c per minute to landlines and other Telecom mobiles, but $0 per month, open-term contract, yes you must have a Telecom landline, but you don't need to have broadband.

Is TelstraClear's plan really so amazing??


 
 
 
 


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  # 161884 3-Sep-2008 15:35
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hmm i am with TCNZ with my phone, broadband and TV, it makes sense, as you said there are plenty of options, and with their number of customer base, for land line, etc, and one of the better broadband around .. why not .. Wink

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  # 161885 3-Sep-2008 15:36
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Meh - if people don't like the plan, they won't use it.  Some competition is better than none.  At least it's another player, if only a virtual one.



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  # 161899 3-Sep-2008 16:47
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steve98:
zocster: I shall repeat my self, 29c a min for calls to mobiles and landlines from a mobile phone is unheard of on a personal plan.

Let's put that into context.
To get this rate of 29c per minute, you must pay $20 per month for the cellphone connection (which includes zero free minutes), you must have a TelstraClear landline, you must have TelstraClear broadband, and you must sign into a two year term.
Compare that to Telecom's Go Onebill Mates Rates. 49c per minute to landlines and other Telecom mobiles, but $0 per month, open-term contract, yes you must have a Telecom landline, but you don't need to have broadband.
Is TelstraClear's plan really so amazing??

Hardly a fair comparison.  You get 500 texts included ($10 text) and the 29c calls are to all landlines and mobiles.  So that extra $10 could be thought of as going towards the calls, i.e. 20c extra per call = 50 minutes of calling to landlines/telecom mobiles.  Mind you you're paying $1.39 to call vodafone, so if you call a bit of vodafone that extra $10 is used up in 9 minutes!

If you're already with TC, then I'd say it's a pretty reasonable deal.  If you're not, or you don't text, or you don't call much then it's not that great a deal, sure.  The 2 year contract seems fair considering you get a free phone.

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  # 161919 3-Sep-2008 18:40
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If you watch the mobile TV ad it says about looking after current customers... that's exactly what this is.




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