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Topic # 216712 9-Jul-2017 19:32
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I'm trying to find the best-value option for mobile data on a tablet; I'm not needing a huge amount - I'd say a minimum of 500MB/month, but ideally say 1GB.

 

Given the Skinny pre-pay plan now gives me 1GB of data plus calls and text for $16/month, the prices for data-only options offered by the various telcos seem on the high side!

 

At the moment the cheapest option appears to be with Vodafone: buying $20 credit for four months, which gives 500MB data for free for each of these months; then using the $80 built-up credit for 5GB data for six months; this works out at an average of $8 a month, which gives means 500MB/month for the first four months and an average of 833MB for the following six.

 

Are there any better-value options out there? 

 

Appreciate any advice.


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  Reply # 1817470 9-Jul-2017 20:18
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I've always used the 2degrees 12GB pack. Where do you typically use your device? These zone data packs only work where 2degrees has their own network so may not be suitable if you're out in the wops.

 

https://www.2degreesmobile.co.nz/mobile/zone-data-packs/

 

Some months I dont use it some I use it quite a lot, the 12GB pack lasts 6 months which is a great bonus. 


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  Reply # 1817482 9-Jul-2017 20:58
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Warehouse mobile. $10 top up gets you 2x 500MB packs and 33MB of causal data for 1033MB in total over 31 days. No carryover though so use it or lose it.


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  Reply # 1817490 9-Jul-2017 21:30
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You can't get something where it shares data with your cell phone? That is what I do.






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  Reply # 1817540 10-Jul-2017 00:33
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From personal experience with a Samsung Tab S2 9.7" LTE model -

 

Unless you are absolutely sure you will only use the tablet in cities and towns - avoid 2degrees or any of their resellers like Warehouse mobile because their coverage just ain't good enough.

 

Vodafone and Spark are the only options imho.

 

If you haven't already bought a tablet, get a Samsung. It's the only Android LTE (4G) model I have found which is worth owning. It also has full B28 (700Mhz) support so will give the best coverage possible in rural areas.





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  Reply # 1817685 10-Jul-2017 10:32
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It really depends on your usage profile. If it's fairly steady light use why not just hotspot your phone? - you can always get a weekly or monthly data add-on if needed. Or a 2degrees SIM with their "Data clock" if it's sporadic but heavy use.


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