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  #152135 28-Jul-2008 17:13
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johnr:
Is this what you were after?

https://www.vodafone.co.nz/mobile-data/mobile-web.jsp

This was loaded early hours of this morning about 3am
No. I had looked at that. I found the link on http://www.vodafone.co.nz/mobile-data/3g-broadband-plans.jsp very carefully styled to look like all the other text on the page instead of a link.

What I'm looking for is something like the fine print bits on the 3G broadband page that says:
  • Billing increments on monthly plans is in 10KB blocks, with a minimum 10KB charge
  • On the casual daily rate, if you use less than $1 worth in a day, well only charge for what you used
I can't find anywhere on the site that says what size blocks you'll be charged in on the casual plan (seeing as the 10 KB block bit specifically says monthly plans), and I can't find what rate you'll be charged at if you use less than $1 worth, even though it says "we'll only charge for what you used" (at least, I assume it's meant to say "we'll" instead of "well").

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  #152136 28-Jul-2008 17:14
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leemajors:
sbiddle: There is no mention anywhere on the VF site that I can see regarding the $5 per MB initial charge, just this

If you use less than $1 worth of data in a day, we’ll only charge for what you used.


I might be retarded... but I can't find that on that page...

But also it doesn't make it clear what less than $1 of data is.... I would assume $1 is 1MB... so I shouldn't be charged $1 until I hit 1MB?

Less than $1 of data could be <1KB?


It's in the "how to get it" tab.

You will pay $5 per MB until you hit $1 but this isn't listed. We know this but it's obviously a piece of vital info that should be on the site somewhere but isn't.

 
 
 
 


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  #152150 28-Jul-2008 17:56
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Hi guys,

I am not following this.... i assume that this is $1 per day for up to 10mb of data right?
but then what is the whole debate about it getting charged at $5 per MB until $1 is reached?
from what i read... to get 10Mb of data at $5/MB rate... it gives you $50!!!.....

can someone please explain to me who is obviously a dumb ass... ha...

thanks...


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  #152171 28-Jul-2008 19:44
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You get charged at $5 per MB, capped at $1, until you reach 10 MB.

Therefore, for your first 0.1 MB, you get charged 50 cents ($5 * 0.1).

At 0.2 MB, you reach $1 of usage, so it caps at that until you get to 10 MB.

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  #152194 28-Jul-2008 20:53
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hi..... 
i still dont understand..... because on vodafone website it states that you will pay $1 for 10mb of data.. and thereafter its charged at $1 per MB of usesage... am i reading it wrong?..... seems i am getting more and more confused..... :(

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  #152195 28-Jul-2008 20:56
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That's exactly how it is. If you use up to 10 MB you pay only $1. If you use more than 10 MB then you pay $1 for each extra MB.

Here is a tip to save money. Use the optimised APN.




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  #152199 28-Jul-2008 21:06
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hi.. thanks for that... makes it lot easier to understand that.. :) 
ok... whats the benefit of having the optimised apn?? and could someone make that as part of the profiles on www.unlock.co.nz? :) 

 
 
 
 


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#152203 28-Jul-2008 21:10
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The "Optimised" traffic is compressed. Compression will depend on the content, text being more "squeezable" than pictures. But you get more for your buck.




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  #152207 28-Jul-2008 21:15
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thanks for that info. much appreciated :) 



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  #152238 28-Jul-2008 22:54
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freitasm: The "Optimised" traffic is compressed. Compression will depend on the content, text being more "squeezable" than pictures. But you get more for your buck.

I wonder how that will effect the opt.vodafone.net.nz will have on the google maps app. That thing seems to hose through the data (well kind of more than I was expecting). I'm going to try it out now. 

What I want to know is confirmation that you get charged at $5/MB until you use $1. I know there was that guy posting on the Geekzone forums, and I'm sure it's correct. But doesn't anyone think that Vodafone should actually say it on their website? The only logical conclusion that you can come to with the information on the Vodafone website is that you should be charged at $1/MB (since this is the only per MB rate that is given on the site).

Here's the conspiracy theory... They have recently introduced the $1/customer support call and then they make it sound like you pay $1/MB for the first MB of data. So VF will be able to charge every prepay user $1 for the first 200KB of data and then another $1 when they call up customer support and ask why they weren't charged 20c instead of $1.

BTW that last paragraph isn't serious.

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  #152544 29-Jul-2008 20:58
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hey guys.... just wanting to know on the updates on the casual data rate for the iphone users out there.... 
is it working out just as you guys had anticipated to work? just dollar per day up to 10mb of data? and what can you actually do with 10mb? :) 

cheers



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  #152553 29-Jul-2008 21:18
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scho047: hey guys.... just wanting to know on the updates on the casual data rate for the iphone users out there.... 
is it working out just as you guys had anticipated to work? just dollar per day up to 10mb of data? and what can you actually do with 10mb? :) 

Yeah... $1 for 10MB wasn't in question... just how they calculate the first $1. This does seem to be calculated at ~$5/MB.

So if you use:

100KB you get charged 50c
200KB for $1
5MB for $1
10MB for $1

I still maintain that VF makes it seems like you get the first $1 charged at $1/MB so it would be:

100KB for 10c
200KB for 20c
1MB for $1
etc.

As for what you can do with 10MB... probably just check your email all day and look at a few websites, locate yourself in google maps etc.

It's not a lot.... but it gives you basic and a good emergency data quota. Not exactly using an iPhone to the full.

But I'm going to be glad that it's there and I can look on a map when I'm trying to find something in the car.

BTW I'm starting to appreciate how annoying it is to surf on GPRS... dial up is back. Use the opt.vodafone.net.nz APN... it might help and I couldn't see any lossy compression that they might be using... I don't know if it helped but it didn't seem to hurt. So that is what I'm using.




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  #152556 29-Jul-2008 21:27
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cool.... that is really helpful.... 
and good to know that you can use it as an exmergency back up..... 

so are you on prepaid or on some plan with vodafone? 



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  #152573 29-Jul-2008 22:57
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scho047: cool.... that is really helpful.... 
and good to know that you can use it as an exmergency back up..... 

so are you on prepaid or on some plan with vodafone?

I'm on prepay. I actually text way more than I could talk. It's just more convenient most times.

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  #152580 29-Jul-2008 23:34
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this is awesome value. facebook chat has replaced blackberry messenger.  Need to test how much data it is using though...

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