Switching time- electric and broadband recommendations?

It's that time of the year for me to think about switching providers for electricity +/- broadband. Anyone got recommendations?

Not a high power user or gamer so standard features are fine.

Currently with Electric Kiwi for both, but they keep raising their prices and it seems Flick is cheaper (or Naumaira for low users).
Also I see they don't offer a free modem anymore but have changed it to free modem "rental".
Their hour of power is handy but not really practical for me as I'm out most of the day and sleep before their non-peak hours kick in!


  • +1

    I did a recent analysis, and Mercury ended up being cheapest with the $250 2 year offer.
    Re internet, slingshot 300/100 was cheapest at 57.95/month

    • yea sounds decent.

      for non-contract i see flick and flip are the best but yes still slightly more than the term contract option

      • I just moved from Flick to Contact 9-12 free. As per my calculation for last 3 months both came to almost same price. I have an EV and no hot water so seems fine to me. Due to $100 referral bonus will stick with them for couple of months and probably look into Mercury or something else at that time.

        Broadband I think currently Slingshot & zeronet might be your options.

      • for non-contract our next best option was the Contact EV plan - we were tempted but there was no guarantee that prices won't go up, so will opt for Mercury.

  • Zeronet are doing 6 months half price broadband. https://www.zeronet.co.nz/plans/

  • +1

    Z electric is still offering the very generous offer of 75L of fuel after joining for 2 weeks without a contract. via referral.


    one of the best sign up offer available if you have not done it before.

    • Does anyone know if there is a cool down period for taking up the sign up offer on Z electric? I.e. Can I get the sign up offer after leaving Z electric after few weeks? Thanks.

      • "The promo is only available if your friend successfully becomes a new residential customer on Z Electric plan, they cannot currently be on a Z Electric plan or have been on a Z Electric plan before"

        it is one off per person.. but does not stop a family member or flatmate getting the offer though I guess.

        • "You are not eligible to receive joining reward litres if you have previously been on a Z Electric power plan in the past 12 months" I just found this in their terms and condition. I guess the cool down period is 12 months.

  • Frank Energy definitely worth checking out - no contract, no gimmicks, just a low rate. You can get a referral from their page on cheapies for a $50 credit when you sign up. Doesn't sound like a lot, but it still worked out as less than Mercury for me even with their $250 credit. Get your total yearly usage from your current provider and use that amount to run calculations of what each provider would cost you. I also pay my bill with my Dosh card - no extra fee for using a CC so essentially a 1% discount.

  • Anyone run the numbers on Mercury's Samsung deals? I need a new dryer but as an existing customer with power, I'd need to add Fibre and fix for three years (plus pay 300 towards it).

    • +1

      Haven't done any calculations recently, but in past it was always expensive. Better to stick with bonus/credits and buy the appliance on a deal outside.

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