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Posted by Bruce Pitchers July 8th 2021

Spark Mobile Review

Spark is New Zealand’s largest telecommunications and digital services company. It offers a varied range of different monthly and pre-paid phone plans. Many of their plans come with these two unique features:

Socialiser

Socialiser is extra monthly data for use only on: Facebook, Messenger, Spotify and Twitter.

Data Stack

Data Stack is a feature available on Spark Prepaid that lets you grow your data allowance. Each month you stay on your eligible Spark Prepaid Value Pack, you’ll receive an extra monthly limit of 100MB data. Max Data Stack allowance 10GB.

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Spark Prepaid

Spark’s prepaid plans are for four-week periods:

Value Packs

$19 Plan:

Features: 200mins calls & unlimited texts in NZ – 1.25GB Rollover

Extras: Half-price Spotify Premium, rollover minutes, data stack

$29 Plan:

Features: 300mins calls & unlimited texts in NZ – 2GB Rollover + 2GB Socialiser

Extras: Half-price Spotify Premium, rollover minutes, data stack

$49 Plan:

Features: 500mins calls & unlimited texts in NZ – 4GB Rollover + 2GB Socialiser

Extras: Half-price Spotify Premium, rollover minutes, data stack

$79 Plan:

Features: Unlimited calls and texts in NZ/OZ – unlimited data (40GB max speed)

Extras: Half-price Spotify Premium, rollover minutes, data stack


Data Lovers Packs

$20 Plan:

Features: 1.5GB Rollover + 1GB Socialiser: NZ calls 49c/min, 20c per text

Extras: Half-price Spotify Premium, rollover data

$40 Plan:

Features: 4.5GB Rollover + 1GB Socialiser: NZ calls 49c/min, 20c per text

Extras: Half-price Spotify Premium, rollover data


Pre-paid add-ons:

Spark offers a range of different pre-paid add-on packs, covering extra

  • Data
  • Texts
  • Talk

  • Talk and texts
  • International talk and texts
  • Voicemail

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Spark packages three open-term pay monthly plans with endless data: one with a 12GB maximum speed allocation, one with a 40GB allocation and the other with 100GB. Endless data reduces speeds to a maximum of 1.2mbps.

Plan Data Talk Text Cost (per month)
Endless Mobile – 12GB 12GB max speed, then endless Unlimited NZ/OZ Unlimited NZ/OZ $59.99
Endless Mobile – 40GB 40GB max speed, then endless Unlimited NZ/OZ Unlimited NZ/OZ $79.99
Endless Mobile – 100GB 100GB max speed, then endless Unlimited NZ/OZ Unlimited NZ/OZ $99.99

Plan features:

  • Group plans – up to three companion plans can be added to the 100GB plan at a cost of $29.99 each (the primary plan receives 100GB maximum speed data, with companion plans receiving 40GB maximum speed data)
  • Entertainment – the 12GB plan includes half-price Spotify Premium, while the 40GB and 100GB plans include either Spotify Premium or Netflix Standard (HD)
  • Hotspot – can be added at a cost of $10 per month, while the 40GB plan comes with 5GB of hotspot data, and the 100GB plan 10GB of hotspot data

Basic Monthly Spark Plans

Spark also offers a basic, monthly Rollover Plan, which comes with half-price Spotify Premium:

Plan Data Talk Text Cost (monthly)
Rollover plan 3GB rollover data 300mins NZ Unlimited NZ $79

Plus two, no-frills plans for seniors, which come with voicemail:

Plan Data Talk Text Cost (monthly)
Gold Plan 1 100MB 50 mins NZ/unlimited to Spark numbers 50 NZ $13
Gold Plan 2 500MB Unlimited NZ 500 NZ $23

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Are Sparks phone plans value for money?

Spark’s monthly and prepaid plans are certainly not the cheapest in the market. Neither are their group plans, which involve the main user signing up to Spark’s most expensive monthly plan.

However, Spark does offer a host of extra benefits, from extra free social data to half-price and free subscriptions to Spotify and Netflix. If you’re already a subscriber to either of these services, a Spark mobile plan could provide good value for money.

Spark also has regular deals that can save you money on phones and accessories, so it’s worth keeping up-to-date with Spark’s latest offers via its website.


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