It seems Vodafone New Zealand have rolled out their own forums. Thus far there are a few posts – mainly from Voda spin doctor (and really nice guy by the way) Paul Brislen.
We should be positive that Voda is creating a forum for discussion – I feel for Paul – I’m sure he evangelised the forum thing – now he gets dangled out to be eviscerated by the masses – it must be lonely being the primary voice in a forum – it’s kind of like a community… of one.
It would have been great to deploy it internally initially to get some content up, and time will tell how receptive Voda are to criticism. But I can’t help but think that once Geekzone takes it’s traffic, there’s not many potential customers for the Voda forum site. Maybe it would have been better for Voda to partner with Geekzone – let a neutral and independent voice run the community side of things?
On another note there are rumours that Telecom will be announcing some big network changes tomorrow – which, if correct, could balance the cards somewhat given the hype that Voda has enjoyed of late thanks to the iPhone. Miki, my CTO in waiting, has an analysis over here which, while way over my head, should mean lots to some people (or some to lots of people)