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ISP Dodo has announced it is bringing its bulk-buying operational model to the insurance industry in a move to challenge old school providers.

Dodo will has chosen insurance company Auto & General as its underwriter, in a partnership it says will “save money for many of our current and new clients on their car, home building and contents insurance”, according to Larry Kestelman, CEO and co-founder of Dodo.

“As an additional benefit, we are giving customers the ability to save 10% on up to $1,200 of fuel and grocery gift cards. Also, customers who choose to purchase both home building and contents insurance online will be rewarded with a bundling discount of 25%.”

Kestelman attacked the operating methods of the industry. “The insurance industry still does not have enough competition, and therefore has not invested in streamlining its operations in order to bring down prices for consumers. At Dodo we have successfully provided high value, low cost services across telecommunications and electricity, and will now do so with insurance. We look forward to launching additional products, including gas, soon.

“Many customers are not aware that they can change providers at any time during the 12 months of their insurance policy, and get a pro rata refund for the balance from their current provider when making the switch to Dodo. I encourage all Australian’s to shop around and compare to make sure that they are getting the best deal”, said Kestelman.

Ram Kangathara,n Managing Director and CEO at A&G Insurance Services, sees opportunities in the deal witth Dodo. “Dodo’s resolve to aggressively compete with high value offerings, coupled with a strong marketing presence and significant base of loyal customers, guarantees the success of this new product,” he said when announcing the deal.

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Graeme Philipson

Graeme Philipson is senior associate editor at iTWire and editor of sister publication CommsWire. He is also founder and Research Director of Connection Research, a market research and analysis firm specialising in the convergence of sustainable, digital and environmental technologies. He has been in the high tech industry for more than 30 years, most of that time as a market researcher, analyst and journalist. He was founding editor of MIS magazine, and is a former editor of Computerworld Australia. He was a research director for Gartner Asia Pacific and research manager for the Yankee Group Australia. He was a long time IT columnist in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and is a recipient of the Kester Award for lifetime achievement in IT journalism.

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