Telecom v Vodafone data roaming prices

December 11th, 2012 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

pointed out to me their data angel service allows you to buy data in advance and not be able to go over your cost limit. This is better than what they had previously, but I have to say I like the idea of just having a flat rate and not having to worry about how much data I am using.

But people may wonder, which is cheaper. Well here is the comparison.

  • Australia $6/day v $15 for 100 MB Vodafone. So if you do more than 40 MB a day then is cheaper. Less than 40 MB a day and Vodafone is cheaper. But of course they key difference is most of us have little idea how much data we may use on a trip. If you end up using your phone for GPS the data use will be much higher.
  • UK/USA $10/day Telecom v $15 for 40 MB Vodafone. So if you do more than 27 MB a day then Telecom is cheaper and less than 27 MB a day, Vodafone is cheaper.

If you use your smart phone to tether your laptop also, I’d say you end up doing far more than 40 MB a day. I’m doing around 70 MB a day in NZ, and that is without tethering when I am in Wellington.

My prediction is Vodafone will move to flat rate data plans within 12 months. And it should be much easier for them to negotiate the plans as their counterparts in other countries are Vodafone Australia, Vodafone UK etc etc. Telecom managed to do it with telcos that are not even part of the same global company.

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8 Responses to “Telecom v Vodafone data roaming prices”

  1. louislepper (1 comment) says:

    It’s a good start, but I’m always a little doubtful of these flat rate fair use schemes. I mean currently, if I’m going somewhere for at least a week, I buy a simcard overseas, and if possible get a 2GB or so package.
    I can’t imagine Telecom being very happy about using that amount of data while roaming.

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  2. krazykiwi (8,040 comments) says:

    Telecom managed to do it with telcos that are not even part of the same global company.

    Telecom won’t have negotiated deals with all these other Telco’s. They’ve simply taken usage profiling and averaged across everyone and made usage subject to a ‘fair use’ policy: “If you use significantly more data while roaming than you do at home, you may be in breach of this policy. If this is the case, we will alert you, and if you breach the policy again, we reserve the right to suspend your account.”

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  3. double d (225 comments) says:

    Vodafone plan is bull shit. Tried using when I was in San Francisco last month and spent 30 minute cab ride trying to set up

    Ended up using hotel wifi.

    KISS ( keep it simple stupid…)

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  4. peterwn (3,332 comments) says:

    Now that Telstra no longer owns TelstraClear in NZ, Telecom and Telstra can now talk without fear of retribution from Commerce Commission or ACCC.

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  5. nzbsgfan (3 comments) says:

    I’m thinking the proof will sit around what Telecom considers “fair use”.
    My concern would be coming home with data usage deemed to be outside an arbitrary fair use – and being stuck with a hefty bill.

    At least you know what you’re getting buy buying a data bundle up front.

    Then again, if Telecom agreed my usage was fair it would seem to be a good deal – I’d just like to know what “fair” was before heading overseas..

    I’m wondering if a few people wont ruin for everyone by abusing their roaming data and take it to the media when Telecom clamp down.. time will tell I guess…

    [DPF: As I understand it, Telecom will e-mail or text you if they think your usage overseas is beyond fair use. So there is no risk of coming home to a big bill with no notice]

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  6. Chthoniid (2,047 comments) says:

    It’s an encouraging development. I’m very interested in which will be cheapest to use in China.

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  7. Spoon (104 comments) says:

    I’m a bit concerned about the conditions on Telecom’s plan – basically that your usage is “unlimited”, but can’t be drastically more than your normal usage.

    In a normal month I use maybe 300mb, or about 10mb per day. I have wireless at home and wireless at work, so only really use 3G for the trip to work, or if I’m out and about.

    When I’m away from home this goes up drastically. I was in Christchurch for a night a couple of weeks ago. It was about 30 hours total away from home. I stayed with my sister overnight so had use of her wifi, but was on 3G in the daytime. I blew through well over 200MB in that day or so.

    I’d be pretty concerned that if I went to Australia for 5 days, used the internet regularly on my phone and went through a GB of data that I’d end up with a bill for the 950MB of that data that is “excessive” compared to my normal usage.

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  8. insider (845 comments) says:

    Wouldn’t a lot more customers benefit if telecom managed to run its broadband effectively? This is a sideshow.

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