Lausanne (ots) - As of 16 September 2004 Orange will be offering
Optima, the automatic price plan. Optima is a dynamic rate system. No
matter how much or how little a customer uses his or her mobile
phone, Optima automatically charges only the cheapest rate for the
customer each month. The customer doesn't need to do anything. Each
month he or she sees on the bill how much can be saved compared with
a fixed price plan. Orange is the first and only mobile
communications operator to offer an "Automatic Rate" in Switzerland.
There's considerable variation in how mobile phone owners use
their phones from month to month. Yet mobile phone subscriptions have
a fixed structure (fees, included talk time minutes, rates). This
means that over a period of several months, most mobile phone owners
pay too much. The only remedy for this until now would have been to
constantly change subscriptions.
"At the end of October 2003 Orange had already promised customers
that in the future it would make their lives easier with more
convenient and useful offers. For customers there are, for example,
more important things in life than comparing mobile communications
subscriptions and rates. So there was an obvious need for an
automatic price plan", according to Timm Degenhardt, Orange's Head of
Marketing, who sums up the background and concludes: "And that's the
right way to go. Ultimately Orange customers should be able to rely
on the fact that they can make calls on their mobile phones at fair
and easy-to-understand prices. So with the automatic Optima price
plan, Orange charges in the customer's favour each month. The
customer automatically phones at the best rate level. Each month, the
amount he or she is saving can be seen from the bill".
In a study carried out over the summer by the comparative service
provider Comparis, Orange has been proved right. The results of the
survey show that 90% of all mobile phone owners use an inadequate
mobile communications subscription and therefore are over-charged by
more than 1.2 billion francs . "Even if customers were to change to a
cheaper subscription with their current provider, they could save
around 500 million francs per year", affirms Comparis in its press
release on 16 June 2004.
Moreover, the "Kassensturz" programme on this topic on 15 June
2004 showed that mobile phone users are either unaware of the
potential savings to be made by choosing the right subscription or
pay more attention to the mobile phone itself than to the contract. A
beautiful mobile phone may then be linked to an expensive contract,
which may be virtually impossible to get out of, concludes Comparis
in this edition of "Kassensturz".
The Optima price plan
The Optima price plan is divided into six levels with varying
monthly fees, included talk time minutes and rates. Each month,
Optima automatically checks whether each customer is really phoning
at the cheapest rate level for him or her, based on his or her actual
call volume. If this is not the case, then Optima automatically
charges the cheapest rate.
Rate level with
included talk Optima Optima Optima Optima Optima Optima
time minutes 30 100 200 400 600 1200
(all CH networks)
Monthly fee CHF 31.- 46.- 86.- 141.- 191.- 361.-
(all CH networks) 0.50 0.48 0.45 0.40 0.35 0.30
Optima automatically charges the best rate according to the
varying call volume each month. The difference from the rate level
originally chosen is listed on the monthly bill as the amount saved.
As with the existing price plans, customers can also benefit from
mobile phones at reduced prices with Optima. Anyone wishing to
benefit from Optima from the very first month should choose the
Optima 30 rate level, with a mobile phone at attractive price. Mobile
phones at very low prices are offered with the Optima 100 and Optima
400 levels. In this case, optimisation is possible during the first
six months with the higher rate levels only.
Only four price plans left - the classics are being kept
The basic price plans, Economy, Personal and Advanced, will be
kept as long as they continue to meet customers' needs. Existing
customers for these price plans will be informed about the Optima
offer in writing by Orange.
The Personal 30, Personal 100 und Exclusive 300 price plans will
no longer be offered in the future.
The options (e.g. SMS option) can be combined with the Optima
price plan. It is also planned to integrate the options into the
automatic system of the Optima price plan.
You can find more information about Orange and its service offers
on the Internet: www.orange.ch
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