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Stay On Top Of Silver Ferns Netball Results

Technology Helps New Zealanders Stay On Top Of Silver Ferns Netball Results


New Zealanders will be able to stay on top of Silver Ferns results this season with text messaging.

Vodafone New Zealand, naming rights sponsor of the Silver Ferns netball team, is offering its customers free text message results of all Silver Ferns games until the end of October 2001.

Speaking on the eve of the Vodafone Silver Ferns Tri-Nations Series, Vodafone Sponsorship Manager, Lynley Kirk-Smith said that providing the results to netball fans was one more way for Vodafone to support New Zealand sport.

“We know that there are tens of thousands of passionate Silver Ferns fans who’ll be desperate to get the results of games as soon as possible. Vodafone text alerts will mean that they can get this information to their mobile phones wherever they are, as soon as the games are over,” she said.

Fans will be able to receive final results of matches at no cost by going to the www.vodafone.co.nz website or by dialling 977 on their Vodafone mobile.

“Our other text messaging information services* allow customers to choose from a range of information – from weather to traffic reports – and receive it whenever they want, wherever they are,” said Ms Kirk-Smith.

The key games for which results will be provided free of charge include the Tri Nations Series in Australia (June 9, 12, 15 & 16) and both Fisher & Paykel Series (July 7, 11 and 14 vs England, and October 20, 24 and 27 vs Australia).

Vodafone Silver Fern Belinda Colling is delighted that the results will be sent by text message to Vodafone customers.

“Many of my friends and family will be able to find out how we do by means of the text message alerts far quicker than would normally be the case,” she said.

* Other text alerts are obtainable by registering at www.vizzavi.net.nz or by dialling 977 from your Vodafone mobile. While the Tri Nations and Fisher & Paykel game results will be available at no charge until October 31st, other text alerts provisioned by customers will be charged to the customer’s account at standard rates.

About Vodafone

Vodafone New Zealand Ltd is part of Vodafone Group Plc, the world’s largest mobile telecommunications company with 83 million proportionate customers. The company has interests in 29 countries over five continents.

Vodafone New Zealand now has more than 889,000 customers on its fully digital network and provides coverage to 97 per cent of the population.

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New Zealand’s First TV Text Voting During Silver Ferns Games


For the first time on network TV in New Zealand, netball fans will have the chance to vote for their favourite Silver Ferns team member via text messaging.

During every Silver Ferns Tri Nations game, Vodafone New Zealand customers will have the chance to vote for their favourite player by texting the player’s surname to the number 333 from their Vodafone mobile (standard text message rates apply).

According to Sponsorship Manager, Lynley Kirk-Smith, text voting is very popular overseas.

“This is the first time all New Zealanders have had the opportunity to get involved in text voting. And it will be interesting to see if it’s as popular as it’s been overseas.”

Viewers will be alerted to text vote via ads during each game. Everyone who votes will enter the draw to win $100 worth of Vodafone airtime for themselves, and $100 worth of Vodafone airtime for their favourite Silver Fern team member.

During every game, votes for each Silver Fern will be counted and the poll will be televised during subsequent games.

On June 16 during the last Tri Nations game, the Silver Fern with the most votes overall will win $500 worth of Vodafone airtime and anyone who votes for the winning team member will also be entered into a draw to win $500 worth of Vodafone airtime.

A text vote poll on Sky TV during the Vodafone NRL Primetime show took place at the end of May. Viewers were asked to vote whether or not they were surprised the Vodafone Warriors had made it to the top eight. More than 500 text votes were received within 30 minutes.


About Vodafone

Vodafone New Zealand Ltd is part of Vodafone Group Plc, the world’s largest mobile telecommunications company with 83 million proportionate customers. The company has interests in 29 countries over five continents.

Vodafone New Zealand now has more than 889,000 customers on its fully digital network and provides coverage to 97 per cent of the population.

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