Spark, Vodafone or 2degrees? Best Endless Data Mobile Plans

The big three market-leading mobile service providers – Spark, 2degrees and Vodafone – offer an array of pay monthly plans designed to keep you online at all times. So which endless data phone plan is best?

Sure, unlimited talk and text is all well and good (if pretty standard), but these days data is the real deal-breaker. Whether you’re video calling or video streaming, Googling, gaming, or simply social media scrolling, you want to ensure you have ample data to go the distance.

It’s therefore no surprise that connectivity has become the core focus of telcos’ offerings. In fact, “endless” data plans (comprising a maximum speed data allocation, with speeds reduced once it has been reached) are now offered by all big three providers. This type of unlimited data phone plan means you’ll never be without data.

Although when/if the slower speeds kick in, it will probably be quite noticeable.

In the following guide, we take a look at some of the key terminology and what to keep in mind when shopping around for a pay monthly, endless data mobile plan. Plus the range of endless data plans on offer from Spark, 2degrees and Vodafone.

comapre endless data plans from spark 2degrees and vodafone

Key terms to help you compare endless data mobile plans

It’s worthwhile covering some common mobile provider terminology before we get stuck into the specifics of the plans on offer. Of course, being prepared and up to speed will help ensure you get the best deal for your mobile requirements.

Familiarity with these terms will help narrow down exactly what you want, and allow you to quickly compare the merits of respective plans.

Some terms you’ll likely come across include:

  • Open-term plan – is a plan with no fixed-term contract commitment (such as a 12- or 24-month commitment). This means that while you pay monthly, you can exit or change your plan at any time without incurring a cancellation fee.
  • Endless data – as advised above, this is a mobile plan that comes with a maximum speed data allocation, with internet speeds reduced (but unlimited) once this allocation has been exhausted (typically to 1.2 Mbps).
  • Hotspot – this allows you to wirelessly share your smartphone’s internet connection with other devices, as if it’s a wi-fi modem. Some providers may cap your hotspot data usage or charge an additional monthly fee to use hotspotting.
  • Unlimited talk and text – typically applies to standard New Zealand and Australian numbers. However, keep in mind that not all numbers will be covered.
  • Group plans – usually comprise a primary plan (which customers initially sign up for), with the option to then add companion plans (often up to three additional plans) for a discounted rate. The more companion plans added, the lower the per-person cost per billing period.
  • MB/GB – data allowances are measured in MB and GB. It is worthwhile weighing up how much data you require from one month to the next, and whether reduced speeds will suffice.
  • Mbps – stands for megabits per second, which is the measurement of your internet speed. Average 4G/5G mobile speeds can vary depending on a range of factors, but keep in mind that reduced speeds of 1.2Mbps will be significantly slower.
  • Auto-renew – some mobile plan add-ons will auto-renew, meaning they’ll automatically be added to your bill each month. Remember to cancel the add-on if you’re purchasing it as a one-off.

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Spark endless data pay monthly plans

Spark’s open-term pay monthly Endless Mobile plans come with endless data, which applies after the maximum speed allocation has been used (speeds are reduced to 1.2Mbps). In addition to this, all these plans come with unlimited NZ/OZ talk and text.

Plan Data Talk Text Cost (monthly)*
Endless Mobile Endless – speed reduces after 12GB Unlimited NZ/OZ Unlimited NZ/OZ $59.99
Endless Mobile Endless – speed reduces after 40GB Unlimited NZ/OZ Unlimited NZ/OZ $79.99
Endless Mobile Endless – speed reduces after 100GB Unlimited NZ/OZ Unlimited NZ/OZ $99.99

Spark’s Endless Mobile plans also include:

  • Spotify Premium – Spotify Premium is included with the $79.99 and $99.99 plans, and is available at half price with the $59.99 plan.
  • Hotspot – the $59.99 plan comes with 3GB hotspot data, the $79.99 plan 5GB and the $99.99 plan 10GB. You can also purchase hotspotting as an extra (at a cost of $10 per month).
  • Endless Group – up to three companions can be added to the $99.99 plan at a cost of $29.99 each, sharing data, talk and text. Leader plans get 100GB of maximum speed data and companion plans 40GB. Leader plans include Spotify Premium, while companion plans get 50% off.

Spark’s pay monthly plan extras include:

Data pay monthly extras

Pay monthly extra Includes Cost*
Data Data boost (unlimited, maximum speed) for four hours with hotspot $6 (four hours)
Data 1GB of four-weekly data to use on: Facebook, Twitter, Messenger and Spotify $9 (four weeks)
Data Data boost (unlimited, maximum speed) for 24 hours with hotspot $10 (24 hours)
Data 100MB $5 (per month)
Data 1GB $20 (per month)
Data 2GB $23 (per month)

Talk and text pay monthly extras

Pay monthly extra Includes Cost*
Talk and text 200 mins, 100 texts (international talk and text for selected countries) $10 (per month)

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2degrees endless data pay monthly plans

2degrees’ open-term pay monthly Endless Data plans come with a choice of two maximum speed data allocations. Once this data allocation has been used, speeds reduce to 1.2Mbps. These Endless Data plans also come with unlimited NZ/OZ talk and text.

Plan Data Talk Text Cost (monthly)*
Endless Data Endless – speed reduces after 40GB Unlimited NZ/OZ Unlimited NZ/OZ $75
Endless Data Endless – speed reduces after 100GB Unlimited NZ/OZ Unlimited NZ/OZ $90

2degrees’ Endless Data plans additionally include:

  • Sky Sport Now – free for six months for new customers (existing customers get 20% off).
  • Free data hour – choose an hour every day, with all data used during that time free (capped at 40GB per month).
  • Hotspot – free, with no limits.
  • Group plans – add up to three people to a plan for $30 per month per person.


2degrees’ pay monthly extras include:

Data pay monthly extras

Pay monthly extra Includes Cost*
Data 4GB maximum speed data $20 (valid until the end of your current bill cycle)

Talk and text pay monthly extras

Pay monthly extra Includes Cost*
Talk and text 300 mins (international talk for over 20 destinations) $10 (per month)

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Vodafone endless data pay monthly plans

Vodafone’s open-term pay monthly Endless Data plans are available with a range of maximum speed data allocations. Once the maximum speed allocation has been reached, speeds are reduced to 1.2Mbps. All of Vodafone’s Endless Data plans also come with unlimited NZ/OZ talk and text.

Plan Data Talk Text Cost (monthly)*
Endless Data – Small Endless – speed reduces after 5GB Unlimited NZ/OZ Unlimited NZ/OZ $45
Endless Data – Medium Endless – speed reduces after 12GB Unlimited NZ/OZ Unlimited NZ/OZ $60
Endless Data – Large Endless – speed reduces after 40GB Unlimited NZ/OZ Unlimited NZ/OZ $80
Endless Data – Extra Large Endless – speed reduces after 100GB Unlimited NZ/OZ Unlimited NZ/OZ $100

Vodafone’s Endless Data plans additionally include:

  • Hotspot – is provided at no extra cost.
  • International talk and text – 250 mins and 50 texts to 20 international destinations (with the Medium, Large and Extra Large plans).
  • Companion plans – add up to three companion plans for $35 per month per plan (with the Medium, Large and Extra Large plans).

Vodafone’s pay monthly extras include:

Data pay monthly extras

Pay monthly extra Includes Cost*
Data 1GB maximum speed data (all plans) $7
Data 5GB maximum speed data (Large and Extra Large plans) $25

Which plan should you sign up for?

Of course, this will depend on your specific requirements from one month to the next. But given that all of these plans are open term, this provides a degree of flexibility if you want to shop around and change plans at a future point. So, fortunately, that does make the stakes a little lower.

Overall, there isn’t a huge amount of difference between providers. All have a max plan with 100GB max speed data, and all offer unlimited text and talk to NZ/OZ numbers.

However, some reasons you may consider one provider over another are:

  • Spark – Spotify Premium included in plan, and the base level 4GB Endless data plan is ideal for users who aren’t too data-hungry.
  • 2degrees – Unlimited hotspotting, six months free Sky Sport Now, and a free hour of data every day. However, for those who don’t need much data, there isn’t a plan as small or cheap as one from Spark (4GB) or Vodafone (5GB)
  • Vodafone – Free hotspot and allocated international text and talk.

Ultimately, it comes down to your preferences. If you already have Spotify, having Spark foot the bill for you is a huge benefit. On the other hand, if you use Apple Music, it’s less appealing.

Likewise, 2degrees is great for sports fanatics, but not so much if you don’t know the difference between a power forward and a small forward. And if you don’t have any family or friends abroad, there’s not really anyone to use Vodafone’s international texts and calls on…

*Further information on pricing can be found at individual provider websites. This should be used as a starter guide and not considered an actual quote.

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About the author of this page

 Martin KovacsThis report was written by Canstar author Martin Kovacs. Martin is a freelance writer with experience covering the business, consumer technology and utilities sectors. Martin has written about a wide range of topics across both print and digital publications, including the manner in which industry continues to adapt and evolve amid the rollout of new technologies


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