Mobile phones

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New Zealand offers three primary Mobile phone networks; 2Degrees, Vodafone, and Telecom. All three offer Prepay accounts that are setup by just visiting a store. None of the providers require photo ID or credit card to purchase prepay cards.

New Zealand's mobile networks are primarily based on GSM. There is one provider which has both GSM and CDMA networks. Check with your current provider if roaming to New Zealand is supported.

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Where to buy

There are a number of outlets around, including at the airport that will sell SIM cards for all three networks. A local "tech store" is Smith Electronics, who will sell all three networks, and compatible mobile phones.

Network providers

2 Degrees

2 Degrees
Website http://www.2degreesmobile.co.nz/
Networks GSM 900
Coverage Nationwide (roaming via Vodafone at no additional cost).
Prepay
SIM cost NZD $2.00
Calling rate NZD $0.44 / minute
Text (SMS) NZD $0.09 per sms.
Data NZD $0.50 per megabyte.

Telecom NZ

Telecom NZ
Website http://www.telecom.co.nz/mobile/
Networks GSM 850; UMTS 850/2100 (2100 in urban only)
Coverage Nationwide
Prepay
SIM cost NZD $30.00
Calling rate NZD $ 0.89 / minute
Text (SMS) NZD $0.20 per sms.


Vodafone NZ

Vodafone NZ
Website http://www.vodafone.co.nz
Networks GSM 900; UMTS 2100
Coverage Nationwide
Prepay
SIM cost $30.00
Calling rate (NZ) $0.89 / minute
Calling rate (International) International calls to our top 15 countries are charged at $0.89c per minute, all other countries are charged at $1.39 per minute
Text (SMS) $0.20 per sms.
Data Currently there is a special on that offers 100MB per month for the first 3 months free. This offer expires 28th Feb. After that bundles are available at $10 for 100MB or $30 for 512MB. [1]