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# 201741 1-Sep-2016 11:40
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I'm posting this here as it concerns two providers and putting it one of the specific forums and then discussing the other provider seemed inappropriate - mods feel free to move it if there's a better home for it!




Presently we have two company phones, both with Vodafone (Apple iPhones if that is relevant). One is on $125 a month plan and the other on about $75. Both contracts are up for renewal after 2 years more or less now.


We travel overseas so roam for probably 6-8 weeks a year. We have no landline so these are our home phones as well. We also have unlimited naked VDSL with VF. Both phones have unlimited calls and texts.


As Farmlands shareholders, we can get rebate from Spark by paying the account via our Farmlands account, which gives us 4% rebate on our Farmlands account in respect of the Spark bill, which is paid by Farmlands automatically and then we pay the Farmlands bill each month.


I'm trying to evaluate whether there is any benefit to be gained by shifting from VF to Spark and there are so many factors to take into account, it's not proving straightforward!





  1. Spark roaming seems uncompetitive compared to the $5/day roaming VF offers in many destinations
  2. Spark had more mobile data for the same price point
  3. Spark has free wifi from hotspots (not sure how useful that would be)
  4. Spark has Spotify (not a big draw. I use Apple Music)
  5. VF offers discounted Sky. Spark offers Lightbox.
  6. Spark has Morepork. We do not need that now (already have alarm installed) but it might be something useful in the future if we move.
  7. Not sure who has best 4G and network - both pretty much claim to be the leader there!




I am sure that there are other things too.


So, I just thought I would ask y'all for your thoughts on this as I am sure that you'll know of issues/benefits I have not thought of.

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  # 1620827 1-Sep-2016 12:28
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Here is simply my own opinion based on personal experience. I've been all over NZ with all 2.5 networks.

Spark seems to offer better usable data coverage over NZ. Since it is a full 3G/4G network without any GSM it does in my opinion have a bit of an edge here. I've seen my phone jump onto 2G and hang on to dear life on Vodafone however John said this may be resolved now.

The Free WiFi was very valuable with me travelling over NZ to update my phones Spotify offline playlists and give me internet access that simply worked. I didn't have to deal with crappy internet at all.

Spark are the only network that offers coverage at my parents house. So all my family are on them too for that reason.

Personally I'm on Sparks network still - but the Skinny kind. It works incredibly well for me and coverage is awesome. Previous to this I was a Vodafone customer.

It is a personal preference - go with the network that offers coverage where you visit the most. Roaming is not a problem with me since I use local sim cards in the countries I visit most of the time. Spark does have some excellent value added additions (Lightbox is quite good, been using it for Mr. Robot).

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  # 1620833 1-Sep-2016 12:41
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Morepork is not Spark exclusive. Anyone can buy.


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  # 1620860 1-Sep-2016 13:37
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DarkShadow: Morepork is not Spark exclusive. Anyone can buy.




Really? That's useful to know, as I had the impression that it was only monitored via Spark broadband.

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  # 1620872 1-Sep-2016 13:55
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DarkShadow: Morepork is not Spark exclusive. Anyone can buy.




Really? That's useful to know, as I had the impression that it was only monitored via Spark broadband.



Morepork uses the Spark 3G network for the monitoring, but as it has its own SIM card inside the unit, you don't need to be a Spark customer to buy.

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# 1620881 1-Sep-2016 14:14
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its a tough choice no doubt.




but given the fact that travelling is important and being connected more so during that time without the hassle of changing sim cards etc, staying with VF is best bet.

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