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Topic # 8712 24-Jul-2006 20:53
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Mobile Phone costs for any off peak calls now are actually more expensive that they once were................... Quite often, Peak calling has gone up too!

Back in 1999, A call from a Telecom Prepaid, cost you Peak, 99c, off peak 49c, and Calls were billed per second after the first minute.

Back in 1997, My 025 plan cost $29.95 a month, gave me 200 free local call or national minutes but the off peak was 6PM - 8AM, much more useful, the best part is when you ran out of free minutes, Off peak calls were just 15c, Not the exorbidant 49c they are now.

Talk200 offered by Vodafone and Go Free anywhere offered by Telecom (both off peak 7PM - 7AM) had overage charges of just 20c a minute, again versus the 49c ripoff charging they are now.

Then in the early 2000's, they slowly jacked up the prices,

Prepaid 025 became $1.29 a minute and 30 second charging blocks were introduced,
Shortly after, the price rose to $1.35, and that Full minute rounding was introduced.

The "go free anywhere" was replaced by "go free 2000", same monthly price, price of overusage calls went from 20c up to that 49c.

Talk200 was replaced by "Get200", same price, and 20 free texts a month but again the price of overusage calls again went from 20c up to that 49c (though Get300 was introduced for the high users which retains the 20c off peak overage)

And from there, the homeline charges went up from 15c off peak to 19c off peak, Full minute rounding was introduced for all national calls from Telecom "Homelines" in saying that however, Capped calling prices did get cheaper.

IT seems the telco's "use confusion" and the current ranges of plans (You Choose especially) pretty much scare you into not dare going over your free minutes or you'll get STUNG at 49c a minute! (you choose is up to $1 a minute)

Best plans? Want to keep that "Go Free Local" 6PM off peak?

Medium to high off peak user?

Amway "TXT MAXX 200" (027), has 6PM off peak still, The plan is basically "go Free 200" otherwise, To hook up, you need to just know someone in the Pyram.......... Cough.."Multi-Level-Marketing" scheme that sells "Dish-Drops" and "SA8" and get their "IBO" number to hook up a phone, You can just transfer from any 027 plan or take-out a new connection.

High off peak user?

Cheapest is still is Get 300 (021) which is still just 20c if you exceed your minutes and the standard effective rate for calls is about 13c, Go Free 300 (027) has an overage rate of 30c if your camp is with Telecom

Daytime caller, Less than about 200 minutes a month?

Get two mobiles (they are pretty small nowadays), Chuck one on Vodafone Pre Pay Motormouth, the other on Telecom Go One Bill Mates Rates, Use the 021 for all 021 and landline calls, the 027 for all 027 and landlines.... Works out a LOT cheaper than the entry level business plans!

Muthaf__kingly high off peak user? Really scary off peaker??
Amway have another plan (also with 6PM off peak) called Ambassador MAXX 2000, offpeak, for $115 smackaroo's, they give you 2000 off peak minutes, yes, 2000 minutes off peak, now you'll be dying of radiation cancer in 5 years at that pace.

Amway plans and contacts for them
Telecom NZ plans
Vodafone NZ REAL plans (not You Lhoose)

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  Reply # 42348 24-Jul-2006 21:34
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I've just found my old BellSouth pricelist from February 1996 (when I joined) and find it interesting that the cost of peaktime calls was 45c + GST on their cheapest plan then and is still 49c incl GST now on You Choose 1100! You also only had to pay 28c + GST for offpeak calls whereas all calls are billed at a 24/7 rate now.

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