Telecom’s JetStream service will no longer lease modems to new customers - they will instead be directed to either buy one themselves or to lease one from the installer.
“We said in November that we would offer open standards in the DSL modem market and that once our stock had run out that would be it," says Telecom spokesman Andrew Bristol. "I’ve been told that has happened." Existing customers will be able to keep their modems and continue renting them from Telecom at $30 a month. New customers can either buy approved modems or lease them from the installer - listed on the Telecom JetStream page as Datacom, who will also collect the installation charge.
“New customers will pay the installer for their work and the ISP for the ongoing service,” says Bristol. Datacom lists three modems, all from 3Com, ranging in price from $22.25 through to $116.67 per month.
3Com spokesman Mark Heppleston says the company has already noticed an upsurge in the number of modems being shipped to resellers. “Just in the last two weeks it’s gone mad.”