The End of Optus Home Zone

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The End of Optus Home Zone!

Effective 31 March 2016 Home Zone was turned off due to “technology rapidly changing and our ongoing Mobile Network investment”.

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Business customers are being directed to Cel-Fi options so you should receive some flow on business from this.  Smaller Optus clients do not appear to know about any other options than the new Wi-Fi Talk App. Investigations about the app show that there are a lot of kinks still needing to be ironed out in the software. 

Worse case for an Optus client is that in many cases this app is just not suitable and they have been left hanging with a phone contract that they cannot utilise in their own home.

If you have local clients it should be worth letting your client base know that you have an alternative to the Optus Wi-Fi calling app with the Cel Fi and Cel-Fi PRO repeaters.  It is likely that many Optus clients will turn to illegal boosters unless they are provided with all the facts.

See some feedback here from Optus Wi-Fi calling customers:

https://community.optus.com.au/t5/Wi-Fi-Talk-Home-Zone/What-is-WiFi-Talk-and-How-to-use-the-App/td-p/124721/page/24

What is Wi-Fi Calling?

The main benefit of Wi-Fi calling is the ability to make calls when you have no phone signal BUT can access Wi-Fi.  This can be useful when you are at home and you can use your home internet connection.  But it also allows use externally in areas where you can access a hotspot or Wi-Fi connection and use someone else’s data.  The downside of Wi-Fi calling includes not being able to SMS, plus battery issues as the App needs to be on constantly.

The full article that appeared in the Media is below: 

https://www.smh.com.au/technology/mobiles/optus-customers-on-hold-as-home-zone-blackspot-mobile-repeaters-abandoned-20160323-gnq2nq.html

 

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