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dynojam 05-02-2006 13:22

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From :

01 February 2006
Reported by Albert Malik

Hutchison Telecoms, the owner of both the Orange and 3 brands in Australia, has announced that from today, Orange is leaving Australia. Hutchison has decided to merge both of its brands, with the eventual aim of migrating all its Orange customers over to its 3G network Three. By doing so, Hutchison hopes to cut costs in the long run from running duplicated networks.

From today, Orange is now called 3 CDMA, although it will continue to run the same way as before. Post-paid Orange customers will receive and pay their bills as they always did (although you&'ll see 3&'s logo on the bill instead of Orange), while prepaid customers can continue to buy Orange recharge cards. However Hutchison is keen to move their customers over to 3 as quickly as possible and are offering what they call ?generous&' incentives to entice the Orange crowd to switch. One of those incentives includes a complete waiver of outstanding handset contract fees, meaning Orange customers won&'t have to pay any fees for cancelling a contract early. Other special offers and rates cheaper than 3&'s standard offering are available to Orange&'s customers too.

Hutchison hasn't set a firm date for shutting down the Orange CDMA network, but CEO Kevin Russell has said that Telstra plans to shut down their own CDMA network within three years and that Hutchison&'s upgrade process would ?complete well within that time frame?. He also said however that evaluation of the CDMA network&'s closure won&'t happen until a significant portion of Orange&'s user base moves to 3G.

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I have an Orange CDMA service (That roams on the Telstra CDMA notwork in South Australia,because the Orange CDMA network only covers the eastern states.)
So it will be waiting to see what incentive 3 offer me to transfer this service to 3 prepaid.

Triband81 05-02-2006 20:27

It'll also be a matter of telling Orange customers that 3 is a UMTS based network and thus based on GSM, not on CDMA.

dynojam 06-02-2006 05:17

It will be interesting to see what 3 offers current Orange CDMA customers to intice them to buy a new 3 handset.

Apperently there will be loyalty rewards based on current pre-paid spend,so a high using Orange pre-paid customer may be entilted to a discounted if not free handset..
Similar to what Vodafone are doing with there pre-paid customers.

What will low users get ?

dg7feq 06-02-2006 09:23

In Thailand orange is also disappearing from the market - at least as a brand name.
All mobile services are switched over to true ( which is a company that runs telephone lines, adsl and cable internet as well as modem dialup-services.


Stu 26-02-2006 17:00

I received the following SMS yesterday:

Hutchison Telecom's GSM "Orange" service in Hong Kong now operates under the brand "3Dualband." Wishing you a pleasant stay in Hong Kong....

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