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There are 3 major mobile network operators in New Zealand:<br/>
 
*Spark (was Telecom/XT) http://www.spark.co.nz/<br/>
 
*Vodafone http://www.vodafone.co.nz/<br/>
 
*2 degrees http://www.2degreesmobile.co.nz/<br/>
 
*Virtual network operator Skinny https://www.skinny.co.nz/<br/>
 
  
All offer pre-paid SIM cards which can be easily obtained and require no paperwork or registration (you can pick one up in the airport just after you get through customs).<br/>
 
All operators now offer 4G in limited areas, which should cover most of Auckland CBD.<br/>
 
*lte-fd 4g 700, 1800 MHz<br/>
 
** Very Limited 700MHz at present<br/><br/>
 
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== 2Degrees ==
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* No store in Airport -- free SIM cards are available on the Airbus
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* SIM sizes: SIM+MicroSIM, and NanoSIM.
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* GSM (2G) 900 / 1800
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* UMTS (3G) 900 / 2100
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Prepaid:
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* [http://www.2degreesmobile.co.nz/prepay/pricing/plus/value-packs/carryover-combo 19 NZD: Carryover]
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** 100 minutes of calls to phones in NZ and AU
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** Unlimited SMS to phones in NZ and AU
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** 500MB data
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** 30 day expiry
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* [http://www.2degreesmobile.co.nz/mobile-data/zone-data-packs NZ$99 for 12GB ]
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Activating the SIM:
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* Insert the SIM in the phone
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* Make sure the correct network is selected
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* Call 200
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* First do a top-up (1).  Minimum amount is 20 NZD, done by credit card
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* You probably don't want to have them save your credit card details, otherwise the combo pack will automatically renew when you leave.
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* You get a text message confirming it.
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* Add a combo pack or data pack
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* You get a text message confirming it.
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Note: Their IVR doesn't update with your current balance while you're still on the line -- the balance is from when you started the call.  So you top up your account, and then you get told that you have "0 Dollars"...
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Other note: They also have a captive portal that allows you to sign up.  However, this website is not mobile-friendly.  Additionally, on Android, if you rotate the phone you have to start again, and the zoom function is disabled/stuck.  Do it over the phone instead.
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== Skinny ==
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* UMTS (3G) 850 / 2100
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* GSM NOT AVAILABLE
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'''Note''' Skinny also does a competitive package, with $4 for a sim that comes loaded with calling time (within ANZ), texts and mobile data.
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== Spark (Telecom / XT) ==
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* Store in the international terminal, in the arrivals area.  Marked as "Telecom" in Airport maps.
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* UMTS (3G) 850 / 2100
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* GSM NOT AVAILABLE
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Prepaid:
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'''Note''' Spark Travellers SIM for $49 is similar to the Vodafone offering.
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'''Note''' Spark (Telecom NZ/XT) does have 1GB data on WiFi per day across NZ starting at $29
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'''Note''' Spark / Skinny share the same broadcast frequencies and have '''NO''' 2G Network
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== Vodafone ==
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* Store in the international terminal, in the arrivals area.
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* GSM (2G) 900 / 1800
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* UMTS (3G) 900 / 2100
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Prepaid:
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'''Note''' Vodafone Travellers SIM for $49 with 2GB Data, and for a lot of our attendees from outside of ANZ it will probably include minutes to call home. Check your countries Vodafone website
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== Roaming with an Australian Telco ==
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* Optus post-paid mobiles allegedly have a $10/day travel pack option which can be activated online, giving unlimited talk and SMS plus 50MB data/day.  This is markedly (exponentially?) cheaper than the standard roaming rate.  See http://www.optus.com.au/shop/mobilephones/international-roaming/postpaid#add-roaming for details, or http://www.optus.com.au/shop/mobilephones/international-roaming/data-roaming#add-roaming if you only want data and don't care about talk/SMS.
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* Telstra has something similar - see https://www.telstra.com.au/mobile-phones/international-roaming#intravelpass.
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* So does Vodafone: http://www.vodafone.com.au/personal/international-roaming
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* Don't accidentally use roaming data without getting some sort of travel pack active first.  You will almost certainly regret it.
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* Picking up a New Zealand SIM will probably still work out cheaper than roaming travel packs, especially if you only really care about data.
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Revision as of 10:27, 8 January 2015


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