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News and information from Spark Broadband

Now you may have read the news on BroadbandCompare NZ back in January that broadband plan prices were going up and we recommended comparing broadband plans in New Zealand. Well whilst we still very much live by that philosophy, credit where it is due to Spark Broadband.

In January Spark Broadband Price increases were announced as a result of the Commerce Commission announcing a significant increase in the amount that internet providers in NZ pay to Chorus (the network provider) to connect consumer broadband and business broadband in New Zealand to the historic copper telecom network.

What Spark Broadband also announced at the time was that they would review pricing and consider a credit or something for Spark Broadband customers because the price changes weren’t backdated as the NZ Broadband companies thought they might be. This was the reason that in February of 2015 Spark Broadband increased some prices to customers still being served by the copper network on Spark ADSL or Spark Broadband VDSL. Anyway… as the price increase wasn’t backdated Spark made a promise which they are keeping and if you are currently a Spark broadband customer there will be a pleasant surprise in your March bill. What sort of surprise? Well it is a nice one and pretty big news for Spark Broadband customers. Some free money by all accounts and it won’t do their Spark broadband reviews any harm at all I’m sure 🙂

Spark Internet Price News

Spark Broadband has announced it will return the money that it took by raising prices in 2015 following the decision to not backdate the higher Chorus lines charges from the Commerce Commission which was decided in January 2016. Not all Spark Broadband Plans will qualify for the refund as not all Spark broadband plans had the price hike applied in 2015. The savings will be given to eligible Spark broadband home plans and Spark Broadband business customers on affected Spark broadband and landline-only plans. Basically not to Spark Fibre Broadband customers.

Spark Broadband says Spark Home broadband customers will be able to go online to claim their savings as a $33 account credit on their monthly bill or put it towards a six months’ data upgrade to their Spark broadband plan (Moving your plan to a Spark unlimited data plan and worth from $60) or if feeling generous Spark customers can make a $33 donation to a cause of their choice on Givealittle. If you are simply a Spark ome landline-only customer then you receive a $33 account credit.

The maths has been crunched by the accounts boffins at Spark and the $33 equates to the net savings to Spark from the Commerce Commission decision. As you would imagine the guys at Spark Broadband are very happy to announce this news and it will be a big chunk of money they are paying back to their Spark Broadband customers. Let’s hear from the CEO of Spark Home, Mobile and Business, Mr Jason Paris…

“Spark Broadband put up our prices in February last year after the Commerce Commission threatened to backdate higher Chorus charges from the previous December, at the time, we said that if there was no backdating, we would do the right thing and return savings where we could to our customers,” he says.

“While most broadband retailers increased their prices around the same time, to our knowledge we are the only NZ Broadband retailer who is now giving back to customers,” Paris adds.
“In recent weeks, Chorus and other industry players have confirmed they will not appeal the Commerce Commission’s final decision, and this certainty now means we can follow through on our commitment to return savings to our customers,” says Paris.
“We’re really pleased we can offer Spark broadband customers a range of choices in how they get their savings and it will only take a few quick minutes to go online and make their selection,”
he adds.

Three cheers to Spark Broadband….

BUT…

Even when you apply the $33 savings from Spark Broadband to your account, with two price increases in the last 15 months – admittedly mostly as a result of circumstances outside of their control – Spark Broadband may still not be the best choice for your particular Broadband needs. Maybe you need to check out some Spark Broadband Reviews or you are not happy with the spark broadband speed?

So while your Spark Broadband plan is front of mind why don’t you compare broadband plans in NZ and compare broadband providers with Broadband Compare and you might be able to save a big chunk on one of your major household bills and find the best broadband deals available.

Click through to our broadband comparison tool to find the best priced NZ broadband plan for you.

Compare Broadband Plans – beat the 2016 price hike!

So… did your Broadband Bill increase yet in 2016?

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With an announcement from the Commerce Commission in the middle of December 2015 about what other telecom companies and broadband internet providers in NZ should pay to Chorus for access to their copper line network you might just be seeing a price hike in your current broadband plan bill!

Here at Broadband Compare NZ we are all about making life easier for consumers and businesses to understand and compare broadband plans and internet providers in NZ… we also like to decipher and translate big government decisions like this one from the Commerce Commission into language that everyone can understand… So… what does this mean to the kiwi consumer and broadband plans in New Zealand?

In summary… your broadband bill will very likely see a increase. Not a huge monthly increase but with Chorus being able to charge Spark Broadband, Compass Broadband, Vodafone Broadband and many other internet providers in NZ an additional $7.11 per month to send their broadband connection down the Chorus copper pipes you can be pretty sure that some or all of that cost will be passed on to the end bill payer… i.e. you… the New Zealand Broadband user.

According to Chorus, the Copper network access price increase will mean that they will be able to bill an incredible, $120 million a year to the broadband providers in NZ, over 5 years that is $600 million extra… the bulk of which YOU will pay for.

So… surely there has never been a better time to compare broadband plans and compare internet providers in NZ and switch your broadband provider?

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Internet NZ, has called the broadband price decision a travesty and has pointed out that New Zealand is the only country in the world putting up copper pricing for broadband plans. New Zealanders pay more for fixed broadband plans than most developed countries and independent research (from the International Telecommunications Union) which compares internet plans and broadband prices put us in the 60th place in the world… even over the ditch in Australia they are twenty places ahead of New Zealand. This broadband plan price increase for copper connections will push us even further down the rankings as the NZ broadband providers will have to put their prices up.

There are 1.33 million copper internet connections in New Zealand. This is an increase of one percent from 2014 according to Stats NZ when they surveyed internet providers in NZ.

Ultrafast Fiber Broadband or Fibre connections have more than doubled from 46,000 in 2014 to 105,000 at the end of 2015 but they still only make up about five per cent of all broadband connections in New Zealand. Even Spark, one of the old guard of internet providers in New Zealand said that when you compare internet plans in New Zealand they their customers will now pay more for access to the ADSL copper broadband network than they do for entry-level plans on Ultrafast Broadband (UFB) fibre.

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If you are a Spark Broadband customer, a Compass Broadband customer or a Vodafone Broadband customer on a residential fixed line service you will more than likely be seeing an increase on your ADSL or VDSL connections by around $5 a month from February or March 2016. Interestingly and correctly, prices are unchanged for landline only customers and also for fibre broadband customers, including Ultrafast Broadband users.

So… you’ve read enough? $5 a month for a year is $60. For two years that’s $120 – that’s a chunk of change I would rather have in my pocket.

Many of the broadband providers in New Zealand offer great incentives for new customers. Switching is a simple and easy process and sometimes your new bill and the incentive will save you even more than the early exit fee that you may have to pay if under contract.

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