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The National Geographic Talk Abroad 'Lite' Phone

SIM Card Purchase for New Zealand
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An Alternative Option

Cellular Abroad SIM Card for New Zealand
A New Zealand Prepaid SIM Card, together with a tri-band unlocked GSM cell phone, will allow you not only to have a local cell phone number for New Zealand but also to pay local rates - and without a contract. The rates are extremely advantageous and even include unlimited FREE incoming calls from anywhere in the world. For your next trip to New Zealand, make sure to purchase a prepaid SIM card.

New for 2010!
International calls to landlines are now only US$1.50 for an hour! That's less than $0.02 per minute for a whole hour of international calling. This feature is available to all Vodafone Prepaid customers. International calls to cell phones are not affected, and are still charged at the standard rate of US$0.62/min.

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Key Features
  • Local phone number for New Zealand
  • Free incoming calls
  • Voicemail
  • Text Messaging
Initial Credit

No Initial Credit

Domestic Talk Rates

Incoming Free

Talk Rates to US/Canada*

Incoming Free
US$1.50 for 1 hour to a landline
US$0.62 each additional minute
US$0.62/min to cell phone

Text / SMS Rates

Incoming Free
Outgoing $0.14 globally

*You can find more detailed information on rates including roaming charges here.

Detailed Features

  • A Vodafone New Zealand (900 MHz GSM) prepaid SIM card and cell phone number
  • Easily add more talk time as needed by purchasing recharge codes from Cellular Abroad or at many outlets throughout New Zealand
  • Unlimited FREE incoming calls
  • Domestic rates as low as approximately $0.62 USD per minute.
  • Calls back to the US and Canada as low as $2.00 NZD for up to 60 minutes. After 60 minutes, you will be charged $0.89 NZD per minute. There is no limit for these calls.
  • Voicemail
  • No yearly contract, monthly charges or credit check

Activating Your Service:
  • Be sure that the phone battery is charged
  • Snap out the New Zealand SIM chip from the credit-card sized SIM card and insert the chip into your GSM Phone's SIM card slot. If unsure, please consult your phone's manual.
  • Turn on your phone
  • You are ready to place a call

Call Credit:
You may check your remaining call credit as you please by calling 729 or 0800 729 021 from your cell phone. Remember: Even if you have zero credit, since incoming calls are always free, you will still be able to receive calls.

Adding Call Credit:
You can easily add more call time to your New Zealand Prepaid SIM Card. With recharge codes from Cellular Abroad, you can order more prepaid talk time with your order, before you leave on your trip; order via phone from abroad, through the web or even by relaying a request through a pre-designated contact in North America. These codes are also available on recharge cards available in most supermarkets, service stations and selected dairies and appliance stores in New Zealand. Cellular Abroad sells the 20 NZD denomination, but you can also buy recharges in 50 NZD denominations in New Zealand.

Many people enjoy the convenience of being able to purchase more talk time without having to go to a store. Busy executives, students or travelers with a busy itinerary find that ordering recharge codes from Cellular Abroad either before their trip or while on the road is a fantastic and unique service. Please let us know who will be calling in your recharge orders if you plan on someone relaying requests for recharge codes. We'll supply the code(s) to your contact and charge your credit card. They will need to call or email you and you will still need to apply the credit yourself via your handset.

Here's how to add the call credit:

  • If using a recharge card, scratch the paint panel off the back of the recharge card to reveal a 12 digit code
  • Call 777 from your "New Zealand" phone, and follow the prompts.
  • An electronic voice will repeat the numbers back to you. Confirm the numbers are correct.

Detailed Rates:

Unlimited Free Incoming calls from any location! (You must be in New Zealand for this feature.)

Prepay Anytime Plan Daytime
(M-F 7-7)
Nights & Weekends
(All other times
+ holidays)
Domestic (anywhere in New Zealand) $0.89 NZD (~$0.62 USD) $0.89 NZD (~$0.62 USD)
Australia, UK, USA, Canada, Ireland $0.89 NZD (~$0.62 USD) $0.89 NZD (~$0.62 USD)
Europe, Asia, Fiji, South Africa $1.99 NZD (~$1.38 USD) $1.39 NZD (~$0.97 USD)
Rest of World $1.99 NZD (~$1.38 USD) $1.99 NZD (~$1.38 USD)

SMS text messages are 20 NZ cents for up to 160 characters. Receiving messages is free.

Dial 707 from your cellular phone (within New Zealand only) or +6421700700 from any landline phone (within New Zealand or from overseas). You can then check for messages, change your greeting and other functions. You pay no more than 20c to listen to your messages, regardless of how long it takes.

Free broadband
You have 100 MB of free data service on your cell phone for 3 months. This is already included on your New Zealand Vodafone SIM card. Find out more details here.

Service Life:
Your New Zealand PrePay SIM card and initial call credit are valid for 12-months from the time of activation. Every purchase of a recharge card extends the service life for an additional 12 months from the date the airtime is credited to your SIM card. If do not recharge your New Zealand SIM card within 12 months your cell phone number will be disconnected and you will lose all call credit

Multi-Country Travel
You can also purchase other SIM cards as well for other countries to where you may be traveling. (This option is good for those planning on doing a lot of local calling.) We also offer an international roaming National Geographic Talk Abroad™ SIM Card that is convenient for travel to multiple countries. (This option is useful for those wanting a single number for use in multiple countries and who will be making more calls back home than locally.)

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