Some of you may have heard about Spark Jump, a new pre-pay internet service for families with school-aged children.The service is being subsidised by the Spark Foundation and being offered through partner organisations. The 2020 Trust is one of these partners along with other organisations that we work closely with – Greater Christchurch Schools Network (in Christchurch), Web Access Waikato (in Waikato),Nga Pumanawa e Waru (in Rotorua).
Spark Jump has some significant benefits:
- it is a pre-pay service, so no contracts or monthly bills;
- it costs $15 for a 30 GB data pack (which expires after 30 days, so must be topped up monthly)
- topups can be made using Skinny vouchers (available at thousands of retailers),or using a debit or credit card;
- it uses the 4G and 4G 700 wireless network, so no wires or UFB wait;
- it can be set up in 10 minutes during a CIH or Stepping UP class.
However it is not a replacement for a fixed line service (DSL or UFB) which offer ‘on account’ packages of around 100GB. The average New Zealand household now uses around 100GB each month, so Jump Start is not intended for people who want to download movies every night! But it is a great fit for families who can not afford our subsidised $10/week 2degrees package.
We are currently developing operational procedures and delivery models. Once these are finalised, we will communicate details to all CIH coordinators and programme delivery partners. In the meantime, please refer any inquiries from individual families to Kristina. Our goal is to establish delivery partners in each region where we have digital literacy programmes; we will prioritise areas where there are specific inquiries/requests. Sue West and Naseem Khan connected the first of these in Auckland last week.