Dodo has built itself a high profile in the Australian broadband market but although it has made itself a household word with its intense and captive advertising not many people know exactly who they are. In fact many would be surprised to learn they have been competing in the Australian market for the last 10 years and they offer a wide variety of services besides mobile broadband.
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Dodo Mobile Plans Side-by-Side
$19.90 Chit Chat Mobile Plan
This plan is an extremely basic plan and the choice of phones available is limited. The plan includes standard national calls, 500MB of data, standard MMS/SMS, and unlimited access to social media sites such as Facebook and twitter. This plan should be chosen if:
- You want a simple mobile phone without many features
- You do not use your phone that often
Do not choose this plan if:
- You want a smart phone
- You use a lot of data
- Your mobile phone is currently your only phone.
$29.90 Chit Chat Mobile Phone Plan
This plan is a great option for many as it is a relatively low price. It comes with $500 worth of standard calls and texts and the first 1000 MB of data are included. Reasons to choose this plan include:
- Offers a good value for services received
- Great for low to medium mobile phone use
Reasons not to choose this plan include:
- Only the first 1000 MB of data are included.
- Texts and calls are limited to $500
$39.90 Chit Chat Mobile Phone Plan
This plan includes $700 for standard calls and data plus unlimited national SMS/MMS. This plan is perfect for:
- Individuals that text and message a lot
- Those that use a limited amount of data
This plan should not be chosen if:
- You use a lot of data
- You make many international calls
- You do not text very much
$49.90 and $59.90 Chit Chat Mobile Phone Plans
Both of these plans offer unlimited standard calls and texting, unlimited Dodo to Dodo calls and video and the first 2500 MB of data. The $59.90 chit chat mobile phone plan includes $100 for international calls. Choose these plans if:
- You use your mobile phone for the majority of your calls.
- You talk and text a lot.
Do not choose these plans if:
- You do not text or talk on your mobile phone very much
- You do not use a lot of data
- You do not own a smart phone.
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Dodo to the Present
Dodo aims to be a reliable provider of all home services through the provision of a one-stop-shop business that is able to connect you up to everything you'll need. All you'll need do when moving house or setting up a home for the first time will be to ring Dodo to connect your gas, electricity, telephone, television and broadband. Dodo will do all the work for you while you go ahead with unpacking.
- ADSLThis service is not available in all areas as yet and the actual speed experienced will depend on many outside factors that can include the equipment you are using, your location, the type of application you are using etc. When you reach your data download limit for the month you are able to purchase top-up amounts to keep you going. If you don't your access will automatically cease until the start of your next billing month. Naked ADSL plans are also available as is dial-up, anti virus and spam protection.
- Mobile Broadband. There are various mobile broadband plans available specifically designed for netbook and Pendo Pad. These plans can be purchased as pre-paid mobile broadband or for up to two years on a contract. International World SIM cards can be arranged for when you go overseas.
- Buddy Box. You can utilise your current cordless or corded telephone handset as they can both plug into your Buddy Box so no additional equipment is needed. You don't need a telephone connection to your home as Buddy Box plugs into your power socket. This is because it operates via the mobile network. No more telephone rental charges. Once the 3G USB modem is plugged in you can share the signal around the house just like a WI-FI. It works through a SIM card for the telephone service as well as having a WI-FI built in and a USB port for connection to a 3G modem that's supplied.
- Home phone. Plans are available for your traditional home phone.
- Electricity. When you sign up to Dodo for your electricity supply your current supplier will continue to provide the service without any interruption. All that happens is that the billing changes hands. You will be asked to give Dodo information on your usage and Dodo will estimate the cost. You'll be charged this amount each month and this can be paid with your credit card or direct debited to your bank. When your metre is read, approximately every three months, you will be charged for your actual usage. If your usage is more or less than the amount estimated which has been paid, an adjustment will be made for the difference.
Dodo is an Australian Telecommunication Company
Dodo is an Australian company that originated in Victoria under the guidance of founder Larry Kestelman, it is now owned by its shareholders and directors. In April 2011 Dodo became a major shareholder in fellow internet service provider (ISP) Eftel after coming to an agreement to merge their wholly owned ClubTelco business with Eftel. ClubTelco was operated as a separate business to that of Dodo but it was also founded by Larry Kestelman and is also fully owned by the directors and shareholders of Dodo. Dodo concentrates most of its business at the cheaper end of the ISP market where ClubTelco and Eftel focus more on the upper end, particularly government departments and corporate organisations. The arrangement with Eftel resulted in Dodo investing $2.1 million dollars into the deal which resulted in Eftel and ClubTelco sharing 120,000 clients between them.
Dodo Operates with Lower Margins
Dodo, for its part, has a history of operating successfully with lower margins than that of their competitors. Dodo has taken this approach to their business dealings from day one. Even though it buys its broadband from Telstra and Optus, it claims this has been their secret to success because other ISP have gone to the extra expense of setting up their own expensive networks and DSLAMs. The company is looking forward to the National Broadband Network (NBN) becoming available where it says its margins won't have to change greatly. Kestelman has stated that the company has learned how to operate its business far leaner than its competitors and this has enabled them to deliver the prices they offer on today's market. For them the NBN will be no more than simply another network to buy from.
In looking to the future Kestelman said he believes that all ISPs will have to diversify what they have to offer to remain competitive when the NBN becomes a reality. This is the thinking behind Dodo offering multiple products now such as retail electricity, gas, home security, telephone connections, broadband and mobile broadband etc. It is also expected that when the NBN is rolled out Dodo will be offering IPTV as well as other services presently unavailable. Kestelman said Dodo had been hesitant to offer IPTV with a DSL connection because he didn't feel it was the right platform to use for this specific type of service.
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Government Shows Appreciation for Dodo's Competitive Approach
Dodo received Federal Government praise for their approach to pricing when the NBN is finally rolled out. Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said he was pleased to hear that competition in the NBN will be fierce. He said that he always believed that NBN prices would be comparable to the prices enjoyed today with ADSL2+ and Dodo has indicated that this will be the case. The NBN Co had estimated that entry level products for the NBN would cost from $53 to $58 a month. Dodo has indicated that they could do it for less than that.
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