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  Reply # 503041 7-Aug-2011 17:46
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ahmad: IMO the strong reaction from users here indicates a majority of them use much more than 250Mb.


users here would not be 'typical' users.

I remember when AT&T stopped selling 'unlimited' plans for the iphone.  They stated that very few users on those unlimited plans actually used more than 250MB per month - even when there was no limit.

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  Reply # 503042 7-Aug-2011 17:49
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I don't want to say how much I pay for mobile data but I am lucky if I reach 1GB per month and I use it lots!

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  Reply # 503048 7-Aug-2011 18:04
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My monthly data usage has steadily crept from 300mb/mth to 600 to 800 to now 1gb/mth.

Another aspect people aren't considering is handsets, i went from a ideos X5 to a SGS2 and my data usage practically doubled, I don't know how people persevere with the cheaper end of phones with 2.8~3.2" displays but give these people an top shelf handset and their data usage will jump drastically as it is so much easier to consume data on a bigger screen



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  Reply # 503049 7-Aug-2011 18:06
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My mobile data usage duplicated when I moved from Windows Mobile 6.5 to Windows Phone 7. And I try not to use it!

But still, I use about 450 - 500 MB/month...




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  Reply # 503053 7-Aug-2011 18:25
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Another issue is overage.  With 3gb it's unlikely I'm going over my limit but with 250mb it's quite feasible I hit my limit and I don't want to pay 10c per mb overage. 

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  Reply # 503083 7-Aug-2011 19:45
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I don't know how people use so much data? Even 1gb is staggering to me. That's not a criticism its more interest, hows does everyone use there data?

I'm on the 3gb deal and struggle to use 250mb a month, even with youtube, push email and lots of browsing on an iphone 4. I agree with BigMal, its nice to have that cushion against overage charges.

PS. Thanks Vodafone for dangling it than confirming, happy camper.

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  Reply # 503085 7-Aug-2011 19:49
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I see this move as a huge act of good faith on VF's behalf, and i for one will happily support them as they are supporting me. People are paying a shipload more that the cost of a smart 1 or smart2 plan for 3gb landline packages so given perspective it is an awesome deal and will be a while before we see similar GB's for $$$ in the mobile market i bet

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Reply # 503433 8-Aug-2011 16:40
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I used to struggle to reach more than 200mb per month, but since I discovered the wonders of a VPN connection and streaming iheartradio and Pandora Radio via bluetooth thru my car stereo, I don't think I could get by with much less  than 1-1.5GB per month.

I agree that for basic web and email address, 250mb would be ample, but there are now more and more ways to use your smartphone beyond just the basic functions. 

Not to mention the iPhone when iCloud is launched and automatically syncs all of your purchases, music etc, that will also eat away your data cap. 

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  Reply # 503438 8-Aug-2011 16:46
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Thanks Voda.

Now if you would just match 2degrees calling minutes per month you are on to a winner :-)

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  Reply # 503462 8-Aug-2011 17:35
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kingjj: I don't know how people use so much data? Even 1gb is staggering to me. That's not a criticism its more interest, hows does everyone use there data?

Im honestly stunned people are still struggling to make 250Mb !

Off the top of my head, my podcasts alone are roughly :
Sky Sunday Supplement : 1hr - 70Mb x 4 = 280Mb
BBC Football Daily : 30min - 30Mb x 5 x 4 = 600Mb
Guardian Football weekly : 1 hr bi-weekly - 70Mb x 2 x 4 = 560Mb
The Tuesday Club : 1hr - 70Mb x 4 = 280Mb
RadioNZ Mediawatch : 35min - 15Mb X 4 = 60Mb

So whats that ? Well over 1.5Gb at a rough count for the month. I want to listen to them as soon as they are available. I dont want to have to wait until I get home, download it then transfer it. Whats the point of a smartphone if your tied to a desktop or wifi ?

I do plenty of youtube watching, I stream music from home if i dont have it on here and want to listen to it, I stream radio from the UK regularly, I stream football matches if Im not able to watch it on the tv. I use it as a hotspot every once in a while when Im out and about and want to use my laptop.

Use your imagination and start using your smartphone as a smart 'device' instead of a phone you'll be amazed at how quickly it adds up, and more importantly, just how much you can do.



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  Reply # 503610 8-Aug-2011 22:49
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Why would anyone go for telecom's smart plans? The vodafone 3gb offer is so enticing. eg...

Vodafone smartplan1, $40/month, 60 minutes anytime/any net calls. 2500 txt, 3 gig data.

Telecom smartphone , $40 month, 50 minutes anytime/any net calls, 300 txt, 500mb data.

Vodafone are offering a far better value package if I read this right.

Why would I buy the telecom product? Give me a reason, anyone?

If I walked into a telecom store armed with the above info, would a telecom sales person be able to throw in a few free extras to sweeten the deal?




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  Reply # 503613 8-Aug-2011 23:03
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wreck90: Why would anyone go for telecom's smart plans? The vodafone 3gb offer is so enticing. eg...

Vodafone smartplan1, $40/month, 60 minutes anytime/any net calls. 2500 txt, 3 gig data.

Telecom smartphone , $40 month, 50 minutes anytime/any net calls, 300 txt, 500mb data.

Vodafone are offering a far better value package if I read this right.

Why would I buy the telecom product? Give me a reason, anyone?

If I walked into a telecom store armed with the above info, would a telecom sales person be able to throw in a few free extras to sweeten the deal?


No 

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  Reply # 503644 9-Aug-2011 06:38
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And bang 2D's standard offerings into the mix and vf is miles ahead in value again

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  Reply # 503657 9-Aug-2011 08:03
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Wade: And bang 2D's standard offerings into the mix and vf is miles ahead in value again

Don't forget that this is a promotion. Or there will be tears (again).

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  Reply # 503661 9-Aug-2011 08:16
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ahmad:
Wade: And bang 2D's standard offerings into the mix and vf is miles ahead in value again

Don't forget that this is a promotion. Or there will be tears (again).


It is a promotion of sorts ie there is a limited window to buy into the contract but once in it is effectively ongoing and never expires so not really a promotion in the usual sense of the term

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