What a shame competition doesn't exist in in our mobile market..

By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 30-Nov-2008 13:02

Isn't competition in the mobile marketplace amazing. It happens everywhere except New Zealand where Vodafone and Telecom are content trying to extract every single cent they can out of their customers.

Vodafone Australia are now offering a Dell Mini 9 with built in HSDPA data card and 5GB of data per month for A$69.95 over 24 months. There is $0 upfront cost for the mini note.

If you're after a new phone for Xmas how about a new Nokia N96? They are free if you're committing to a $99 cap for 24 months.

Want to compare what $99 per month on Vodafone Australia buys you? How about 10 x 4 minute phone calls every day for a month. That is around 1200 minutes of airtime to any network.

How much will you get in NZ? Not much - 250 minutes on Vodafone Talker will set you back $109.95 per month and Vodafone will give you $300 off a mobile.
That would mean you'll be paying close to NZ$1399 for the same phone with a total cost over 24 months of just over NZ$4000 vs just under A$2400 in Australia and receiving around 4 x the number of airtime minutes per month.

We're not being ripped off in NZ? Yeah Right...

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Steve Biddle
New Zealand

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.

My interests and skillset include:

*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

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

I'm an #avgeek who loves to travel the world (preferably in seat 1A) and stay in nice hotels.

+My views do no represent my employer. I'm sure they'll be happy to give their own if you ask them.

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