Wednesday, August 05, 2009

New Zealand: Finally, the third mobile operator has gone live after years of delay

[cellular news] ­After years of delays, numerous ownership and name changes, New Zealand's third mobile network operator has finally launched its services. 2degrees has announced also low market rates with no contractual commitment. In particular, 2degrees offers a no contract "Pay Now" service with call and text rates that it says are half the headline price that Vodafone and Telecom offer their pre-pay customers. Plus 2degrees' rates are valid anytime of the day and week.

Eric Hertz CEO of 2degrees says "the 2degrees no contract 'Pay Now' service means that there's no more deciphering complicated plans, no commitment to a minimum spend, no need to pay for airtime never used, and no contracts."

2Degrees - formerly, NZ Communications, and then before that, Econet Wireless - was granted a mobile license in 2001 when it formed an alliance with the Hautaki Charitable Trust which was allocated a 3G license at a discount price by the regulator.

Only last month, the company changed its CEO and Trilogy International Partners brought a controlling stake in the firm.

New Zealand's 3rd Mobile Network Finally Launches

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