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Topic # 30845 23-Feb-2009 16:01
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so vodafone is expanding their 3g coverage in new zealand but for broadband users it will mean nothing wouldn't it? look at vodafone's current mobile broadband plan:
$34.95 for 3gb
extra $10 doubles this to 6gb
so $44.95 for 6gb
$0.50 cents per megabyte after 6gb.

vodafone dont allow you to do unlimited $10 topups. their argument is that their network cant handle lots of downloaders. so what's the point of expanding your 3g coverage when your current network can't handle for example, all of telecom's hundreds of thousands of fixed line broadband customers switching to mobile broadband?

vodafone could really compete with fixed line broadband if they put more capacity into their mobile broadband network and offered unlimited $10 double data topups. if you did this, then for $54.95 you could offer a 12gb cap, and for $64.95 you could offer a 24gb cap and so on.

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  Reply # 197477 23-Feb-2009 16:10
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Mobile intrastructure was not designed for - and will not for a very long time - to completely replace the fixed line networks.

Telecom don't offer 'unlimited topups' for their mobile data plans, either.

Using your justification, Vodafone could choose to drop the price of calling to 1c per minute, however, the incentive for Vodafone (or any other provider)  to do this, is negligible to non-existent.

Before you reply, I *URGE* you to really THINK about what you're saying/writing. If not for your own sake, for ours at the least.

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  Reply # 197481 23-Feb-2009 16:22
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Dude, I'd be happy with a prepay addon of say 100mb a month for $10 similar to the txt2000 addon.  This would be awesome, and let me keep Nokia Messaging and facebook running on my e71, that would be mean!

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  Reply # 197520 23-Feb-2009 18:28
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There is a huge difference between coverage and capacity.

The title of this thread is just silly more 3G covergae equals bigger 3G coverage foot print not nothing


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  Reply # 197559 23-Feb-2009 20:25
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d0tn3t: Dude, I'd be happy with a prepay addon of say 100mb a month for $10 similar to the txt2000 addon. This would be awesome, and let me keep Nokia Messaging and facebook running on my e71, that would be mean!

Prepay users already get exactly that pricing now, you can use 10MB in a single day (midnight-midnight) for $1 charge and you usually get a warning sms when nearing the limit and then it's $1 each meg thereafer until midnight when the 10MB allocation starts again. I make very good use of this though I would like to see a larger "temprorary use" bundle as you have suggested.

As for the bulk pricing plans, I think $80 for 6Gigs (3GB included +3GB for $10) of totally nationwide mobile network based data is actually a good deal. (your prices quoted are only for the first 6 months remember)

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