[LINK] Landlines cut off as rental costs rise
rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au
rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au
Mon Aug 9 07:15:17 EST 2004
Agree strongly, Adam. To promote "cut off your landline" as a marketing
strategy is irresponsible and dangerous. As for this statement:
>Mr Robertson said ditching landlines was unlikely to affect consumers
>who wanted to use the internet at home.
What can I say?
Adam Todd wrote:
> This raises many concerns, such as properties that don't have land
> lines in an emergency or where mobile phone services are unreliable
> (like in most areas of the metro)
> From our office we can't get Telstra, Optus, Vodafone coverage in the
> Hills area of Sydney.
> Landlines cut off as rental costs rise
> Date: August 8 2004
> By Daniel Dasey, Consumer Reporter
> One in five Australian households would save money if they gave up
> their landline and made all their calls on a mobile, new research shows.
> And with phone companies now introducing radical plans that make
> mobile calls cheaper than home phone calls, more than one in seven
> consumers are considering relying exclusively on their mobile handsets.
> Respected phone plan analysis website PhoneChoice surveyed more than
> 1000 consumers about their phone-use intentions following moves by
> Telstra in April to significantly increase home phone charges.
> Rental fees for household phones rose by as much as $3.45 a month and
> the cost of a telephone call rose 2c. It was the fifth time Telstra
> had raised line rentals in the past four years.
> PhoneChoice found that a record number of consumers - 14 per cent -
> were now considering disconnecting their landline, up from 6 per cent
> in December 2003.
> The planned desertions were on top of about 5 per cent of consumers
> who have already given up their landlines.
> PhoneChoice spokesman Reg Robertson said the trend was driven by the
> higher cost of Telstra services and new products by mobile providers.
> He said some phone companies had tried to capitalise on
> dissatisfaction with rising Telstra charges by introducing "capped
> call plans".
> Under this arrangement, consumers can buy a "bundle" of calls at a
> discounted rate. For example, a $79 bundle on the market includes $500
> worth of calls.
> Calls above the $500 cap are charged at conventional mobile rates.
> Mr Robertson said some capped plans had drawbacks, including extra
> charges for text and data services.
> Vodafone has introduced three varieties of bundled calls to cope with
> the growing demand from consumers, and several other companies are
> expected to announce plans this week.
> Mr Robertson said ditching landlines was unlikely to affect consumers
> who wanted to use the internet at home.
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