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# 251283 17-Jun-2019 13:13
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Just received:

 

 

Get the Rugby World Cup for free when you join Spark or re-contract to selected Spark mobile or broadband plans

 

From today, Spark customers can get a free Rugby World Cup 2019 Tournament Pass when they purchase an eligible mobile or broadband plan.

 

Anyone on a pay monthly plan that costs $59.99 or above (either new or existing customers), who purchases a mobile device above the value of $199 on interest free payments (24-month term), will get a free Rugby World Cup 2019 Tournament Pass from Spark.

 

Or, anyone who signs up to a 12-month Unlimited broadband plan or a Rural Wireless 240GB Wireless plan (either new customers, or existing customers who are out of contract and sign up to a new 12-month term), will get a free Rugby World Cup 2019™ Tournament Pass.

 

Small business customers also stand to benefit, as the offer is available to business mobile customers who sign up to a pay monthly plan at $60.86 or above (either new or existing customers) on a 24 month term plan and to business broadband customers who sign up to an Unlimited Business Bundle or Unlimited Naked plan (either new customers, or existing customers who are out of contract and sign up to a new 12-month term).

 

These offers are in addition to the early bird standalone Spark Sport pricing that is already available to anyone in market ($79.99 for all 48 matches live and on demand, until 10 September 2019) – and are another way to ensure that as many New Zealanders as possible get to stream the Rugby World Cup.

 

Customers who have already purchased a Tournament Pass separately and want to take up this Spark offer can simply contact Spark Sport to cancel their existing pass and receive a refund – and then take up the Spark offer.

 

Joe Goddard, Tribe Lead for Spark Customer says, “We’re delighted to be able to offer Spark customers free Rugby World Cup with their Spark broadband or mobile plan. On top of the value-added services that we’re able to offer our customers, from Spotify on selected mobile plans, to Netflix and Lightbox with broadband plans, this gives Spark customers another great reason to be with us.

 

“As the licensed broadcaster of the tournament in New Zealand, Spark’s substantial investment in the event puts Spark in a unique position in how we are able to market our Tournament Passes and associate Spark products and services with the Rugby World Cup. We are thrilled therefore to be able to offer eligible Spark customers this very special deal.”

 

It is important to note that New Zealanders don’t have to be a Spark customer to get access to the Rugby World Cup. Anyone can purchase a Rugby World Cup Tournament Pass, irrespective of their mobile or broadband provider, directly from Spark Sport.

 





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  # 2259755 17-Jun-2019 21:25
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@jasonparis what is Vodafone’s (and the rest tbf) view on this marketing release?

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  # 2259767 17-Jun-2019 21:33
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kornflake: @jasonparis what is Vodafone’s (and the rest tbf) view on this marketing release?

 

@kornflake answer is here

 

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12241203


 
 
 
 


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  # 2259770 17-Jun-2019 21:40
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Is this even allowed in the eyes of the commerce commission, argue all you like Spark we all know SS and Spark is effectively the same. 


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  # 2259834 18-Jun-2019 00:02
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Looking forward to the Unbundled Rugby World Cup Streaming Standard Terms Determination.


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  # 2259876 18-Jun-2019 00:42
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This feels like the bad old Telecom days all over again. 

 

 


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  # 2259878 18-Jun-2019 01:39
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Called this exact situation in the discussion thread on Spark Sport pricing. Thought they'd wait a bit longer to be honest, closer to the tournament to drum up numbers. Looking forward to the press release: "Spark Sport has 25,000* subscribers signed up for RWC19"

 

* 5,000 paying, 20,000 complementary subs...


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  # 2259879 18-Jun-2019 05:55
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One of the reason spark wrote to the comcom over the merger for sky and Voda was this very reason. They pointed out this would be bad for customers and market, 2 years later they do what they said no company should be able to do.



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  # 2259901 18-Jun-2019 07:22
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Oh hai Telecom

 

Spark is now just Telecom again. An incredibly arrogant vertically integrated telco.

 

 


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  # 2259905 18-Jun-2019 07:35
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If you disagree with what they are doing it's only $25 for a kayo sub with rwc streaming.





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  # 2259914 18-Jun-2019 07:59
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Wonder if Spark will do a lightbox, and give all staff a premium sub for Sky Sport, in order to make the numbers look better.

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  # 2259919 18-Jun-2019 08:15
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suck, updated my plan 2 weeks ago and not allow it! all good, i have other ways.





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  # 2259978 18-Jun-2019 08:57
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waikariboy:

 

suck, updated my plan 2 weeks ago and not allow it! all good, i have other ways.

 

 

 

 

 

Same - Changed to Spark two weeks ago.

 

I really hate crap like this. It just seems they are doing it so they can brag about subscriber numbers. Cheap shot.


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  # 2260007 18-Jun-2019 09:31
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trig42:

 

{snip}

 

I really hate crap like this. It just seems they are doing it so they can brag about subscriber numbers. Cheap shot.

 

 

No, I don't think it's so they can brag about subscriber numbers, I think it's because they are desperate to generate more subscribers at almost any cost.

 

I'm guessing that they have vastly undershot their targets for getting people signed up to both Spark Sport and the RWC, and hope that by getting more customers hooked up with SS for the RWC, they may be able to retain a decent proportion of them for an ongoing $20/month SS subscription.

 

The ploy of offering RWC "free" to Spark mobile & broadband customers, and those who convert to Spark from other providers, runs a significant danger that it will attract the Commerce Commission's attention as an abuse of a dominant player's market power. Nobody wants the ComCom sniffing around, so they must be willing to take a punt on that just to get additional subscribers.

 

The cynic in me says that by the time ComCom have done an investigation, published a draft determination, received comments, and made a Final Determination the only RWC people will be talking about will be Paris 2023, and Spark will either be able to say "Oh dear, we are really most terribly sorry, and we promise we'll never, ever do anything like that again*. Anyway, we've got a new CEO now it was all the other guy's fault" or they'll have walked away from streaming live sport and either just closed SS or sold it to a content provider.

 

 

 

[Mod edit (MF): added a paragraph to make it easier to read]

 

 




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  # 2260011 18-Jun-2019 09:36
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@PolicyGuy:

 

The cynic in me says that by the time ComCom have done an investigation, published a draft determination, received comments, and made a Final Determination the only RWC people will be talking about will be Paris 2023, and Spark will either be able to say "Oh dear, we are really most terribly sorry, and we promise we'll never, ever do anything like that again*. Anyway, we've got a new CEO now it was all the other guy's fault" or they'll have walked away from streaming live sport and either just closed SS or sold it to a content provider.

 

 

Came here to say this, leaving satisfied.





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  # 2260104 18-Jun-2019 10:51
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trig42:

 

waikariboy:

 

suck, updated my plan 2 weeks ago and not allow it! all good, i have other ways.

 

 

 

 

 

Same - Changed to Spark two weeks ago.

 

I really hate crap like this. It just seems they are doing it so they can brag about subscriber numbers. Cheap shot.

 

 

Their Social Media team just gave me a copy/paste type answer but basically confirmed those of us still in contract are not eligible.


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