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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/>
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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).
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I've enjoyed lunching with other LGBTIQ people at previous LCAs, and I hadn't seen anybody make any noises about it this year, so I'll stick my hand up and make some executive decisions.  Last time I was at LCA, the success of lunch meant it had a few repeats during the week :)
  
All operators now offer 4G in limited areas, which should cover most of Auckland CBD.  The 4G frequencies are the ones used in most Asia-Pacific countries, and '''different''' to the AWS bands used in North America.
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Cheers,
  
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Dan Hawke (with no more qualification than "Local Aucklander")
  
== 2Degrees ==
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== Details ==
  
* Free SIM cards are available on the Airbus, ''however stocks of these are limited''.
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* '''Date:''' Tuesday 13th January, 2015
* [https://www.aucklandairport.co.nz/ShopandEat/Shops/Relay.aspx Relay] (a newsagency) in the International Arrivals floor sells SIM cards for 10 NZD (for reference: online they seem to cost 5 NZD, I haven't read the fine print, probably not an option for conference delegates at this time)
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* '''Time:''' (12.20pm)
* SIM sizes: SIM+MicroSIM, and NanoSIM.
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* '''Costs:''' Most sit-down lunch options in the area are $15-20, we can pick a High St cafe?
* GSM (2G) 900 / 1800
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* '''Location:''' Assemble somewhere outside OGG at the start of lunchtime (I'll update this Monday night with something more specific once I've see where exactly things are :))
* UMTS (3G) 900 / 2100
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* '''Travel:''' ~10 minutes walk
* LTE (4G) Band 3 (1800MHz) and 28 (700MHz) in cities only.
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* Has a small network of their own in cities that roams to Vodafone (at no cost)
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Prepaid:
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== Expression of interest ==
  
* [http://www.2degreesmobile.co.nz/prepay/pricing/plus/value-packs/carryover-combo 19 NZD: Carryover]
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Add yourself here if you wish, or get in touch with me off-list (in case the group gets big enough to require a booking)
** 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 Zone data packs]
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* Dan Hawke
** NZ$50 for 3GB
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* [[User:Christopher Neugebauer|Christopher Neugebauer]]
** NZ$99 for 12GB
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* [[User:Daniel Bryan|Daniel Bryan]]
** This only works on 2degrees' own coverage area, not when roaming to Vodafone.  Roaming to Vodafone costs 50c/MB.
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* maia sauren
** The "zone" [http://www.2degreesmobile.co.nz/mobile-data/zones covers most of Auckland], shown in dark blue (?)
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* Lee Symes
 
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* [[User:Jessica Smith|Jessica Smith]]
* [http://www.2degreesmobile.co.nz/mobile-data/data-packs Regular data packs]
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* aurynn shaw
** Work even when roaming to Vodafone.
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* Matthew Cengia
 
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* Sachi King
 
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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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* You will be prompted to add a PIN to manage your account.
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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.
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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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* Virtual Mobile Network Operator that runs from the Spark network.
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* GSM NOT AVAILABLE
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* UMTS (3G) 850 / 2100
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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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* GSM NOT AVAILABLE
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* UMTS (3G) 850 / 2100
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* LTE (4G) Band 3 (1800MHz) in cities and major rural areas, Band 7 (2600MHz) in Central Auckland and Band 28 (700MHz) in major rural areas (not cities)
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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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* LTE (4G) Band 3 (1800MHz) and 28 (700MHz) in cities only.
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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 11:34, 12 January 2015

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I've enjoyed lunching with other LGBTIQ people at previous LCAs, and I hadn't seen anybody make any noises about it this year, so I'll stick my hand up and make some executive decisions. Last time I was at LCA, the success of lunch meant it had a few repeats during the week :)

Cheers,

Dan Hawke (with no more qualification than "Local Aucklander")

Details

  • Date: Tuesday 13th January, 2015
  • Time: (12.20pm)
  • Costs: Most sit-down lunch options in the area are $15-20, we can pick a High St cafe?
  • Location: Assemble somewhere outside OGG at the start of lunchtime (I'll update this Monday night with something more specific once I've see where exactly things are :))
  • Travel: ~10 minutes walk

Expression of interest

Add yourself here if you wish, or get in touch with me off-list (in case the group gets big enough to require a booking)