, posted: 12-Nov-2007 08:01
This is something that I have been waiting for since TelstraClear and Vodafone NZ announced their business separation a few months ago, with the sudden unplug of their Unplugged project. And since then, TCL has been keeping mum on their planned effort using Telecom NZ's network for their mobile launch.
Well today is the new day for TCL's mobile network, piggy-backing on Telecom NZ's network. But what's different with TCL-TNZ's business venture compare with TCL-VNZ's, is TCL will be able to set their own products and services, instead of reselling Vodafone NZ's deal, TCL will sell services which will differentiate themselves from Telecom NZ's offering.
So far from what I read from Stuff's website:
- BizMobile Starter plan costs $30 a month with all domestic calls to landlines and mobile at 40c/minute.
- BizMobile Plus costs $99.95 a month which include 400 minutes to any NZ landline or mobile, with 40c/minute for overage.
- International calling to Britain, US, Australia, Canada and Ireland cost 44c/minute and to other international destinations cost $1.07/minute.
- SMS cost 18c each.
- 3GB mobile data plan cost $75/month.
The plans seem easy to understand and provide "simplicity and transparency" to customers, which this can give customers peace of mind and not worrying who/what network they can call without incurring extra charges. All calls are to NZ's numbers, without the fear of whether to Vodafone/Telecom/TelstraClear. This certainly can minimise the confusion of the late 021-021 calling when two parties are of different carrier network
, 021 is no longer a just-VodafoneNZ prefix since the April 2007 Number Portability came into effect.
Realistically, when someone is making a call, the last thing in the back of their mind is SMS 300 to find who in their contact list are on/off network. You just want to pick the contact, and press "Call" and talk... simple as that! What happened to the day you just pick up the phone and dial and talk, let alone concerning who is on what network!!!
I don't know if I will make the switch or not, but certainly worth looking into for single-bill-simplicity-and-transparency. Perhaps, if TCL can even port my existing 021 numbers and one of my 029 over, then we'll talk the options.
p/s: is Okta Touch available for TCL mobile?
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