Voyager registers budget brand - just in case

Voyager's registration of the domain name access2.co.nz doesn't mean the ISP is plunging into the flat-rate Internet business - yet. The name relates to Access2, the budget service launched last year by Australian ISP AccessOne shortly before it was taken over by Voyager's parent company, OzEmail.

Voyager's registration of the domain name access2.co.nz doesn't mean the ISP is plunging into the flat-rate Internet business - yet.

Voyager recently registered the name, which relates to Access2, the budget service launched last year by Australian ISP AccessOne shortly before it was taken over by Voyager's parent company, OzEmail.

The "no frills" Access2 service was controversial, because its charges undercut some of AccessOne's own ISP customers. Since the company was taken over by OzEmail, AccessOne has been renamed OzEmail Access1 and targeted as OzEmail's corporate brand.

Access2 still apparently exists, offering 20 hours a month for $A19.95, but Voyager general manager Michael Farrell says it has been overshadowed by OzEmail's Megasaver Deal, a flat-rate plan.

Farrell says "there could be some good possibilities for a similar plan here," but insists that for now Voyager has registered the name, "just to protect our brand".

In Australia, Access2's logical domain name, access2.com.au, already belongs to another ISP, Access2 Computers.

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