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#90776 29-Sep-2011 09:18
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CALLPLUS AND SLINGSHOT TARGET THE MOBILE MARKET

CallPlus and Slingshot are switching to Telecom Wholesale to provide its customers with faster, flexible and more competitive mobile services through the Telecom 3G Network.

As a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), CallPlus and Slingshot had previously used Vodafone, however a review of the service offering by Telecom has prompted the decision to change.

Mark Callander, CEO of the CallPlus Group, says the decision was driven by the need to ensure both the business and residential arms of the group were providing its customers with a mobile network that kept pace with technology and innovation while maintaining price competitiveness.

“This decision allows both brands the flexibility to offer customers great value and a compelling mobile proposition in all market segments, including prepay, residential, SME and corporate.”

“The use of Smartphones has grown dramatically in the last couple of years and they are now an essential tool for many people. The Telecom network is designed for Smartphones and moving mobile data around the country at ultra-fast speeds.”

According to independent research the Telecom XT network in Central Auckland has the best download and upload speed for users accessing the web on their mobile phones.

“We have some big ambitions for driving growth in mobile services over the next few years and we believe the Telecom Wholesale team is the right partner to help us achieve these goals. Soon we’ll be able to offer even better data plans and we will also be launching some new Smartphone and group data packages,” says Callander.

In the coming weeks both CallPlus and Slingshot will be contacting all their customers to explain the transition to the Telecom Network and the benefits it will bring to their mobile services.

“Our aim is to make the move as seamless as possible for our customers and we believe that once they experience the benefits of the Telecom mobile network they will be pleased we made the decision to change,” concludes Callander.
 




 

 

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  #527194 29-Sep-2011 13:01
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How can they just change tho? I have some 900MHz phones that I got off slingshot ages ago, for people still on slingshot would they replace the handsets?

What about people on slingshot (Like I was) who have vodafone signal but not a usable telecom signal at home? Is it just tough luck or what?




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  #527198 29-Sep-2011 13:06
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I presume they will support both for a period to allow the transition?




Speedtest 2019-10-14


 
 
 
 


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  #527230 29-Sep-2011 14:25
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Don't have any links, but how are they going to advertise the change without looking like idiots over what they said Feb last year, when XT had issues.

"You know how we told you to move to our Mobile network because XT was having problems and wasn't that great, well we've decided that the XT/Telecom WCDMA network ain't so bad, so let's all move back".

Hope they've got a good marketing dept.  (Also nice to see that Telecom are getting a few MVNOs now)

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  #527236 29-Sep-2011 14:37
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nigelj: Don't have any links, but how are they going to advertise the change without looking like idiots over what they said Feb last year, when XT had issues.

"You know how we told you to move to our Mobile network because XT was having problems and wasn't that great, well we've decided that the XT/Telecom WCDMA network ain't so bad, so let's all move back".

Hope they've got a good marketing dept.  (Also nice to see that Telecom are getting a few MVNOs now)


Their old campaign was about the XT ‘NOTwork’.  Maybe they will now call it the XT ‘NOWwork’  :D

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  #527239 29-Sep-2011 14:47
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http://slingshot.co.nz/mediareleases/callplus-and-slingshot-offer-hope-and-help-for-telecom-xt-customers


So, in this day and age, no New Zealander should expect or have to put up with frequent outages from their mobile service provider. Over the last few weeks, Telecom XT has failed to meet this requirement at the expense of its customers. Enough is enough.

 

So, in this day and age, no New Zealander should expect or have to put up with frequent outages from their mobile service provider. Over the last few weeks, Telecom XT has failed to meet this requirement at the expense of its customers. Enough is enough.

 
 




 

 

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  #527267 29-Sep-2011 15:46
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nigelj: Don't have any links, but how are they going to advertise the change without looking like idiots over what they said Feb last year, when XT had issues.

"You know how we told you to move to our Mobile network because XT was having problems and wasn't that great, well we've decided that the XT/Telecom WCDMA network ain't so bad, so let's all move back".

Hope they've got a good marketing dept.? (Also nice to see that Telecom are getting a few MVNOs now)


So true. Obviously they didn't burn their bridges when they ran that campaign. People so quickly forget

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  #527277 29-Sep-2011 16:02
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NonprayingMantis:
nigelj: Don't have any links, but how are they going to advertise the change without looking like idiots over what they said Feb last year, when XT had issues.

"You know how we told you to move to our Mobile network because XT was having problems and wasn't that great, well we've decided that the XT/Telecom WCDMA network ain't so bad, so let's all move back".

Hope they've got a good marketing dept.  (Also nice to see that Telecom are getting a few MVNOs now)


Their old campaign was about the XT ‘NOTwork’.  Maybe they will now call it the XT ‘NOWwork’  :D



that was also before they rolled out vodafone network to their subscribers and therefore before they experienced, firsthand, the coverage issues that vodafone has.

and its all marketing anyway    




 
 
 
 


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  #527293 29-Sep-2011 16:26
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So is slingshot going to give free replacement phones to people who's phones don't do 850mhz WCDMA?

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  #527304 29-Sep-2011 16:34
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kyhwana2: So is slingshot going to give free replacement phones to people who's phones don't do 850mhz WCDMA?


I expect most are out of contract so they could offer an "upgrade" - but to what? a telecom branded R-junk one wont do, as it says telecom, and they dont seem to have much else low end that would be a viable replacement for the low end freebeies that slingshot gave away on the move from XT promo.




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  #527412 29-Sep-2011 21:05
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the old palm treo 750v's worked great on XT.... could roam on gsm/3g... and were much better than the "R-junk". shame they're not making those in bulk for cheap still




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  #527417 29-Sep-2011 21:15
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richms:
kyhwana2: So is slingshot going to give free replacement phones to people who's phones don't do 850mhz WCDMA?


I expect most are out of contract so they could offer an "upgrade" - but to what? a telecom branded R-junk one wont do, as it says telecom, and they dont seem to have much else low end that would be a viable replacement for the low end freebeies that slingshot gave away on the move from XT promo.

I agree on the R-junk, but remember that Slingshot was giving out Nokia 2730c (I got one for free in the XT NotWork promo) which comes in 850 & 900 WCDMA flavours

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  #527486 30-Sep-2011 00:21
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richms:
kyhwana2: So is slingshot going to give free replacement phones to people who's phones don't do 850mhz WCDMA?


I expect most are out of contract so they could offer an "upgrade" - but to what? a telecom branded R-junk one wont do, as it says telecom, and they dont seem to have much else low end that would be a viable replacement for the low end freebeies that slingshot gave away on the move from XT promo.


Potentially the Samsung E3210 or a special import of the ZTE phones with Slingshot branding instead of Telecom branding.  Alternatively, they could buy a heap from Telstra Australia, who seem to have a bigger selection of cheaper models than Telecom.

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  #527760 30-Sep-2011 16:35
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source:
"I'm kicking off a HUGE mobile change over today - Freaking Awesome! Brand new Mobiles for all Slingshot Mobile customers! FOR FREE! Whoo Hoo"


EDIT: making it more obvious that it isnt *me* saying this :P  




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  #527764 30-Sep-2011 16:38
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Wonder if TelstraClear will follow and go back to Telecom as a MVNO??




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  #528184 2-Oct-2011 10:38
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Can confirm new handsets will be sent out for free - letter I got in the mail:

http://iforce.co.nz/i/vc1wvksk.xuz.jpg

Currently out of contract too, however looks like it'll be putting you back on a 6 month contract... http://iforce.co.nz/i/njrcpjkb.vyj.jpg

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