TELEPHONY: The French number one e-commerce site, Cdiscount, will compete directly with Free and offer packages at lower prices …
Cdiscount launched on Tuesday a new mobile package which offers without obligation packages starting from 2 euros. For that price, Cdiscount offers 200 minutes of calls , 200 SMS or MMS as well as 200 megabytes (MB) of mobile Internet.
If exceeded, 0.30 euro / min is charged for calls, SMS and € 0.10 per € 0.30 per MMS. A consumer alert is sent when the subscriber reaches 80% of its consumption. The price of the SIM card is 5 euros but until December 31, new subscribers will pay 1 euro.
Options “combined and changed at any time”
With this new package, the online sales platform would hope to compete with the first package of Free, also offered 2 euros (free for Freebox subscribers), notes L’Express . However, unlike the the offer by the company Iliad, the new package is modular and can reach 16 euros, adding options. If you choose to opt for unlimited calls in France, the package increases to 9 euros. By adding a 5GB data limit, it reaches 16 euros.
There are also options for calls abroad. All these options are “accumulated and changed at any time,” says CDiscount on its website . One way to stand out from Free which offers only two packages, one at 2 euros and another to 19.90 euros (15.90 euros for Freebox subscribers).
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Note that Cdiscount Mobile, which is among the MVNO or operators who do not own their own network and own about 10% of the mobile market in France, has signed a partnership with Euro-Information Telecom. This includes many of its competitors, including NRJ Mobile or Crédit Mutuel Mobile and relies on networks of three operators: Orange, SFR and Bouygues Telecom . Initially Cdiscount Mobile should use the SFR network but will switch, in case of failure, to another available operator.