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{{Trail|About|Auckland}}
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There are 3 major mobile network operators in New Zealand:<br/>
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*Spark (was Telecom/XT) http://www.spark.co.nz/<br/>
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*Vodafone http://www.vodafone.co.nz/<br/>
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*2 degrees http://www.2degreesmobile.co.nz/<br/>
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*Virtual network operator Skinny https://www.skinny.co.nz/<br/>
  
== Supermarkets ==
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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).
There's 2 chains in the Auckland Central, Countdown and New World with 4 supermarkets between them. With all I'll try to add the google+ page so you have a link to the map to help you find them. There's also a few asian supermarkets in the CBD.
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=== Countdown ===
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All operators now offer 4G in limited areas, which should cover most of Auckland CBD.
* Countdown has 2 supermarkets: Countdown Auckland City and Countdown Auckland Metro
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** If you hate shopping, you can order online and have the groceries delivered OR pick up from the supermarket.
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** Countdown Auckland City, on Quay St has both options (delivery or collect)
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** Page with info on click + collect http://shop.countdown.co.nz/Shop/Page/ClickAndCollect?ref=homepage
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** Page on delivery http://shop.countdown.co.nz/Shop/Page/Delivery?ref=homepage
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*lte-fd 4g 700, 1800 MHz
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** Very Limited 700MHz at present
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* Countdown Auckland City (Quay St)
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== 2Degrees ==
** Opening Hours Mon - Sun, 24 hours
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** Address: 76 Quay Street, Auckland City. Phone: (09) 275 2567 Fax: (09) 377 7833
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** [https://plus.google.com/107318942159026452985/about?hl=en&gl=nz Google+ page]
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** Alcohol can only be sold between 7am and 11pm. Not allowed between 11pm and 7am.
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** Full sized supermarket with a wide range of products including those for people with special dietary requirements (glutenfree, eggfree, dairy free, vegetarian etc).
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* Countdown Auckland Metro (Victoria St W)
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* No store in Airport -- free SIM cards are available on the Airbus
** Opening Hours: Mon - Sun : 7am-10pm
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* SIM sizes: SIM+MicroSIM, and NanoSIM.
** Address: 19-25 Victoria Street W, Auckland CBD. Ph (09) 255 2428 Fax (09) 255 9800
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* GSM (2G) 900 / 1800
** [https://plus.google.com/107954093614494144047/about?hl=en&gl=nz Google+ page]
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* UMTS (3G) 900 / 2100
** It is on Victoria St between Queen + Albert Streets, almost opposite Elliot St.
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** Smaller supermarket than the Quay St branch.
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** Gets very busy aroudn 5pm-7pm sometimes. Queues for checkouts can be 10+ minutes
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=== New World ===
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Prepaid:
2 supermarkets: New World on Queen St and New world at Victoria Park. New World at Victoria Park is furthest away BUT there is a free shoppers bus so you don't have to walk back with your groceries.
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New World website http://www.newworld.co.nz/
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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
  
* New World Metro (Queen St)
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* [http://www.2degreesmobile.co.nz/mobile-data/zone-data-packs NZ$99 for 12GB ]
** Address: 125 Queen St (opposite Shortland St), Auckland. Tel: (09) 300 5390. Fax: (09) 300 5391
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** http://www.newworld.co.nz/upper-north-island/auckland/metro-queen-street/
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** Hours: Mon - Fri 7am to 10pm; Sat - Sun 8am - 10pm
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** [https://plus.google.com/114810846568722205399/about?hl=en&gl=nz Google+]
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** I think this is slightly smaller than New World at Victoria Park.
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* New World Victoria Park
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Activating the SIM:
** Address: 2 College Hill, Freemans Bay, New Zealand. Tel:(09) 307 8400
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** Open Hours Mon - Sun 7am - 12:00am
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** http://www.newworld.co.nz/upper-north-island/auckland/victoria-park/
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** [https://plus.google.com/100888503898727682566/about?hl=en&gl=nz Google+]
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** Free Bus
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*** Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
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*** Leaves at every hour on the hour from the supermarket. It was from the carpark when I last used it. Ask the staff
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*** Ring to check if this still going
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*** Map of route https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?msa=0&mid=zTG8G0yuQ_7o.kfwPqE-05bM4
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*** Link Bus: This is on the link bus route. http://at.govt.nz to look up info on bus.
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== Asian Supermarkets ==
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* Insert the SIM in the phone
Lim Chhour (sp) asian supermarket on 184 K'Rd (behind k'rd foodcourt)  
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* Make sure the correct network is selected
and Tai Ping Beach Rd are 2 closest asian supermarkets to the venue.
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* Call 200
Mercury plaza supermarket
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* You will be prompted to add a PIN to manage your account.
Asian supermarkets on Hobson St.
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* First do a top-up (1).  Minimum amount is 20 NZD, can be done by credit card over phone or purchase a topup with cash at a store.
Japanese Mart at Wyndham St http://japanmart.co.nz/contact/
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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.
  
Will add more details
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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.

Revision as of 12:55, 8 January 2015

< Main Page < About < Auckland

There are 3 major mobile network operators in New Zealand:

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).

All operators now offer 4G in limited areas, which should cover most of Auckland CBD.

  • lte-fd 4g 700, 1800 MHz
    • Very Limited 700MHz at present

2Degrees

  • No store in Airport -- free SIM cards are available on the Airbus
  • SIM sizes: SIM+MicroSIM, and NanoSIM.
  • GSM (2G) 900 / 1800
  • UMTS (3G) 900 / 2100

Prepaid:

  • 19 NZD: Carryover
    • 100 minutes of calls to phones in NZ and AU
    • Unlimited SMS to phones in NZ and AU
    • 500MB data
    • 30 day expiry

Activating the SIM:

  • Insert the SIM in the phone
  • Make sure the correct network is selected
  • Call 200
  • You will be prompted to add a PIN to manage your account.
  • First do a top-up (1). Minimum amount is 20 NZD, can be done by credit card over phone or purchase a topup with cash at a store.
  • You probably don't want to have them save your credit card details, otherwise the combo pack will automatically renew when you leave.
  • You get a text message confirming it.
  • Add a combo pack or data pack
  • You get a text message confirming it.

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"...

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.

Skinny

  • UMTS (3G) 850 / 2100
  • GSM NOT AVAILABLE

Note Skinny also does a competitive package, with $4 for a sim that comes loaded with calling time (within ANZ), texts and mobile data.

Spark (Telecom / XT)

  • Store in the international terminal, in the arrivals area. Marked as "Telecom" in Airport maps.
  • UMTS (3G) 850 / 2100
  • GSM NOT AVAILABLE

Prepaid:

Note Spark Travellers SIM for $49 is similar to the Vodafone offering.

Note Spark (Telecom NZ/XT) does have 1GB data on WiFi per day across NZ starting at $29

Note Spark / Skinny share the same broadcast frequencies and have NO 2G Network


Vodafone

  • Store in the international terminal, in the arrivals area.
  • GSM (2G) 900 / 1800
  • UMTS (3G) 900 / 2100

Prepaid:

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


Roaming with an Australian Telco