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# 20664 2-Apr-2008 10:10
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Well now since the porting flood gate is open, people can comfortably port their numbers around like there's no tomorrow, ... have we really got room for another provider.

At the end of the day I still have not seen a drop in price for things like mobile broadband, and calling. I feel embarassed in telling my friends from my home country how much I pay on a monthly basis for something similar overseas. Statistics have shown we've grown in population, surely that would indicate that there are a lot more users to warrant a price drop.

Texting is so old fashion, I would like to make a call without having to worry about how much it is going to cost me. What are your thoughts people? When are we going to see a drop in price for personal mobiles/ company mobile with only a few users.


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  # 120465 2-Apr-2008 11:05
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The amount I pay for voice calls is still my biggest complaint here in NZ. I don't care about Best Mate or family because it's a large group of people I ring, not just a few.

It's very interesting to compare airtime usage between countries as when this is compared with the population and APRU it gives a fairly good indication of value for money. Vodafone NZ for example has approximately 1/2 the total airtime minutes per month compared to Vodafone Australia despite both countries sharing similair APRU's.

Better value voice plans in NZ is something that's sorely missing.. :-(



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  # 120468 2-Apr-2008 11:23
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agreed rscole! is it all about return of investment? the coverage itself has not really improved much as mentioned on other threads but yeah, when are we going to see value for money mobile calling rates

 
 
 
 


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One thing I am not looking foward to when returning to NZ later this year is not having cheap internet on my phone.

Currently I have a plan that costs £22 ($60) a month and for that I get £60 worth of anytime national calls or text's or pxt's and while abroad I can send pxt messages for free (alot of people in the office get holiday photos from me) and on top of that I get unlimited internet on my phone (N95).
I can plug my phone into the computer as well and get mobile broadband but at a cut speed rate and not able to use things such as MSN skype.

For a prepaid option you can go for £4 for 10gb for a day if you are a casual user (only useful if you have a modem vs Phone)

For £15 ($45) a month you can get the faster service but cant use VOIP services (have a 10gb fair use policy)

For £35 ($100) a month you can use skype (have a 10gb fare use policy)

So unless I work for telecom or vodafone when I get back I won't be getting any sort of moblie broadband.

NZ has a way to go before mobile broadband is afordable by the average jo blogs.

I am with t-mobile in the UK.

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Comes down to the lack of competition really, and theres not a large enough market (population density) for another provider to try and get their foot in the door.
In places like the UK, it makes sense for there to be lots of competition, because theres like a million people per square kilometre.
Over here, theres more sheep than people per square <enter distance preference here> and sheep can't use cell phones.



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  # 120983 4-Apr-2008 09:02
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New Zealand has grown from the estimated 3,427,000 in 1993 to 4,264,257 so we have grown quite a bit. I haven't really done my research as to how many users on each network are there, would be interesting to see.


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  # 120987 4-Apr-2008 09:11
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TelstraClear will be launching their mobile plans soon - very competitive and aggressive from what I hear.

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# 120988 4-Apr-2008 09:13
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They already launched - currently mainly focusing on business, but it's available to anyone really.

A secret: even though they offer a subset of the current CDMA range, if you ask to connect any other Telecom CDMA device they will do it for you.





 
 
 
 




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freitasm:

They already launched - currently mainly focusing on business, but it's available to anyone really.

A secret: even though they offer a subset of the current CDMA range, if you ask to connect any other Telecom CDMA device they will do it for you.



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I've already posted about the thievery that is  cost  of mobile  voice calls, while  we are stuck  the duopoly that is Voda & Telecom(n), there a quite a few (self included) that are waiting on the Orcon offering - even if they are going to use the Voda GSM network.
Roll on the day that calls across same network irresptive of retail carrier are equivalent to a local call. Paying $0.49/minute to call another Voda off peak from my own p'hone is insane. As I don't have a company p'hone, I'm about ready to tell them all to take a hike and go prepay for the odd txt or emergency use. Perhaps we could propose the great "turn off your mobile and use a landline (or carrier pigeon) or email" day? Give them a fright by simply saying no. For a long, long time everyone got along just fine without a cellphone...

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# 122679 10-Apr-2008 21:07
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Radiotron: I've already posted about the thievery that is  cost  of mobile  voice calls, while  we are stuck  the duopoly that is Voda & Telecom(n), there a quite a few (self included) that are waiting on the Orcon offering - even if they are going to use the Voda GSM network.


While I agree we don't pay the cheapest prices in New Zealand, in this forum we call companies by their names or accepted TLAs (VFNZ, TNZ, and so on).

There's no "joke" in Telecon. If you want them to respect our voice here, we have to give them the respect we want.




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