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gotalk wins multiple "Best of the Best" Awards - CEO predicts families in recession will rush cheaper ADSL/VoIP services in 2009

• Trans Tasman telco gotalk CEO Steve Picton predicts a first quarter 2009 nation wide rush to cheaper telco/broadband/internet services such as VoIP and ADSL2 as the economic downturn impacts on family phone bills. “My own company has seen its ADSL2 and VoIP new customer sign ups double in the October/November period this year – and I believe the surge will continue, and even grow throughout 2009,” he said. • “Traditionally the Christmas/New Year period registers a sharp spike in phone useage as people call family and friends interstate and overseas – and these costs are added to by bored kids at home during the holidays playing games online and chatting to their friends on their mobiles. When the bill arrives, the shock will force families to seek a cheaper solution – and that obviously leads them to ADSL2 and VoIP bundled combinations such as the ones which have just won gotalk several annual industry awards.”
  • 09 December, 2008 12:09

<p>For more industry predictions and comment please call Steve Picton on 0416 269 177 or Terry Quinn 0439 710 418</p>
<p>PRESS RELEASE: Sydney: Immediate Distribution:</p>
<p>Gotalk wins multiple major annual industry awards – again – and doubles ADSL2+/VoIP new customer sign ups in October/November period.</p>
<p>• The hugely successful “GOVOIP Aussie Pack” was named PC User 2009 'best value broadband phone plan' Product of the Year for the second year running.
• MONEY MAGAZINE 2009 ‘Best of the Best” Gold Awards for gotalk Mobile Plan (Medium Usage) and VoIP Plan Business User plus Silver for VoIP Home User.
• gotalk limited is an Australian owned, publicly unlisted, full service telecommunications company with sales in excess of $160 million per annum and over 150 staff Australia wide. The telco 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.</p>
<p>Media contacts: Call Steve Picton 0416 269 177 for more detail - or Terry Quinn 0439 710 418.</p>
<p>Steve Picton, CEO of fast growing trans Tasman telco gotalk has reported that his ADSL2+ and VoIP customer base doubled in the October/November 2008 period over the previous 2007 year – and predicted the surge would continue as the economic downturn forced Australian families to continue to seek ways of reducing their phone/broadband/internet bills.</p>
<p>Mr. Picton was speaking as he congratulated gotalk staff on the latest series of telecommunication sector awards announced by leading industry magazines PC User and Money Magazines 2009 “Best of the Best” annual edition.</p>
<p>“ The increasing takeup of ADSL2 is the catalyst for the surge in Voip growth,” Mr. Picton said.</p>
<p>“gotalk reported a doubling in new Voip customer contracts through the Oct-Nov period compared with the same period last year.”</p>
<p>“ We are finding that gotalks range of great value service bundles are a real winner for those focussed on controlling their monthly outgoings.”</p>
<p>“The telco sector is extremely competitive both on price and services. Gotalk continually updates and improves its plans and combinations so we can offer Australian families maximum choice when it comes to selecting a plan which best suits their particular needs.”</p>
<p>“This year this resulted in our “Xmas Cracker” Combo which is proving to be very successful indeed – so successful we will be extending the combo offer well into the New Year,” Mr. Picton said.</p>
<p>IN DETAIL:</p>
<p>A Cracker Combo Deal for XMAS</p>
<p>gotalk OFFERS almost $200 of EXTRA added value with its top selling phone, broadband and VoIP combo deals.</p>
<p>gotalk wants Australian consumers who have been feeling the effects of the credit crunch to take advantage of some cracker combo deals, just in time for Christmas!</p>
<p>Last year gotalk received industry wide gold award winning recognition for its value for money offers. This year they have decided to offer new customers purchasing selected combos almost $200 of extra value – by giving them a $50 credit on their account, a free VoIP stick valued at $49.95 and a free 4 port home networking gateway valued at $99.</p>
<p>These new “Xmas Cracker” combos will feature the 2008 “Money Magazine” award winning goVoIP Aussie Pack - free local calls, national calls and calls to any Aussie mobile - plus for those that have families and friends overseas, the goVoIP World Pack again offers loads of free calls to popular international destinations (go to www.gotalk.com.au for more detail).</p>
<p>Steve Picton, CEO, gotalk says that ‘these packaged services are fantastic value, and they all come with optional additions so you can tailor an even more specific package for your needs’.</p>
<p>‘Sign up before Christmas to take advantage of this cracker offer so you can contact your friends and family as much as you like at Christmas and throughout the New Year,” Mr. Picton said.</p>
<p>“ Reaction to gotalk’s cost saving VoIP services has been growing all year and we are confident that our new Xmas Cracker combos will see more customers choosing gotalk as their telecommunications provider,” he said.</p>
<p>One such customer is David Bock, a 72 year old from Victoria who moved all of his telecommunications from Telstra to gotalk over a year ago. David says ‘‘As you can imagine, being 72 years old and trying to get used to new technologies hasn’t been easy, but it’s been made a lot easier with the help from gotalk staff’. He goes on to say that ‘My experience over the last 12 months has been a good one – I’ve saved money on my phone bills and I’m very happy with the gotalk service’.</p>
<p>For new customers who take up one of gotalk’s top selling combo deals before mid January, they will receive a $50 credit on their account, a free VoIP stick valued at $49.95 and a free 4 port home networking gateway valued at $99. Customers wishing to have their services in time for Christmas need to sign up by the end of November. This offer is only available on a 24 month contract. Customers wishing to upgrade to a wireless 4 port home networking gateway, pay just $89 to do this. Terms and conditions apply.</p>
<p>The combos feature gotalk’s great value home phone plan ‘HomeTalk’ that offer a national cap special of $1.99 for calling up to an hour, along with a massive 9GB of broadband, offering speeds up to 20,000 Kbps, as well as a choice of VoIP options, including the award-winning Aussie Pack as well as the World Pack, or a combination of both. Prices start from $78.85 per month.</p>
<p>gotalk combos offer great value for money, and with several to choose from, there’s something for everyone, visit www.gotalk.com.au to find out more.</p>
<p>gotalk’s Xmas Cracker Bundles in Detail:
Take one of these top selling combo’s and get almost $200 of extra added value1
Home Phone + Broadband + VoIP</p>
<p>HomeTalk
• HomeTalk offers you great value line rental</p>
<p>• National cap special – pay just $1.99 for up to an hour</p>
<p>9 GB
• This plan offers speeds up to 20,000 Kbps2</p>
<p>• Generous data limit (3 GB peak and 6 GB off peak) 3</p>
<p>Aussie Pack
• Make loads of FREE calls per month4</p>
<p>Up to:
• 300 local calls
• 300 national calls
• 100 calls to Australian mobiles, or 500 mobile minutes per month</p>
<p>= $78.85
per month
World Pack
Call 121 countries4
36 countries for FREE!
30 countries for 20c per call!
50 countries for 50c per call!
15 countries for 75c per call!</p>
<p>= $78.85
per month</p>
<p>Aussie Pack + World Pack
You’ll get the benefits of great value local, national, mobile and international calling.</p>
<p>= $88.80
per month</p>
<p>• 1 On a 24 month contract
• 2 if available in your area, if not, then a 512 Kbps plan will be supplied.
• 3 Peak time is between 6am and 1am AEST. Off-peak time is between 1am and 6am AEST.
• 4 Fair use policy applies</p>

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