Telecom charges for wi-fi hotspots
Telecom says 800,000 of its customers will qualify to access free wi-fi from 700 of its public phone booths from October 7, but other mobile users will have to pay a flat fee of $9.95 a month.
By mid-2014 it aimed to have converted about 2000 of its public phone booths so they could double as wi-fi hotspots, retail boss Chris Quin said.
Telecom has been providing free wi-fi to all from about 150 phone booths since December. Nearly 175,000 people had registered to use the service.
But chief executive Simon Moutter said last month that it intended to introduce a charge for non-Telecom customers at the same time as expanding the network of wi-fi-enabled phone booths.
It had intended to announce details of the service tomorrow, but sent out an email today confirming the new charges.
The $9.95 fee, allowing a 1 gigabyte daily wi-fi allowance, will apply to Vodafone and 2degrees customers as well as overseas visitors and Telecom pre-pay mobile users who are not signed up to a $19 or $29 “value pack”.
Non-Telecom customers who had already signed up to the service will be able to use it free until early December, but charges would apply from October 7 to new non-Telecom customers.
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