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Topic # 99267 15-Mar-2012 16:25 Send private message

2degrees customers will get a free Nokia Lumia 800 (on shelves March 23) when they sign up to the new $199 Plan (see details below) for 24 months.

For a fixed fee of $199 per month, 2degrees Business and Pay Monthly customers will receive unprecedented ‘all-you-can-eat’ value, including:
•       uncapped calling to standard New Zealand and Australian landlines (fair use policy applies)
•       uncapped calling to New Zealand mobiles (fair use policy applies)
•       2GB of national 3G data
•       2,500 texts

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  Reply # 595709 15-Mar-2012 16:41 Send private message

$199 a month? And you only get 2GB? Too expensive.




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  Reply # 595710 15-Mar-2012 16:42 Send private message

Just received the press release:


2degrees makes market-changing Windows smartphone affordable Offers Nokia Lumia 800 free with new all-you-can-eat planWith the recent launch of the Nokia Lumia 800, Microsoft and Nokia hope to change the shape of New Zealand’s smartphone market.  Now, 2degrees plans to make it easier for businesses and consumers to get their hands on it.

2degrees Chief Sales Officer, Mark Cleary, says 2degrees will offer the latest Windows Phones to customers, and make them more affordable for Kiwi businesses and consumers.

“We are fostering a close relationship with Microsoft, one of the fastest growing players in the New Zealand smartphone market,” says Cleary.  “The smartphone is now an essential tool for businesspeople and consumers, and 2degrees is focused on making devices such as the Nokia Lumia 800 affordable so that Kiwis can enjoy its seamless integration with the Microsoft software they use in their office and home.”

2degrees customers will get a free Nokia Lumia 800 (on shelves March 23) when they sign up to the new $199 Plan (see details below) for 24 months.

For a fixed fee of $199 per month, 2degrees Business and Pay Monthly customers will receive unprecedented ‘all-you-can-eat’ value, including:

•             uncapped calling to standard New Zealand and Australian landlines (fair use policy applies)
•             uncapped calling to New Zealand mobiles (fair use policy applies)
•             2GB of national 3G data
•             2,500 texts

The Nokia Lumia 8000 features the latest Windows Phone 7.5 software, plus:

•             An 8 MP camera with Carl Zeiss wide-angle lens, HD Video Recording and dedicated camera button with touch-to-focus
•             16GB of memory and access to SkyDrive
•             Nokia Drive turn-by-turn voice navigation (free maps available for 95 countries)
•             Windows Marketplace App Store
•             WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities

Analysts predict that Windows Phone software will be number two worldwide by 2015 and Microsoft is expecting that Windows Phones will grab a 15-20% share of New Zealand’s smartphone market over the next 24 months.

“Frost & Sullivan predicts that, by 2015, 477 million smartphones will be sold in Asia Pacific, representing one of the key growth regions for the future,” says Rayner, David Rayner, Director Consumer Channels Group, Microsoft New Zealand.  “The partnership with Nokia allows both brands to gain a stronger foothold in this part of the world.”

"Nokia Lumia will change the way people think about Nokia.  It signifies a new beginning for the company, bringing together the best of Nokia's handset design and services with the latest Windows Phone software,” said Nokia's managing director, Chris Carr.  "Interest locally has been extremely positive.  We are pleased that our operator partner, 2degrees, will be bringing the Nokia Lumia 800 to its smartphone range."
 




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  Reply # 595719 15-Mar-2012 16:51 Send private message

freitasm: $199 a month? And you only get 2GB? Too expensive.

You are kidding right? It has 2GB + 2500 txts + unlimited calling?



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  Reply # 595733 15-Mar-2012 17:20 Send private message

They've just sent out a revised release saying it's meant to be "talk as much as you like" plan rather than "all you can eat" plan.

Theory: 2degrees has plans for an AYCE plan?

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  Reply # 595748 15-Mar-2012 17:40 Send private message

the plan itself is good IMO, but needing to spend $200/month to get a full subsidy seems pretty rich.

the phone itself is, what, $900? Pretty sure Telecom and Vodafone don't require you to commit to anything like $200/month to get a full subsidy.

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  Reply # 595751 15-Mar-2012 17:45 Send private message

Telecom is $80/month for 24 months and you get the Lumia 800 for free with 200 anytime mins, 1GB data and 300 texts.




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Good to see 2degrees carrying a Windows Phone. The Lumia is a beautiful piece of hardware as well




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