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Talking about mobile data prices? Old story...

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 19-Aug-2007 14:49

Just to roll on this... Rod and David are talking about the mobile data costs - and now found out the WAP costs at Telecom New Zealand.

Sorry guys, this has already been talked about exactly one year ago - and believe me a lot of people inside Telecom New Zealand know about this. It's nothing news... News would be if the price actually dropped.

And David,WAP data prices are not the same as the open Internet data prices. Comparing the British Vodafone prices with New Zealand prices is a common thing, but they have a huge competition there. This explains the lowest price point at which they offer their services there.

Back to the whole discussion on mobile data roaming prices. Vodafone New Zealand charges $10 per megabyte for data roaming on Vodafone and partners' networks, and $30 per megabyte on any other network.

When asked why $30 per megabyte Vodafone officials say "it's what they charge us". This is wrong in so many levels. How could be possible that a GSM operator in Malta charges exactly the same as a mobile operator in the U.S.? Surely they charge different prices per megabyte, seeing their infrastructure and cost is completely different.

If they were really only passing the costs to consumers then I'd expect to see different mobile data roaming prices depending on where you are actually using the data, with probably cheaper prices in the U.S. and Europe than Asia and Australia.

Back to local costs., not all is lost. If you see Vodafone's 3GB plan for $79/month with an optional 100% allowance for only $10 then we're talking of 6GB mobile data for $89/month, which is really good compared to landline broadband (these are prices on open plan, seeing that I really hate contracts that are only good for operators).



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