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  #909793 8-Oct-2013 12:43
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NonprayingMantis: why for ipad? data is data. the device is largely irrelevant.

just pick the carrier that has the best bang for buck based on the price for the amount of data you think you will use and whether you want 4G or not (assuming your ipad is a newer one which supports it). This may vary depending on what you want. one carrier might be better for low volumes, another might be better for high volumes.

Let's say, for example, you want to use 3GB per month of mobile data:

With 2Degrees it will cost $50 for 3GB of national data that lasts 1 month. No 4G announcement on timing and prices, so you will be on 3G (which is probably still fine for most stuff anyway)

VF it costs $49 for 3GB of national data that lasts 1 months Not sure whether you can get 4G upgrade on that plan, but it will cost you an extra $10 if you can get it, your ipad supports it, and you want it.

Telecom is the same as VF ($49 for 3GB per month), however the 4G (when it launches next month) is free on all plans, not $10 extra. Not only that, but depending on where you want ot actually use the ipad you might get away with just buying the cheapest $19 prepaid 500MB pack which also grants you access to up to 30GB per month of data across their growing WiFi network. If you are in Auckland then there are shedloads of hotspots all over the place so this might be a good option.

ETA: anybody else find it weird that 2Degrees is the most expensive, if only by $1?

I understand that data is data, but googled it and it seemed that some people have had issues with connecting with their ipad via telecom, I don't know if this is still the case, hence my question.  I've had issues previously connecting apple products so am pretty weary of it.

this was probably ages ago when Telecom didn't have the ability to topup via the ipad and caused some issues.  you can do it easily now

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  #911483 9-Oct-2013 16:36
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I've not used Telecom or 2Degrees on my iPad or any non-VF clients, but Vodafone make it so easy...  even when you are out of your data allowance you can get to and see the usage and top up.

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  #913852 11-Oct-2013 19:52
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Jelliedsoup: Hi Guys,

Who provides the best support/plans for an Ipad? It seems like vodafone lean towards ipad while telecom goes towards the Galaxys?


I used Vodafone, Telecom and 2 Degrees, and 2 Degrees are by far the best if you want bang for your buck. $100 for 12GBf or six months can't be beat, but they don't have the coverage of the other two. If you're in a major city or large town you should be ok (confirm your location on their site's coverage map). I found that I'd have too much left over data that would get lost with the two main Telcos when the month expired.

I listen to streaming radio on my iPad at work everyday. For some reason, Telecom says I use my data faster the 2 Degrees, which doesn't make sense to me. The last two places I've worked in Wellington have had poor 3G reception for Vodafone. Trying to figure out how to top up my iPad with Telecom did my head in, so I gave up and switched to 2 Degrees and have never been happier

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