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Are there any SIM cards with unlimited internet access available in New Zealand, for a stay period of 3 weeks?

Vodaphone counter at Auckland Airport don't offer any unlimited bundles, and I wonder if there are any available in Christchurch.

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Do you really need unlimited? You may well have more luck if you estimate your needs, and buy a large+limited package –  Gagravarr Dec 27 '12 at 0:29

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This is NZ we're talking about. It's still lagging with a smaller population in terms of technology up-take and bandwidth capacity.

As such, currently, there are no unlimited data plans in NZ for mobile phones (Orcon has introduced them for broadband internet at home). Why? You can read the whole discussion about what might be required for this to happen on NZ's GeekZone site.

The best you're going to be able to do, as a friend did earlier this month, is the $19 plans for 500MB from 2degrees, Vodafone or Telecom. I'd recommend 2degrees IF staying in the cities - I used it in Christchurch in Oct/Nov this year, however if you're going outside the major cities, Vodafone may be a better bet as they have much better coverage.

Enjoy Christchurch, it's my home town! :)

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Be careful is looking at 2degrees. Whilst the have coverage over much of the country, much of it is via roaming agreements - but by default roaming does not include data, and if you do turn it on then it's not included in the 500MB allowance. –  Doc Dec 28 '12 at 21:49
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Yeah, that was my reasoning for saying about if you're going outside the major cities. I went from Christchurch to Geraldine in October and data stopped immediately outside the city - turn it on and you can roam through Vodafone, but then you really may as well just go with Vodafone :/ –  Mark Mayo Dec 28 '12 at 21:51
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Great answer. My wife bought a telecom sim and I bought 2degrees, to maximize coverage. It works - this comment is typed from Queen Charlotte's track! –  Adam Matan Dec 31 '12 at 21:27

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