Cheapest Shared Data Plans in NZ

Shared data plans allow you to add additional members for discounted rates. Canstar breaks down the cheapest shared data plans on offer in New Zealand.

You might be accustomed to going it alone when it comes to your mobile phone plan. However there can be benefits to sharing the love, and your data, by banding together with family and friends on a shared data mobile plan.

Shared data plans typically have the primary plan, and then additional plans that can be added for a discounted rate. So you’re not actually sharing your plan as such, more sharing the love, and coughing up the full price so your family members or friends can get a cheaper endless data plan. Although, you can always then agree to split the costs among yourselves, if you want to be diplomatic about it.

Below, Canstar takes a look at the cheapest shared data plans, as well as the key features and considerations, so you can get the best plan for you (and up to three other individuals).

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Shared data mobile plan features

Before you simply look at the cheapest shared data plans, it pays to look at the fine print. Cheapest isn’t always best, and there are plenty of quirks to consider before committing to a plan.

When choosing a shared data mobile plan, it’s worthwhile considering:

  • Primary plan – the primary plan holder will likely be responsible for ensuring the account is paid on time. They will be the one able to make changes to the companion plans, and have access to companion plan details, such as call and text details
  • Data – what is the maximum speed data allocation? And does everyone get the same amount?
  • Talk and text – all of the plans below come with unlimited talk and text to NZ and Australian numbers. However, exclusions can apply, so it’s worthwhile confirming with the provider
  • Pay monthly – all of the plans below are pay monthly plans. If you’re keen on a prepaid plan, you’ll need to look at individual plan options
  • Hotspot – is hotspotting included for free or at an additional charge?
  • Additional incentives – are there any other additional incentives included with a plan? This can include free data, entertainment, or access to other services.

Also keep in mind the full range of services that providers offer, such as international call, roaming and data add-ons, and how these apply to group plans.

In looking at the group deals currently on offer below, individual plan costs and inclusions are also included as a point of comparison.

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Spark

Customers on a Spark 100GB endless data plan ($99.99) can add up to three companion plans for just $29.99 each. These companion plans feature 40GB of max speed data, and 50% off Spotify Premium.

For context, a 12GB endless data plan, with 50% off Spotify Premium typically costs $59.99 per month. So the savings can be significant.

Plan features:

  • Endless data – Primary plan has 100GB max speed data and then endless data at 1.2Mbps. Companion plans have 40GB max speed data and then endless data at 1.2Mpbs
  • Entertainment – Leader plans include Spotify Premium, while companion plans get 50% off Spotify Premium
  • Hotspot – leader plans receive 10GB of hotspot data per month, companion plans can add hotspot data for an additional $10 per plan

You can see a breakdown of the costs below:

People Data Talk & Text Cost (per month)*
One person 100GB max speed Unlimited NZ/OZ $99.99
Two people Leader plan: 100GB max speed

Companion plan: 40GB max speed

Unlimited NZ/OZ $129.98

$64.99 per person

Three people Leader plan: 100GB max speed

Companion plans: 40GB max speed

Unlimited NZ/OZ $159.97

$53.33 per person

Four people Leader plan: 100GB max speed

Companion plans: 40GB max speed

Unlimited NZ/OZ $189.97

$47.49 per person

2degrees logo2degrees

2degrees allows customers to add up to three companion plans for $30 each to its endless data plans. Do note, only the 40GB endless data plan can have three companions.

All companion plans are identical to the primary plan, with their own data allowance, so you don’t have to worry about one member hogging all the data.

Plan features:

  • Endless data – all plans have endless data till max speed limit, then reduced to 1.2Mbps
  • Free data hour – all data used during an hour chosen by the customer is free every day (maximum speeds for 40GB per month, then reduced to maximum speeds of 1Mbps)
  • Hotspot – is included with all plans
  • Wi-fi calling – make and receive calls, using minutes (no data)
People Data Talk & Text Cost (per month)*
One person 12GB max speed Unlimited NZ/OZ $60
40GB max speed $80
Two people 12GB max speed Unlimited NZ/OZ $90

$45 per person

40GB max speed $110

$55 per person

Three people 12GB max speed Unlimited NZ/OZ $120

$40 per person

40GB max speed $140

$46.67 per person

Four people 40GB max speed Unlimited NZ/OZ $170

$42.50 per person

vodafone_logoVodafone

Vodafone’s companion plans allow for customers to sign up for a medium, large or extra large endless data mobile plan, and to then add up to three companion plans at $30 each.

Each companion plan receives the entire primary plan, with their own data allowance (be it 12, 40 or 100GB of maximum speed data).

Endless data reduces to a maximum speed of 1.2Mbps after the maximum speed allocation has been used.

Plan features:

  • Endless data – all plans endless data till max speed limit, then reduced to 1.2Mbps
  • 5G – plans are 5G ready
  • Hotspot – is included with all plans
People Data Talk & Text Cost (per month)*
One person 12GB max speed Unlimited NZ/OZ $60
40GB max speed $80
100GB max speed $100
Two people 12GB max speed Unlimited NZ/OZ $90

$45 per person

40GB max speed $110

$55 per person

100GB max speed $130

$65 per person

Three people 12GB max speed Unlimited NZ/OZ $120

$40 per person

40GB max speed $140

$46.66 per person

100GB max speed $160

$53.33 per person

Four people 12GB max speed Unlimited NZ/OZ $150

$37.50 per person

40GB max speed $170

$42.50 per person

100GB max speed $190

$47.50 per person

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

Which provider has the cheapest shared data plans?

Based purely on price, both 2degrees’ and Vodafone’s 12GB endless data plans work out to the same price, and the cheapest rate possible. However, it’s important to consider other factors.

For example, if you look at the 40GB plans, and if you have the max number of people on the plan (four) then the costs look like this:

  • Spark – $47.49 pp
  • 2degrees – $42.50 pp
  • Vodafone – $42.50 pp

While Spark remains more expensive, the leader plan is getting 100GB of endless data, not 40GB. They’re also getting a free Spotify Premium account (worth $14.99 p/m) while the other three are receiving 50% off their Spotify Premium membership (saving $7.50 p/m).

Factor that in, and Spark would work out to be the cheapest plan of the three.

Which plan is best?

The plan that is best is the plan that is best for you (and those you’re sharing the plan with). If you use Apple Music, you probably don’t need a Spotify Premium membership (or discount).

If there are four of you, and 12GB of endless data is plenty, then Vodafone may be best. As it’s the only provider that offers a 12GB endless data plan for four people.

To best work out which shared data plan is best, you’ll need to weigh up not just the cost, bit how many people you’ll be sharing with, and what each person needs.

And if you’re not keen on sharing your data after all, but still want a bargain, click here and read our story on the cheapest phone plans in New Zealand.


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author andrew broadley

About the author of this page

This report was written by Canstar Content Producer, Andrew Broadley. Andrew is an
experienced writer with a wide range of industry experience. Starting out, he cut his teeth working as a writer for print and online magazines, and he has worked in both journalism and editorial roles. His content has covered lifestyle and culture, marketing and, more recently, finance for Canstar.


 

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