Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




16081 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Subscriber

#268016 23-Feb-2020 20:53
Send private message

My father in law visits NZ every year. He wants to have a phone for the odd text and in case he needs to make a call, but it's very low use - not a smart phone.

 

They have a Vodafone NZ SIM but effectively you need to pay $20 a month for prepay.

 

Is there a carrier that's better for this situation? Say, top up and the credit lasts a year or so until you use it?


Create new topic
931 posts

Ultimate Geek

Lifetime subscriber

  #2426035 23-Feb-2020 21:09
Send private message

? Vodafone credit lasts a year

http://help.vodafone.co.nz/app/answers/detail/a_id/4987/~/when-does-prepay-credit-expire



16081 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Subscriber

  #2426048 23-Feb-2020 21:39
Send private message

With Vodafone my fil says he was told it only rolls over if your balance is over $20. They also suspended his account a month after he last topped up. The minimum top up he can find in a store is $20. So he's had to spend $40 even though his actual use is about $5 worth.

 
 
 
 


39 posts

Geek

Subscriber

  #2426051 23-Feb-2020 21:51
Send private message

You need vodafone pay and go plan. I have a spare phone at home on this plan, i top it up only when balance is around 0 and i really forgot when i did it last time. It is used only for occasional calls 30c per min.

 

https://www.vodafone.co.nz/prepay/pay-and-go/


6506 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #2426056 23-Feb-2020 22:24
Send private message

As above VodafoneNZ Pay and Go prepaid plan

Vodafone also do $10 top ups online but this does not extend the expiry date of the prepaid number it has to be minimum $20 to push out the expiry date another 12 months

23 posts

Geek


  #2426119 24-Feb-2020 04:56
Send private message

Go with Skinny for the following reasons:

 

  • Don't signup for a plan, just stick with their standard rates of 20 cents per minute/text/MB to use on a casual basis
  • Minimum top-up of $5 every 12 months to retain your phone number and rollover the existing credit on your account
  • Can port his existing number to Skinny to retain it
  • SIM card was only $2 last time I had to buy one at New World
  • You can easily manage it through the Skinny app so you get the reminder to do the top-up before the 12 months is up

I have this exact setup as I visit family in NZ once every year or two (I live in the USA) and the Skinny app sends a reminder notification when my account is about to expire so that I can add $5 credit  via credit card top-up.


124 posts

Master Geek


  #2426623 24-Feb-2020 20:48
Send private message

Ditto on skinny. I’m a kiwi but out of the country for most of the year. Need a mobile when back.
I find the $66 plan for one month then I can roll over the 30gb on the $16 plan ..



16081 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Subscriber

  #2426789 25-Feb-2020 11:02
Send private message

I like Skinny, the Spark network is good and the pricing is sensible. Their website doesn't make it obvious that you can just add credit, it only describes the monthly plans. So basically you just get a Skinny SIM, add credit, and it expires in 12 months?

 

Vodafone are out as far as I'm concerned. They weren't helpful, and the information they gave him wasn't the best for his circumstances.

 

Skinny it is, thanks all :)


 
 
 
 


124 posts

Master Geek


  #2426802 25-Feb-2020 11:25
Send private message

Yes when.overseas no need for a plan, txts use credit but.i.only get a couple while away

2273 posts

Uber Geek


  #2427011 25-Feb-2020 17:36
Send private message

timmmay:

 

I like Skinny, the Spark network is good and the pricing is sensible. Their website doesn't make it obvious that you can just add credit, it only describes the monthly plans. So basically you just get a Skinny SIM, add credit, and it expires in 12 months?

 

Vodafone are out as far as I'm concerned. They weren't helpful, and the information they gave him wasn't the best for his circumstances.

 

Skinny it is, thanks all :)

 

 

It's under mobile plans, and then NZ rates

 

https://www.skinny.co.nz/pricing/rates/

 

also

 

https://support.skinny.co.nz/article/no-top-up-within-12-months-230.html


3859 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #2427125 25-Feb-2020 21:05
Send private message

timmmay:

I like Skinny, the Spark network is good and the pricing is sensible. Their website doesn't make it obvious that you can just add credit, it only describes the monthly plans. So basically you just get a Skinny SIM, add credit, and it expires in 12 months?


Vodafone are out as far as I'm concerned. They weren't helpful, and the information they gave him wasn't the best for his circumstances.


Skinny it is, thanks all :)



This is exactly what I do. I'm back a couple of times a year. When I'm back I through $20 on to activate a $16 combo then the Sim sits with $4 on it for the rest of the year.

Create new topic



Twitter and LinkedIn »



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Menulog change colours as parent company merges with Dutch food delivery service
Posted 2-Jul-2020 07:53


Techweek2020 goes digital to make it easier for Kiwis to connect and learn
Posted 2-Jul-2020 07:48


Catalyst Cloud launches new Solutions Hub to support their kiwi Partners and Customers
Posted 2-Jul-2020 07:44


Microsoft to help New Zealand job seekers acquire new digital skills needed for the COVID-19 economy
Posted 2-Jul-2020 07:41


Hewlett Packard Enterprise introduces new HPE GreenLake cloud services
Posted 24-Jun-2020 08:07


New cloud data protection services from Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Posted 24-Jun-2020 07:58


Hewlett Packard Enterprise unveils HPE Ezmeral, new software portfolio and brand
Posted 24-Jun-2020 07:10


Apple reveals new developer technologies to foster the next generation of apps
Posted 23-Jun-2020 15:30


Poly introduces solutions for Microsoft Teams Rooms
Posted 23-Jun-2020 15:14


Lenovo launches new ThinkPad P Series mobile workstations
Posted 23-Jun-2020 09:17


Lenovo brings Linux certification to ThinkPad and ThinkStation Workstation portfolio
Posted 23-Jun-2020 08:56


Apple introduces new features for iPhone iOS14 and iPadOS 14
Posted 23-Jun-2020 08:28


Apple announces Mac transition to Apple silicon
Posted 23-Jun-2020 08:18


OPPO A72 a top mid-tier smartphone
Posted 19-Jun-2020 18:02


D-Link A/NZ launches new smart AX1500 Wi-Fi 6 Router
Posted 19-Jun-2020 15:03



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.