TelstraClear have just launched a new Business product into the marketplace called BizLine which gives you the option of "flat rate" calling available on two of their plans.
These rates represent significant discounts over what many small to medium sized business users may already be paying. Why however should business users be paying such a huge premium compared to residential users?
Slingshot offers residential line rental for $42.95 per month and a $19.95 monthly charge on top of that gives you unlimited calling anywhere in New Zealand or Australia.
Telecom offers residential line rental for $43.60 per month and a $25 monthly charge gives you Talk It Up Downunder which gives 6000 minutes per month to New Zealand or Australia.
ihug offers residential line rental for $41.00 per month and a $20 monthly charge gives you talk2 which offers unlimited calling anywhere in NZ or you can pay an extra $5 ($25 total) for talk2-nz+aus which gives unlimited calling to New Zealand or Australia.
It's obvious if you're a residential customer you're getting all the deals while anybody running a business (including those with a home business) are being ripped off for receiving exactly the same service.
Should business users be paying similair rates to home users for receiving exactly the same service? Why are business users not complaing about the high rates they are paying? Are business people making so much money they simply don't care about being ripped off? Why are TUANZ not raising this issue? Ernie Newman seems to love being in the media splotlight, I'm sure he could get some distance with this.
The move towards VoIP is going to seriously hurt telco's who being that price gouging is a perfectly acceptible business practice. Gone will be the days of paying inflated prices for line rental and calling. That can only be good for the economy.
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