TelstraClear goes mobile – again

1 Sep 2008

TelstraClear has re-entered New Zealand’s consumer mobile market as a reseller after exiting the sector last year. The Australian-owned firm is offering existing fixed line customers a two-year contract which offers a Nokia 6275i handset, 500 free texts a month and national calls at NZD0.29 (USD0.20) a minute, with the monthly charge set at NZD20. Calls to landline numbers in Australia, Canada, the US, the UK and Ireland cost NZD0.40 a minute. TelstraClear’s head of consumer markets, Steve Jackson, says the new tariff offers the lowest per-minute mobile rates in the country. TelstraClear ended its previous resale agreement with GSM operator Vodafone in June 2007 in favour of a new deal with CDMA-based provider Telecom New Zealand. The Australian firm also cancelled plans to deploy its own 3G network infrastructure. Vodafone and Telecom currently share around 4.6 million subscribers between them, according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database.

New Zealand, TelstraClear