Vodafone

When it comes to broadband, we live in a 3rd world country

As some of you may have picked up on, I recently moved house.  The Mrs did a great job project managing the whole thing.  It ran like clockwork.  Nothing went wrong.

Except for trying to get broadband on.

Having been a loyal Telecom customer for close to 30 years, with all our connections, mobile, business and private through them didn’t count for much when you are up against organisational inertia.

In simple terms, Telecom refuse to even start your broadband order until you are physically present on-site.

In the mean time, depending on who you talk to, you are told all sorts of placating stories that “yes, it’s on order”, and “yes, it’s booked to be turned on”, and so on.  We’re not stupid, we know about organisational inertia, and we phoned, and phoned, and checked and every time we were told it was all in hand.

When arriving at the new place, after some investigation, it shows that we had a really amusing situation.  The previous occupants were on Orcon fiber.  Before they had that, they had Vodafone broadband.

How do I know this?   Read more »

First world problems

Tom Hunt and Jo Moir report on the fact some shoppers were having difficulty getting rid of all the money they have while poverty pervades their lives

Retailers were fuming after a Vodafone glitch shut down eftpos for hours on the busiest shopping day of the year.

A broadband server problem with Vodafone crashed eftpos at some Lower Hutt shops from about 10.30am yesterday, with some experiencing problems through till late afternoon.

Many shops, including a number in the packed Westfield Queensgate Shopping Centre, were unable to process transactions because of the outage.

At clothing store Meccano in the shopping centre, shoppers walked out in frustration – taking their money with them, manager Charlene Roughton said.

The crash occurred at the busiest time on the busiest shopping day, with lines outside cash machines growing as the problem dragged on.

“We had a lot of people come in with Meccano cards and Westfield cards that they wanted to spend and simply couldn’t,” she said.

“It’s generally the busiest day of the year for us and was made even worse by happening at the worst time.”

People are going hungry.  Children are without shoes.  The very fabric of society is tearing apart…   Read more »

Is Clare Curran trying to save her bacon by sucking up for telco donations?

Clare-Curran-1200

The word from my Labour sources is that they want rid of Clare Curran.

Everyone in Dunedin has known this for some time and David Cunliffe has made significant promises to Lesley Soper who worked hard for his election as leader.

It seems though that she is trying to curry favour by becoming Labour’s Minister of Donations.

It is astonishing how Labour will do anything to deflect the story away from the truth around Chorus and essentially run the corporate lines on behalf of their telco mates, and Matthew Hooton’s Corporate Wrecking Crew.    Read more »

Or-Con still being slippery over passing on windfall profits to consumers

Or-con are slippery as hell

Or-con are slippery as hell

Or-Con is bombarding us with the unpleasant view of Krim Dot-Con talking about uncapped data plans. They claim anything is “not cool”.

They are also part of corporate whore Matthew Hooton’s band of corporate wreckers.

The Coalition of Corporate Wreckers claim that businesses and householders will now save $150.00 per annum…But will they.

The whole attack on Chorus was about wholesale prices. Now those are set to drop will they do as promised and lower retail prices as a result or will this bad of corporate robbers simply pocket the windfall profits?

I’m picking they will trouser the lot.

Chris Keall at NBR reports:

Ms Adams, says, in effect, Get real suckers, ISPs will simply pocket the savings. She said in Parliament yesterday:

I can tell you who it is not benefiting. It is not the consumers; it is the retailers. So if we insist on a lower price for the wholesalers, as Labour wants to happen—follow the money. Follow the money. I will tell you who benefits: the large corporates like Vodafone, which benefits from the extra money. That is what Labour is supporting.

That is what it wants to see happen. I will tell you what will happen now. The consumers will not see anything at all, I predict. If they do, it will be a tiny fraction of any drop

Ms Adams theory is quite easily tested.  Read more »

Tagged:

The truth about the Coalition for Fair Internet Pricing

WreckingCrew copy

Earlier today, I blogged about how Matthew Hooton, Paul Brislen, Vodafone and a host of vested interests have duped Kiwi households out of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Essentially, the Labour-leaning Coalition for Fair Internet Pricing conned media into thinking their campaign was about going into bat for Kiwi households. But it is actually about lining the pockets of greedy telcos like Vodafone, Orcon, Slingshot and their mates.

I want to refer people to the Coalition’s original press release when it launched its campaign.

Now that media have finally wised up to what I have been saying, I have made some changes to the Coalition’s press release to more accurately reflect its true position.

Broad Coalition Says Yes To $600 Million Windfall for Telcos

A coalition of Kiwi companies, industry associations and consumer advocate groups has today announced proposals to introduce what economists Covec say is a new windfall of at least $600 million for telcos such as Vodafone, Orcon, Slingshot and Telecom.

In a discussion document issued last month, Communications & IT Minister Amy Adams proposed to provide certainty for both the industry and Kiwi households by overruling a crazy determination by the Commerce Commission that would see Chorus stripped off hundreds of millions of dollars it planned it use for the rollout of ultra-fast broadband.   Read more »

How Matthew Hooton duped Kiwi households out of hundreds of millions of dollars

The penny has finally dropped for the media – they have been duped by corporate whore and business wrecker Matthew Hooton.

But this is actually deadly serious.

Hooton’s lies have shaved more than $500 million off the value of Chorus, left thousands of shareholders crapping themselves, given New Zealand a poor reputation internationally as a place to invest, and ripped off Kiwi households.

Hooton and his band of weirdos and nut jobs have conned media into believing that households were going to have a “copper tax” imposed on them. Th entire premise of the campaign was based on a lie.

They did this by claiming that if the government legislated over the Commerce Commission’s crazy $10 a month reduction in the copper price, Chorus would be getting about $400 million that should instead be going to Kiwi households instead.

As part of their campaign, Hooton’s mob promised that every Kiwi household would pay $150 less a year for their broadband.

But now that the government has decided to let the commission’s price stand, the actual truth has emerged. From day one Hooton’s campaign has been about lining the pockets of Vodafone and the other corporate bludgers who were part of the campaign.

That’s right. Their campaign that was based on going into bat for Kiwi households, will actually see Vodafone, as the largest player in this Game of Moans, reap hundreds of millions of dollars in extra revenue.

Kiwi households have been ripped off. Their broadband bill won’t drop by $150 a year – in fact it won’t drop at all.

By refusing to confirm that they will pass on the Commerce Commission’s price cut, Vodafone and the other retailer service providers are basically admitting that they will keep all the money for themselves.

That’s the Vodafone that recently announced it had billions of dollars in profit

Regular readers will know there’s one thing I hate more than hypocrites, and that’s liars. Yes, Vodafone, I’m looking at you.

In September, when Hooton launched his campaign against the Government (revealed on this blog days before it was officially announced), Vodafone went to extreme lengths to say it had nothing to do with the campaign.

Tom Chignell, one of Vodafone’s senior executives, even took to this blog to make their position clear:

“Just to be clear Vodafone is not involved in such a campaign.”

But I always knew it was bullshit.

“While Vodafone has pulled out of the campaign, at least in a public sense, I’m told they are still pulling the campaign levers behind the scenes.”

And now finally, the media have actually started asking Vodafone some questions.

Adam Bennett at the NZ Herald got Vodafone to admit that they were actually the main player behind the campaign.

Vodafone on the Coalition for Fair Internet Pricing:

September 13: “We decided a few days ago that (the coalition) probably wasn’t the best thing for Vodafone at this stage.”
Yesterday: Did you give financial support to the coalition?: “Yes we did … I think we’ve been reasonably open about that.”

This is outrageous. Vodafone has lied about its involvement in the campaign. Vodafone has led a campaign to make sure Chorus loses hundreds of millions of dollars and that money goes into the pockets of Vodafone and other corporate bludger retail service providers.

There are some serious questions that need to be asked of Vodafone and everyone involved in the Coalition for Fair Internet Pricing.

Consumer NZ, InternetNZ, the Telecommunication Users Association of New Zealand (TUANZ), CallPlus, Slingshot, the Federation of Maori Authorities, Greypower, Hautaki Trust, KiwiBlog, KLR Holdings, National Urban Maori Authorities, New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations, Orcon, Rural Women, Te Huarahi Tika Trust and the Unite Union.

Perhaps our favourite travel blogger David Farrar, who is also deeply embedded in this dishonest the campaign, can give us some answers.

The entire country has been misled so that’s the least we deserve, David.

Perhaps Paul Brislen, if he could just pause from chatting with Labour MPs and other left-wingers on Twitter for just a moment, might like to explain the political lobbying his supposedly neutral organisation is doing.

I have more to reveal. Watch this space.

The carnage continues, Telecom and Vodafone bail too

Two more companies have bailed from advertising on the Radio Live Willie and JT show.

NBR reports the ongoing carnage:

Vodafone has followed suit and suspended all advertising from RadioLive.

Vodafone acting head of external communications Emma Carter says in a statement:

“The issues raised by the “Roast Busters” case are of huge concern to us all at Vodafone including the way that social media has subsequently been exploited to expose and attack the victims.”  Read more »

Final copper price decision today, bet you Hooton’s rent a mob are outraged

According to my Wellington mates, later today the Commerce Commission will be announcing its final wholesale copper broadband price decision.  Predictably, Vodafone and Hooton’s ‘axe the copper tax’ coalition of CallPlus, Slingshot and Orcon will no doubt demand the government not intervene so consumers get the lowest possible internet prices.

What Hooton is hoping no one remembers is that we’re talking about wholesale copper prices – the charges internet retailers pay Chorus.  Not the price consumers pay.

Most of the internet retailers who access Chorus’ copper network have not confirmed they would pass any reduced costs on to consumers.  As usual Orcon is using weasel words

“This being said, some internet retailers such as Orcon have committed to pass on at least some of the commission’s draft price drop to customers if it is finalised.”    Read more »

Telcos sting consumers with an internet tax

Matthew Hooton and his band of lefty loonies are trying to spin their “copper tax” campaign, but Hooton’s reputation is in tatters. His campaign has failed miserably and his ego has taken a battering.

Word around town is that he is blaming Sue Chetwin from Consumers NZ  for his campaign’s failure. Apparently he reckons Chetwin is crap at running his lines in the media and he is thinking of giving her a red card. It’s always someone  else’s fault eh, Matthew!

Today there has been another interesting turn of events.

Orcon and Krim DotCon have launched a campaign to scrap data caps on internet usage.

As much as I loathe Crim Dot Com, he raises an interesting point in the TV advertisement for Orcon:

“Bullying corporations are restricting your internet data just to make more profits.”  Read more »

Media finally catch on to Hooton’s tricks

Matthew Hooton will be crying into his cornflakes this morning, which will take the edge off the hangover somewhat. The media are finally starting to see through his highly misleading campaign.

In an editorial in The Press yesterday, the paper gets to the heart of the issue – the campaign is just designed to line the pockets of groups like Vodafone, Slingshot, Orcon and CallPlus.

A well-organised campaign is being orchestrated on the matter, it is true, suggesting a Government proposal would amount to an extra “tax” on broadband users of some $600 million over the next five years.

This glides over the fact that the shareholders of Vodafone, one of the largest international telecommunications companies in the world, and hundreds of times bigger than Chorus, stand to benefit if the other side of the argument prevails.

Labour’s prime objection is to the Government’s intervention into something it believes should have been left to the Commerce Commission. There would normally be some validity to that argument. Since Chorus’s monopoly of the copper network is deemed to make it unsafe to leave pricing to the free market, the next best option is an independent regulator.  Read more »