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Mobile phone use - am I being stupid?

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Mobile phone use - am I being stupid?

I may be being a bit daft but if I'm using a UK mobile phone in New Zealand, do I need to use the international code when ringing a New Zealand number?

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1. Re: Mobile phone use - am I being stupid?

If roaming on a UK phone the international code for nz is +64 (area code less the zero) for landlines and drop the zero of the mobile number after the international code.

You might find it cheaper to purchase a 2 degrees Sim card on arrival in NZ. This way you will avoid roaming charges which are generally crippling as you pay for both incoming and outgoing calls. Once you have set up your new number you can advise he cuzzies at home your new number by TXT/SMS which they can save directly into their own cellphone.

Edited: 06 June 2011, 20:44
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2. Re: Mobile phone use - am I being stupid?

The 2 degree option is a goodie. We do the oposite going the other way.

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3. Re: Mobile phone use - am I being stupid?

A hint for future uses is to put the international code of all phone numbers on your mobile phone eg +64 ( NZ) +61 (aust) etc. This means that going forward if you change your sim card from a UK to NZ for example your UK phone numbers would always be available. It takes a little extra time when entering the numbers but after a while it will become second nature.

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4. Re: Mobile phone use - am I being stupid?

Good advice in the previous posts, but they didn't really answer your question.

When ringing a NZ number from an overseas phone you do not have to use the international dialling code, but you may do so if you wish, so the advice to append the full international code to all your contact numbers is a good one.. However, anyone ringing your phone, either from overseas, or even if they are standing right beside you in NZ, must use the full international dialling code, and it will be charged at international calling rates..

Adding the + symbal before the country code is a time saver, as you don't have to worry what the international exchange code is for the country you are in. For example in NZ the international exchange is 00, whereas in Australia it is 0011, and no doubt other countries have different codes.

Getting a local sim card is a good option, however you will need ID, (passport, or drivers license with a photo), and you will need to put a NZ address. I don't know if anyone ever checks the address; I suspect not; however you could use the street address of the hotel you are staying in. It's to do with anti terrorism, but how this will stop terrorists getting their hands on a local SIM card I have no idea.

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5. Re: Mobile phone use - am I being stupid?

ID to get a SIM card? I don't think so. $5.00 at the local service station will get you one.

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7. Re: Mobile phone use - am I being stupid?

I got the details wrong in my earlier post hence I have deleted it.

Full details for registration are on the 2 degrees website and can be accessed below

http://www.2degreesmobile.co.nz/welcome

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8. Re: Mobile phone use - am I being stupid?

All fantastic advice but there is no requirement to register your SIMcard online. When you buy the 2degrees SIMcard from a local store it is treated like any other transaction. Just hand over your cash, pop your sim in your phone, follow the instructions and you are ready to go. Onine registration is optional.

However it is vitally important that the overseas phone is unlocked for the overseas phone provider otherwise local sims will not work.

If it is not unlocked there are many internet sites that can help you with unlocking. SImply google Unlock and add the model of your phone.

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