Telecom's 025 Network Shut Down Planned for March 2007
Posted on 11-Oct-2006 22:26
Filed under: News
Nearly 400,000 Telecom customers have moved from the old 025 cellphone network to the newer 027 network over the past 18 months. The Telecom New Zealand 027 network is based on the CDMA standard.
Telecom Head of Consumer Marketing Kevin Bowler said the 025 network is due to shut down on 31 March 2007. The network was introduced in the 1980s and the operator says both the 025 network and 025 phones are increasingly difficult to repair with parts scarce and very few countries still operating an analogue network.
At Telecomís full year result in early August there were approximately 83,000 customers on the 025 network compared with 478,000 12 months earlier. Telecom will report updated 025 customer numbers at its Q1 financial result next month.
Mr Bowler said that Telecom had been working with customers to migrate them from 025 to 027 in advance of the network closure on 31 March 2007. Customers are being offered a range of options including discounted upgrades to meet their specific needs.
As well, customers who migrate before 31 March 2007 will be able to retain their number as the only change will be the prefix from 025 to 027 and they can have a free call diversion service for 12 months which will automatically transfer any calls from a customerís 025 number to their new 027 mobile.
Telecom will continue to contact customers on 025 network to advise them of the wide range of upgrade options. Currently less than 10% of 025 handsets are SMS capable.
Telecom would ensure that 025 handsets placed in recycling bins at all Telecom stores would be recycled and disposed of in a responsible and environmentally friendly way.