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{{Trail|Programme|BoF Sessions}}
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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/>
  
Given that the '''Stardome Planetarium Observatory''' is situated handily close to the University of Auckland venue for LCA2015, I thought we'd organise an Astronomy BoF again this year to complement the Astronomy Miniconf.
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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).<br/>
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All operators now offer 4G in limited areas, which should cover most of Auckland CBD.<br/>
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*lte-fd 4g 700, 1800 MHz<br/>
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** Very Limited 700MHz at present<br/><br/>
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Stardome has a [http://www.stardome.org.nz/whats-on/gallery-exhibits/ gallery/exhibits], and runs a [http://www.stardome.org.nz/events/the-summer-night-sky/ planetarium show on the summer night sky] at 8pm. After the planetarium show, there is [http://www.stardome.org.nz/whats-on/telescope-viewing/ telescope viewing available] which included amateur-grade telescopes in the courtyard, or the option of viewing through the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stardome_Observatory#Facilities Zeiss 0.5m telescope] for a small extra fee.
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== 2Degrees ==
  
Please feel free to update this page to include/suggest other options.
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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:
  
Cheers,
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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
  
Jessica Smith (Astronomy Miniconf organiser)
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* [http://www.2degreesmobile.co.nz/mobile-data/zone-data-packs NZ$99 for 12GB ]
  
== Details ==
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Activating the SIM:
  
* '''Date:''' Thursday 15th January, 2015
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* Insert the SIM in the phone
* '''Time:''' Assemble at 6:45pm at University of Auckland, leave at 7:00pm, planetarium session starts at 8:00pm
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* Make sure the correct network is selected
* '''Costs:''' Planetarium show is $10, Zeiss telescope viewing is $8, gallery entry is free
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* Call 200
* '''Location:''' Stardome Planetarium Observatory, 670 Manukau Rd, Royal Oak, Auckland 1023 (approx 7km from University of Auckland)
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* First do a top-up (1).  Minimum amount is 20 NZD, done by credit card
* '''Travel:''' We'll need to arrange transport (locals with vehicles) or arrange to catch cabs
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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.
  
== Expression of interest ==
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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"...
  
Add yourself here. If you have a vehicle and can take passengers, please indicate the number of passengers you can take with you.
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== Skinny ==
  
* Jessica Smith (no vehicle)
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* UMTS (3G) 850 / 2100
* Sharon Harnett (no vehicle)
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* GSM NOT AVAILABLE
* Stefan Krist (no vehicle)
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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 23:36, 7 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
  • First do a top-up (1). Minimum amount is 20 NZD, done by credit card
  • 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"...

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