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Telecom New Zealand releases GSM data roaming prices: where is the competition?

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 11-Jan-2008 08:56

Here we go again ranting on the mobile operators... If you don't know yet (but should) Telecom New Zealand is in the path of migrating its CDMA EVDO Rev A network to a mix of WCDMA and HSDPA.

The new network is being deployed from this year, but CDMA EVDO Rev A (wich has been just been completed last month) will stay around for another five years.

Telecom has announced the prices for data roaming on overseas GSM/3G networks. And it is not pretty.

You see, prices are pretty much similar to Vodafone's own prices - an absurd amount of money. Let's take for example if you go to Australia:

Telecom New Zealand: NZ$8/MB, Vodafone New Zealand: NZ$10/MB (on Vodafone Australia) or NZ$30/MB (non-Vodafone networks).

That's expensive. It's NZ$8 per megabyte (and up to NZ$30 per megabye if using a Vodafone account on non-Vodafone networks)!

In most hotel rooms you can get a full day of broadband for AU$29.95. Or you can get onto Telstra WiFi Hotspots for AU$27.50 a day. Or you can ask the office you are visiting if they have an open network for visitors.

Of course, since the only Telecom "worldmode" (GSM and CDMA) device is a phone you might not end up using much - unless they have plans to have loan WCDMA data cards for you to use while on those overseas networks.

Overall it's great to have an option now in terms of data roaming. The bad thing is that I would like to see prices 1/10th of these.

Bt the most important thing to realise is his is a direct and high cost of doing New Zealand business overseas!

Oh, and Vodafone's excuse is that prices are set based on what overseas networks charge us. But do they want me to believe Digicel (Aruba) charges the same as T-Mobile (USA) or Telia (Denmark)?

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