Thursday, 29 December 2011

Goodbye overpriced Vodafone, here comes 2degrees

I've always considered Vodafone one of the cheaper telephone companies and was happy with it in other countries (Czech Republic, Australia, UK). That's why I walked into a NZ Vodafone shop without much thought. It was, however, a mistake that has cost me dearly. They're incredibly expensive here. Although it took me seven months to realize that not all NZ networks are this overpriced, but better late than never, and today I moved over to 2degrees. Adiós Vodafones!
Just a quick pricing comparison
2degrees
- New sim card: $5
- Calls/texts to any network: 44c/9c 
- Top up reward: 22c/2c calls and texts to 2degrees and landlines for a whole month
- Disadvantage: apparently Vodafone and 2degrees aren't exactly on friendly terms and due to some missing agreements, 2degrees customers can't send or receive texts to/from some overseas Vodafones (e.g. Czech Republic, France, Germany).

Vodafone
- New sim card: $30
- Calls/texts to any network: 90c/20c 
- Top up reward: you get 100 free minutes to VF mobiles and landlines. Catch: only usable during the four weekends following the purchase. Catch n.2: it doesn't say "free call" when you dial a number, and considering how many people switch networks but keep their old number, calling a 021 is no guarantee that you're making a free call. Trust me, my wallet found out the hard way.
- Top up reward n.2: 10% extra (not sure if it only applies to specific payment methods, i.e. credit cards, or if it doesn't matter)
- Cheap overseas calls: apparently, you can call overseas landlines for $2/h. However, this information is not exactly widely advertised and it only got to me by word of mouth, when I'd already been living in NZ for half a year. By then my VF credit had ran out again and I was not going to buy any more.

More details and current prices are on the websites:
www.2degreesmobile.co.nz/prepay/pricing
http://www.vodafone.co.nz/phones-plans/prepay/supa-prepay/

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