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2degrees becomes New Zealand's third network operator

Chris Ziegler

Kiwis now have a third choice in wireless today with the official launch of 2degrees, filing in behind giants Vodafone and Telecom New Zealand. The service is being positioned as a value brand, touting that its no-contract rates for voice, text, and data are generally half of what is charged by its bigger competitors -- and with 97 percent claimed coverage of the country, it seems that you're not going to be trading in signal strength for your savings. 2degrees' HSPA backbone is powered by Huawei, while phones range from the lowly (correction: ultra-lowly) Nokia 1202 all the way up to the E63 -- though it would appear that there's nothing stopping you from bringing your own unlocked set to the party if you like. So, who's switching?

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