If you're worried about the proposed merger between Vodafone and 3 damaging some of the great value deals the two companies currently have on offer, it's time to relax: According to a press release that just hit my inbox, "all new and existing contract customers of Vodafone and 3 will be able to enjoy the same great value offered on all existing Vodafone and 3 mobile voice and data plans for the next 2 years".Considering that the merger is still yet to be approved, the announcement that plans will remain in place for the next two years is a solid move to try and counter and fears that the new VHA company will become a greedy, mobile telecommunications behemoth.
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Vodafone Australia Limited and Hutchison 3G Australia Pty Limited, which trades as 3, today moved to reassure customers that they would receive either the same or better value deals following the proposed merger of the two companies.
Both companies confirmed that, in the event of the merger proceeding as planned, all new and existing contract customers of Vodafone and 3 will be able to enjoy the same great value offered on all existing Vodafone and 3 mobile voice and data plans for the next 2 years. The companies say that their respective approaches to mobile phone and mobile broadband pricing, which allow customers to acquire devices for $0 on 24-month contracts, will remain in place.
Nigel Dews, CEO of 3 and proposed CEO of VHA, said: "We operate in a fast-moving market and we want to be clear that, following the merger, Vodafone and 3 will remain extremely competitive and continue to provide great value to customers."
"We're happy to reassure our customers with a public commitment that if the merger proceeds as intended, no plan will be withdrawn from market for the next two years," explained Dews. "During this time we will also be introducing new offers and services to appeal to new customers."
"Vodafone and 3 customers have everything to gain from the proposed merger," added Dews. "VHA will be a stronger mobile operator that is better positioned to compete in the Australian telecommunications market. We plan to draw on the best offerings of Vodafone and 3 and will continue to provide innovative consumer and business services to the Australian market."
"For competitive reasons we will not telegraph our full roadmap of handset and mobile broadband products and prices, but VHA will certainly introduce new offers into the market to acquire new customers," said Dews.