Well done Vodafone

May 21st, 2011 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

The Dom Post reports:

Vodafone has slashed the price customers pay to check email and surf the web on its mobiles and smartphones when visiting Australia by 80 per cent.

The price cut, from $5 a megabyte to $1/Mb, undercuts the rates offered by Telecom and 2degrees. It came a week after 2degrees dropped its “casual” data roaming rate from $30/Mb to $2.50/Mb.

Telecom now has the most expensive rate, at $8/Mb, but all three mobile operators offer 100Mb of data roaming in Australia for $100.

Good to see prices going down. At $1/Mb I’ll actualy leave data turned on.

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12 Responses to “Well done Vodafone”

  1. Peter (1,468 comments) says:

    Meh.

    Just get a local sim for data. $1MB is still a joke.

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  2. peterwn (2,935 comments) says:

    Getting a local sim can be easier said than done. In Australia for example you need to produce ID and cite an Australian address (it seems you can do it on line – but would be a chicken and egg business). In Italy AFAIK you need to produce your residency permit. There can be interoperability issues eg will a Crazy John’s dongle accept a NZ Vodafone sim (Crazy John is an Oz Vodafone reseller).

    I am surprised that Vodafone does not offer its clients cheap roaming within the Vodafone ‘family’ it would do wonders for sales and revenue.

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  3. Whafe (652 comments) says:

    Yeah, found the same issue when I first moved to Spain to live, not as simple as rocking in and getting a mobile…. When sorted though, I had a Vodafone Mobile stick for my laptop, 10 Euro for as much as you like per month…

    80% reduction, it is great for sure, but it was worse than extortion before this drop…

    Telecom will follow I bet..

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  4. Peter (1,468 comments) says:

    In Italy AFAIK you need to produce your residency permit.

    No, you don’t.

    I went to Italy last year and swapped my NZ SIM for a one-month 5GB card for 30-something ÔéČuro.

    In the TIM branch office, they wanted to see my passport. That was all.

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  5. Viking2 (10,715 comments) says:

    And they have managed to piss off lots of their mobile eftpos customers who now can no longer get logons.

    What a fucked up shagged industry with shit providers.

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  6. spector (180 comments) says:

    Your post should be headed “Well done 2degrees”. Vodafone wouldn’t have done anything if 2degrees hadn’t forced them to by doing it first.

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  7. Anthony (736 comments) says:

    Quite right spector. I wonder when Vodafone will reduce their standard SupaPrepay calling rate of 89 cents a minute? To avoid doing that after 2degrees entered the market they created a new plan called Simply prepay which has no add-ons or specials to get cheap calls or txts and charges a standard rate of 47 cents a minute for voice calls and 11 cents for txts.

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  8. orewa1 (425 comments) says:

    You must be joking David! “Well done” my ass.

    Vodafone have raped and pillaged New Zealand mobile users for a decade just as Telecom did to fixed users in the 90s. Arguably, more so.

    At last the regulator has caught up.

    Dont thank Vodafone. Thank Telecommunications Commissioner Ross Patterson, and Communications Minister Steven Joyce.

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  9. Pongo (356 comments) says:

    Bollocks to well done, when will kiwis get the same deals vodafail dish out to their customers in the UK, Aus, Italy etc. they are still welding us locally.
    Good on 2 Degrees for getting them focused, when my phone arrives from eking.co.nz which is 400 bucks cheaper than from the telcos I am off to 2 degrees with a no term contract at a cheaper rate than the incumbent thieves.
    I suggest everyone takes a look at what they have to offer and phone their telcos and tell them to get stuffed. No i dont work there.

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  10. Pongo (356 comments) says:

    Also where the hell is TUANZ ???? in getting these fuckers to stop robbing us.

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  11. Anthony (736 comments) says:

    Pongo, TUANZ started the ball rolling back in 2003 by writing to the Commerce Commission asking for termination rates to be regulated and have supported the process ever since!

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  12. boredboy (246 comments) says:

    coming to Australia, you show photo ID, quote the adress of the hotel/hostel you are staying at and you are away laughing.

    $2.50 (or something like that) for a simcard, which will work in a New Zealand phone (New Zealand phones are ‘unlocked’) and $29 prepaid topup. With Vodafone this $29 topup gives you $150 credit to call txt data anything PLUS $150 Vodafone-Vodafone call and txt.

    I use a Telstra mobile connection for my computer and a $40 topup gives you 1GB.

    Interesting thing though is how much the quality of reception varys. I drove around Australia for a few months and the reception inter-city is shocking. For example, on the drive from Adelaide up to Darwin, my Vodafone cut out about 40 miles out of civilisation and didn’t regain signal until Alice Springs. Cut out again until I was 40 miles out of Darwin.

    Led to a few tense moments when my car began to overheat in the middle of nowhere!

    In Sydney up on the Northern Beaches (think Auckland North Shore but with more bogans) the reception can drop out altogether. There are 200,000 people here.

    Back home with Vodafone all I can recall is it dropping out a bit at the fringes like in isolated valleys the Waitaks.

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