'Cheap as' data

You can now use our website and our online services, MyMSD and MyStudyLink at little or no cost from your mobile phone or digital device if you are on Spark, Vodafone, 2degrees or Skinny mobile networks.


You need to make sure your mobile data is turned on.

How it works

We've removed the cost wherever possible, but we do make use of website add-ons that will use a very small amount of your data, if you have some. In most cases this will be less than a cent of your data allowance per visit.

If you don't have any data on your device, you'll be able to use our websites and online services for free.

MSD's websites that are now virtually free to use include:

  • Work and Income
  • StudyLink
  • Working for Families
  • Housing Assistance
  • Ministry of Social Development
  • Find a Job.

Online services that are now virtually free include:

  • MyMSD
  • Apply online and Apply for NZ Super
  • MyStudyLink
  • RealMe registration on the Department of Internal Affair's website.

We estimate that at least 90 per cent of our clients' mobile phones are connected to Spark, Vodafone, Skinny or 2degrees and will be able to take advantage of this initiative from wherever they are in New Zealand.

Any mobile phone, smartphone or digital device that can access the internet on the mobile network of one of our partner providers can access 'Cheap as' data.

As some services on our website are not directly hosted by MSD we have been unable to reduce the costs associated with these services.

Networks not included

If your mobile data provider is a reseller of data from another telecommunications company you can't currently access 'Cheap as' data.

As of June 2016 these providers are not covered with 'Cheap as' data:

  • Warehouse Mobile (operating on the 2Degrees network)
  • Digital Island, CallPlus/Slingshot, Compass (operating on the Spark network)
  • Black+White, Orcon, M2 (operating on the Vodafone network)