Clarinet hopes to make music with new VoIP plans

Newly formed VoIP provider, Clarinet, has lowered its fixed-line call rates to mobiles for its all-you-can-eat plans, in an effort to make its presence felt in the residential market.

The Perth-based company launched its first commercial offering in February this year after entering the Australian VoIP market in December 2005 as the Australian arm of Clarinet International, a VoIP technology and engineering company.

The VoIP provider has three plans all priced at $24.95, designed to cater to customer calling patterns. These include the One Country One Plan which features untimed and unlimited local, long distance and national calls; the One World One Plan which allows customers to select one of ten countries for untimed and unlimited calls; and the One hundred Bucks One Plan which provides customers with $100 worth of calls for $24.95.

Clarinet's range of plans have now received a reduction of fixed line calls to mobiles from 29 cents to 27 cents to match rates from its VoIP competitors, said Clarinet director, Greg Pennefather.

Other VoIP players, BroadBand Phone, GoTalk, Freshtel and engin feature fixed line to mobile rates at 30 cents, 29.9 cents, 29 cents and 27 cents respectively. Plans for these providers typically function on monthly fees with a number of included free calls per month.

"Our offering is a new subscription model for the market and very different to what other VoIP players are offering," Pennefather said. "It's great for consumers because you can choose a plan that suits your specific calling habits and fix the majority of telephone call costs for the month at $24.95."

He also said the plans were well suited to small businesses and that SMB specific plans would be released in June.

Clarinet's coverage can service 96 per cent of the population, although Pennefather said the company did not yet have enough telephone numbers to supply such a demand. New customers can be issued a two-week temporary number to take advantage of the plans until official numbers are finalised.

To use Clarinet's service, customers need a broadband connection, a normal fixed telephone and any phone adaptor. Customers can purchase an adaptor from Clarinet for $149.

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