More than 100,000 numbers ported since August

14 Apr 2010

Data from the Telecommunications Carriers’ Forum shows that 102,000 wireless subscribers have switched operators but kept the same phone number since August 2009. 2degrees has enjoyed the largest gain, with 65,000 users porting their number to the newcomer, 80% of which moved from Vodafone. For its part Vodafone has unveiled a new cut-price plan, offering 200 minutes of landline and mobile calls for NZD12 (USD8.5) per month. However, the company’s head of corporate communications Paul Brislen says the new tariff is not a reaction to the mobile number portability (MNP) figures. Vodafone also revealed that it is investing NZD500 million in extending its 3G network to reach 97% of the population.