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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Using Your GSM Cellphone in NZ

Disclaimer: Information here is valid only as at the date this was written. For updated and more information, please see the Vodafone website. http://www.vodafone.co.nz.

In NZ, there are only two cellphone networks -- Vodafone and Telecom. Of these two, Vodafone seems to be more popular because of its wider coverage and international support. Vodafone prepay connection packs at $35 each can be bought from any Vodafone outlet. It includes a SIM2 card for your GSM handset and $5 worth of airtime loaded. In addition you can also get $10 extra airtime by answering a questionnaire.

TXT, PXT and Video PXT cost $0.20 to send locally or anywhere in the world. Vodafone to Vodafone or Vodafone to local landline calls cost $0.49/min. All others including international calls cost $1.39/min.

If you run out of credit and need to use your phone you can get a Prepay IOU $2 top-up by simply texting IOU to 468. In other words utang muna ng $2. Quite convenient especially in case of emergency. The next time you top-up your mobile Vodafone will deduct $2 from the amount of the top-up. Recharge cards are sold at $20 each. Airtime is valid for 365 days.

When I was in the Philippines I bought a SMART SIM. I was not impressed with SMART because it was only later that I realized that their loads only last for a few days unlike here which is 1 year. A short validity period of the loads forces people to use airtime unnecessarilly because if they don't, load credits gets wasted.

Read more of my rant about this at PinoyATBP and why I think SMART has been outSMARTing the public. Click here. Mukhang naiisahan tayo ng SMART!

16 Comments:

  • Oh, nice to know naman sa mga info about cell phones dyaan at Pinas, Ka Uro. My husband nga eh has been looking around for a good cellphone to get, kasi parang halos lahat may 2 year contract, but he doesn't like that. Too long na yan at a rip off kasi mahal din i-cancel. We had one but we returned it na muna, to give us time to look further into getting one we like. Ma force na ata kami mag subscribe sa 2 year eh. Parang smart sim siguro gamit ng mga kapatid ko back home eh, ang wasteful pala ng mga ganon. Anyway, thanks for sharing your input about cellphones.

    By Anonymous ~Ana P. S.~, at 12:33 PM, October 19, 2005  

  • isa pa may free texting silang offer hanggang march 2006 na tuwing weekends libre text. isipin mo kung sa pilipinas yon ewan ko lang kung kakayanin ng system siguro congested sa pagavail ng free texting.
    one thing more may offer din na tuwing off peak hour 7:00 pm to 7:00 am kahit na abutin pa ng 2 ba o 3 hours ang tawag mo 3 dollars lang ang singil sa yo.
    tapos sa landline naman ginagamit namin pag natawag sa pilipinas telstra clear fixed rate ng $5 ang first 15 minutes of call tapos habang tumatagal mumumura. Isa pang mura dito pagtawag sa U.S. Canada, U.K. at Australia tuwing weekend ma sa cell phone o landline may promo din sila.

    By Blogger atoy, at 12:47 PM, October 19, 2005  

  • ana, yun nga mahal mag maintain ng cp sa atin. kahit di mo plan gamitin at for emergency lang, laki bayad pa rin.

    atoy,
    correct ang info mo. dagdag ko lang na sa telecom may 0161 silang number na pede mong gamitin kung ang tatawagan mo sa pinas ay mobile. 30 cents per minute lang ang bayad. call mo telecom para info.

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 2:31 PM, October 19, 2005  

  • hello ka uro. i've been reading your blog for quite some time now pero ngayon lang ako nag-post ng comment. so nde na ako lurker mode ngayon. :)

    anyway, what interests me about your posts are mostly those on life in NZ. you see, my hubby & i also have plans of migrating & NZ is our no. 1 choice. we've already passed the EOI stage. sana kami din, like you & ur family, would be given the opportunity to live there. i'd definitely want to start having kids of our own na andiyan na.

    for now, i'm just content with reading fellow Pinoy bloggers who are based abroad.

    sana isama nyo kami sa mga prayers nyo. :)

    By Blogger Pao, at 3:15 PM, October 19, 2005  

  • Hey KU! how timely ;) my husband just got a "new" phone (secondhand na bagu-bagong modelo! ;)) and was wondering if it would be useful in NZ. Quad band naman ata (ano nga ba ang quad band?!) so palagay ko madadala niya. I checked the prices of cellphones in NZ via internet---mas mahal ata by 20% at least. anyway, magkano ang tawag diyan to Pinas? dito ata US$20cents/minute (but i could be wrong!)

    as for SMART outsmarting us, hindi lang smart yun... i dare say lahat ng telecom trying to outsmart us. maiiksi ang validity periods ng callcards so napipilitang ubusin ang load ng card para "masulit" kahit di naman masyadong kelangan gamitin, and they charge by the minute instead of per second unlike in HK or US...siguro kulang din ang consumer protection dito sa atin kaya ganun.

    By Blogger Sassafras, at 3:34 PM, October 19, 2005  

  • Ka Uro,

    I have been reading your blogs for the past 4 days and i find it very informative. It seems like my day is not complete without reading your blogs. I suggest if you can blog about salary schemes and min wage etc. :) thanks again and god bless!

    By Anonymous Rammy, at 3:38 PM, October 19, 2005  

  • pao,
    makakaasa ka na sama namin kayo sa aming prayers. good luck sa inyo.

    sass,
    definitely mas mura cp diyan at mas maraming pagpipiliang model diyan. make sure lang na ipa-open ang line bago dalhin dito.

    may post ako tungkol dito pero madyo matagal na. http://a-pinoy-in-nz.blogspot.com/2005/05/calling-philipines.html
    malamang di pa naman masyadong nagiba ang pricing ng calls.

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 3:47 PM, October 19, 2005  

  • rammy,
    thank you for the compliments. i'll think about your suggestion. mag-research muna ako.

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 3:49 PM, October 19, 2005  

  • SMART---outsmarting us, oo nga eh...halos lahat yata silang telecom company eh ganon...I'm one of the victim....

    Napansin mo pa yun???

    By Blogger Flex J!, at 4:33 PM, October 19, 2005  

  • magastos nga mag-cp dito sa pinas, kaya bumibili lang ako ng load pag kailangan lang talaga tumawag, normally ako naghihintay ng tawag o kaya land line gamit ko. Diyan ba Ka Uro libre din incoming calls? Sa Singapore kasi both outgoing and incoming calls may charge.

    By Anonymous tonyo, at 6:14 PM, October 19, 2005  

  • flex j,
    pano ko di mapansin? ilang text pa lang ako, nag-checheck operator services na. kaya load ng load. e dito, halos kalahating taon bago ako mag-top up ng load. shock talaga ako sa paggamit ng cp diyan sa atin.

    tonyo,
    yap libre and incoming calls. pag weekend libre ang txt sa vodaphone. kahit nga nung nasa Aussie kami libre pa rin ang txt pag weekend. galing no?

    By Anonymous ka uro, at 3:01 PM, October 20, 2005  

  • Gusto kong part yung 365 days na airtime dyan sa NZ. Yan ang di ginagawa ng Globe and Smart. If I remember right, yung PHP300 Globe pre-paid card ko, good for three months lang noon.

    By Anonymous jayred, at 12:21 PM, October 21, 2005  

  • Ka Uro,

    Sorry unrelated ang tanong, pero I would like to ask kung paano mo nagawa na maging JPEG file ang computer screen mo? I am referring to a JPEG file doon sa isang very recent post mo na in-erase mo after a few days, dahil delicate yata ang topic.

    Anyway, paano mo nagawa na ang screen mo ay maging JPEG file at ma-save para ma-post?

    LIW

    By Blogger Linguist-in-Waiting, at 2:49 PM, October 22, 2005  

  • This must be true, the local cellphone companies fare so bad in terms of service and customer satisfaction. Maybe it's time that our government should do something about this.

    By Blogger Major Tom, at 8:50 PM, October 24, 2005  

  • sowi sowi sowi tito KU. Was ill for several days now (since Tues) and wasn't able to finsih your assignment. I will make time sometime this week ha?

    By Anonymous trotskybee, at 7:03 AM, October 26, 2005  

  • ku,
    gising na sa hibernation. baka hindi mo na abutin ang huling birhen sa lupa. sayang first time pa naman yon. baka ma dumaguete scandal ka na ng viva hot babes.
    gusto mo samahan ko na rin ng kulambo o fleece blanket sale kasi sa warehouse. ipadadala kong cd diyan. outside de kulambo ka pa rin ba. wag na lang kaya ako padala pinoy chics movie kasi lalong mafefeel mo ang loneliness.
    mam jean padadalahan ko po kayo ng mga vcd ni sharon cuneta. sabi ni ku kamukha daw binyo siya noong bata pa si sharon. sabi ko naman mas maganda pa kayo kita ko sa pics promise po walang halong bola. pabayaan ninyo na si papa kasi hindi kompleto ang recado ng sphagetting pataas at pababa kung wala si papa piccolino siya pa naman ang panapat namin sa giling ng sex bomb kasi siya po si tiyo pot.

    By Blogger atoy, at 9:09 AM, October 26, 2005  

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