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Old 10-13-2014, 02:58 PM   #1
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Mobile Phone NZ

I am wanting advice on the best mobile phone prepaid service to use during a one month holiday in NZ. I will primarily want to access the internet, and make local[NZ]calls.
Also what is the most cost effective way to exchange money or access money in NZ.?
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Old 10-13-2014, 03:58 PM   #2
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I am wanting advice on the best mobile phone prepaid service to use during a one month holiday in NZ. I will primarily want to access the internet, and make local[NZ]calls.
Also what is the most cost effective way to exchange money or access money in NZ.?
Thanks
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I had the same query last year James. Ended up flying into Auckland and heading to the Telecom shop within the airport complex. They had all the options on an info sheet. For well under $100 they put a NZ sim in my phone which gave me so much local and overseas phone and message allowance that I couldn't use it, and I think about 5 gb of data. I'd googled it first. See what you can find.

A couple of years before that I'd done the same at a Vodafone store and I asked what their coverage was like and the girl told me that it was 'petchy'......
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Old 10-13-2014, 04:23 PM   #3
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When I fly into Auckland (in three weeks ) I plan to go to the Vodafone shop and pick up a "Travel SIM" which includes 200 texts and 120 minutes to any one of 14 countries - including Oz and the US, and NZ obviously - and 2GB of data, for $49. Which should be adequate for my 2-week trip, assuming I keep the data turned off when I'm only using GPS and that I hook to Wifi wherever possible.

Speaking of, is it true you Kiwis say "weefee" for "wifi"? That's just adorable.
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Old 10-13-2014, 05:11 PM   #4
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Have actually just been checking on ph/data options - Vodafone looks to have the best deals at present. Get one with a bit of data as free wifi can be a bit patchy in NZ.

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Speaking of, is it true you Kiwis say "weefee" for "wifi"? That's just adorable.
No. Whoever told you that may have been taking the piss. Were they Australian? Why-Fye.

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Old 10-13-2014, 08:31 PM   #5
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Make sure you have a good come back for the "the Kiwis that go to Aussie raise the IQ's of both countries" joke that seems to never get old over there....


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Old 10-13-2014, 10:45 PM   #6
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Make sure you have a good come back for the "the Kiwis that go to Aussie raise the IQ's of both countries" joke that seems to never get old over there....


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Old 10-13-2014, 11:57 PM   #7
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Hook line & sinker.....


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Old 10-14-2014, 02:15 AM   #8
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Hook line & sinker.....


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In my experience, people who say that are never quite sure which end of the line they're on...
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Old 10-14-2014, 02:37 AM   #9
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"the Kiwis that go to Aussie raise the IQ's of both countries" joke that seems to never get old over there....
That's not a joke - our Prime Minister of the time (Rob Muldoon) said that about the brain drain to OZ. He said a lot of other things too. Everyone hated him, and no one I ever came across admitted they voted for him....makes you wonder how they get into power. Farmers - they vote for that party.
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That's not a joke - our Prime Minister of the time (Rob Muldoon) said that about the brain drain to OZ. He said a lot of other things too. Everyone hated him, and no one I ever came across admitted they voted for him....makes you wonder how they get into power. Farmers - they vote for that party.
I was a protester in '81 and my sign said "Muldoon Eats Babies".
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Old 10-14-2014, 02:51 AM   #11
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In my experience, people who say that are never quite sure which end of the line they're on...

Thanks for sharing your experience Oscar, I'll Check my line!

Motu, it will always be one of the best political quips of all time, even if you did hate the guy!


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Old 10-14-2014, 01:17 PM   #12
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Make sure you have a good come back for the "the Kiwis that go to Aussie raise the IQ's of both countries" joke that seems to never get old over there....


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Ah Rob Muldoon.... once I finished by apprenticeship I was on the plane to Sydney in 1985. Went from $10 NZ to $14 AU per hour, pubs were open on a Sunday and you could buy Ducati's and BMW's.
In hindight should have bought that terrace house in Chippendale...$50 k seemed a lot at the time..
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Old 10-14-2014, 10:58 PM   #13
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I'm curently reading a book called His Way - a biography of Muldoon. I didn't realise he was so what we call left these days, he was very much for the welfare state. He was such a softy too - he didn't want to do all the reforms he was told to do because it would cause hardship and unmemployment. So when Labour got back in Roger had to do it all at once....causing hardship and unemployment on a large scale. In hindsight from this point in time his worst mistake was scraping Kirk's superanuation - a $ from the employee, employer and Government...because no one would see any benefit for 50 years. So now we are stuck with his system which won't be able to cope when us baby boomers want to retire.

This is a thread about phones of course - Muldoon didn't even have an iPhone, I think he had a Samsung because they are cheaper.
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Old 10-15-2014, 12:31 AM   #14
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And back to the OP original question.
If you planning on travelling South of the Bombay Hills then you might find that Telecom has better coverage outside of the cities while Vodafone has better coverage in the cities and larger towns. 2 Degrees tags onto Vidafone network.

Enjoy your trip whatever network you use

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Old 10-15-2014, 12:40 AM   #15
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Telecom is now called Spark. They probably have the best deal for you as most public phone booths also do 1gig of wifi data per day too. Spark also has the best coverage. Failing that Skinny have an awesome deals too and is the cheap / budget brand of Spark so they coverage is top too.
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