The answer to this question is YES!
My kids bought me a smart phone on the Telecom network for my birthday two months ago. The phone cost $300. I got $10 free credit with it, and another $10 if I did something on the Internet which I never got around to because I forgot.
My daughter bought a smartphone in Australia a couple of days ago on a pre-paid plan. It cost just $100. With it she got over $300 of free calls, both national and international; hundreds of free texts; free Twitter and Facebook and 250 mb data.
What I'd like to know is... when are we going to get a fair deal with telecommunications in New Zealand?
Image: 'Ghost Cell Phone'