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#269908 14-Apr-2020 14:22
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Currently, I look after two separate prepay accounts for my in-laws. Both are absolutely hopeless with technology, and being the good son-in-law I am, I top up their accounts each month and generally keep an eye on things.

 

I'm wonder if there's a better way to do this, by putting them both on a shared plan (or similar) and just paying a monthly account? Both are not big call/txt users, mainly data.

 

Do any of you do something similar, and if so, how do you achieve this? 


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  #2461125 14-Apr-2020 14:30
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Pick a pre-pay plan that can be auto paid by credit card on it's renewal?
Or Kogan Mobile and pay the whole year in one go.




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  #2461128 14-Apr-2020 14:33
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Kogan has some good discounts at the moment which expire soon.


 
 
 
 




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  #2461134 14-Apr-2020 14:45
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ajw:

 

Kogan has some good discounts at the moment which expire soon.

 

 

Yeah they look really good and could be right up my alley.

 

What's the catch though?


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  #2461137 14-Apr-2020 14:48
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nate:

 

ajw:

 

Kogan has some good discounts at the moment which expire soon.

 

 

Yeah they look really good and could be right up my alley.

 

What's the catch though?

 

 

None that I know off my son has signed up for a year and I know four other people on individual accounts who signed up for a year when they offer their discounts. Free voicemail access and MMS.


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  #2461291 14-Apr-2020 18:26
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How do you compare Skinny and Kogan? I’m running into the same situation as the OP.


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  #2461408 14-Apr-2020 21:13
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nate: ... What's the catch though?

 

Seems good for us.

 

+ Kogan uses the Vodafone network, so good enough coverage in the 'burbs
+ Once off fee
+ "Unlimited" texting & calls to NZ & AU.
+ Decent data packages
= 1 year hassle free phone usage

 

We'll have to see when the next top up is due how smooth the transition is.

 

 

 

hhan: How do you compare Skinny and Kogan? I’m running into the same situation as the OP.

 

Thanks to Spark (🤮) they have decent network coverage even in rural areas. I've seen some good data packages from them & would have considered them for overseas visitors here for a holiday.

 

 





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  #2461410 14-Apr-2020 21:14
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How much are they topping up each month individually?

 

Is something like this of use:

 

https://www.vodafone.co.nz/pay-monthly/#share-plans

 

Personally, I'm with 2Degrees on a Share Plan, sharing data with my wife. Just the two of us at the moment (eldest child to go to Intermediate next year, and probably get a phone, will have 3 then), using the 10GB a month plan. Data also rolls over month to month. We're not heavy data users, and a few weeks in lockdown has helped, but after 3 months or so on the plan, the data pool is around 31GB.

 

I do know that with the 2Degrees app, I can choose how much data to share, or just have it open (at the moment it is open)


 
 
 
 


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  #2461414 14-Apr-2020 21:20
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Anybody thinking about going with Kogan they are running a promo at the moment that runs out later this month.




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  #2461419 14-Apr-2020 21:24
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WyleECoyoteNZ:

 

How much are they topping up each month individually?

 

 

About $20 each per month.

 

I'm getting so lazy that even doing that twice a month is a hassle :)


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  #2461420 14-Apr-2020 21:26
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ANglEAUT: Thanks to Spark (🤮) they have decent network coverage even in rural areas. I've seen some good data packages from them & would have considered them for overseas visitors here for a holiday.


 

So Kogan is cheaper if pay annually while skinny network (spark) has better coverage?




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  #2461423 14-Apr-2020 21:28
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hhan:

 

So Kogan is cheaper if pay annually while skinny network (spark) has better coverage?

 

 

Once a year I go on holiday to a spot near Lake Karapiro that's notorious for having no Vodafone coverage (my phone is Vodafone), so I also have a Skinny SIM card to use then. Works like an absolute champ.


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  #2461427 14-Apr-2020 21:37
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nate: Once a year I go on holiday to a spot near Lake Karapiro that's notorious for having no Vodafone coverage (my phone is Vodafone), so I also have a Skinny SIM card to use then. Works like an absolute champ.


 

So I’ll probably go with Skinny. They also offer automatic top up (set and forget)


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  #2461437 14-Apr-2020 21:47
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Only issue I have with Skinny is that if you're on a plan lower than $36, you have to pay extra for voicemail. Tempted to switch to 2Degrees just because they have it implemented. 


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  #2461440 14-Apr-2020 21:52
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Wakrak:

 

Only issue I have with Skinny is that if you're on a plan lower than $36, you have to pay extra for voicemail. Tempted to switch to 2Degrees just because they have it implemented. 

 

 

That's why I'm switching to 2D and as a low end user the $10 carryover prepay plan works for me plus 30 day billing. But for high end usage I would not hesitate to switch to Kogan mobile.

 

 


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  #2461445 14-Apr-2020 21:57
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Wakrak:

 

Only issue I have with Skinny is that if you're on a plan lower than $36, you have to pay extra for voicemail. Tempted to switch to 2Degrees just because they have it implemented. 

 

 

 

 

ajw:

 

That's why I'm switching to 2D and as a low end user the $10 carryover prepay plan works for me plus 30 day billing. But for high end usage I would not hesitate to switch to Kogan mobile.

 

 

 

 

what is your experience with 2d? Coverage, speed, service, etc.


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