British-owned mobile operator WOM, previously known as Nextel Chile, has announced the commercial launch of voice and data wireless services across the country, and says that 4G LTE will follow by the end of the year. In January the cellco was purchased by UK-based investment fund Novator, less than six months after it was sold by founders NII Holdings, and the operator was subsequently rebranded from Nextel to WOM. The new cellco offers a range of pre-paid and post-paid plans with a focus on combined voice and data packages; for example, entry-level ‘Plan S’ costs CLP9,990 (USD15.4) per month and includes 150 voice minutes and 1.5GB of data, while the top-tier ‘XL Plan’ is priced at CLP29,990 a month for 2,000 minutes, 2,000 SMS and a data allowance of 8GB. Maximum speeds of 2Mbps are currently available across the company’s 3G network, although Publimetro cites WOM’s CEO Chris Bannister as saying that the cellco plans to launch faster 4G LTE data services by the end of this year. ‘Today people can choose the service they want and can afford, without being deceived by an extensive contract and short-term promotions,’ the executive added.
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