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  Reply # 774485 4-Mar-2013 18:31
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I apologise for that tangent.

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  Reply # 774500 4-Mar-2013 18:54
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When you are in Wellington, TradeMe run free wifi along the waterfront which might be useful.


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  Reply # 774513 4-Mar-2013 19:17
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why don't you get both (Telecom vs Vodafone) and give us your personal experience then we'll know the score for the folks vs johnr :)

PS do not leave valueables in the car in touristy spots (beaches, etc) it seems some Kiwis have a habit of breaking into and taking everything including the car sometimes

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  Reply # 774525 4-Mar-2013 19:47
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The widgets and applications you're using are data hogs and will absolutely motor through your usage pack.... speaking from personal experience. If you're going to be diligent about their use, 500mb should be adequate, but that's not been my experience.

2Degrees has really effective pricing for the Metro areas (AKLD/WLG/ROT), but uses Vodafone for national roaming in between, and that rate is pretty uninspiring. for Metro and for elsewhere

I have also found that the performance on 2D mobile is starting to wane a bit as the customer load is going up, so you definitely get what you pay for.

Vodafone Prepay Smart is a more balanced across text/voice/data package, not really for the data hog. Broadband Plus is $50 for 2GB and should be more than enough for 10 days.

Telecom XT has the same pricing,

with a 3GB option for $60

So horses for courses really. I don't know where Telecom's investment programme is regarding mobile capacity, but Voda has spent a good amount recently continuing to build stuff out.


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  Reply # 774527 4-Mar-2013 19:51
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Try Skinny prepaid. They use the Telecom network, so coverage is great. You can get sim cards & topups from Dick Smiths and Countdown.

$4 sim, comes with $4 credit. You can get 200mb data or 660 mins voice + 100mb data. It lasts one week.

$8 addon, 600mb data. Also lasts a week. You'd probably want a $4 for 200mb for the last few days

Total cost $16 NZD, loads of data, can top up anytime.


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  Reply # 774529 4-Mar-2013 20:01
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Just do not buy Skinny handsets. These are the only ones SIM locked in New Zealand.

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What a friendly forum this is! Everyone has been so helpful. I have some great ideas and understanding of prepaid mobile plans in NZ now! Thanks :)

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  Reply # 775316 5-Mar-2013 22:18
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remember, help us resolve telecom vs Vodafone :)

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  Reply # 775318 5-Mar-2013 22:21
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Yep! Will do :) haha

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