Combine three recent pieces of news:
1: Telecom got fined $500,000 by the Commerce Commission for offering “unlimited data usage and all the internet you can handle”, paying another $8.4m in compensation to customers. The offering was less than unlimited in speed after everybody jumped on board – oh and they were shaping as well.
2: Telecom is currently giving away (essentially) T-Sticks, which offer data for your laptop over the XT network, to any existing Telecom broadband customer. Pay $30 in pre-pay credits and walk away with one. It’s “while stocks last” – so be quick.
3: AT&T is saying that heavy data use is overloading cell-sites. It seems that 3% of iPhone users account for 40% of traffic, so they are going to start charging for heavy data use.
With a question:
4: When will Telecom become an official supplier of iPhone? Surely it has to be soon – it has been over 6 months since launch of XT and it’s the only network that provides true 3G access throughout NZ for the iPhone.
And then ask:
If the iPhone is made official soon, and given all of the above, then how much data and how many devices can Telecom’s XT network really cope with?
Will we be starting to see clogging of the virtual pipes?
Will Telecom look red-faced once again?
What is Vodafone doing in response to all of this?
Time will tell, but in the meantime go get yourself a free T-Stick if you have Telecom broadband.
<update. It’s Monday morning and XT is down “south of Taupo”. That’s got to be a coincidence but it does make you wonder>