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New Zealand mobile phone plans rate well across OECD

New Zealand mobile phone plans rate well across OECD countries

The Commission has today released a report comparing prices for mobile services in New Zealand over the last year with prices in other OECD countries.

"Prices have been steadily dropping and popular plans are below OECD averages," said Telecommunications Commissioner Dr Stephen Gale.

“The price in New Zealand for the plan with average calling and data use was 40% below the OECD average. Prices for all usage plans have dropped significantly, between 25% and 70%, over the last three years but prices for plans with high call volumes have stayed persistently above average which is potentially a result of high volume users being less price sensitive,” said Dr Gale.

A typical 1.5GB per month plan for mobile data for laptops and tablets, was about 10% above average.

The price for a 6GB data plan was one of the highest in the survey, about twice the average. The $98 per month price in New Zealand suggests that mobile broadband is not at present a strong competitor for fixed line broadband.

A full report is available on the Commission’s website http://www.comcom.govt.nz/regulated-industries/telecommunications/market-monitoring-2/telecommunications-markets-reports/

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