Vodafone latest to bump up landline broadband data - including 400GB naked option

Binders full of data

KeallHauled

Chris Keall

Vodafone is the latest ISP to bump up its broadband landline plans, with a new series of plans due to be announced later today.

Like most rivals, the carrier is offering more data for the same money (though with one sneaky raise; keep reading), plus adding some bumper-size options on top.

A new Chock Naked plan (broadband with no home phone line) offers 200GB a month for $75 or 400GB a month for $105 (those prices are for those with an on-account Vodafone mobile (otherwise the pricing is $105 and $145).

For $40, you can buy a 200GB top-up.

The two existing naked plans, Ideal (30GB) and Ultimate (60GB), have been re-christened and engorged as Choice (50GB) and Mega (100GB).

Choice costs $55 if you have an on-account Vodafone mobile (and $85 without); Mega costs $65 with a mobile, $95 without.

It's great to see more generous data allowances, but there's also a disappointing footnote: For new customers, Vodafone has axed the $10 saving for those who live inside a Red Network area (one where Vodafone has "unbundled" moved its own broadband gear into a Telecom exchange).

Lastly, a big phooey to anyone who says "why do we need bigger data caps?"

I down loaded 16GB yesterday as I bought Homeland series one, in HD, from iTunes (iTunes US, with no regard for measly data caps down under, pumped the whole series to my first-generation Apple TV's hard drive at once; on my PC, I have to constantly stop it from pushing down movie extras - more than 6GB in Avatar's case; I have about 20GB in a forever-delayed queue).

And today I face another 16GB as I mull downloading the new Call of Duty from Steam.

I'd like to do simple cloud stuff like back up more photos, videos and other files online, too, but I've already had to double my data once this month - and upload speed is slow. Roll on fibre. 

ckeall@nbr.co.nz

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Oh great !! We live 500 meters from a switching box 5km from an exchange with the large data plans now operating our broadband hits dial-up speed in the evenings with everyone trying to use their data allocation, ISP's say we are scheduled to get ultra fast in February, I have a contact in the tech team on the roll out they just laugh and say which February 2014 !! if you are lucky.The sooner the ISP's stop getting expectations of massive streaming ability and selling data that can never be used and accept that the system we have to work with is third world the better off we will be !!!

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You don't need fibre to get better than dialup speeds. You exchange already has fibre backhaul, and you have your own dedicated copper to the exchange. The only thing limiting you is dsl speed and your isps network.

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It would be nice to get some of this for businesses.

Telecom - I'm looking at you - 40GB for $79.95+GST. Lets get real now...

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when you have broadband on the computer at home and you have broadband on the cellphone and pay two prices ??? for one broadband are we ripped off yes.

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Its costs more to build a mobile network than a dsl network. broadband is just a marketing term.

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What's the cost of a typical on-account Voda mobile?

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The "Chocka" Naked BB plan, not Chock plan is $115.00 for 400GB as per the Vodafone website.

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