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#1 Aleksandra


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Posted 03 September 2013 - 12:16 PM





Vodafone Prepaid Vodafone Prepay SIMs can be purchased at most NZ shopping malls and service stations throughout the country and also from SimCorner if travelling from Australia.


Default calling rate

49c per minute to any mobile number in NZ with Prepay Freebees and Prepay Smart plans

International 89c per minute for calls to their top 15 overseas countries anytime There is an option to call at $2 for 60 minutes to some countries.


Default data rate 

The casual rate for using data is just $1 a day for 10MB (and only on the days that you use it).

See Prepay data rate for more information. See Prepay freebees data for an alternative See Visitor Travel SIM suited for travelers to NZ.


Data feature packs

  • Data 20 Add-on with 500MB for a 30 day period - costs $20
  • Data 30 Add-on with 1GB for a 30 day period - costs $30
  • Data 50 Add-on with 3GB for a 3 month period - costs $50
  • Data 80 Add-on with 5GB for a 6 month period - costs $80

Each Top up gets a 500MB data bonus.

Vodafone also sells iPad Air and iPad mini, with iPad specific plans


Fair use policy

Vodafone's Fair Use terms


Network capability and coverage 

Vodafone NZ operates a nationwide GSM service in the 900 MHz band, with additional GSM services operating in the 1800 MHz band. Vodafone also operates a UMTS (3G) service using the 2100 MHz band. Vodafone also operates a 4G LTE network in the 1800MHz band in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown, Hamilton, Tauranga, Palmerston North, etc, with further expansion planned. 4G LTE is also available on Prepay plans. Vodafone 3G coverage Vodafone 4G coverage


3G 2100MHz and 900MHz extended 3G (with Dual-Carrier) 900MHz and 1800MHz GSM (2G) network, GPRS. 1800MHz 4G LTE - but not yet available to Prepay.


Vodafone support HD Voice calling , which is a High Definition audio standard. It gives you a high clarity call without background noise. This is not offered by other providers yet.


SIM sizes

Mini SIMS (standard), micro-SIMs and nano-SIMs are all available. Micro and nano-SIMs A Prepay Freebees SIM pack costs $30 and comes with $20 useable credit.



Available with no restrictions or extra charges.


Other information 

Top up with credit card. You can even pay someone elses account. iPhone on prepaid.


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2degrees SIMs are available at most supermarkets in bigger cities at $5. You can often get a free 2degrees SIM at Visitor Information at Auckland international airport (it's near the door). They also have a "NZ visitor SIM" which is available for $10 at some hostels (eg most YHAs - as YHA member you get one for free!).


Default calling rate

44c per minute to all NZ phones and many international phones.


Text message rate

9c per text to all NZ mobiles.


Default data rate

50c per megabyte


Data feature packs

Zone Data Packs can be used only within their "Zones " (major metro areas with their broadband coverage):

  • 3GB for $50 (valid for 2 months)
  • 12GB for $99 (valid for 6 months)

NZ Data Packs cover the whole country (a bit with roaming on vodaphone, see below); all are valid for 1 month:

  • 100MB for $6
  • 300MB for $10
  • 1GB for $20
  • 3GB for $50


Network capability and coverage


2G                          3G                         4G (LTE)
900, 1800 MHz    900, 2100 MHz   1800 MHz

2degrees operates its own 2100MHz HSDPA network in what they call the "Mobile Broadband Zones" -- currently Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Queenstown. They also operate a 900MHz GSM EDGE network (2G in the same areas) which dual-mode phones will fall back onto where 2100MHz service is poor. 

2degrees coverage map


Where its own coverage is not available, 2degrees customers roam on Vodafone NZ's 900MHz and 1800MHz GSM (2G) network with GPRS. See their coverage map. There are plans to allow roaming on Vodafone NZ's 900MHz and 2100MHz UMTS network in the near future.


SIM sizes

Mini & micro SIMs available (push out cards offering both sizes).



Works fine with no restrictions on standard data plans


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Telecom NZ




Default calling rate

NZ$0.89/minute on all prepaid plans to any NZ phone number, as well as landline or mobile phones in the Australia, The USA, The UK, Canada and Ireland.


Default data rate

$1 / day, only up to 10 MB. See link for more information. dditional data is then charged at NZ$0.50/MB.


Data feature packs

These data packs are per calendar month. Data is charged at NZ$0.10/MB until the price 'cap' is reached, the remaining data allowance is then free.


On the 500MB, 1GB and 2GB plans, you may double your allowance for an additional $29.95.

  • $6 / 50 MB
  • $12 / 120 MB
  • $18 / 240 MB
  • $29.95 / 500MB
  • $49.95 / 1GB
  • $59.95 / 2GB
  • A promotional offer including 1GB data and 2500 SMS messages available for NZ$38 per calendar month.

See link for more information.


New prepaid plans ('Value Packs') start from $19 a month and offers 20 mins calling, 1000 txt's and 500mb data.


Network capability and coverage

Telecom XT Coverage Nationwide to 97% of where the NZ population lives and works.

Telecom run a 3G, HSPA+ network at 850MHz (The same as AT&T in the USA and Telstra in Australia) with some extra 2100MHz coverage in areas of high demand.


SIM sizes

All SIM sizes are available including Mini SIMs and Micro-SIMs are available. A SIM with no credit costs $5.



Available with no restrictions or extra charges.


Source - http://prepaidwithdata.wikia.com

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