Thursday, 14 May 2009

Compass Communication launches as an MVNO – New Zealand

Compass Communications, a provider of calling and data solutions, has introduced its MVNO service in New Zealand. The MVNO will operate on Vodafone’s network and will offer a SIM card-only service.

Compass has announced that it will only offer SIM cards for sale, foregoing the selling of handsets to its customers. Due to the differing technologies used for 3G networks in New Zealand Compass Communication SIM cards can only be used for mobile handsets already cleared for use on the Vodafone network.

The new MVNO will charge AUD 15 (USD 11.06) a month for its consumer plan, giving subscribers calls to other New Zealand mobiles for AUD 0.25 (USD 0.19) a minute and AUD 0.50 (USD 0.39) a minute for calls to Australia, UK, USA Canada and Ireland. Texts will be charged at AUD 0.20 (USD 0.15) each and data will cost AUD 0.20 (USD 0.15) per megabyte.

Compass’s plans are offered on a monthly prepaid basis. Customers can port numbers across from Telecom (027 numbers) and Vodafone (021 numbers) or receive a new number with the 028 prefix from Compass Communication.