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    Default Cheap mobile calling plans

    While I'm home dad is getting me to help sort him a new phone (his was on the CDMA network). He's been into the telecom store and also called their help centre but ended up getting shitty when they couldn't help him with exactly what he wanted.

    So I've done some research and we've almost decided on a Samsung S5511T which Telecom have for $199 ($179 at The Warehouse though) and he is looking for a plan (postpaid or prepaid with 50-100 calling minutes and 100 or so texts. I've found that the Skinny Loose Lips $4 weekly combo would probably fit best, I could set him up an auto-topup and renewal each week and he would get 40min and 100 texts to any network.

    I've rung telecom and vodafone too and none of their plans really work out as good value even with the upgrade offers ($30 phone discount on telecom and $25 account credit on vodafone etc etc).

    Are there any hidden deals or plans floating around out there that would work out better than the Skinny option?

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    Default Re: Cheap mobile calling plans

    Telecom announce a new $19 prepay plan this week..

    http://www.telecom.co.nz/mobile/mobi...ndpricing/big/
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    Default Re: Cheap mobile calling plans

    Personally I'd avoid the telecom store like the plague. Choose a phone (anything that supports telecom's 850Mhz WCDMA is fine) and then use pricespy or your own deal searching to find a good price. Telecom provide an overpriced and limited range. Other than a free SIM in some cases or a good $0 upfront plan there is absolutely nothing to gain from buying telecom.
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    Default Re: Cheap mobile calling plans

    Quote Originally Posted by paulw View Post
    Telecom announce a new $19 prepay plan this week..

    http://www.telecom.co.nz/mobile/mobi...ndpricing/big/
    Looked at that and with only 60min per month vs 160min per month on Skinny for the same price it works out much more efficient to go with Skinny, I asked their call centre if there was any bonus credit or other offers available and got told no.

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    Default Re: Cheap mobile calling plans

    2 Degrees has $29/mo for 60mins + 100 bonus mins and 2500 text and 50MB. Unused mins/text/data gets carried over for a 12 month period I think.
    http://www.2degreesmobile.co.nz/paymonthly/plans

    Also if you sign up for a 12 or 24 month term, you get $45 or $69 discount on the handset
    http://www.2degreesmobile.co.nz/paymonthly/plans/bonus

    If you get the $39/mo plan that has 120mins + 100 bonus, 2500 text, 100MB AND for the next two years you get also 1GB of mobile data every month, you can have shared data so if you are on 2D as well yo could use that too ... I think.

    Edit - you are in Timaru. Not too sure if the 1GB bonus data are in the BB zone or not. I know the 50MB or 100MB is national so Timaru gets that roaming off Vodafone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nomad View Post
    2 Degrees has $29/mo for 60mins + 100 bonus mins and 2500 text and 50MB. Unused mins/text/data gets carried over for a 12 month period I think.
    http://www.2degreesmobile.co.nz/paymonthly/plans

    Also if you sign up for a 12 or 24 month term, you get $45 or $69 discount on the handset
    http://www.2degreesmobile.co.nz/paymonthly/plans/bonus

    If you get the $39/mo plan that has 120mins + 100 bonus, 2500 text, 100MB AND for the next two years you get also 1GB of mobile data every month, you can have shared data so if you are on 2D as well yo could use that too ... I think.
    Vodafone + 2degrees has really poor coverage around the Geniti area here so they would have to have an exceptional deal for him to consider that. I think that Vodafone looked at putting something on top of one of the churches up there but the neighbours apparently kicked up a stink and nothing came of it so coverage is still poor.

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    Default Re: Cheap mobile calling plans

    Quote Originally Posted by paulw View Post
    Telecom announce a new $19 prepay plan this week..

    http://www.telecom.co.nz/mobile/mobi...ndpricing/big/
    Bwaahahaaaaaa thats not prepaid. its a monthly plan.
    not getting at you paul but why they call it a prepaid is because you pay up front...monthly...forever
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gobe1 View Post
    Bwaahahaaaaaa thats not prepaid. its a monthly plan.
    not getting at you paul but why they call it a prepaid is because you pay up front...monthly...forever
    And how is that different from any other monthly / weekly prepay plan?? You always have to pay upfront.
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    Default Re: Cheap mobile calling plans

    Quote Originally Posted by paulw View Post
    Telecom announce a new $19 prepay plan this week..

    http://www.telecom.co.nz/mobile/mobi...ndpricing/big/
    That's very nice...

    And for everyone who's going to tell me that there are better offers through 2D or skinny....when you only have Vodafone and Telecom networks to choose from, and Vodafone's is hopeless, offers like this are very handy...
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    Default Re: Cheap mobile calling plans

    Quote Originally Posted by paulw View Post
    And how is that different from any other monthly / weekly prepay plan?? You always have to pay upfront.
    maybe b/c Telecom afaik don't carry over the unused credits. whereas real prepaid/prepay does.

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