Posted on 7-May-2012 09:02.
Filed under: News
Mobile operator 2degrees says 72% of New Zealanders are paying for data they never use. But the days of multiple, expensive mobile data plans are over, with today’s launch of ‘Shared Data’ between 2degrees devices.
Mobile data use on the 2degrees network has increased by more than 200% over the last year as more customers use multiple devices to stay connected wherever they go. 2degrees has also found that almost three-quarters of New Zealanders (72%) have unused data at the end of the month.
2degrees Chief Executive Eric Hertz says ‘Shared Data’ started from a simple principle: you should get what you pay for.
“Pay Monthly customers can now cover up to five mobile devices from one data plan, allocating their data to any smartphone, tablet, USB modem or gaming device that uses the 2degrees network. Unused data no longer goes to waste,” says Mr Hertz.
“Data can also be shared with any other 2degrees customer – including Prepay customers – so your family, friends or colleagues can use the same data quota without needing multiple, complex plans.”
2degrees has conducted a nationwide survey which found that nearly half of all Kiwis own multiple mobile devices which connect to the Internet. However, almost three-quarters of those surveyed believe their data plans do not offer good value for money.
The survey also found fewer than 50% of New Zealanders think mobile data plans are simple to understand. With users’ spend on mobile data averaging more than $50 a month, the demand for better and fairer mobile data is clear. 2degrees is the first mobile company to address this issue.
Customers in the your Pay Monthly data plan can now share it with up to five different devices. From USB modems to tablets and even with another mobile, users can share with any gadget that has a 2degrees SIM.
Shared Data is free to all 2degrees Pay Monthly customers for the first six months. After that there is a charge of NZ$5 per month, and NZ$1 a month per device you share with (e.g. if you are sharing your data with your iPad, then you would pay $6 per month; or if you were sharing your data with your iPad and your USB Modem, then you would pay $7 per month). Everyone who joins gets 1GB of Bonus Data free every month for one year.
When customers activate Shared Data, all data on the selected account including plan data, bonus data, and any Data Value Packs will be shared with other devices of the customer's choice.