2degrees boss Eric Hertz said last week it would be 12 to 18 months before contracts would be offered.

"We'll do it when we have a good product," says Hertz, one that will compete with Vodafone and Telecom on more than just price. More detail would be giving the game away, he says.

Although I probably will never get a contract, I'm disappointed.  More services they provide = more competition.  As for something to compete against, apart from price and data, what else is there to sell?  I suppose that physical stores might be one possibility, they could just use Dick Smith like Vodafone used to.

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