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Pre-paid SIM Card for New Zealand

A country of rare seismic beauty that is what New Zealand is. The country is situated in the southwestern Pacific Ocean and comprises of two large islands
in the north and the south
with various other smaller islands. The most notable islands are Stewart Island and the Chatham Islands. In the native Maori language
New Zealand is known as Aotearoa
which would mean the Land of the Long White Cloud. There are two self governing islands
the Cook and Niue islands and they belong to the realm of New Zealand. New Zealand
Hawaii and Easter Island is known as the Polynesian Triangle to the anthropologists. It is a mountainous country with several flat lands
where two-third of the area is about 650 to 3
500 feet above sea level. New Zealand has 220 named mountains
exceeding heights more than 7
500 feet.

The Polynesian Maori came to New Zealand in the year 800 AD and in 1840
they made a pact with the British
the Treaty of Waitangi
where they retained their territorial rights but relinquished the sovereignty to the British Queen Victoria. The British began to organise settling down in New Zealand in the same year. There were land wars between the natives and the British in the period between 1843 and 1872
which ended with the natives losing to the British. In 1907
New Zealand became an independent country and supported the United Kingdom in both
World war I and II. In the recent years
the government of New Zealand has started to address the grievances of the Maori.

It is a picturesque country where nature is in abundance
with glaciers
high mountains
rapids
rivers
crystal clear lakes
hissing geysers and boiling mud. You will find native forests in abundance
long empty beaches and fauna in varieties. New Zealand offers variety of outdoor activities
such as
hiking
skiing
rafting and
of course
that perennial favourite
bungy jumping. You may like to swim with the dolphins
amuse yourself with the new born lambs
go for whale-watch or fish in those pristine streams and rivers.

New Zealand tourism gets busier during its summer days
starting from November and lasting till April
when the schools start to have summer holidays. Ski opens up during the winter months and the resort towns get busier with shops
restaurants doing brisk business. If you are planning to visit New Zealand during Christmas time
you would need to book much early as accommodation and transport fills up. If you wish to have quiet moments
you should plan your visit before or after this busy period
when the weather is still warm and you can relax in the quietness with very few travellers around.

The population of New Zealand by recent record is 4
162
609 including three-quarters
including the Maori people live in the northern part of the island. About 86% of the people live in urban areas. Most of the residents in New Zealand live in Bungalows
single story and single unit buildings covering a small plot of land
with high rise residential buildings are presently coming up in Auckland and Wellington. The families in New Zealand have a small vegetable and fruit garden along with their dwellings
where they grow some of their food that they have. It is common for the families in the country to have pets
especially Dogs and Cats.

The people of New Zealand are very keen on participating and following sports. The winter sports in New Zealand include rugby
soccer
rugby league
hockey
netball
skating
skiing
and mountain climbing. In summer the most popular sports are cricket
tennis
swimming
sailing
hiking
and horse racing. The nation also participates in international sports events
such as
rugby
soccer
cricket
tennis
and sailing competitions.

Wellington is the capital of New Zealand. It is situated in the extreme southern part of the North Island at Port Nicholson bay. It is the major sea port
a rail center and lies in the agricultural region of the country. Well
ington is the commercial and manufacturing hub of the country. The city has formidable industrial establishments and these include
transportation equipment
processed food
textiles
clothing
machinery
and printed materials
with tourism being one of the principle economic bases in the city. The cultural history of the country is visible in the city’s cultural and educational facilities
which include
National Archives; the National Library of New Zealand
the Royal Society of New Zealand
built in 1867 and the National Art Gallery. The Art Gallery exhibits the finest paintings of European
Australian and the country’s own work of arts.

Cell phones have become a part of our lives and surely you will be taking yours on your visit to New Zealand. You will need to be in touch with your people and make yourself available to those who want to get in touch with you. It has become a tool which we cannot do without.

During the time when cell phone was not available
you had no option but to use the telephone in your hotel room. You had to call your associates and friends and be in touch with your family back home. You had paid dearly for those calls that you made. The disadvantage was that no one could get in touch with you
while you were out. All they could do is to leave a message in the reception desk.

With cellular phones becoming available
you had your cell phone on roaming the next time you went abroad. While you are on roaming in another country
you are in fact using the facilities of the network in that country. Roaming facility is provided by your home service provider. In doing that
your home service provider enters into a business contract with the network operator of the foreign country that you are visiting. That agreement allows you to utilise the services of the operator and each time you make or receive a call
your home service provider pays for the services rendered by the network operator of the country that you are in. Roaming call charges are higher than the normal ones and you pay for both
the incoming and outgoing calls. Roaming is expensive.

A pre-paid SIM card for New Zealand is a great way to save up to 80% of your call expenses. When you but a pre-paid SIM card for New Zealand
you get a local number and all the calls that you make are charged at local rates. Your incoming calls are free
no matter where they generate from. You do not pay for roaming and you do not have to enter into any kind of contract. You will not receive any bill at the end of the month.

When you buy a pre-paid SIM card for New Zealand
you get a small talk time credit with the SIM card. This enables you to use your cell phone right away when you reach your destination. To replenish your talk time credit you may buy recharge coupons from practically any shop in the cities of New Zealand. These coupons come in various denominations and you can choose the value of talk time credit that you would want. Since you pre-pay for your calls
you are in absolute control of your expenses and it is much easier to remain within the budget that you have set for the purpose.

For more information on pre-paid SIM card for New Zealand
visit http://www.planetomni.com/FAQ_sim.shtml A Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card is a smart card which renders your cell phone intelligent
which enables you to make and receive calls and It is a printed circuit board of the size a little smaller than a postage stamp which goes in a slot at the back of your cell phone. This slot is visible as you take off the back cover of your cell phone. A SIM card has a microprocessor and memory which holds your unique information regarding your identity
such as
identifying you as a cell phone service subscriber. It holds your subscription information
your SIM card number
the International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) of your mobile phone and other security details. As you switch on your cell phone
the information is transmitted to the local network
of the city that you are visiting abroad. This is then matched with the database information of the Foreign Service provider and matched. If the information matches
your cell phone is logged in the network and you are now ready to use your cell phone to make and receive calls. The SIM card also holds your address book
where you can store the names and telephone numbers of the people you often get in touch with. All your incoming and outgoing call numbers are logged in the memory of the SIM card
which are displayed to you along with the respective time and date of the calls.

You would need a GSM cell phone in New Zealand If you should have a GSM phone with you
it is very unlikely that it would work in that country
unless your cell phone supports multi-frequency bandwidths. The network in New Zealand operates on 900MHz and 1800MHz GSM frequency band
where-as
North America
Canada and a few neighbouring countries work on 850MHz and 1900MHz GSM bandwidths. This difference would not allow your phone to be used in New Zealand
unless you have a multi-frequency phone
supporting the network frequency of that country.

Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) is the second generation (2G) and the first open architecture digital mobile technology
replacing the old analog first generation (1G) system. It is being used in over 214 countries with 80% subscribers out of the total mobile users in the world. GSM has four sets of frequency bands
which are 850 MHz
900 MHz
and 1800 MHz and 1900 MHz and are distributed to the different regions. Some of these frequencies are commonly used by different countries
with the exception that 850MHz and 1900MHz GSM bandwidths are exclusively being used in North America
Canada and a few other neighbouring countries The major advantage in using GSM technology is that you have the facility to get in touch with people from about anywhere in this planet
when you are roaming with your phone.

To facilitate use of GSM cell phones in different parts of the world
handsets are available in multi-frequency bands. The Quad-band GSM phones
operate on all the GSM frequencies and there-by is suitable for use the world over. The Tri-band works on 800MHz
900MHz and 1800MHz frequency bands
and operates in most part of the GSM region. There is the Dual-band
having compatibility with two of the GSM frequency bands – 800MHz and 1900MHz.

The GSM phone that you are taking with you on your visit to New Zealand
should be SIM unlocked
as otherwise
you will not be able to operate your pre-paid SIM card for New Zealand or any other SIM card for that matter. A SIM locked cell phone will only work with the SIM card which is meant for the phone.

Why are cell phones SIM locked? Consider the following example. When you sign a contract with a service provider
a clause in that contract might stipulate that you will have to use the services of this particular provider for a definite period of time. This is generally one year. In exchange
you will receive a cell phone of your choice
within the models offered by the service provider
and at the end of the contract the cell phone becomes yours. When you receive the phone
you also receive a SIM card from your service provider. The phone that you have received is SIM locked
and would only work with the SIM card that came along with it. At the end of the contract period the service provider helps you to SIM unlock your phone
when it may be used with any SIM card of your choice.

Therefore
whether you are taking your cell phone
buying one or renting it
for your visit to New Zealand
you need to make sure that your cell phone is not SIM locked. If you are a frequent traveller to foreign countries
you may consider buying such a multi-frequency phone which would work in the countries that you visit. If you are travelling in-frequently
it is economical for you to rent a compatible phone for your visit to the country. For more information in buying or re
nting a compatible cell phone
visit http://www.planetomni.com/FAQ_gsm.shtml

A pre-paid SIM card for New Zealand is affordable and saves you substantially on your call expenses. You pay as the locals do and your incoming calls are all free. You do not pay roaming charges. There is no contract for you to sign and you do not receive any bill at the end of the month. Since you pre-pay for your call charges
you are aware of the expenses that you are incurring.

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