Friday, May 29, 2009

2degrees disses Telecom’s price plans, says not the time to sign up for 2 or 3 year contracts.

By Benedict Wee

2degress CEO Mike Reynolds has called Telecom’s mobile charges underwhelming:

“If I was a customer I’d be asking: is that it..?” says the ex-President of Singapore telecommunications group Starhub.

He then went on to compare Telecom’s plans with that of Virgin’s network in the US, citing that even without the unlimited calling  service we would be paying about NZ$800 for similar services. Mike then proceeded to talk about mobile contracts:

“Now is not the time to sign up to two or three year contracts. Soon we will be unveiling the 2degrees price plans as we countdown to our launch in August. I urge New Zealanders to hold off till then, when they can make a fully informed decision.”

So does that mean 2degrees won’t have contracts? Does that mean no handset subsidization? Or does he just want us to take up contracts with 2degrees?

At the end of the day it’s the combination of price plans and mobiles that’ll make us decide whom to subscribe to. 2degrees can talk the talk but can they offer a better combination of calls and text? Will they provide the latest in mobile technology and save us from this time stasis of really old phones? Can I please not pay $6 if I wanna watch Susan Boyle on Youtube on my mobile? We’ll be lookout when August approaches. 


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