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Topic # 7571 25-Apr-2006 12:09
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Telecom should give it's broadband customers free data usage weekends. It shouldn't count any data(international or national) used on weekeneds. I'm sure they'll get alot more custoers if they did this.Sure they might lose a bit of money, but they are losing money with $10txt to any network. They have alot more telecom 027 customers because of $10txt and I'm sure if they have free data usage weekends they'd get alot of broadband customers. There should be NO limit of the amount of data used on weekends.

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Reply # 33844 25-Apr-2006 12:13
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haha, good luck with fighting that battle...

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Reply # 33846 25-Apr-2006 12:35
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They already have a large captive audience for the most part at the moment. Sure there are alternatives but they aren't nationwide.

Why make lower your prices if there is no competition forcing you to (other ADSL ISP's just use Telecom wholesale)?




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Reply # 33849 25-Apr-2006 12:48
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I think calls should be free 24/7 on all networks.


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Reply # 33852 25-Apr-2006 14:57
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I think McDonalds should have free Big Macs on weekends.
They make a lot of money, but could get more customers by doing this.
They already lose money by giving it away to the Ronald McDonald House charity, but hey - they could stand to lose some more.
There should be NO limit on the amount of free Big Macs on weekends.




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Reply # 33853 25-Apr-2006 15:17
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Following the trend:

I think the banks should have free money (as in real NZD money) on weekends.
They make a lot of money, but could get more customers by doing this.
They already lose money by giving it away to the charities, but hey - they could stand to lose some more.
There should be NO limit on the amount of free money on weekends.




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Reply # 33859 25-Apr-2006 16:46
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Do these analogies also apply to sex?

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Reply # 33860 25-Apr-2006 16:50
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It could quite easily... Its just as unlikely occuring as the above from happening.




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Reply # 33861 25-Apr-2006 17:11
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cokemaster: It could quite easily... Its just as unlikely occuring as the above from happening.

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Reply # 33863 25-Apr-2006 17:41
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The ironical thing is that Telecom USED to offer just this, back when the service was new (and there was no competition!), they used to have weekends where all data didn't count towards your cap (which was only 600MB to start with!).

I say Bring It Back!  We should start a campaign!

Also, whatever happened to NZ data not counting towards the data caps?

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Reply # 33869 25-Apr-2006 18:19
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kelly not trying to sound rude and I might get told off by the big cheese (MF) Geekmaster

But are you all up stairs or just on drugs (if on drugs you need to quit)

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Reply # 33886 25-Apr-2006 22:16
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ok i have to put my 10 cents in this is geting silly asking for free data useage maybe but all the other stuff is just crap it's like hopeing that money falls from the sky

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Reply # 33891 25-Apr-2006 22:25
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Do you think that a business such as this would give out 'free' data (which it quite happily can charge customers for) without being compelled to by the competition or other pressures? I'm all for more datacaps on ADSL, but I really don't see the business sense in doing this... thus I think its more or equally likely the other cases happening (which if you didn't guess is none).




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Reply # 33943 26-Apr-2006 11:40
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hey guys, by giving users free data on weekends, telecom would be SIGNIN UP customers who will pay a monthly fee to use the broadband service. It's not FREE. people will have to pay a monthly fee but not get charged for data on weekends. And has anyone heard of Vodafone? If u haven't then, let me tell u something, FREE TEXT WEEKENDS!!!!!!!!!!!! U can txt any vodafone mobile on the weekends for FREEEEEEEEEEEEEE. How is this different from giving free data usage on weekends? Vodafone is not going broke is it b offering. And u can't compare Mc donalds giving away FREE burgers. U don't have to pay a monthly fee tobuy mc donalds!u have to pay a monthly fee to get the xtra broadband service! Telecom already give a FREE modem and free connection. And as for the person who was talking about banks for giving away free money.LOL. Banks were giving $10 for free when a child opens a bank account, currently some banks give FREE atm usage to students(it costs $ to maintain ATMS),westpac was giving away a leather wallet with a student account for free.

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Reply # 33945 26-Apr-2006 11:54
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Actually bandwidth does cost money, particularly international bandwidth. Do you really think a promotion rewarding the 5% of users that use 60%* of the bandwidth is really wise?

Did you notice that the Vodafone free-text-weekend is only for text messaging to other Vodafone or Telstraclear users? Fitting that analogy to hear it would be like 'free data weekends for data sent to or from other Xtra customers'. Can you really see that working? I can't.

As for the banks giving away money, I was talking in jest but recently this year I recieved a $40 credit for opening up a student account with a certain bank. Though I expect that my other accounts will probably rake up at least $40 of fees this year so its not really 'free' money.

Remember that Telecom isn't the 'company' that customers deal with tp get internet, its Xtra... or Ihug, Orcon, Inspire etc. And while it probably wants Xtra to be the biggest ISP in New Zealand, the current arrangement with ADSL means that it doesn't really care - its probably making money either way as all ADSL connections are made through them (with the exception of Telstra-Clear lines).


* Figures pulled out of my ass.




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Reply # 33946 26-Apr-2006 11:57
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I still think they should bring back Chello. 512k/128k - unlimited data. Think it used to only be about $40/month aswell.

Was quite peeved when they pulled out (with all of about 1.5wks notice!).. Apparently they claimed there hadn't been sufficient uptake to warrant maintaining the service...  more likely they had higher than expected update and it blew their pricing model out of the water.

PS: It was offered via the Paradise.Net cable (originally Saturn who became TelstraSaturn who became TelstraClear). That was a good 5 years or so back.

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