lolcano: LOL good call
DjShadow: IMO its the #1 thing Vodafone can do to win customers back, offer on prepay all-network texting bundles instead of on-net offers only
8d52797c436:lolcano: Another day another Telecom XT fail. I'm a typical young adult; poor & enjoys txting. My friends and I all recently changed to XT simply for the $12 "unlimited" txting plan to ANY network. AWESOME we thought. Not anymore due to the xt network packing a sad for the 4th time as i type this.
I am pleading to Vodafone, please give us a txt plan to any network and i can almost guarentee half of all New Zealands young adults will switch within a week sending your profits sky high and showing Telecom that cutting costs on reliable gear serves them right.
If the XT press release is to be believed, the problems are mainly due to overloading. If Vodafone was to put out a plan like this it is highly likely the same thing would happen to them...
harrylin: Unlimited txting plan is No doubt overloading the network.
johnr:harrylin: Unlimited txting plan is No doubt overloading the network.
No its not
eXDee: I've never understood why vodafone has hardly made much effort in the txting area in terms of prepaid.plus a certain percentage of them stick with telecom as they grow up and become much bigger adult spenders, as I've done
its known that young people will move networks quite readily, shown by XT's unlimited txt service, but honest i'd probably have joined vodafone long ago if they offered some kind of decent text plan (2000 txts to vodafone only is simply not viable nowadays). And with XT screwing up at the moment, what better time is there to offer it?
It makes sense too, they can pull over younger customers with txt plans, and then its also likely they they will make use of the music+data addons+ringtones etc.
tardtasticx: Well I think Vodafone needs to stop spending money on silly adverts which a lot of people clearly don't like, and start spending money on releasing a competitive text plan. If they make a tiny leak just hinting an unlimited text bundle, the media will most likely go crazy and everyone will talk about it which will cover up the loss for lack of advertising. Only thing keeping a lot of people on Vodafone is the fact that telecom is only WCDMA and those phones are usually expensive. If they opened up a 2G network just for texting and calls, then they would make a killing.
BlakJak: Here's a revolutionary idea; Pay for what you use!! And use what you can afford.
My contract plan gives me 20 texts (to any network) per month, every SMS beyond that is 20c/time (to any network)....
I know this and I am therefore conservative with my texting, and/or, accept the bill i'm footing for making use of the service.
'all you can eat' txting plans are a bit like the original 'flat rate dialup' or even worse, flat rate DSL plans. The folks who hook on, spend a relatively small amount of $ in proportion to the resources they consume, so i'm not surprised Voda havn't been quick to jump.
At least my 200-minutes-to-any-network have a limit, thus Vodafone can at least have some idea of what i'm likely to incur them in the way of costs in any billing period, vs the fixed income they receive from me.
I must be old fashioned? To believe in actually realising that my actions on the cellphone network do have a cost, and that I shouldn't ask for the earth?
(Now if Voda wanted to offer a fixed Qty of Texts to any network, for an amount of money that actually provides them with some margin for doing so, then good stuff. But anyone who expects unlimited texting to any network, is in need of a head-check.)