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Topic # 113474 18-Jan-2013 08:34 Send private message

Thought you guys would be interested

- If you run out of data with Flip, we'll slow you down to 256k broadband (up and down)

Of course if you want to buy more data you can.

That is all :)

Scott




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  Reply # 746664 18-Jan-2013 09:21 Send private message

Great feature, I always thought limiting to dialup speed was stupid.

Though I wouldn't have thought 256k was 'broadband', but Wikipedia does say: "Broadband refers to a communication bandwidth of at least 256 kbit/s"



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  Reply # 746672 18-Jan-2013 09:34 Send private message

groynk: Great feature, I always thought limiting to dialup speed was stupid.

Though I wouldn't have thought 256k was 'broadband', but Wikipedia does say: "Broadband refers to a communication bandwidth of at least 256 kbit/s"


Yes dial up is pretty much unusable these days. It is surprising more haven't moved this way - a lot of people actually think their internet is broken when slowed to that speed driving up support costs.

Yes checked that too. Chorus still actually sells 256k as a product and a few providers were retailing it until a few months ago.




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  Reply # 746673 18-Jan-2013 09:34 Send private message

When I was in the first DSL trials in Wellington, back in the 90s, 128Kbps was broadband and certainly felt like when compared to 56Kbps modems.

The goalpost moves. When I started working in IT, mainframes used sat links at 300 bps to locations 5,000 kms away. When I first started using BBS services I connected at 1200 bps. The first ISP I joined had one 64 Kbps link to the Internet for all its dial up users to share. The first broadband service I joined had 128 Kbps speeds. I now have 100 Mbps at home - way more than my first ISP had for the entire service.

"Fast" was relative during all this time ;)





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  Reply # 746943 18-Jan-2013 16:04 Send private message

Good move about time the capped speed was higher in NZ, hopefully you start a trend and more ISP's follow.

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