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    Their prepay plan is out and it looks good. Worth while if you use prepay. I am on contract but i may get my partner to change.

    Wonder how telecom and vodafone will respond.

    New Zealand pricing
    Calls to New Zealand mobiles & landlines 44c / min
    Texts to New Zealand mobiles 9c each
    Picture messages to anywhere in the world 50c each
    Getting your voicemail 20c / call
    Using the mobile internet 50c / MB
    Calls to 200 (2degrees care) Free
    018 Directory Enquiries $1.00 / call
    0172 International Directory $1.95 / call
    0800 and 0508 Toll free calls Free

    And dont forget the magic:

    How the magic works.

    Right now, if you top up $20 you'll get 100 free texts to send to anyone in New Zealand and a killer 22c a minute (or part minute) rate to any 2degrees mobile or NZ landline. And all that magic is yours, for thirty days. After thirty days you'll lose any texts you haven't used and your calls will go back to their usual rate. Don't worry though, we'll let you know when your thirty days is nearly up.

    http://www.2degreesmobile.co.nz

  • #2
    Can you keep your existing mobile number? If not, add in all the time it takes to tell everyone in your address book, and the cost (not to mention the hassle) of getting your business cards reprinted.

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    • #3
      Yes. you can port any number in new zealand. I am not sure of the process but it should be reasonable simple - I know lots of people did it when they moved from voda to XT.

      There was a thing on fair go on this point a while ago. You can no longer trust the prefex (o21 voda, 027 tele, 022 2D) to be the network peopel are on. This can be an issue if you are use a text package that has say 2000txt to same network numbers or cheap call for on network calls.

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      • #4
        Has 2degrees shot itself in the foot?

        Chris Keall | Tuesday August 4 2009 - 12:19pm
        Our new mobile operator’s launch went largely to script, with business users ignored (there’s no 3G data, data cards or BlackBerry support, for example, and international roaming rates are steep) but killer pre-pay rates that undercut Telecom and Vodafone by half. But even at the low-end of the market, 2degrees’ tactics could backfire, reckons one analyst.
        Pre-pay price slash
        If you’re on pre-pay, then 2degrees rates are mouth-wateringly cheap. Voice calls are 44 cents a minute, compared to 89 cents a minute on Telecom and Vodafone pre-pay plans. Txts, at 9 cents, are also half the cost. Calls to other 2degrees mobiles cost 22 cents a minute, and calls to 21 countries (including Australia, the US, UK, South Africa and China) are included in the 44 cent flat rate.
        New Zealand has a much higher rate of pre-pay customers than the OECD average (71% by MED figures). And on the face of it, it seems the low-hanging fruit should just fall into the 2degrees' basket.
        Not so fast says IDC analyst Rosalie Nelson: “My biggest challenge with this approach is that no matter how much 2degrees may argue about closed net pricing [mobile termination rates], the reality is that this is what the market is accustomed to having their Best Mates and their TXT2000.” Cajoling them into paying by the txt won’t be easy.
        Ms Nelson says the way 2degrees plans have been pitched, it’s possible that many budget users will buy a 2degrees sim as their second sim card.
        For 2degrees, that could be a very bad thing, with a customer swapping in their Telecom or Vodafone sim for outbound calls or txt on their plan that rewards them for sticking to a circle of frequent contacts, and using their 2degrees sim on the same phone for getting in touch with less frequent contacts.
        That would put 2degrees on the wrong side of the mobile termination rate equation (MTR being what telcos pay each other when a call terminates on the another's network).
        Live by the mob ...
        Ms Nelson's theory is backed by reaction from the mob. The new carrier has a huge following on Facebook - nearly 9000 strong - but reaction to today's plans was decidedly mixed (even allowing for some gaming from rivals). Some are as enthusiastic as every; others grouse about the lack of a $10 txt or best mates style plan.
        2degrees' new boss, Eric Hertz, can be under no illusion that his company's launch line-up is swimming in the shallows. His last role was chief executive at Seattle's Zumobi.com, a Microsoft spin-off that develops smartphone apps for Apple's iPhone and other high-end handsets.
        Wither data?
        Ms Nelson was more relaxed about 2degrees paucity of data support. There are no 3G cards, tethering support or in fact any 3G data of any kind at launch. Phones can get Edge data (rated at 240Kbit/s) but there are no plans and the casual rate is a nosebleed 50 cents a megabyte/$500 a gigabyte. There is no BlackBerry support, no iPhone and, bar the ***** E63, a very workaday, narrow selection of handsets (seven from *****, two from *******; the company is banking on many bringing their phone with them to its network).
        2degrees’ Tex Edwards emphasises that “this is a marathon, not a sprint ... we're focussing on prepay because that's where the pain is right now". 3G data, data cards and other high-end frills will follow.
        Mr Edwards words echo those of of new chief executive Eric Hertz, whose last role - at tiny smartphone application start-up Zumobi.com - made him keenly aware of the potential of smartphones, netbooks and other devices beyond the cellphone, giving rise to his 500% market penetration theory.
        Ms Nelson tends to agree, saying that 2degrees has done a good job of branding itself, and that data will no doubt follow once the carrier is established. At this point, she says, it’s hard to tell if the voice and txt focus arises from technical challenges, or a strategic decision to focus exclusively on the low-end of the market at this point.
        2DEGREES: VITAL STATISTICS

        Headquarters: Newmarket, Auckland
        Chief executive: Eric Hertz
        Chairman: Bill Osborne
        Founder: Tex Edwards (2000)
        Former names: Eco-net; NZ Communications
        Owners: Trilogy International Partners (US) - 52%; Communication Venture Partners (UK) - 26%; Hautaki Trust (provider of spectrum) - 20%. Balance held by private investors, including Tex Edwards’ KLR Hong Kong.
        Investment so far: $250 million
        Tax payer funding (via the Hautaki Trust): $10 million
        Network: 2G/3G (sharing Vodafone’s 900MHz frequency on 3G). Own infrastructure in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown; customers will roam - invisibly, to them - on Vodafone’s network outside those areas. Nationwide network build promised; no time table
        Chin wag free sim card triallists: 50,000
        Customer projection (ABN Amro Craigs): 100,000 first year (2% of market), 200,000 second year (more projections here)
        Retail strategy: No company-owned or dedicated stores. Will sell sim cards and phones through partners including Noel Leeming, Bond & Bond, Dick Smith Electronics, Warehouse Stationery, Pak & Save, New World, Foodtown, Countdown, Woolworths, Shell, Mobil and BP. Direct retail presence promised by new chief executive Eric Hertz, down the track.
        Accidental benefactor (Pinot Noir category): 2degrees.co.nz

        http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/has-2de...lf-foot-106960
        "There's one way to find out if a man is honest-ask him. If he says 'yes,' you know he is a crook." Groucho Marx

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        • #5
          Originally posted by CJ View Post
          Yes. you can port any number in new zealand. I am not sure of the process but it should be reasonable simple - I know lots of people did it when they moved from voda to XT.

          There was a thing on fair go on this point a while ago. You can no longer trust the prefex (o21 voda, 027 tele, 022 2D) to be the network peopel are on. This can be an issue if you are use a text package that has say 2000txt to same network numbers or cheap call for on network calls.
          2degree should be able to arrange the prting of the number when you get your phone.

          Telecom txt plans are to any network for this reason. Not sure how Vodaphone get on because theirs aren't (must cause customer complaints).

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          • #6
            7 or 8 months on from original post here.
            2 Degrees now has over 206,000 users and growing. Looks like all is going ok so far

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