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Topic # 4406 14-Jul-2005 13:47
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Does anyone else find this confusing?
http://www.telecom.co.nz/content/0,3900,204011-1531,00.html

The way I understand it is the product is called "$10 TXT" and if I buy the cheapest Nokia ($130) I'll get 500 texts a month free for the next 2.5 months (through September). Is that right?

"Free $10 TXT" or "$10 TXT free" just doesn't seem to make much sense when you read or hear it.

Might be worth considering but then again spend $130 on a phone to maybe save $30+, hmmmmmm. Wonder what to do?





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  Reply # 16564 14-Jul-2005 17:44

the $10 isnt required for the first 500 texts
so if you get value from that.. then consider it.

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  Reply # 16595 14-Jul-2005 20:33
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i understood it means you don't get charged for the first 500 sms you send each month.

they'll wean you onto it, start you off cheap, and then you'll be addicted by year's end.

 
 
 
 


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Reply # 16604 14-Jul-2005 22:05
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taniwha: i understood it means you don't get charged for the first 500 sms you send each month.

they'll wean you onto it, start you off cheap, and then you'll be addicted by year's end.


Reminds me about stories about crack dealers... the first couple of times are free.

Jokes aside, I was a bit confused about '$10 text promotion' and 'Free $10 text promotion' too. Their television ads didn't really explain it to me.




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Reply # 16606 14-Jul-2005 22:09
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The service is called "$10 TXT". Its free till end of Sept when buying a new phone/connection, hence 'Free $10 TXT'.

Just like if Taniwha gives me a $50 note, it would be a "Free $50 Note" :-)

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Reply # 16609 14-Jul-2005 22:20
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The phrase 'Free $10 Text' is an oxymoron, and I can easily see how it could confuse anyone who is not already familiar with the $10 Text promotion.

Taniwha's phrasing 'The first 500 texts each month free until September' would be a much clearer way of getting the point across.

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  Reply # 16612 15-Jul-2005 01:31
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"$10 Text" is a service. If I get given a free $50 prepay card, does that become an oxymoron, simply because I am purchasing a product instead of a service?

But I do agree - if someone is not familiar with the service, they are likely to be confused.



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  Reply # 16624 15-Jul-2005 13:02
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jase250: "$10 Text" is a service. If I get given a free $50 prepay card, does that become an oxymoron, simply because I am purchasing a product instead of a service?


Yes, they're both oxymorons. If you get given a $50 prepay card the value of the card to you and the person giving it to you is different to going to a store and handing a $50 note to the storekeeper for one. The only time it is ever worth $50 cash is the precise moment the transaction takes place of you purchasing it.

I am familiar with "$10 TXT", found the TV ads confusing, still wasn't 100% after reading the Telecom website, hence this topic :-)





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  Reply # 16625 15-Jul-2005 14:08

price is what you pay value is what you get

so lets see

$10 text for free till end of september
price = free = 0
value = $10 per month for 500 texts = $100 (if you telecom)

A gift of a $50 prepay card
price = 0 = gift
value = 50

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  Reply # 16626 15-Jul-2005 14:13
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or... add some more marketing spin
and 500 sms @ 20c each x 5 months
= $500



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  Reply # 16627 15-Jul-2005 14:22
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or take away all the marketing spin, $10 TXT was already a service before the current 'free' promo so:

value = $10/month if you send 50-500 texts/month





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  Reply # 16628 15-Jul-2005 14:26

but it all comes back to the price.. hence the original question above.
price =0

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Reply # 16631 15-Jul-2005 16:58

Yeah it is right Telecom are running a free texting promotion for any new connections for the next couple of months. FYI this is only for new phone numbers and not currently used phone numbers.....

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  Reply # 16685 17-Jul-2005 18:51
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Mayhem: Yeah it is right Telecom are running a free texting promotion

Its not a free texting offer, unless you stay under 500/1000 messages.

Telecom are offering their $10 Text service for free. If you go over the the $10 Text cap of 500/1000 messages (their are two plan options for some users), then you will be charged for the excess messages, just like existing customers are.




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