2degrees is New Zealand’s best value mobile network offering cheap calls and text messages as well as data on their pay as you go plans.
2degrees Prepay Plus standard call rates
|Call a New Zealand landline or mobile phone||44c per minute|
|SMS text message to New Zealand mobile||20c per message|
|International SMS text message||20c per message|
|MMS picture message (to New Zealand and international mobile)||50c per message|
|Getting your voicemail||20c per call|
|Call 2degrees customer service (200)||Free|
|018 directory enquiries||$1 per call|
|0172 international directory enquiries||$1.95 per call|
|0800 and 0508 toll-free calls||Free|
|Data||50c per MB|
2degrees international call charges are:
2degrees Prepay Plus international call rates
|Call landline phone||Call mobile phone||SMS text message||MMS picture message|
|Australia||44c per minute||44c per minute||20c per message||50c per message|
|Canada||89c per minute||89c per minute||20c per message||50c per message|
|China||89c per minute||89c per minute||20c per message||50c per message|
|Fiji||89c per minute||89c per minute||20c per message||50c per message|
|India||89c per minute||89c per minute||20c per message||50c per message|
|Ireland||89c per minute||89c per minute||20c per message||50c per message|
|Samoa||89c per minute||89c per minute||20c per message||50c per message|
|Tonga||89c per minute||89c per minute||20c per message||50c per message|
|UK||89c per minute||89c per minute||20c per message||50c per message|
|USA||89c per minute||89c per minute||20c per message||50c per message|
|Scott Base Antartica||$2.50 per minute||$2.50 per minute||20c per message||50c per message|
|Satellite phones||$12 per minute||$12 per minute||20c per message||50c per message|
|All other countries||$1.44 per minute||$1.44 per minute||20c per message||50c per message|
Data on your 2degrees New Zealand pay as you go SIM
For the best value data access while travelling in New Zealand, you need to add a 2degrees Mobile data pack.
2degrees Mobile data packs cost $6 for 100MB,$10 for 300MB, $20 for 1GB and $50 for 3GB. These data packs are valid for one month and will auto-renew either when you have used your data allowance or at the end of the monthly billing cycle.
Simply text buy 100MB, buy 300MB, buy 1GB or buy 3GB to 233 to buy a mobile data pack. Because these data packs auto renew, you need to cancel the data pack by texting STOP 100MB, STOP 300MB, STOP 1GB or STOP 3GB to 233.
If you don’t add a mobile broadband data pack you will be charged at the standard casual data rate of 50c/MB.
Add value packs for more savings
There are several add-on value packages that let you save on the things you use the most. These include data bundles (see above) as well as add-ons that give you extra talk and text.
Carryover Minute Combo
The Carryover Minute Combo is a great option as it includes a bundle of 500MB data, unlimited text messages to Australian and New Zealand mobiles and 100 minutes of calls to Australian and New Zealand mobile phones (minutes can be carried over to the next month if you don’t use them all, although you can only use Carryover Minutes if you have paid for the combo during the current month).
Text buy 19Carry to 233 to add this combo. The Carryover Minute Combo will auto-renew every 30 days until you cancel this add on by texting STOP 19carry to 233.
Carryover Chat packs
Chat with friends and family in Australia and New Zealand regardless of which Australian or New Zealand network they are on with 2degrees Carryover Chat packs. If you don’t use all your minute they will carry over to the next month for up to a year – as long as you have an active Carryover value pack.
Text buy Carry60 or buy Carry200 to 233 to add this pack. The Carryover Chat pack will auto-renew every 30 days until you cancel this add-on by texting STOP Carry60 or STOP Carry200 to 233.
Cheaper international calls with the International Chat Pack
The cheapest way to make international calls from New Zealand is to use the 2degrees International Chat Pack. With this add-on package, you get 300 minutes of calls to landline and mobile phones in 20 countries for $10 per month.
The International Chat Pack works in the following countries:
|Country||Landline phone||Mobile phone|
|United States of America||YES||YES|
Text buy INT300 to 233 to add this pack. The International Chat Pack will auto-renew every 30 days until you cancel this add-on by texting STOP INT300 to 233.
Topping up your 2degrees account
You can buy a top up a voucher at any of over 6000 places throughout New Zealand including petrol stations, supermarkets and corner shops (dairies). Just look for any shop displaying the 2degrees, epay or ezipay logos.
Will the SIM card work in my mobile phone?
The 2degrees New Zealand pay as you go SIM card will work in any unlocked GSM mobile phone that operates on the 900Mhz band. This includes virtually all dual-band mobile phones from Europe and the UK.
How do I know if my phone is locked?
Before you travel put any SIM that’s not from your regular mobile network into your phone and turn it on. If your phone shows a network name it is unlocked, if it says something like “Network locked” or “SIM locked” then your phone is locked to your home network.
How can I unlock my phone?
If you’re still in the UK it is relatively easy to unlock your phone. If you are on a contract you can simply call up your regular mobile network’s customer service and ask them to unlock your phone. This will usually involve them giving you a code, which you enter into your phone to unlock it and make it compatible with SIM cards from all networks. Many networks will do this free of charge if you are a good customer, but some networks may charge you for this service. Alternatively, you can go to a small independent mobile phone shop and pay them around £10 to get your phone unlocked (larger mobile phone shops may not offer this service but most small independent shops will).
If you are in New Zealand you can also try making an international call to your home mobile company to get an unlocking code, but occasionally you need to be calling from within that network’s coverage area (depending on your mobile network at home).
Is there a charge to receive calls?
There is no charge to receive a call on any New Zealand mobile network. That means that you are never charged whenever anyone calls you in New Zealand as long as you have a New Zealand SIM card (such as the 2degrees SIM) in your mobile phone.
How do I activate my service?
As soon as you arrive in New Zealand, simply pop the sim in your phone and dial 200 to activate your mobile service. You can do this 24 hours a day.
How long is my credit valid for?
Credit is your 2degrees pay as you go New Zealand SIM card is good for 365 days.
Can I tether (make a hotspot from my phone)?
Yes. You are able to tether (create a personal hotspot) from your phone using the 2degrees New Zealand sim card.
How much credit does my SIM card come with?
The 2degrees New Zealand pay as you go SIM card comes with just $1 of credit. It’s enough to make a short call when you arrive in New Zealand, but you will need to add more credit as soon as you can after arriving in the country. You should be able to do this from newsagents at the airport.
What currency are the above prices quoted in?
Please note that the above call charges are quoted in New Zealand dollars. However, we’re based in the UK so the cost of the sim card is in British pounds.