While for you guys there may be alot more "exciting mobile features" than text messaging, for youth this is our primary form of in-person communication. When Telecom introduced $10 TXT they also created a culture among youth. Text messaging allows me to communicate anytime, anywhere. Personally the thing I like most about text messaging is it is highly discrete. I can sit in a room with 30 or more poeple and have a private conversation with someone. Can't do this if i'm talking on the phone. Text messaging allows me to communicate from the car, from school, from work. I can do it easily, discretly and quickly. Telecom, for 11 months, let youth get more and more used to this culture of communication and all of a sudden it was taken away. Can you people understand why we, as youth, are upset about this. I am a commerce student, I know alot more than most people my age about business, and I understand, from an economic point of view why Telecom may be doing this, if indeed it is money that is driving this change (althought they strongly deny this). What really upsets me is that Telecom PROMISED me, and alot of customers that $10 TXT would continue into the forseable future. A Telecom customer service rep even promised me this LESS THAN 1 MONTH before the new 'deal' was announced. All I want you older dudes to understand WHY we are upset. Do you understand? or are you that ignorant? Ask questions if need be.
i see your point , i use to send over 200 texts a day.
now im down to 3-5 , and i change to vodafone.
texting lots is crazy , when your with a group of people , tehre is always someone sitting there texting there gf , and not talking. its annoying. i was a person who did this , i was at a party in the weekend and my mate just sat there texting his gf , i found it annoying and rude.
i think its a good thing they are getting rid of the deal , im now used to 3-5texts a day , its better. i have a better phone and won't have problems with my hand in the furture :) cos of too much texting haha
While I agree with you that it is annoying when people text like this in a social environment I do sent alot of txts each day. I do not however go somewhere like a party and text, thats not why I am there. I text at other times. When i'm in bed at night, quite times at school or work etc. I probably send 30-50 messages a day and for me it is an excellent way to stay in touch with friends I would not other wise get to talk to. Some people just go a little too nuts. I know people who have sent several thousand messages this month, and that is excessive. But 16 a day is just a little on the low side. 32 a day I would not have a problem. Thing is, If Telecom did $10 for 500 messages to start with, they would have still got nearly as many, if not as many customers to change and none of us would be in this position. This has had the same effect amoung youth as sticky wages has on people.
I'm not saying that companies should not make money off youth! But they give you something then take it away. Would you be a little ticked off if Telecom limited you free local calling to 2 or 3 calls a day say?
I'm with you John,
At first I was a little annoyed at the cap that telecom mobile put on its $10 deal. But looking at the reasons behind it and the blatant abuse of such a good offer has made me see that it was a good choice. The response from so many people just highlights the greed in many people, and the attitude that "I am owed hand outs as my god given right" makes me sick.
Give us a break. The $10 deal is still the best in the market, you are getting $90 worth for nothing. If you think Vodafone is going to be better for you if all you do is text then good on you, you've put your head where the sun don't shine.
Telecom Mobile is giving you a big handout, and like spoilt brats all you who are grizling and moaning are spitting it back in their faces.
If this is what the Kiwi culture is becoming then I'm ashamed to call myself a Kiwi
Ok first things first Johnr, what what I have heard Telecom Mobile has not make any profit at all.
Second of all. I have every damn right to be angry at Telecom. I went out and bought a $600 Telecom phone less than a month before the new deal was announced, right after speaking with Telecom who told me that the deal was set to continue well into the future. Damn straight Telecom is not a charity, but thats not the point! Telecom has no morals and does not care nearly enought about its customers. Telecom got exactly what it wanted. By creating $10 TXT they not only got about 50 times more customers that they otherwise would have but they stimulated demand for text messages. If you know anything about price elasticity johnr, which I suspect you do not, you will know that text messaging has an extremely high price eslaticity of demand. The higher the price the less quantity demanded, the lower the price the higher the quantity demanded. Sure Telecom has every right to operate as a profitable entity and I AM NOT DISPUTING THAT, CLEAR?!?!?! The thing that really gets me fired up is the way they went about this. They literally tricked thousands of people into changing from Vodafone to Telecom and then turned their backs on thoes customers but taking away THE VERY REASON that their customers joined the network for. Customer focus is extremly important, especially in a duopolistic market such is our mobile market. Would you disagree? My point here is, well one of them, is that yes, I agree Telecom are not a charity BUT they have gone about everything the WRONG WAY. CDMA is a horrilbe excuse for a network. GSM is just so much more logical. Do you think I like Telecoms phones or its network? Think about why I INVESTED in a Telecom phone buddy....