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Topic # 129172 5-Sep-2013 19:11
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Kia Ora,

I was pleased to see the 2degrees "Landline on your Mobile" service is available to all pay monthly plans now (I believe it used to only be for $89/month plans and above previously).  So for another $20/month on top of my existing plan my friends can reach me for a local call, sweet!  I decided to take a new number (in Auckland they are 09-39[012]-XXXX) and found a nice easy to remember one, but you can also port an existing landline number.

/ben
 

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  Reply # 890666 5-Sep-2013 22:39
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Ten years ago this would have been great to ease the transition from fixed lines to mobiles, but these days I'd be surprised if anyone would really get any economic benefit out of it.

I think nearly everyone I know aged under 60 has a mobile with ample free calling to all NZ phones.

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alasta: Ten years ago this would have been great to ease the transition from fixed lines to mobiles, but these days I'd be surprised if anyone would really get any economic benefit out of it.

I think nearly everyone I know aged under 60 has a mobile with ample free calling to all NZ phones.


It's not the calling out that's a problem, its the calling in. Older family members won't call my mobile due to cost concerns. The price of calling me from Australia on mobile makes my Dad refuse to budge on this. As a result, I pay out for a home phone line just so they can call in. There's no economic benefit to me and other than hearing from family almost nobody calls the landline. It's a problem and I bet I'm not the only one that wants to ditch the separate phone but keep the home phone number for incoming calls. 

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 890700 6-Sep-2013 06:48
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Agreed. It's also important for businesses.





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  Reply # 890723 6-Sep-2013 08:29
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Elpie:
alasta: Ten years ago this would have been great to ease the transition from fixed lines to mobiles, but these days I'd be surprised if anyone would really get any economic benefit out of it.

I think nearly everyone I know aged under 60 has a mobile with ample free calling to all NZ phones.


It's not the calling out that's a problem, its the calling in. Older family members won't call my mobile due to cost concerns. The price of calling me from Australia on mobile makes my Dad refuse to budge on this. As a result, I pay out for a home phone line just so they can call in. There's no economic benefit to me and other than hearing from family almost nobody calls the landline. It's a problem and I bet I'm not the only one that wants to ditch the separate phone but keep the home phone number for incoming calls. 


When I refer to 'economic benefit' I was also factoring in the calling party. If the calling party is using a mobile with a decent calling plan then cost isn't an issue for them.

However I don't have 'older family members' needing to call me, so I guess I'm in a different situation from you. The under 50s who I socialise with don't seem to have a problem in this respect.

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  Reply # 890827 6-Sep-2013 11:48
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alasta:
Elpie:
alasta: Ten years ago this would have been great to ease the transition from fixed lines to mobiles, but these days I'd be surprised if anyone would really get any economic benefit out of it.

I think nearly everyone I know aged under 60 has a mobile with ample free calling to all NZ phones.


It's not the calling out that's a problem, its the calling in. Older family members won't call my mobile due to cost concerns. The price of calling me from Australia on mobile makes my Dad refuse to budge on this. As a result, I pay out for a home phone line just so they can call in. There's no economic benefit to me and other than hearing from family almost nobody calls the landline. It's a problem and I bet I'm not the only one that wants to ditch the separate phone but keep the home phone number for incoming calls. 


When I refer to 'economic benefit' I was also factoring in the calling party. If the calling party is using a mobile with a decent calling plan then cost isn't an issue for them.


It is, if they are overseas ;) International calls on mobile are still very expensive in some countries. I know what you mean though. Most people I speak with use mobile but then again, most of them are clued up. My brother is a builder and uses his mobile a lot, but has never used SMS and getting him to install Viber was a waste of time - I never considered that anyone would be on a voice-only plan. He's one who won't call my mobile from Aussie due to costs. He's young, but has never needed the tech we take for granted. My older relations, well, they are another story. And skinflints. 

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