So I bit the bullet and decided to sign up to the latest UFB deal from 2degrees Broadband - (2 years: $59pm for 1st year; $95 for 2nd year).
Since I need a home phone (+) and am a monthly on-account customer, it'll be $64/month (plus $15 for phone minus $10 on-account mobile customer discount).
Rang up 2D Broadband team and asked them to (please) make me a one-off-cost static IP deal on the UFB signup.. after much BLAH BLAH .. other ISPs (e.g. voyager.nz do it for a one-off static IP cost of $14.95).. BLAH BLAH... nope was the answer. Some spiel about the cost of provisioning etc etc.
Hello!!? I'm an on-account 2D mobile customer wanting to get 2D UFB + home phone + static IP, but even the support desk supervisor can't approve a one-off static IP deal. Am I asking for too much @2degreesCare ?
I'll sleep on it, return the Fitz!Box modem and cancel the Chorus UFB scope - scheduled to happen tomorrow. Vodafone is happy with keep me with a static IP at no additional monthly cost.