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Topic # 27924 11-Nov-2008 14:05 Send private message

Media Release

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


The next BIG THING has arrived


Slingshot is pleased to announce the launch of their new unbundled voice and broadband services which have been designed to create a user experience that will not be matched by competitors.


Slingshot’s General Manager, Mark Callander says, the services launched today reflect our ongoing commitment to developing the NZ communications market and delighting our customers.  As the name of the new service suggests, the next BIG THING has been designed offer a range of features that are unparalleled in the home market at low monthly prices.


Callander continues “the entry level package, THE BEGINNERS THING, starts at just $69.95 and includes broadband services, homeline and over 20 Easyphone features.  That’s right, standard services such as voicemail, call forward, do not disturb are all part of the entry level plan at no extra cost.  In addition to this, customers will benefit from features such as Wake Up Call, Caller Tunes, Voicemail to Email, Remote Call Back and much more.”  


“Our focus over the next few months is migrating existing customers that already have voice and broadband services with Slingshot to the next BIG THING packages, however there has also been high demand from customers new to Slingshot wanting the service” says Callander.


The next BIG THING is now available in Auckland from the 40 exchanges that have been unbundled by Vodafone with other regions expected in the New Year.


For more information, check out www.slingshot.co.nz/bigthing


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Mark Callander

General Manager

Slingshot


Established in 1996, CallPlus is New Zealand’s third largest fixed line, voice and internet company offering a full range of communication services in both business and residential markets through its CallPlus and Slingshot brands.  The company has a strong focus on innovation, service delivery and building customer value which has contributed to the significant customer and revenue growth over the last five years.  For more information visit www.callplus.co.nz and www.slingshot.co.nz


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The extract below provides an example of what life can be like for Slingshot customers, it’s called a day in the life of the next BIG THING…


Monday, 10 November 2008

I’ve been late for work the last few Monday mornings, so thought I’d try the Wake Up Call on my new service from Slingshot.  Like clockwork, the phone rings at 7am waking me. It’s going to be the first time I’ve been on time in ages.


Before leaving home I check the downloads scheduled overnight, and they’re all done.  With Free Off Peak Data on my Slingshot broadband it doesn’t cost me a cent.  


On the way to work I get a call from my Mum reminding me about dinner tomorrow night.  Even though she called on my home number, the Locate Me service from Slingshot means I never miss a call – it automatically rings my mobile and business direct line to track me down.   And if I can’t answer, any messages left on my home phone will be automatically sent to my work and home email address which means I can access them anywhere, anytime.  I couldn’t imagine how I got by before getting the Better Voicemail service.


At lunch time I organise a conference call with two old varsity friends who I catch up with once a month.  Using the Group Chat service we can all remotely call my conference number (my home number), enter a secure pin and enjoy some three way sledging just like the good old days.   The time goes too quickly and before you know it we all have to go back to work.


After work while walking through the front door I hear the phone ringing - I can’t get to it in time.  Even though there was no message left, I simply dial *69 to see Who Called Me.  Turns out it’s an old friend living in London who I haven’t heard from in ages.  I call her back and we talk for nearly 2 hours.  I’m trying to budget at the moment so went online to see how much the call cost me which was just $3!  That is one of the amazing things with Slingshot, any calls you make can be seen online straight away – still don’t know how they can do that, but it’s great.


The home phone goes again, I know its mum because of the Call Screening I’ve set-up so I decide not to answer it.  I go and have some time out and set the Do Not Disturb service on my phone by dialling *78.  Any calls will go now to my Better Voicemail and I can get them later.


While online I notice an email from Slingshot telling me I’ve hit my monthly data cap. Even though my bill period is about to end I buy more because Slingshot offers Data Banking which means any additional data won’t expire for 12 months – back to Full Speed again and loving it!


Where do the hours go, before I know it it’s time for bed.  I change the Wake Up Call to give me an extra 15 minutes in the morning.  I also decide to quickly change the Caller Ring Tunes on my phone to keep it fresh and give my friends a surprise with the latest Flight of the Concords track.


Before dosing off I start to wonder what my life would be like without Slingshot, because they sure have made it A BETTER PLACE! 





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  Reply # 177337 11-Nov-2008 14:17 Send private message

I see the  "Big Thing #2" and "Big Thing #3" plans come with free off-peek data. I hope you guys have managed to find the secret recipe - all other ISPs with free data allowance pretty much had to cancel their plans after all those downloads started clogging up the tubes...




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  Reply # 177344 11-Nov-2008 15:21 Send private message

freitasm: I see the  "Big Thing #2" and "Big Thing #3" plans come with free off-peek data. I hope you guys have managed to find the secret recipe - all other ISPs with free data allowance pretty much had to cancel their plans after all those downloads started clogging up the tubes...

I second that.

I have been with Xtra, Woosh and Xnet...all with their unlimited data plans...and they all provided an appaling product and poor customer service (relating to the unlmited plans) and were eventually pulled.

Not by coincedence, I am now with Slingshot.




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  Reply # 177345 11-Nov-2008 15:29 Send private message

Yes seen that.

We're actually working on a couple of inventive ideas surrounding that problem.




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  Reply # 177353 11-Nov-2008 16:06 Send private message

Slingshot: Yes seen that.

We're actually working on a couple of inventive ideas surrounding that problem.


Like bigger pipes??

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  Reply # 177357 11-Nov-2008 16:32 Send private message

Probably a partitioned common pool/bandwidth for the "unlimited plans"  Laughing

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  Reply # 177379 11-Nov-2008 18:11 Send private message

so is actually each package includes phone line as well? like telecom and vdfn do?

I'm a bit unclear on that. sorry.

 

found that it does include phone line as well :) good


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  Reply # 177396 11-Nov-2008 19:26

Slingshot: Yes seen that.

We're actually working on a couple of inventive ideas surrounding that problem.

Very good to hear :)
And yea nice new plans, but uh... yea it will be a wile till it gets to where I live.

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  Reply # 177398 11-Nov-2008 19:45 Send private message

Nice plans. Just joined Slingshot yesterday, so look forward to upgrading to these...




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  Reply # 177429 11-Nov-2008 21:50 Send private message

I was skeptical at first, but wow, those are actually pretty damn good plans with the free off peak. It trumps TelstraClear cable Frown (Big Thing #3 VS LightSpeed 40G - for $10 less you get free offpeak (along with the 40GB), and up to 24Mb/s, and a phoneline with extras). Listening TelstraClear?

Of course, it's all moot given this is Auckland only ATM, and TelstraClear cable is Wellington/Christchurch only.

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  Reply # 177460 11-Nov-2008 23:31 Send private message

Wheres the online signup? :-) I must be going blind.

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  Reply # 177465 11-Nov-2008 23:48 Send private message

I like the new plans, they include the cost of your phone line.

I have been on the free off-peak data.  The first 2 months it was FS.  Recently I see that my connection has a max free data speed of 200KBps. That limits the data usage to around 2-3GB a night.  It's no longer feels like an off-peak period.  This  is the equilivent of X-nets free data cap,  but at least the get FS when then want it and not spread across the whole month.  Still it's early days for free BB internet.

Still it's good for free, it's nothing like the first few months when users could get down 5GB - 12GB a nite.  That would just make SS broke if they where getting more on demand capacity.

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  Reply # 177467 11-Nov-2008 23:51 Send private message

So it goes back to FS/FS after those hours? I've heard some ppl mention that during peak times the speed get's cut back?

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  Reply # 177468 11-Nov-2008 23:57 Send private message

Well the plans dont look too bad actually, $99 for the 40GB + phone is a very good price. I'm still not convinced on the whole naked DSL thing though as its easy to get stung by re-connection fees, technician callout fees etc.

It will be interesting to see how this performance compairs to that of vodafone as now we'll be able to see who managers their bandwidth better :)

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  Reply # 177475 12-Nov-2008 01:10 Send private message

Lurch: So it goes back to FS/FS after those hours? I've heard some ppl mention that during peak times the speed get's cut back?


Yeah, pretty much,  peak times are also like this.

Oh and the phone line isn't a voip,  I don't think it's a NDSL service.

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  Reply # 177587 12-Nov-2008 16:27 Send private message


Hi Slingshot person,

Can you please tell me why the rest of NZ has to wait for this deal? (My exchange here in Dunedin has been upgraded to ADSL2
(acording to telecom site))

I Have been thinking of changing to Vodafone's Ultimate Pack $90 phone + FS/FS & 20gigs

As I understand it Vodafone offer the same deals to the whole country....but those in the red network get ADSL2 while the rest get ADSL Why Cant SlingShot Do That

" other regions expected in the New Year "
Do you know when the likes of Dunedin is going to able to get this? The New Year is 12 months long, 1st quarter/2nd quarter?

Cheers
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