In summary Telecom users can get up to 1GB (gigabyte) of cellular data (CDMA EV-DO) for NZ$49/month.
This compares with Vodafone's offering of 1GB on UMTS for the same NZ$49/month.
Other things are similar too: this is a limited time offer, with exipry date set to 9 July 2006 - in both cases.
What is different here? First speed: Telecom's CDMA EV-DO provides a great performance when compared with Vodafone's UMTS technology (and that was shown before). But really, if you are using this for single connections (such as mobile e-mail or FTP) this is not much benefit. But the speed advantage really shines when browsing websites, which is what most people will probably want to do.
After all 1GB/month is more than most New Zealanders use on their dial-up connections (yes, we are a nation of dial-up users), and for this price either option is a great alternative to services such as Woosh, which has been slow in extending coverage and providing better support (according to lots of discussions in our Geekzone Forums).
Another difference: while the Vodafone plan includes a free PC card for use on laptops, the Telecom plan requires users to purchase a card, which is an additional NZ$199. Both Vodafone and Telecom require a 24 month term contract.
While the Vodafone plan applies to new and existing customers, Telecom is offering the deal to new accounts only.
And Telecom is explicitly restricting the use of VoIP software over this connection, exaclty like Vodafone. Interesting, because until now Telecom did not put any restriction in place for this kind of usage.
Which plan is better for you? Really it comes to what are your requirements and since you are locked for 24 months with whatever operator you join make sure you look at this carefully.
If overseas travel is part of your job, then the Vodafone plan should be ok, but remember that data roaming is still charged at exhorbitant prices and not included in the NZ$49 deal. But if you want some good national coverage and perhaps better performance then the Telecom plan is for you.
Of course everything will change in September, when Vodafone New Zealand will launch a new high speed network, based on the HSDPA standard (more on Juha's blog).
The jury is out now.
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