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# 108931 9-Sep-2012 12:30
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Hey there,

I've got a client who just moved to New Zealand from Norway 2 weeks ago. He's very tech-illiterate and wants me to find the best deal for him. Price isn't too much of a concern.

As far as needs go, he's moving to a house in Glenfield on the 17th and wants good broadband and a landline. He also wants to be able to call home a lot, most of the "international calling" packages offered by Vodafone and Orcon don't include Norway.

I'm not sure if he wants Sky TV or not. Doesn't seem like something he'd be interested in.

I looked into Skype, but their Norway options seem limited. VoIP services are acceptable as long as the quality is good. He just wants something that works (and I don't want to be over there every other week sorting things out). An iPhone app would be a bonus. He bought a calling card but the rates were still pretty exorbitant.

As far as mobile goes, his employer bought him a Vodafone Prepay microSIM for his iPhone 4. He doesn't like this (he'd rather a bill just came). It seems like 2degrees offer the best on-account rates for data and calling.

Any suggestions?

Cheers




 


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  # 683389 9-Sep-2012 12:50
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I use Skype to ring few international countries. It works great and I have a local dialing number as well to ring from landline instead of having to use PC. Also use the same subscription on Windows Phone Skype app. Skype has a great iPhone app.

Norway (landlines) is dirt cheap from the looks of it. 5 euros/month for unlimited calling and 15% discount if purchased 12 months in advance. Does not include mobile calling but there is a separate package for that. For 6 euros, you can ring 24 European countries landlines including Norway

http://www.skype.com/intl/en/prices/pay-monthly#NO

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dit - Oh and I have Telecom broadband + Telecom phone line. I recommend either Telecom, Vodafone or Snap.




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  # 683615 9-Sep-2012 22:40
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Cheers, I had missed Skype's subscription package. Just going to recommend Telecom Total Home + 2degrees On Account + Skype Unlimited World + Skype to Go. Seems like it'd be easiest for him not having to worry about using a complicated phone or having an unreliable internet connection.




 


 
 
 
 


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  # 683662 10-Sep-2012 07:27
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I'm using Snap Naked DSL ($87pm, 155GB Data, free unmetered youtube/google) with Slingshot italk for voip(italk a bit, $11pm, 500 minutes to many countries around the world, including NZ)

http://www.snap.net.nz
http://www.slingshot.co.nz/calling-tolls/italk/

Slingshot seems to have changed their website so can find out of Norway is on their list. But I'm sure it is. Give them a call to find out. $22 pm gets you a italk a lot plan which gives you 1500 minutes of calling.





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  # 683664 10-Sep-2012 07:40
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I recommend voipbuster.com Free to call Norway landline. 15 cent to mobile. Free within NZ

I have voipbuster app installed on my android. I think the app also available for ios. Quality is excellent.







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  # 683978 10-Sep-2012 16:32
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Cheers for the suggestions. The only reason I recommended Skype is that they offer the Skype To Go service where you can give them your number and contacts numbers and they generate local DDI numbers. E.g. 09 123-4567 when called from your phone will immediately dial the number in Norway, as well as a separate access number you can call and then dial on the number. He is very much anti-technology so I feel simply doing this and adding the numbers to his iPhone contacts will be the simplest solution.




 


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  # 684026 10-Sep-2012 18:13
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I would go for Snap as an ISP and then you have super easy access to ADSL, VDSL and UFB plans with out having to change providers. Their support is awesome and they have fairly good sizes plans at a great price.
I would then just use 2Talk or Xnet for calling. 2Talk is cheaper and probably all you need if he is tech savy enough.

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  # 684347 11-Sep-2012 12:59
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WorldxChange
Xnet Fusion plan $70 per month, pay as you go data $1 per GB, 5GB included.
5c per minute to Norway, or supercap B $39.95 mth for 1000 minutes (4c per minute).
You can get an SRP527 for 3x payment of $133.

Very good reliable service.
Let me know if interested in this option.

Fraser




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