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2degrees Business – value at last for NZ's biggest bill payers

Tuesday 5 July 2011, 2:23PM
By 2Degrees

2degrees is completing its mobile offering by launching services for Business, and promising a repeat of the impact it made on the consumer market when it launched less than two years ago.

‘2degrees Business’ was announced to a group of business leaders today, with services aimed squarely at the more than 400,000 businesses that currently pay some of New Zealand’s highest mobile bills.

Chief Executive Eric Hertz says New Zealand businesses have been frustrated by a mix of high prices, poor service and inflexible contracts, but that’s about to change.

“The monthly mobile bill is one of the biggest expenses for many businesses, and, unfortunately, one they’ve had too little choice about. We are excited to offer services to these customers because we know they are tired of paying too much and are ready for a change,” said Mr Hertz.

2degrees Business kicks off with a host of new features other mobile operators don’t offer. Any business, no matter how small, can have a free calling group between people on the same bill. Plus, they can mix and match plan types, so low and heavy users can all be billed together. Every person on the business customer’s bill can have their own wallet of ‘carry over minutes’, along with a bundle of texts and data to use as required.

For just $10 extra, the business can add a frequently called number, so everyone in the business can call a landline or 2degrees mobile at no extra cost.

“We asked businesses to send in their mobile bills, so we could see how much our plans could save them. The results suggest business mobile competition is well overdue, with 8 out of 10 businesses who responded able to save over 25% if they switch to 2degrees Business,” says Mr Hertz.

Today’s launch follows several months developing the 2degrees business infrastructure, including a team of 70 business sales consultants and 16 retail stores, which will expand to 40 by the end of the year.

Businesses interested in finding out more can call 0800 022 BIZ, a 24 hour line for business customers. Once they’re a customer, they can also monitor and control their account 24/7 via the 2degrees self-care portal.

For more information about the launch of 2degrees Business, visit