Isn't competition in the mobile marketplace fantastic?

By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 24-May-2008 16:02

The concept of paying for a phone is foreign to many people in other parts of the world. In the UK or Australia for example most of my friends have never paid for a phone, it's virtually an expectation that upon signing a term contract with a mobile provider that they will give you a free phone. Sadly for NZ we're the exception to the rule, not the norm..:-( 

Here in Australia at present you can pick up a free Nokia N95 for signing up to a 24 month $49 capped plan on Vodafone. That A$49 per month gets you $310 of network value

*Calls cost 40c per 30 seconds + a 30c connection charge.

*SMS's cost 25c

*PXT cost 50c each

*Data is $1 per 5 minute block for casual usage or $11.95 per month for 100MB  with excess data charged at 12c per MB.

Lets look at some average usage..for that $49 each month you could

*Send 200 SMS's

*Get your 100MB of data for mobile browsing

*Make 4 phone calls every day for 31 days and get approximately 250 minutes of anytime airtime for your calls. Calls are also rounded to 30 second blocks unlike NZ.

And remember that with your 2 year contract you get a free N95 and your total over 2 years is A$1176

Now think what you get in NZ for your money.

Bring on the competition in the NZ mobile market. It is sorely needed.

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Comment by Disgruntled Vodafone User, on 24-May-2008 17:08

Vodafone New Zealand charges an arm and a leg for handsets... No incentive at all unfortunatelly - and now they are locked too!

Comment by Damager, on 24-May-2008 21:58

Vodafone NZ aren't a forward thinking business and are too greedy to do deals like that.

Comment by KevDaly, on 25-May-2008 12:35

The problem with telco-subsidised phones is that it gives the companies concerned an ethical basis for SIM-locking, telling you what you can and can't install on the phone, and so on.
While that's fine for many people and meets their needs I think there should always be the option to buy the phone outright and basically do what you want with it.

Comment by mobygeek, on 25-May-2008 17:40

But our Optus-subsidised phones for accounts were not subsidized when we were dealers over there...  It was only Pre-paid phones which were sim-locked, network locked etc.  Some had less locking than others, and some had mistakes....

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Steve Biddle
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I'm an engineer who loves building solutions to solve problems.

I also love sharing my views and analysis of the tech world on this blog, along with the odd story about aviation and the travel industry.

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*VoIP (Voice over IP). I work with various brands of hardware and PBX's on a daily basis
  -Asterisk (incl PiaF, FreePBX, Elastix)

  -xDSL deployments

*Structured cabling
  -Home/office cabling
  -Phone & Data

*Computer networking
  -Mikrotik hardware
  -WAN/LAN solutions

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  -Motel/Hotel hotspot deployments
  -Outdoor wireless deployments, both small and large scale
  -Temporary wireless deployments
*CCTV solutions
  -Analogue and IP

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