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Topic # 150002 8-Jul-2014 09:41
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From today New Zealanders have another great value option in the broadband space, with Telecom, soon to be Spark, announcing the launch of Naked Ultra Fibre. Naked Ultra Fibre plans allow customers to choose lightning fast fibre speeds without paying for a home phone package. The plans are available across both 30Mbps and 100Mbps fibre speeds, and prices start from just $55 (for 80GB a month at 30Mbps, when combined with an Ultra Mobile plan).

General Manager Home, Mobile and Business, Jason Paris, said that while the majority of Telecom’s customers still liked the ease and convenience of having a home phone, a growing proportion now rarely if ever used their landlines – instead relying on their mobiles and applications like Skype to keep in touch with friends and family.

“The popularity of our naked broadband product has been growing steadily amongst customers since we launched it late last year – so offering a superfast version is the logical next step.

“The landline continues to be popular of course, but a growing group of our customers tell us that the only calls they receive on their home phone are from people who are either trying to sell them something or asking about their political views. These customers are quite happy to stop chatting to telemarketers and political pollsters if it means they can save a few dollars each month.”

Mr Paris said the business had seen a growing momentum in fibre sales over the past few months, with the best week of sales ever in the past week.

“Ultra Fibre customers tell us that once they’ve experienced life online with fibre, they could never go back to their old broadband plan – it is that much better. This is particularly the case when it comes to data hungry applications like gaming or video.”

Last month Google released a report that showed Telecom Ultra Fibre is “HD Verified” across New Zealand.1 In the same month, Telecom announced that it is now offering its Ultra Fibre product in more New Zealand locations than any other ISP.

Mr Paris said that Ultra Fibre Naked plans would be available to Telecom customers anywhere that fibre is available. Customers can sign up to the standalone product, or can choose to combine the Ultra Fibre Naked with a Telecom Ultra Mobile plan (any plan $39 and above), which will give them an additional $20 discount.

More information on Naked Ultra Fibre may be found at www.telecom.co.nz/shop/internet/ultrafibre/






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  Reply # 1083942 8-Jul-2014 10:11
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Stupidly the site greys out the pricing unless you enter a fibre-capable address, so here are the details:

30 Mb/s:
80 GB - $75
150 GB - $89
Unlimited - $99

100 Mb/s:
80 GB - $105
150 GB - $119
Unlimited - $129

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  Reply # 1083974 8-Jul-2014 10:54
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Even cheaper if you bundle with an Ultra Mobile plan.  I.e. subtract $20 from that above prices if you bundle with your Ultra Mobile plan.




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  Reply # 1083989 8-Jul-2014 11:25
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Still need to have a $39 + cell phone plan though.   Naked should mean naked  no extra costs..




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  Reply # 1083992 8-Jul-2014 11:31
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old3eyes: Still need to have a $39 + cell phone plan though.   Naked should mean naked  no extra costs..


only to get the discount.

You can still pay the regular price to just get naked, and even without the discount it's not too bad.  

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  Reply # 1084000 8-Jul-2014 11:34
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That all depends on your vocabulary.  In my world, naked does mean naked - there is no voice sharing the same access. 
You can also buy the naked as stand-alone.

The only difference here is that we'll give you a discount if you chose to have a Ultra mobile plan with us too.




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  Reply # 1084142 8-Jul-2014 15:12
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Now if only Telecom would hurry up and get fibre into Wanganui - I've got an Ultra Mobile plan and fibre with someone else - it'd be nice to only have the one bill to pay

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  Reply # 1084149 8-Jul-2014 15:16
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Should be not far off...

Telecom has launched its services with Ultrafast Fibre, which gives the firm coverage across 28 of the 30 active fibre areas. The company plans to launch its fibre services in the last two areas, Wanganui and Taupo, by the end of August this year.

http://www.reseller.co.nz/article/548466/telecom_launches_services_ultrafast_fibre_plans_launch_internet_tv_/

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  Reply # 1084150 8-Jul-2014 15:17
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old3eyes: Still need to have a $39 + cell phone plan though.   Naked should mean naked  no extra costs..


You don't have to have an ultra mobile plan to get the naked fibre, but if you do, you get a discount. How is that not naked, or an extra cost? It's a discount...




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  Reply # 1084151 8-Jul-2014 15:18
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wellygary: Should be not far off...

Telecom has launched its services with Ultrafast Fibre, which gives the firm coverage across 28 of the 30 active fibre areas. The company plans to launch its fibre services in the last two areas, Wanganui and Taupo, by the end of August this year.

http://www.reseller.co.nz/article/548466/telecom_launches_services_ultrafast_fibre_plans_launch_internet_tv_/


I await with bated breath :). I wonder if they are looking for triallists?

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i had to laugh at this "“The landline continues to be popular of course, but a growing group of our customers tell us that the only calls they receive on their home phone are from people who are either trying to sell them something or asking about their political views. These customers are quite happy to stop chatting to telemarketers and political pollsters if it means they can save a few dollars each month.”




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  Reply # 1084284 8-Jul-2014 18:40
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stumw: Now if only Telecom would hurry up and get fibre into Wanganui - I've got an Ultra Mobile plan and fibre with someone else - it'd be nice to only have the one bill to pay


Yes indeed we are working hard on making this happen. I don't have a concrete date at hand, but i don't think it's too far away.




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  Reply # 1084335 8-Jul-2014 19:51
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So do you still need copper with a toll bar for this?




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  Reply # 1084345 8-Jul-2014 20:12
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@Coffeebaron, nope, this is completely naked.




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  Reply # 1086072 9-Jul-2014 22:04
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I guess this means you can now provide service to folks in greenfields fibre-only subdivisions, but only if they don't want voice, right? Do you have a VoIP solution in the works for people who want voice with no copper? Seems like you're the only ISP not offering that.

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  Reply # 1086285 10-Jul-2014 10:30
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Hi Steve, yes you will be able to get naked Ultra Fibre in Fibre-only subdivisions.  That should be live in our prequalification engine on the Telecom website (address checker) now.
If you have an area that prequals negative there, let me know and we can investigate.  There are known issues in regards to Chorus provided fibre in other LFC areas (e.g. if you were on a Chorus fibre-only subdivision in Hamilton (which is a UFF area)). 

In terms of voice, yes we have something in the pipeline :)




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