Australian mobile provider Crazy John's is set to finally close in September this year as Vodafone retires the brand and brings 100,000 remaining customers across to its suite of plans. However, the telco has warned that not all plans provided by the online-only Crazy John's brand will be "replicated" at Vodafone.
Crazy John's has ceased
offering plans to new customers, and existing customers are being warned
that their service will be "deactivated" by September 30, 2014, their
SIM will stop working and users will lose saved data such as messages
and contacts on this SIM.
"For most Crazy John's customers, we've
been able to create a replica plan at Vodafone," said a notice on the
Crazy John's website. "To get started, you'll need to swap your current
SIM for a new Vodafone one by your allocated transfer date.
not all Crazy John's plans are able to be replicated. If your current
Crazy John's plan cannot be replicated on Vodafone, don't worry -- we
still have some exclusive plans we can offer you."
described the move as "the last stage of a transition to a single
brand", bringing Crazy John's completely under the Vodafone umbrella and
closing the book on one of Australia's more recognisable mobile retail
After opening its first store in Victoria in 1991 and
growing its footprint across Australia, Crazy John's was bought out by
Vodafone Hutchison Australia group in 2008, a year after the sudden
death of the company's founder, John Ilhan.
Just five years
later, in February 2013, Vodafone announced it would be closing all
Crazy John's retail shopfronts and begin winding down the business,
ceasing upgrades and closing off prepaid services in August 2013.