Data Angel

November 6th, 2012 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

says its customers will no longer be able to run up unexpected bills surfing the web or checking email on smartphones or computers when travelling overseas.

A new system, Data Angel, means its customers will be prompted to buy data when they switch on their phones or devices after arriving in a country. They will receive a warning once they have used 80 per cent of their allowance and will need to buy extra data in order to continue accessing the internet once that runs out.

That sounds a good system. One thing unclear though is whether you have to prepay for data which you may not use, or whether you can use it just to notify you of your data usage but on pay as you go?

Vodafone said the system was a “world first”. It has at the same time cut the cost of data for New Zealanders visiting Australia by 70 per cent to $15 for 100 megabytes.

Getting better. But $150 a gig still way too high. The real solution is having say no more than double local rates.

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5 Responses to “Data Angel”

  1. KiwiGreg (3,169 comments) says:

    I was in Japan last week and it prompted me to buy data – you basically just text back “B20″ to buy 20Mb. It said I had 30 days to use it, no idea if that just meant in Japan or generally. So it’s a pre-pay system.

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  2. MarkF (93 comments) says:

    No the real solution is for say Vodafone which has a virtual world wide presence to treat all of it’s customers, providing they are roaming on the “Vodafone” network to be treated as “local customers” and given a rate that is either their Home phone plan or the local equivalent plan. If somebody did this and treated all of their world wide customers as if they were always on their home network they would absolutely slay all other competition.

    Just an FYI. It is not your local phone company which is creating the high roaming charges it is the carrier in the foreign country who is making the killing, the local phone company is merely passing on the charges often with very small margins.

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  3. projectman (203 comments) says:

    This is no solution for Australia at all.

    I repeat my comment on an earlier thread. Buy a sim from Amaysim and then purchase data for that at AU$10 per GB (even cheaper if you want to buy more data).

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  4. insider (1,000 comments) says:

    On what basis do you want to impose that price limit? Seems like a coin toss figure

    No no projectman. Doing that would require removing the battery cover. It’s vodafones job to prevent the injuries associated with that onerous task through its pricing

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  5. pq (728 comments) says:

    Vodaphone is the most evil company ever.the most evil Australia shit, die now
    and dear customers the NZ Govt paid for monopoly directors fees to monopoly Telecom for twenty years.
    and allowing scum like vodafone here.
    thanks Roger Douglas financial transactions exempt, rich people exempt, die here and now.

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