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#222515 15-Aug-2017 13:59
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Hello and greetings. We (Myself, my wife and our 8 months son) have recently come to live in New Zealand from Australia. We immigrated in 2009 from England but since decided we prefer NZ life. I was using Virgin mobile for my iPhone 7+ and for $30 they delivered rather well. When we arrive in NZ we went for Vodafone as with research in Australia to prepare for a Nerds arrival I wanted to be sure in advance of immediate immigration procedures. Im on a "My Flex Prepay and spend about $28 a month with 1.5G data. It amuses me that you pay for voicemail over here (20c) but Vodafone also doc you the minutes you use receiving the message. I live in Feilding and reception is ok, 4G working at times depending where you stand 😒 Im drawn to Spark as:

 

1, at times I don't receive a call yet I get a voicemail message and yes I have to pay to receive it.

 

2, I like the idea of the free Spotify account for Sparks that they offer.

 

The question is is Sparks as good for reception as Vodafone or better.

 

 

 

I have looked at the coverage maps but its to promote their brands so not always realistic. 

 

Any recommendations or comments?


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  #1847188 15-Aug-2017 17:02
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kryptonjohn:

 

Yep, and it sounds like my anecdotal experiences are far from representative!

 

 

 

 

Given it is not a competition can we get back to the point in the original post.

 

Unless you live in Foxton you can't really give the guy the answer he requires.

 

Both Spark and VF offer similar services and have similar 4G coverage. Some of the lower priced plans require you to pay a fee for accessing your voice mail, others don't.  Best to read the small print for that. Depending on your budget you might want to consider 2 degrees, Warehouse Mobile, or Skinny as these all provide other pricing options.

 

 





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  #1847223 15-Aug-2017 17:41
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@Linux seems like you know a bit about Vodafone ;)

 

My 2c - I am on both Spark (via Skinny Direct) and Vodafone and have done a craptonne of travelling over the last week around NZ. Spark in many cases had usable data where Vodafone didn't. I also find that Spark often "just works".

 

However until just recently there was no Vodafone coverage out at my parents house (only Spark). I am at the moment getting 5 bars of LTE coverage on Spark where Vodafone is currently stuck on 3G at 3 bars. Both towers are in the same location.

 

This is my personal preference. If I had to pick between the two it'll be Spark all the way for coverage. Vodafone have come a long way but they still don't beat Spark for coverage in many many places. There has however been a few (but not as many) ocassions where there was Vodafone coverage but no Spark coverage.





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