Drop the Rate, Mate

Finally someone is standing up to the paedophiles at Telecom and Vodafone who fiddle with our kid’s wallets with their dodgy calling plans.

Drop the Rate MateA campaign has been lauched to get the incumbent duopoly to “Drop the Rate”. By Rate I mean their termination rates which is a nice little tax on all cellphone users.

In some countries, the termination rates are zero. In virtually all countries they are lower than they are here. Telecom and Vodafone rip us off to the tune of 15 cents per minute for calls and 10 cents per text.

To put that in perspective, the New Zealand rate for calls is at least double many rates overseas.

For texts, the Commerce Commissions says we are being charged ten times what we should be.

New Zealanders who are sick and tired of being bullied by their mobile phone providers, and sick and tired of paying some of the highest mobile phone calling prices in the world can sign up at the campaign site.

Drop the Rate’s original members are:

  • Airnet
  • Consumer NZ
  • Federated Farmers
  • Federation of Maori Authorities (FoMA)
  • New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA)
  • Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand (TUANZ)
  • 2degrees
  • Unite

It’s good to see Business and real union’s uniting (excuse the pun) on such an important campaign. Go to the campaign site and sign up to get the the government to step in and force the mobile companies to drop their cozy little rort against mobile users and let real competition flourish in the marketplace.