IMHO from what I've heard elsewhere it seems the ComCom have gone to court with a complete lack of knowledge of how things actually worked.
oxnsox:jonb: I think the fine is very harsh: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10744578
I personally got caught out by it a couple of times, but I wouldn't have even considered complaining about it. I did thing it was ridiculously expensive though,and stopped me using mobile broadband and facilitated moving to 2 degrees with it's pro-rata rate.
Seems like ComCom have an ongoing vendetta against vodafone in my opinion. I remember first moving to vodafone broadband because of the free broadband with a phone contract offer a few years ago, that got canned by ComCom and now Telecom are doing nearly same thing with Total Home Mobile.
This is a different case to the 10MB for a $1 of this thread,
sbiddle: I was lead to believe at the time this $5 charge is because of the way Vodafone bill per 10kb data session and the issues with rounding and billing values of less than 1c.
AviZ: it should be $1/10mb then after that another $1/10mb data on cellphones is just theft.
The commission had said Vodafone misled customers during its $1 a Day campaign between July and November 2008. Commission lawyer Nick Flanagan said customers thought they were paying "$1 a day" for 10 megabytes of data but they were actually charged $1 after using only about 2 per cent of the 10MB allocation.
Mr Flanagan told the hearing in August that three complaints to the commission suggested customers thought they would pay only a fraction of the $1 if they did not use all 10MB.
One complainant, Linda McCracken, told the commission, "I took this to be that if, for example, I used 5MB it would only cost me 50c and if I used 2.5MB it would cost me 25c."
Judge Kiernan said today that the reasons for her decision would be released in writing later this afternoon.
She said she was "satisfied beyond reasonable doubt" that the company had misled customers.