Briefly: Vodafone does Office; 2degrees tap-to-pay

  • Paying for Microsoft Office just got simpler for Vodafone customers. The carrier is now selling Microsoft Office 365 and charging customers on their phone bill. The deal includes added local support and set-up. Microsoft’s cloud-based Office software is a nice complement to Vodafone’s fibre broadband services, the company points out apps like Lync and Sharepoint work better with a fast connection. The move is part of Vodafone NZ’s alignment with the global company on computing and related services. Grant Hopkins Vodafone director of enterprise says Vodafone is the only Microsoft global partner offering this level of service in New Zealand.
  • Another tap-to-pay mobile wallet trial kicks off. This time it’s 2degrees working with GE Capital. The trial allows users to load their existing GE Capital credit card directly only a 2degrees Galaxy S III phone. If you were to draw a Venn diagram of people with a GE Capital credit card, a 2degrees account and a Galaxy S III, there wouldn’t be many people in the central segment. 2degrees says the trial differs from others because there’s no need to load special funds on to the phone.
  • New small business mobile plans from Telecom NZ offer unlimited calling and text along with the ability to share monthly data allowances between a pool of users. The basic plan is $119 a month with 3GB of data. A $219 plan comes with 8GB. Additional users cost $39 for unlimited calling and text, but they share the basic plan’s data.
  • Westpac says its Cash Tank app for the Sony SmartWatch is now live. The bank is whipping up interest by giving away smartwatches in a Facebook competition
  • There a total pool of $60,000 of funding from InternetNZ for individuals or organisations  researching Internet topics. Each applicant will be eligible for up to $20,000. InternetNZ CEO Jordan Carter says: “We want to hear from those with a broad range of ideas for Internet research projects. Brief outlines of proposed research are now sought and applications from any individual or organisation will be considered so long as they meet the criteria”.

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