The government have just announced that their will be a spectrum auction next year for the 2.3Ghz band.
This means that Woosh's ill-fated attempt to acquire WiMax spectrum through the backdoor from other licence holders has done nothing! The outcome of these actions could be very interesting..
Vodafone NZ are planning on deploying the same solution here next year.
These guys have to set the benchmark when it comes to providing service - a great website, great customer service and overnight delivery in most cases. If you're after any flash media you have to be stupid to go elsewhere (and they sponsored Geekzone 06!)
I've purchased various items of hardware from Aquilatech recently and they are another example of how to keep customers happy - provide great service & great pricing.
Plenty of other retailers could learn a lot from the retailers above!
Supa PrePay & BestMate is a *very* smart move by Vodafone.
The mobile market these days is all about making money. Unlike the past where it was all about growing customer numbers, the fact all the mobile operators paid far too much for their 3G licences means they now need to recoup the cost!
Both Vodafone & Telecom have a PrePay APRU (average revenue per user) of ~ $25 per month. So how does Supa PrePay affect this? As we all know the cost of voice calls and SMS's these days is very minimal, especially for on network traffic. With $10 TXT2000 Vodafone are now getting a guaranteed $10 upfront from their customers and BestMate gives them $6 revenue upfront. From what I've heard in the past 24 hours the uptake rate of Supa Prepay & BestMate has been better than expected which is great news for Vodafone - they are effectively getting $16 per month upfront from a growing number of PrePay users whereas before their guaranteed revenue was $0. With calls now rounded up to the nearest minute it's logical that the APRU for an average Supa PrePay user with BestMate & TXT2000 will now exceed that $25 average. That's what I call being smart.
All Vodafone need to do now is start the same way of thinking when it comes to on account plans. It's not about exploiting users, it's about making them feel like they are receiving value for money while setting monthly plan pricing that will grow your ARPU. Offering people compelling plans for around $60 per month which gives them maybe 300 mins of anytime calls/video calls and a large number of SMS's and some included data would be perfect for a large number of users. Offer the plan and the customers will come..
From today Vodafone's base Supa PrePay account has call charges of 89c per minute 24/7 with topups required every 3 months and also features $2 capped calls for up to w hours. Two monthy addons are also available - $6 per month for BestMate offering you the ability to nominate a single Vodafone number that you can voice call/video call/txt all you want in a month, and $10 for 2000 Vodafone->Vodafone SMS.
While this account is good news for many PrePay customers it's not suitable for all, and some people will be better off on their existing accounts which offer 49c calling 24/7 and per second billing after the first minute until Supa PrePay which is rounded up to the nearest minute.
What Vodafone have done yet again however is shafted customers on their You Choose plans. Yet again PrePay customers who have a substancially lower ARPU are being treated as special customers yet those customers who choose to enter into a contract with Vodafone are yet again being completely and utterly shafted by a company who obviously has very little idea on how to maintain customer happiness & loyalty.
If you're a customer on You Choose 20 you're currently paying $19.95 per month for 20 minutes of airtime with excess airtime charged at 99c per minute and can choose an AddOn and pay $9.95 per month for 1000 Vodafone->Vodafone SMS's.
If you're on this You Choose plan I would suggest you make contact with Vodafone and personally thank them for shafting you once again. You're currently trapped in a minimum 12 month term contract and your mates on PrePay are now getting a far better deal.
You Choose? More like You Lose.
If Vodafone has a single person in their marketing department right now with a brain they would would currently be offering some sort of sweetener to all their on account customers. We know that the above scenario will change early next year once on account customers are moved to the new billing platform but to be ripping your existing customers off while new customers get a better deal is just plain dumb.
A weakness has been discovered in Internet Explorer, which can be exploited by malicious people to conduct phishing attacks.
The problem is that it's possible to display a popup with a somewhat spoofed address bar where a number of special characters have been appended to the URL. This makes it possible to only display a part of the address bar, which may trick users into performing certain unintended actions.
An example of the spoof is here:
After a few hours of use all I can say is that it's well worth the money. Considering how much use my mouse gets I certainly almost wish I'd upgraded earlier!
It makes quite amusing reading particularly the last summary page
•Econet traveled over 4,000km to visit every one of these sites.
•We drove over 1,000km on unsealed, gravel and dirt roads.
•We hit ice several times.
•We walked through driving rain and snowy fields to take these pictures.
•Our car got stuck in the mud several times when driving over muddy access tracks.
•We would much prefer to have been:
•Building a competitive new network
•Bringing competitive new products and services to market
•Fighting Vodafone and Telecom for new customers
•Instead, 5-years after the 2001 Telecommunications Act, we are still fighting for a fair go. We are still fighting just for the right to get started.
Heeellllllloooooo anybody home?
There is nothing stopping you building a network! Get of your ass, stop moaning and actually do something about it. Co-location is a good idea and should be encouraged however Econet's belief that it's their god given right to have access to every single site in the country so they don't have to build a single mast of their own is just one big hazy dream.
How about showing us a photo of some of the gear you had to airfright into NZ because you were in such a hurry to build a trial network? Oops maybe it doesn't exist. How about showing us some of your lease agreements for land or RMA lodgements for sites? Oops maybe they don't exist either.
Econet Vaporware - your next generation mobile network (tm)
£22.50 for 10GB of data per month on T-Mobile. They are also removing the limitation on using VoIP over their networks (previously T-Mobile had actually blocked VoIP traffic).
There have been prototypes of similair devices but this appears to be the first that is actually commercially available. Use VoIP when you're in WLAN coverage and GSM when you're outside the coverage area. That's what I call seriously cool!
More details here http://www.parawireless.com/hipi-2200.htm