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FULL AUDIO: Vodafone and TPG merger call as Voda promises 'great value' for customers Featured

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The audio of the teleconference call for media and analysts featuring Iñaki Berroeta, chief executive of Vodafone Hutchison Australia, and David Teoh, chairman and chief executive of TPG Telecom, can be heard below. 

Berroeta and Teoh, who propose to merge their two businesses together, have spoken this morning on a teleconference for media and analysts, with a range of interesting questions on equipment, share prices, labour costs, the viability of the $9.99 unlimited plan and more.

iTWire's Sam Varghese wrote up the morning's merger announcement to the ASX

The $9.99 plan, which iTWire covered in an article "TPG to offer 'free unlimited mobile data plan'", which was free for the first six months and then $9.99 per month thereafter, is now not certain to proceed.

Teoh was non-committal over whether it would appear, and at what price, or when, but did suggest that bundling offers to existing TPG customers could, potentially, see a better deal than the $9.99 offer emerge.

I wanted to ask about the deal and whether TPG would ever offer a plan that was just 1.5Mbps from the start, as written about here, rather than a faster data allocation first, but the question time ran about before I was allotted a question, sadly.

Here's the full recording of the call, the call was unmuted by the conference people as Berroeta was already speaking, so this is the call in full. The article continues below:

In an email sent to the media during the teleconference call above, Vodafone said it promised to "continue great value for customers".

The company said it "assures customers they will continue to enjoy Vodafone’s world-class mobile network, Vodafone nbn, and its value-packed plans and products following the announcement of a proposed merger with TPG".

VHA chief commercial officer Ben McIntosh said it’s business as usual for customers. “We’re very excited about the future, but for the moment, nothing changes for our customers.

"They can continue to enjoy all the things they love about us including $5 Roaming, no lock-in handset contracts, 35-day prepaid expiry, and NBN Instant Connect and 4G Backup.

“Customers can continue to use our services, upgrade or change plans, or join us as a new customer with confidence.

“If the merger is approved, it will create even more opportunities for us as a combined entity to drive value for Australian consumers.”

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