2degrees launches 3G services and data plans (Maori have cause to celebrate!)

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2degrees celebrated its first birthday today by launching its national 3G services and a range of data plans to meet New Zealanders growing demand for more affordable mobile broadband.

Chief Executive Eric Hertz reviewed the companys progress, outlining its plans to extend its game-changing approach to voice and text into the mobile broadband market.

On day one we halved standard prepay rates for calling and texting, and recently we launched a range of plans that make it even more affordable to call and text anyone in NZ. Now were changing the game again this time giving mobile broadband the 2degrees treatment.

Customers can connect to the internet using 2degrees mobile broadband via a handset or USB modem. Data is available in 50MB, 512MB, 2GB or 10GB packs and validity periods range from 30 to 90 days, depending on the pack purchased.

Mr Hertz said 2degrees was the first telecommunications company to provide bundles allowing New Zealanders to keep unused data beyond 30 days.

2degrees is all about leading value and doing things differently for our customers. Today we are offering New Zealanders in our broadband zones more data, for less, with more time to use it, all without having to sign up to a long term contract, he said.

Our national 50MB Data Pack, for just $6, allows customers to get connected quickly and cost effectively wherever they are in the country, while our other Data Packs and USB modems provide great value for heavy data users within our Mobile Broadband Zones.

About Maori and 2dgrees (He Whakapapa)

Te reo Maori was the paramount focus of Waitangi Tribunal claims to Government, from which came the recognition of Maori as an official language.

Alongside that fight was the right for Maori to develop platforms to communicate te reo, creating the development of the iwi radio network (23 stations), Maori Television Service and enabling a provision for Maori to develop in spectrum (i.e. cellphones, wireless, digital TV), anticipating the digital age.

Te Huarahi Tika Trust purchased commercial spectrum and partnered with other visionary Maori investors to develop digital opportunities. This led to working alongside NZ Communications and from this relationship came 2degrees. Te Huarahi Tika Trust currently own 13% of 2degrees on behalf of all Maori.

So kia ora whanau, this is one of ours and we want you all to help us celebrate 2degrees first birthday this week.

Nau mai haere mai, come and join the 2degrees party!

About the 2degrees 3G network

It is expected customers will receive average speeds of 800kbps to 1400kbps on the 2degrees 3G network. 2degrees technology partner is Huawei, a world-leading global telecommunications solutions provider.

The 2degrees 3G network is a separate network to its existing 2G network. The separation of the 2G/EDGE network from the 3G network means full redundancy in the event of any unexpected service issues. 2degrees customers with 3G-capable handsets can make use of the new network right away by making sure their handsets are set to dual-mode, though most 3G handsets should detect the change automatically.

2degrees larger data packs, 2GB and above, can be used in 2degrees Mobile Broadband Zones covering most of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown.

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