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#14767 19-Jul-2007 14:20
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Free toll calls for Otago and Nelson regions19 July, 2007

TelstraClear has smashed toll boundaries for households, turning the entire Otago and Nelson phone books into a ‘Big Back Yard’ of free local phone calls.

The ‘Big Back Yard’ offer covers homes in the Dunedin, Alexandra, Balclutha, Cromwell, Lawrence, Milton, Palmerston, Queenstown, Ranfurly, Roxburgh and Wanaka calling areas in Dunedin, and Golden Bay, Moteuka, Nelson and Murchison in Nelson Bays.

TelstraClear Group Manager Product Marketing Peter Wise says nearly 76,000 Otago and 17,000 Nelson households can now say goodbye to toll bills when calling within the Otago or Nelson phone book areas.

“Otago residents for example can ring any landline number in their phone book area for free - call Wanaka to Roxburgh, Dunedin to Queenstown, or Cromwell to Milton, and don’t expect a toll bill from us,” says Mr Wise.

Mr Wise says he is sure both new regions with Big Back Yard will enjoy as much success as the first launch of Big Back Yard to the Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch regions.

“The response to our first launch only six months ago was superb. But what’s better, is being able to dispel all the myths that toll boundaries can’t be removed and delivering what people asked for,” he says.

Mr Wise says TelstraClear’s ‘Big Back Yard’ offer is available to residential customers in the areas covered by the Otago and Nelson and Bays White Pages™ 2007 phone books. All new and existing customers will need to sign up to TelstraClear’s Big Back Yard by calling 0508 010 229 or going online to

As part of the Big Back Yard offer, customers will be committing to TelstraClear’s Residential InHome or HomePlan phoneline and calling offering for a minimum of 12 months.

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  #78823 19-Jul-2007 15:45
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That's a big welcome to those who lives in the two areas!

If this trend keeps improving, will we one day see a possiblity that Bigger Back Yard that covers the whole South Island and the whole North Island? Or one day when toll calls are the thing of the past for all TCL phone customers?

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#78827 19-Jul-2007 15:56
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Like it is for XNET VFX VoIP clients? Their policy is if you call someone else, even in different region but within their service, then it's free.

The rumours are TCL will come up with a VoIP service later this year. But then again the rumours say Xtra will come up with their own VoIP service too.

TCL should move faster.

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  #78838 19-Jul-2007 17:39
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chiefie: That's a big welcome to those who lives in the two areas!

If this trend keeps improving, will we one day see a possiblity that Bigger Back Yard that covers the whole South Island and the whole North Island? Or one day when toll calls are the thing of the past for all TCL phone customers?

Something like how [some] providers in the States and Canada offer free unlimited long distance?

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  #78847 19-Jul-2007 18:59
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The concept of a toll call will be nothing but a memory in a few years.

What really surprises me with the new Big Backyard plans is that they didn't expand the Wellington region to include the Wairarapa at the same time. It's something I'd heard a few whispers about and would have probably scored a large number of customers over there with Telecom's brain dead 30yr old concept of having Featherston and Greytown in a LCA and Masterton and Carterton in another LCA meaning people 1/2 way between Greytown and Masterton even have to pay a toll call to call their neighbours!

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