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#92957 10-Nov-2011 00:49
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Been a while since I posted here (let alone start a topic,) so hopefully those preprocessing/editor changes don't screw this one up!


Looks like Vodafone's nudging into the whole Prepay combo pack market with their Prepay Smart plan, which basically is the Simply Prepay slapped with some "Smart-only" add-ons.

Prepay Smart has all the value of On Account, with the flexibility of Prepay.
You have the choice of three Add-On bundles at a great value price:

• Smart 25: up to 50 minutes to NZ mobiles & landlines, 2500 TXTs to NZ mobiles and 100MB of data a month for $25
• Smart 35: up to 50 minutes to NZ mobiles & landlines, 2500 TXTs to NZ mobiles, 150MB of data and a NZ Bestmate (1000 mins and TXTS to one nominated NZ mobile or Landline) a month for $35
• Smart 45: up to 100 minutes to NZ mobiles & landlines, 2500 TXTs to NZ mobiles, 250MB of data and a NZ Bestmate (1000 mins and TXTS to one nominated NZ mobile or Landline) a month for $45

If you use up all your Add-on before it renews don't worry you'll pay just:
• $0.49 per min to any mobile number in NZ
• Just $0.12 per txt to any NZ mobile
• $0.20 per MB


Even though the 20c/MB rate is the lowest casual data rate on Prepay, that's still quite bad especially considering smartphones are most likely the target market (now where did I get that...), which I can easily see chewing through even 250MB - heck that'll take me only a week or so to go through...

On the flip side though, BestMates (on Prepay Smart anyway) are now set for any number in New Zealand, though that 1000 minute and text ceiling still stands.



Good to see the telcos are turning the heat up.




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  #543452 10-Nov-2011 08:30
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can't find any info on this as would be keen to change my prepay number to one of the options you listed. 

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  #543455 10-Nov-2011 08:43

Bestmate to any mobile is what NBR was talking about. Now thats some real competition!

 
 
 
 


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#543457 10-Nov-2011 08:45
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thelongwayround: can't find any info on this as would be keen to change my prepay number to one of the options you listed. 


Login to your prepay account online and select change plan

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  #543458 10-Nov-2011 08:48
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Thanks John, 

Found it :) ... and sure looks good !  the best mate to NZ landlines is a really great move.  

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  #543459 10-Nov-2011 08:49
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Wish Vodafone would in some bigger data packs that a decent price.

100mb for an entire month is, well, taking a girl out on a date and saying, "That's all I can afford" after the entrees :P

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  #543477 10-Nov-2011 09:19
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average smartphone usage worldwide is only around 250MB even on unlimited plans, so 250MB should be fine formost people.

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  #543481 10-Nov-2011 09:27
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There's no details of this on the VF website from what I can see, is this yet to be released to non VF customers?

 
 
 
 


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  #543488 10-Nov-2011 09:37
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smart $25 looks like a winner to me.

I don't need new cell supporting 850 frequency now :D




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  #543511 10-Nov-2011 10:04
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So going by the OP (can't see anything on the VF site yet) the Smart 45 is the same as the on-account Smart 45 with the addition of a Best Mate (currently $6/mnth). The big gain is on the lesser accounts (25 and 35). At the moment you get 1GB/mnth for the first 6 months on-account (pay monthly).




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  #543519 10-Nov-2011 10:08

Dingbatt: So going by the OP (can't see anything on the VF site yet) the Smart 45 is the same as the on-account Smart 45 with the addition of a Best Mate (currently $6/mnth). The big gain is on the lesser accounts (25 and 35). At the moment you get 1GB/mnth for the first 6 months on-account (pay monthly).


*Bestmate to ANYONE* That's a pretty big deal... 

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  #543533 10-Nov-2011 10:22
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SteveON:
Dingbatt: So going by the OP (can't see anything on the VF site yet) the Smart 45 is the same as the on-account Smart 45 with the addition of a Best Mate (currently $6/mnth). The big gain is on the lesser accounts (25 and 35). At the moment you get 1GB/mnth for the first 6 months on-account (pay monthly).


*Bestmate to ANYONE* That's a pretty big deal... 


Yes I agree, I guess I was trying to point out why you would do on-account Smart45 instead of pre-pay Smart45. At the moment it's 6 months of 1GB/mnth (on-account) vs Anyone BestMate (prepay) to ponder.

Looking at the difference between the prepay S25 and S35 you get +50MB ($6) and a BestMate ($6).  So $12 value for $10.  But as pointed out the BM is more flexible.

At the moment I am very miserly, using super-prepay with one BestMate and BBLIte for the princely sum of $16/mnth.  These plans look very enticing as I easily stick within my 100MB each month.

Edit:  And will topping up still get you 100 weekend minutes as well?




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  #543536 10-Nov-2011 10:30
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Does this mean that vodafone best mates are now to any number in nz? (For all plans etc?)

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#543573 10-Nov-2011 11:25
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jjnz1: Does this mean that vodafone best mates are now to any number in nz? (For all plans etc?)


Please wait for some official coms

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  #543583 10-Nov-2011 11:42
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johnr:
jjnz1: Does this mean that vodafone best mates are now to any number in nz? (For all plans etc?)


Please wait for some official coms


I note as of today simply prepay plans are now prepay smart plans (VF website).  Looking forward to official confirmation of prepay smart plans.....




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  #543597 10-Nov-2011 12:12

jjnz1: Does this mean that vodafone best mates are now to any number in nz? (For all plans etc?)


If that is true... Watch me switch back to the dark side! 

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