No Consumer Change As Vodafone-3 Merger Approved

The ACCC has approved the Vodafone-3 merger, but both companies say it will be business as usual for the merged entities for the foreseeable future and that consumers won’t notice any change.

The approval process has dragged on since February, but now that the regulator has given its blessing, the newly-official Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) intends to complete the process within two weeks. However, echoing its comments earlier this week that prices won’t alter for two years, both brands are stressing that there’ll be no immediate change:

VHA will continue to market products and services under the Vodafone and 3 brands and all respective network arrangements, caps and plans, retail outlets and customer service capabilities will remain unchanged for the foreseeable future.

As we’ve said before, some change might be desirable — for 3 customers wanting a broader network or Vodafone customers seeking cheaper basic monthly deals. What changes would you like to see from the merged operation? Share your ideas in the comments.

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