Aargh – I thought New Zealand had number portability – my Telecom/Spark cell phone number is associated with my Two Degrees SIM card. My cellphone number is independent of the phone I use or the company I use for mobile.
So I was confident that I’d be able to take our phone number 10km north, all the way from Johnsonville to Porirua.
Different exchange , you can have any number you like – except it must start with a “2” not a “4”. Seriously? Apparently so! So really do we need a landline? The law insists that local calls are free (when they sold of the Post Office in the 1980’s it seemed a very important consumer safe-guard), but the line will cost $20/month. When we last moved in 2010 you still needed to have a phone line to get broadband – now getting “Naked” DSL – is an option.
It gets worse. I expected to have to pay to re-direct mail to the house, that’s normal.
But we have a PO Box , in Johnsonville, Titahi Bay would be more convenient. NZ Post is very happy to transfer the box, no problem at all. Free, even. But if I want the mail to be re-directed, well that of course will cost!
Well at least the world has evolved past sending the address change passports out, right? There must be at least one place where I can change my address(s) and all my banks, insurance companies etc are informed.
“Oh yes we have that”, chirps NZ Post chick – you can do it all online.
Excerpt, when I look they don’t have my main insurance company, power company, ISP, doctor, or anyone else terribly useful.
So could someone please provide this service – because as I see it I will have to contact each and every organisation separately and update my details. Wonderful!