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Topic # 9934 25-Oct-2006 09:58
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ihug will launch a new calling plan called “talk 0” which allows ihug home phone customers to make an unlimited number of calls to a nominated Vodafone mobile for just $10 per month.

This is a ihug plan and all info is on there website

www.ihug.co.nz


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  Reply # 49600 25-Oct-2006 10:23
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That's awesome news John  Laughing

FINALLY, Vodafone can compete on a level playing field with Telecom.

I don't see any further details of this "Unlimited calling to Nominated Mobile" offer on IHUG's web site though, just that it's available from midday today.  I guess the "fine print" will quickly follow.

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Reply # 49601 25-Oct-2006 10:36
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It looks good.

Hmm. Let me see: VoIP calls over a national IP network that is owned by Vodafone. Yep, natural convergence. Next step now is to make sure the national backhaul Vodafone is using for their mobile IP network supports a higher demand.





 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 49602 25-Oct-2006 10:46
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freitasm: Next step now is to make sure the national backhaul Vodafone is using for their mobile IP network supports a higher demand.

Or even that it supports VoIP...

Has anybody tried using Skype over a Vodafone 3G connection even though it is "not supported"?

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Reply # 49603 25-Oct-2006 10:49
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It should work just ok. I've tried on my Jasjar before. The only problem is the terrible speaker - it works much better on the Apache (higher speeds and lower latency too).

I haven't tried with HSDPA on my tablet PC, yet...

But the whole idea is to get the IP call from IHUG into their backhaul and then turn into a normal cellular call. This is good for them. Why overload the cellular IP network?





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Reply # 49604 25-Oct-2006 10:50
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Gee that is innovative




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  Reply # 49610 25-Oct-2006 11:23
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"finally" ?

there has been nothing stopping VFNZ buying or setting up this service earlier, surely?

Does the service also allow for calling from the nominated mobile back to the landline?




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Jama: Gee that is innovative

Yep, it's about as innovative as you can get while Telecom still have their stranglehold on the Local Loop...

Not for much longer though Laughing roll on April 1, 2007...

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  Reply # 49612 25-Oct-2006 11:25
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tonyhughes: Does the service also allow for calling from the nominated mobile back to the landline?

Yeah, good point.

I would sure hope so otherwise this won't be a competitive offer at all.

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Reply # 49613 25-Oct-2006 11:28
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Jama: Gee that is innovative


Don't be mean. They want to offer a service, and surely the only way of doing it would be buying a provider with some phone service. Or do you see Telecom sharing the landline for free calls to mobile?







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Reply # 49616 25-Oct-2006 11:33
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Its a great step in the right direction

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Reply # 49620 25-Oct-2006 11:42
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Excuse my cynicism but it stinks of Telecom Freedom Phone right down to the same price. I am not being mean I just wonder why Voda had to follow Telecom and could not be more innovative. Although copying could be considered a form of flattery and I guess it does mean that Voda see Freedom Phone to be a successful service.




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  Reply # 49622 25-Oct-2006 11:51
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tonyhughes: "finally" ?

there has been nothing stopping VFNZ buying or setting up this service earlier, surely?

Does the service also allow for calling from the nominated mobile back to the landline?


I was told by a good source that Telecom refused to let Vodafone charge a flat rate for their PSTN->021/029 calling even though their billing system is capable of doing it (since they do it themselves). Telecom doing this would be a substancial revenue cut for them which obviously explains their reasoning not to do it.


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  Reply # 49623 25-Oct-2006 12:01
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sbiddle: I was told by a good source that Telecom refused to let Vodafone charge a flat rate for their PSTN->021/029 calling even though their billing system is capable of doing it (since they do it themselves). Telecom doing this would be a substancial revenue cut for them which obviously explains their reasoning not to do it.

The 021 > PSTN side could surely have been done though?

Is this a termination rates issue with a different name?

I think buying iHug was a smart move, and good on them for getting out there and doing stuff, although they will need to do more than just play catch up - they need to leapfrog, to really impress NZ I think.




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Jama: Excuse my cynicism but it stinks of Telecom Freedom Phone right down to the same price. I am not being mean I just wonder why Voda had to follow Telecom and could not be more innovative. Although copying could be considered a form of flattery and I guess it does mean that Voda see Freedom Phone to be a successful service.


Jama - let's not go there, or do we have to bring up TCNZ's "innovative" mobile data pricing over the last 18 months...



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Jama: Excuse my cynicism but it stinks of Telecom Freedom Phone right down to the same price. I am not being mean I just wonder why Voda had to follow Telecom and could not be more innovative. Although copying could be considered a form of flattery and I guess it does mean that Voda see Freedom Phone to be a successful service.


Jama - let's not go there, or do we have to bring up TCNZ's "innovative" mobile data pricing over the last 18 months...


Good Point but TCNZ charge more they put GST on there prices

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