I’m wondering how using mobiles/cell phones in another country works as I, and most of us are going to Wellington, New Zealand soon. I have the phone numbers of some people, a normal one and another with the international code. (for example, australia’s is 61). Which number do I use?
If you are using your Australian phone in NZ you’ll need to dial +64 (international code for NZ) in front of any number (eg +64 21 123456 for a NZ vodafone cell 021 123456, or +64 4 9876543 for a Wellington landline 04 9876543). Since making international calls is usually very expensive you might like to stick to using text messages or buy a prepaid SIM card in NZ.
I don’t think I said it too clear, I’m actually not planning on making an international call, just texting others in NZ to plan rides and stuff. So I was just wondering whether I use their ordinary number. I think what I have to do is just buy a NZ sim card. My provider is Telstra.
And you get $2 credit for the $2 sim card so the card is almost free. They give you $5 credit for keeping your old 021 (Vodafone) or 027 (Telecom) number. Texts are 9c each, calls are 22c a minute to land lines and 022 numbers- but how are you to know who is 2 degrees and who is the competition if they have kept their old numbers? On Telecom and Vodafone prepay it’s 89c per minute, and 20c per txt- way more expensive! $30 for a sim card with them too.
The $2 simcards would be a great idea for you because the plans on the network (called 2 degrees) are incredi-cheap, for NZ anyway.
Texts are 9c each (to any NZ mobile, and overseas) and calling is 44c per minute.
The numbers you are given will look like 022 xxx xxxx. If you would be texting numbers in NZ with the 2degrees simcard you don’t need the +64 in front of the number. But if you are texting overseas you will need the area code for that country.
If you’re going to be roaming with telstra then you probably should use the +64, which would take the place of the first digit of the phone number in nz.
the number 027 351 4122 would be:
I found out today that my service has been deactivated and I have to get a new sim card anyway (which means new mobile number?). So should I just wait till I am in NZ then get a sim card? (where from? they won’t have telstra places in NZ would they?)
They doubled their price between the time I had their page open and when you posted. I just looked at their page now and it says 44c not 22c, except it is not just 022s it is for all cellphones and landlines. At least it is still half the rate of the competition. They had said the 22c calling was a reward for lots of people joining two degrees- it’s a pity that rate didn’t continue as well.