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Topic # 26349 19-Sep-2008 09:46
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I just got the press release for the new Vodafone On Account Starter plan. Now this sounds like an interesting plan:

• 1 BestMate (free for the life of the plan)
• 30 national anytime calling minutes every month
• 600 TXT's to any NZ mobile or 2000 TXT's to Vodafone mobiles within NZ every month
• 12 month contract only
• All customers can keep their existing mobile number


Not too bad for $29.95/month. 12 month contract required though - after the 12 month are you free on a month-by-month?





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Reply # 165585 19-Sep-2008 10:06
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Hmmm, quite reasonable value compared to the You Choose 20 plan I used to be on.  The Best Mate and Free Text idea is a definite plus.

However, I really don't miss the days of needing to check my balance towards the end of the month in order to ensure that I have used up all my included minutes.  Prepay Motormouth with its 49c per minute anytime rate suits me just fine.  Pay for what I need and that's it, much simpler for me Cool

However I guess that On Account Starter will appeal to some people, depending on their usage.  It's certainly a move in the right direction, Well Done Vodafone.

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  Reply # 165587 19-Sep-2008 10:10
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I beg to disagree....

On prepay,

2000 vodafone txt = Txt 2000 = $10/mth
Bestmate = $6 / mth
"Voice component left over" = $14/mth

So...... On this starter plan, essentially, your minutes costs $0.47/min...

It's really not much difference with me having 1 phone on Supa prepay with Bestmate and Txt2000, and a 2nd phone on Motormouth prepay.... But I'm without a contract.


It's good only if you are lazy to carry 2 phones (or use a dual sim card), or always call a "Other network" mobile... IMO, it's not that "good" a plan....

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 165591 19-Sep-2008 10:29
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It's certainly a move in the right direction.. but..

60 mins anytime
1 bestmate
600 txt or 2000 on network txt
50mb data

$29.95

This would take the market by storm and result in significant movement from prepay to on account.. but Vodafone are still stuck in the dark ages when it comes to maximising profit potential..

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  Reply # 165592 19-Sep-2008 10:36
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jesseycy: I beg to disagree....

On prepay,

2000 vodafone txt = Txt 2000 = $10/mth

Yeah, fair point Jessey if you do a lot of texting.  Personally, I don't.  Maybe send 5 or 10 texts per month, so for me it's better to pay $1 to $2 for them and still have the other $8 to $9 sitting in my pocket Cool

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Reply # 165641 19-Sep-2008 14:34
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Don't forget, you get a month free on a New Connection, Excludes pre pay to post pay ports. MUCH better over prepay, you dont pay 35 for the sim and $29 off.

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  Reply # 165825 20-Sep-2008 14:36
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iMod: Don't forget, you get a month free on a New Connection, Excludes pre pay to post pay ports. MUCH better over prepay, you dont pay 35 for the sim and $29 off.

since when do you get a month free?




Hmmmm


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  Reply # 165841 20-Sep-2008 17:29

From the Starter connection page:

Starter Plan

$29.95 per month, includes:

* 1 FREE Bestmate?
* 600 TXTs to any NZ mobile OR 2000 TXTs to Vodafone mobiles within NZ every month
* 30 minutes per month to any NZ number
* First month plan charges free (worth $29.95) if you're new to Vodafone or switching from Prepay

12 month term applies


This only appears to be listed for the Starter plan

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Reply # 165856 20-Sep-2008 19:10
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A seemingly good move though I wonder if it's just a plug for better OECD ranking. I have had the most hideous job trying to get on to one of the "Base Plans" with stores telling me they won't do it, screwing up, avoiding calls, all the usual.

Interesting that local calls out of bundle are 89 cents but you can call Australia for jut 49 cents, this really shows how we are being gouged. I make calls to Australia mobiles reguarly for 30c a minute from my mobile (Telecom phone + Yabba card), if only local calls were even half as cheap, sigh.

I'm still reasonably happy with Flexi mytime, $10 sms cap only if used, Flexi data plan combination due to it being dynamic to my spend and usage patterns rather than forced allotments I use or lose, Though I wish my mobile off pek was still 6PM - 8AM as it was in 1998 which made much more sense.

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Reply # 165865 20-Sep-2008 20:34
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sbiddle: It's certainly a move in the right direction.. but..

60 mins anytime
1 bestmate
600 txt or 2000 on network txt
50mb data

$29.95




Oh don't forget to add $3.00 a month voicemail service, unlimited access not 20C a pop that's just not good enough

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  Reply # 166241 22-Sep-2008 12:35

I think it's a great plan. Any subsidy off a handset? and can you opt for a 24 month term and a bigger subsidy? cheers

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  Reply # 166266 22-Sep-2008 13:32

paradoxsm: A seemingly good move though I wonder if it's just a plug for better OECD ranking. I have had the most hideous job trying to get on to one of the "Base Plans" with stores telling me they won't do it, screwing up, avoiding calls, all the usual.

Interesting that local calls out of bundle are 89 cents but you can call Australia for jut 49 cents, this really shows how we are being gouged. I make calls to Australia mobiles reguarly for 30c a minute from my mobile (Telecom phone + Yabba card), if only local calls were even half as cheap, sigh.

I'm still reasonably happy with Flexi mytime, $10 sms cap only if used, Flexi data plan combination due to it being dynamic to my spend and usage patterns rather than forced allotments I use or lose, Though I wish my mobile off pek was still 6PM - 8AM as it was in 1998 which made much more sense.


Hi Paradoxsm,

The Starter, like most of our value plans, isn't elligable for consideration by the OECD. They don't know how to compare Best Mate or Family with overseas' offers so they exclude those plans. Also this is an offer rather than a plan so they won't consider it.

As for Base plans, currently they're ONLINE ONLY. In a few weeks we will re-launch them and at that point you'll be able to buy one in store but for now it's the website only.

Check them out here: http://www.vodafone.co.nz/plans/on-account/base-plans.jsp.

cheers

Paul




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  Reply # 167116 25-Sep-2008 17:31
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Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!

I just signed up for Txter 2 weeks ago, which is essetially this with more minutes but a 24 month term.. Damnit -_-

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