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Topic # 89139 26-Aug-2011 09:04
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As more and more customers embrace smartphones, Vodafone has responded by radically changing the way it offers its products and services. From today Vodafone announces sweeping changes to its On-Account plans.

Prominent in the new line-up are dedicated Business smart plans recognising the growing trend for small businesses to use smart phones to run their business more efficiently. Business owners can choose the terms that suit them from one, 12 or 24 months and for the first time will incur no charges when retrieving voicemail messages.

A unique new feature, Local Number on a Mobile, lets customers reach you on a local number without the unexpected expense of a mobile call. All calls between mobiles on a Business Smart account are included, so staff can talk as much as they like. On selected plans all calls to New Zealand landlines are included (without reducing your plan minutes).

“We have designed the plans specifically with the small business in mind so they have everything they need included. One of the things our small business customers have told us is that having a landline number helps with their image in their customers eyes,” says Greg Campbell, Vodafone Director of Marketing. “Including this in the plan generates more calls to their business whilst managing costs. ”

Vodafone’s new plan line-up includes increased calling minutes to any NZ mobile or landline, 2500 texts to any New Zealand mobile and free calls to a designated, frequently called number.

These plans are supported by New Zealand’s best range of smartphones, and our business dedicated 888 service team. Customers signing up for 12 month terms will receive a monthly plan discount, and 24 month contracts will receive a generous handset discount.

Full details of the plans are available here:

http://www.vodafone.co.nz/business/mobile/plans/smart/

http://www.vodafone.co.nz/phones-plans/plans/smart/ 

 




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  Reply # 512235 26-Aug-2011 09:17
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Soo... it really is hard to find this 'exciting'

Nothing is really new here (local number on mobile, which is a great thing, has been available for some time) except perhaps that they've more aligned themselves with the smartphone users. And if in that process they have actually simplified their plan offerings then that, I'll concede, a good thing.


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  Reply # 513083 28-Aug-2011 15:06
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I just looked at the *New* Vodafone Personal plans.

To say I was UNDER-whelmed is an over statement.

An on account plan with a bit of calling, a 'healthy' amount of TXT(not 2500) and a usable amount of data (250MB+) seems to have escaped Vodafone. The closest personal Vodafone plan I can now find is $45.00 with 250MB of data a month.

Telecom XT mobile does a similar plan(Calling, TXTing(300), Data(500MB) ) for $40.00.

I mean Vodafone who really 'needs' 2500 TXT a month.

So I know this is one persons view, but it appears Vodafone mobiles *new* plan is to make people look elsewhere.

This comment was prompted by a quick look at the web pages of Vodafone and Telecom XT (New Zealand).
If this is not a true reflection of the nature of the cost of the afore mentioned packages, then it's just an indication of product wording on the web page which leads one to draw the above conclusions.
You sly old dogs Telecom XT. Laughing



 




 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 513161 28-Aug-2011 19:16

Tom_Rush: I just looked at the *New* Vodafone Personal plans.

To say I was UNDER-whelmed is an over statement.

An on account plan with a bit of calling, a 'healthy' amount of TXT(not 2500) and a usable amount of data (250MB+) seems to have escaped Vodafone. The closest personal Vodafone plan I can now find is $45.00 with 250MB of data a month.

Telecom XT mobile does a similar plan(Calling, TXTing(300), Data(500MB) ) for $40.00.

I mean Vodafone who really 'needs' 2500 TXT a month.

So I know this is one persons view, but it appears Vodafone mobiles *new* plan is to make people look elsewhere.

This comment was prompted by a quick look at the web pages of Vodafone and Telecom XT (New Zealand).
If this is not a true reflection of the nature of the cost of the afore mentioned packages, then it's just an indication of product wording on the web page which leads one to draw the above conclusions.
You sly old dogs Telecom XT. Laughing




Business plans look like a copy of their competitors...

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  Reply # 513178 28-Aug-2011 20:08
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Sorry to sound negative but it is as boring and uninspiring as their new personal plans. If they think these new "exciting" plans are going to attract new customers, they can think again.

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  Reply # 513380 29-Aug-2011 11:48
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I like the increased minutes options on the personal plans, but agree who needs 2500 texts and the discount off phones has dropped since I got my last phone $480 off on the $60/month plan.  And was hoping for more mb's

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  Reply # 513383 29-Aug-2011 11:57
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the choice is now down to either prepay or a $40 monthly plan




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  Reply # 513440 29-Aug-2011 13:20
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sonyab: I like the increased minutes options on the personal plans, but agree who needs 2500 texts and the discount off phones has dropped since I got my last phone $480 off on the $60/month plan.  And was hoping for more mb's


2500 text appears to be the market standard at the moment, I personally just see 2500 any network texts as unlimited. Either way, people seem to complain if there aren't enough texts and now people complain that there are too many... kind of funny.

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  Reply # 513446 29-Aug-2011 13:32
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simon14:
sonyab: I like the increased minutes options on the personal plans, but agree who needs 2500 texts and the discount off phones has dropped since I got my last phone $480 off on the $60/month plan.  And was hoping for more mb's


2500 text appears to be the market standard at the moment, I personally just see 2500 any network texts as unlimited. Either way, people seem to complain if there aren't enough texts and now people complain that there are too many... kind of funny.


I would have thought it was more likely to be prepay customers sending that many text messages each month, and on account customers requiring call minutes. Especially business customers!

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  Reply # 513459 29-Aug-2011 13:42
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agree there is no pleasing everyone!! I remember people complaining when 1000 wasn't enough lol.  Now they will have 2.5 times that amount so that should keep those people happy! Being in business though I prefer calls to texts. So the additional minutes in these new plans is great. I don't text a huge amount. Guess I could start considering text bombing my clients to maximise my text usage lol!

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  Reply # 513494 29-Aug-2011 14:49
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I went into a telecom store and asked if telecom would bring out new plans to compete with vodafones ---- i know the store monkeys would not be privy to this information however was curious to see a response.

Basically, this ones attitude was that vodafone don't have a good network so telecom can charge higher prices.

Probably they are right too unfortunately.

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Reply # 513499 29-Aug-2011 14:59
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wreck90: I went into a telecom store and asked if telecom would bring out new plans to compete with vodafones ---- i know the store monkeys would not be privy to this information however was curious to see a response.

Basically, this ones attitude was that vodafone don't have a good network so telecom can charge higher prices.

Probably they are right too unfortunately.


You are not very nice person at all, All you seem to do is  troll Vodafone threads and then you call Telecom store staff Monkeys,

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  Reply # 513569 29-Aug-2011 17:35
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Looking at the new plans it seems I am being asked to give up my data allowance (which was 3GB) in order to have more call time.

Also, I could not find on the new smart plan how much one has to pay for the additional 1GB of data after the free additional 6 months offer ends, which makes it hard to calculate my new monthly spend requirements as compared to my current monthly spend.







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  Reply # 513574 29-Aug-2011 17:49
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TwoSeven: Looking at the new plans it seems I am being asked to give up my data allowance (which was 3GB) in order to have more call time.

Also, I could not find on the new smart plan how much one has to pay for the additional 1GB of data after the free additional 6 months offer ends, which makes it hard to calculate my new monthly spend requirements as compared to my current monthly spend.


It's $20 a month once you have to pay for it. http://www.vodafone.co.nz/phones-plans/add-ons/

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  Reply # 513584 29-Aug-2011 18:09
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Plans looks very similar to what another network released some time ago, and look slightly re-worked from what I was told by an insider a few months back.

Its certainly welcome, however hopefully 'the smartphone network' will come up with an offer which actually allows people to use their smartphones, ie has >=3GB of data. 1GB for some smartphone users just won't be enough, but I guess that is where Vodafone are trying to make their money.







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  Reply # 513742 30-Aug-2011 01:30
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It is true, you can't please most people all the time.

With Vodafone, I currently pay $27.00 with 100MB data, 80minutes calling and some TXT/PXT.

This worked will on an olde 3G UMTS feature phone, but with a feature rich smart phone I have data oozing out of every interface. Just blink and you can miss 10MBytes streaming past. 

So for $40.00 with Vodafone, on 12 months I'd get the same value service, bit more money, bit more quantity, but no PXT.

But hay, like a pretty ballerina in size 38" tights, I like the challenge of dancing from WiFi to WiFi, so I'll stay put and see what happens.

And maybe I don't like the 2500 TXT cause like Douglas Adams said, I just don't get invited to those kind of parties and meet the beautiful people that use 2500 TXT a month. Cool

So what happened to PXT? Is that old school now too?
Given most phones have cameras, videos and recorders, I thought there'd be some allocation of PXT a month too.

Or is it like the ozzie beer advert, where 2500 TXT/40 PXT are put in place of the beer/couple of bottles of sherry attempted to be loaded on an old truck about to be crushed, "I think we over did it with the 40 PXT". Laughing (Maybe you had to see it)









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