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gotalk launches Australia's first pre paid Wireless Broadband
- 08 February, 2007 14:59
New service in partnership with iBurst operator, PBA (Personal Broadband Australia)
Sydney, Australia, February 8, 2007: Leading prepaid Australian telco, gotalk communications has teamed with PBA (Personal Broadband Australia) – the licensed carrier that owns and operates the iBurst wireless broadband network – to launch Australia’s first prepaid wireless broadband service.
The new service is available in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide.
Under the prepaid broadband arrangement, customers need no contract and simply pay for what they use from 11.5 cents per Megabit (Mb). In addition, the new service comes with a free dialup account, free broadband voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) account and a VoIP soft phone. Customers taking up gotalk prepaid wireless broadband service can bring their own iBurst hardware or buy directly from gotalk (from a choice of USB, PCMCIA or desktop modems).
"We are delighted to be the first telco in Australia to offer this powerful broadband service. iBurst and gotalk believe in the quality and simplicity offered by this new service. Both parties are convinced that the economics of prepaid will accelerate the penetration of broadband around Australia. All you need is an iBurst modem and off you go," said Steve Picton, CEO of gotalk.
"The association starts a new chapter in the Australian wireless broadband market. gotalk’s experience in the prepaid telecommunications industry coupled with iBurst’s advanced wireless technology offers customers an affordable and proven wireless broadband solution," said Jonathan Withers, CEO of PBA.
"The 39c per day access fee – or around $10 per month – is less than half of the traditional home fixed phone line rental charges. With gotalk prepaid wireless broadband offering VoIP, there is no need to have a landline and therefore no more line rental. You can choose your phone number or bring your own," said Picton.
The gotalk iBurst wireless broadband offers the fastest available speeds at 1Mb/345 with no speed throttling. "You can also combine your prepaid wireless broadband with other gotalk prepaid products into one single prepaid purse – which means you will be in total charge of your telephone costs for the first time," Mr Picton said.
gotalk prepaid wireless broadband is available now through gotalk. Users wanting to access the service should contact gotalk on www.gotalk.com or call 1800 468 255. To recharge the service users can go online (www.gotalk.com), call 1800 468 255, or by purchasing recharge vouchers from over 25,000 retailers nationally. -ends-
About gotalk gotalk limited is a fast growing, full service telco, an Australian owned, publicly unlisted company with sales in excess of $161 million per annum and over 280 staff Australia wide. In August 2006, the parent company Telecorp Limited debuted, at No.262, in the prestigious BRW fastest growing Top 500 Private Companies List (entitled "The Boom Continues" BRW Magazine August 10 – September 13). In the same month, the Board voted to change the parent company name from Telecorp to gotalk limited. gotalk provides a range of wholesale and retail telecommunication services through its own state of the art exchange switching centre in Sydney's Castlereagh Street, which handles over a billion international minutes per year which equates to 20% of all Australian outbound international call traffic. The telco continues to develop and deliver innovative products via a unique Universal Recharge account available to customers to better manage and share their telco spend across a range of prepaid mobile, internet, broadband voice (VoIP) and phone card services all from the one account. gotalk also provides a range of post-paid products, including fixed line voice, mobile, broadband and dial up internet, broadband voice (VoIP). One of the main strengths of gotalk is its ability to distribute product through its CardCall subsidiary, which has a 25,000 strong retailer and 7,000 reseller network in Australia and New Zealand. CardCall is also a preferred distributor of Optus Mobile, Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile. gotalk also has a large operations centre located at Robina on Queensland’s Gold Coast, while it has corporate offices in Sydney and Auckland. gotalk has established strong corporate partnerships with Harvey Norman, BP, Caltex, Woolworths, Coles, Domayne, Dick Smith, Tandy and Harris Technology. gotalk’s distribution network recently expanded considerably when Australia Post agreed to carry its products in post offices throughout Australia.
About Personal Broadband Australia’s iBurst Service iBurst™ is a fully mobile wireless broadband service which enables users to securely access their corporate networks, surf the web, bank online or to send and to receive email anywhere within the coverage area*. iBurst brings the same flexibility to laptops as mobile phones did to making a call. It enables individuals to enjoy high speed data transfer at up to 1 Mbps per second. *iBurst currently extends across selected areas of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide the Gold Coast and Canberra. iBurst is available through a comprehensive selection of iBurst Service Providers and retail distributors. For more information visit: www.iburst.com.au. For further information contact: Terry Quinn WordsPLUS 0439 710 418 Steve Picton CEO gotalk limited 0416 269 177