Telecom has begun a "limited trial" of a budget 128Kbit/s version of its JetStream ADSL product, but won't be drawn on what commercial pricing for such a product might be.
The new, slower service will undoubtedly be cheaper than the full JetStream offering, which typically offers speeds of several megabits per second, and could well be offered on a flat-rate basis.
Telecom has positioned the service as one for home Internet users who want a taste of the broadband experience but don't require very high transfer speeds.
Within Telecom, it is being referred to as "JetStream Lite". Telecom spokesperson Gerry Eller says the trial is currently internal and participants are mainly Telecom staff.
Eller says if the trial successful the 128Kbit/s product is likely to be launched – possibly under a new name – in three to six months.
She says Telecom is making no comment on the likely price of the service.