28th February 2005
Envesta Telecom Launches ‘Cheaper Call Rate’
The UK’s first flat-rate, single-access telephone service for international calls
Seven Telecom, a subsidiary of Envesta Telecom Plc, the AIM quoted premium international telephony provider, today launched ‘Cheaper Call Rate’ (CCR), the UK’s first single stage, flat-rate telephone service. By routing calls over its ‘single-stage’ access platform it is able to cut the cost of international calls for consumers to as little as 2p a minute at any time, from any UK telephone line, whether land-line or mobile.
Traditionally, low-cost international calling services have been difficult for the user to access and have had complex billing models. Cheaper Call Rate has overcome this by introducing a single stage access number and single point billing via their telephone provider.
Key CCR benefits include:
• No change of supplier
• Billing by existing telephone provider
• No connection fee or set-up charge
• No dialling access code
• Calls only charged on call connection
• All calls billed at the flat rate, no matter when the call is made
• High-quality connections
Cheaper Call Rate works via a unique single-stage access method. On registering at www.cheapercallrate.com, the fully automated system ‘translates’ the International number the customer wishes to call to a non-geographic replacement number. This number has a pre-determined price associated with it, such as Australia for 2p per minute (inc. VAT). Once the number is translated the new non-geographic number effectively becomes the new telephone number, which can be shared with friends and family in the UK so that everyone can benefit from the same savings.
Marketing activities for Cheaper Call Rate will initially concentrate directly within the consumer and business market, later extending into the brand community, where opportunities exist for organisations with a large customer-base to enhance distribution and market penetration through affinity partnerships and white-label options.
The market for International calling is currently very confused for most users, with a recent survey conducted on behalf of Seven Telecom indicating that 1 in 10 people are unable to recall the access code for most overseas destinations. The survey also identified that, when questioned on our closest neighbours, 88% of respondents were unable to identify the dialling code for France and 91% unable to state the code for Ireland . Cheaper Call Rate eliminates this issue by replacing the confusing International prefix with a memorable 08xx number – a number that remains with the translated number regardless of where in the UK customers are calling from.
Commenting on the launch, Kevin Jauncey, Executive Chairman of Envesta Telecom stated ‘This is an exciting new addition to the Seven Telecom product range. Not only is Cheaper Call Rate the first product of its kind to market, we also have significant supplier arrangements in place that support Seven’s marketing expenditure, therefore not burdening the cash and profitability position of the Company. In addition the service works via a rebate payment method, thus revenues are assured.’
‘Key to Cheaper Call Rate’s success is its ease of use - calls are simply billed at the flat rate via the customer’s existing telephony supplier. A great deal of development and testing has gone into the service. Even while offering some of the lowest rates in the market, Cheaper Call Rate remains a very high margin product for Seven. The UK sees over 43% of the population making International calls, Seven’s move into the retail market strengthens and complements its growing wholesale proposition, current forecasts for Cheaper Call Rate indicate a significant contribution to profitability within the next 18 months.’ Continued Jauncey
For further information please contact:
George Coleman / Caroline Howlett
Nelson Bostock Communications
Tel: 020 7229 4400
Tracy Ronan, Communications and PR Manager
Envesta Telecom Plc
Tel: 01635 817434
Mobile: 07818 446911
Kevin Jauncey, Executive Chairman
Envesta Telecom Plc
Tel: 0870 767 7778
Notes to Editors
About Cheaper Call Rate
Cheaper Call Rate is the UK’s first direct dial ‘single stage’ International calls provider for people who make regular International calls and want to enjoy a high quality service at some of the lowest prices in the market. The unique Cheaper Call Rate service works by replacing the required International number with a 08xx non-geographic number (NGN). On registering, users enter the International number and the service instantly returns a fully authorised OFCOM UK NGN number. This number is then ready to be used immediately, from any registered phone (landline or mobile) in the UK.
The fully automated service works via the Cheaper Call Rate web site, where registered users translated numbers are stored in an online phone directory that, at the click of a button, is ready to be emailed to friends and family, so that everyone can benefit from the same substantial savings, simply by dialling the number.
About Envesta Telecom Plc
Envesta Telecom plc is an AIM listed premium quality alternative telephony provider specialising in the provision of high quality International telephony connections through its wholly owned subsidiary Seven Telecom. With call quality in the UK now taken for granted, the same quality is expected when routing calls around the world, especially where more complex services are required.
Headquartered in London, Envesta owns state of the art infrastructure interconnected with worldwide Tier One carriers such as BT and T-Systems. Significant capital investment in Voice over Internet Protocol, (“VoIP”) technology where appropriate, has expanded Envesta’s technical capabilities, opening up new routes to Africa and Asia at greater margins to the Company. This, along with some of the most sophisticated monitoring capability in the industry, means that Seven Telecom is able to closely monitor and control the business to achieve maximum efficiency and effectiveness.
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