Posted on 19-Jul-2010 00:01
Filed under: News
Telecommunications company Orcon is entering the New Zealand mobile market, with promises to shake up the space with simple, no catch plans, and its commitment to no fixed term contracts.
Orcon is introducing a range of four simple mobile plans at rates from $0.39 per minute and a text rate of $0.20, and customers can bring their existing mobile number or get a brand new 020 Orcon number.
It is also offering customers discounts on a range of HTC and Nokia phones – or an account credit if customers use their own handset.
Call centre services are being provided by Orcon in New Zealand.
CEO Scott Bartlett says the launch in to the mobile market is a natural progression for the company.
“Orcon has a deserved reputation for shaking up what is a pretty tired and conservative telecoms market here in New Zealand – we did that with LLU (local loop unbundling) and also with nofixed term contracts broadband.
“Right now all other players in the on-account mobile market lock-in their customers to monthly or longer contracts – Orcon’s having none of that. We’re extending our broadband philosophy by doing away with mobile fixed term contracts altogether,” Bartlett says.
“We are a world-class and award-winning telecommunications company and our customers know we already provide great broadband,” Bartlett says. “So why not mobile and why not make it as simple as you can?”
Living up to its reputation for unpretentious, functional and innovative services, Orcon’s plans are no-nonsense, transparent and world-class its CEO says. Orcon customers using mobile, landline and broadband will only have to deal with a single unified bill.
Bartlett says Orcon mobile will launch with four devices; Nokia 5030 ($60), Nokia 2730 ($199), Nokia E71 ($699) and exclusive to Orcon HTC HD Mini ($699). More handsets will be announced throughout the year.
A basic Purple Mobile plan has no monthly fee and a flat rate $0.69 per minute. Sixty- (Silver), 120- (Gold) and 180-minute (Platinum) plans are available at $29.95, $49.95 and $69.95 per month respectively.
All have a basic text rate of 20 cents but there are a couple of add-on text bundles at $11.95 for 500 to any network or $9.95 for 2,000 to the Orcon, Vodafone and all other mobile operators that use the Vodafone network except 2degrees. Minute-and-second billing applies to all plans while voicemail costs 20 cents.
Mobile data costs on phones will either cost a casual rate of a ‘dollar a day’ for 10MB or 1GB for $49.95.
Users can also sign up for mobile broadband plans ranging from $29.95 per month for 500MB through $49.95 for 2GB to $69.95 for 4GB with an additional data fee of 50 cents per MB. Customers can either buy a USB mobile modem for $199 or rent one for $5 a month. All figures are inclusive of GST.
Bartlett says Orcon’s Purple Mobile operates the same as a pre pay mobile plan, with customers only paying per minute or per text. The advantage here is that they are only billed at the end of the month.
Subsidies on handsets kick in on the Silver Mobile 60 plan where Orcon contributes $60 for existing, new and mobile-only customers. The discount is $120 for the Gold Mobile 120 plan and $200 for the Platinum Mobile plan.. There is no handset subsidy for Orcon Purple.
Existing and new customers who have their own handset get equivalent amounts credited to their first Orcon account.
Orders are being taken on 0800 JOIN US (564587) or online at orcon.net.nz.
The company’s mobile network is being provided by Vodafone.