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Topic # 111949 20-Nov-2012 19:34 Send private message

So I've never had to worry about my broadband connection, it's always been taken care of by someone else on the prooperty.

Now I'm wanting a place of my own, and I'm wondering what I need to do to ensure the new place is setup properly to allow me to connect via broadband? (tis a rental so I don't know it's history.)

Secondly... ugh what is WITH the plans here in NZ!? 

I don't use home phones so for me it's a bit silly to be forced to have a fixed home line just so I can have broadband with one provider, but then pay the earth to another provider for a non landline option.

Any recommendations guys? It's "cheaper" if I have an on account plan with Vodafone; but right now I get my phone plan for free. I don't want to have to move to Vodafone and pay that on top of the broadband fee. I do get 50gb per month with this deal, which is about how much I use per month.

Telecom has a deal going on where you pay $75 for the landline and broadband, but only 30gb. I don't have a choice but to have that landline.

Are there better deals out there? Help?

p.s. did try check the Telstra Clear site, but it's currently not loading. It's them, not me :P every other webpage opens fine.




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  Reply # 720305 20-Nov-2012 19:40 Send private message

TelstraClear has a service called "Naked+" which provides cheaper broadband with your choice of either no phone or pay-per-minute, but obviously I can't look up the prices with the site not working :) (which also doesn't bode too well!)

I'm with Fyx which is $55/month plus $0.30/GB without phone.

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  Reply # 720317 20-Nov-2012 19:56 Send private message

You can get DSL plans without a POTS line. Most of them are called "Naked DSL/Broadband".
(Telecom doesn't do Naked DSL, since the POTS line/voice is a gold mine for them still)
ISP's like Vodafone, XNet, SNAP, Orcon, Slingshot etc all do naked DSL.



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  Reply # 720327 20-Nov-2012 20:12 Send private message

Yep that's what I was looking at with Vodafone... except you still get niked on the prices.

If I have an on account plan with Vodafone I can get 50gb for $55 per month. If I DON'T have a plan with them, it's $85 ~_~ Getting a plan with them will over all cost me more anyway because right now I get my phone plan for free.

I've heard bad things about Orcon's service so not going there. Never heard of SNAP or XNet and I've never been a fan of start up ISPs :/ 




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  Reply # 720329 20-Nov-2012 20:15 Send private message

XNet's been around for ages. Snap seems to get good reviews.

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  Reply # 720376 20-Nov-2012 21:15 Send private message

I woudn't touch Orcon, SNAP and xNet are hardly startup's.

I use Trustpower for my business and personal connections.

For your needs I would use a Naked Snap connection. Check if you can get VDSL where you are because they have some good plans.

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  Reply # 720380 20-Nov-2012 21:23 Send private message

Snap and Xnet are well established and have been around for quite a while. Naked DSL seems like a fairly niche offering from the large ISPs at the moment.

You may want to look at Slingshot, they do unlimited naked DSL for $90 a month. Performance isn't terrible but you get what you pay for with support. Our flat is with Orcon's unlimited service which includes a phone line and unlimited national landline calling for $99 and we're fairly happy with it. (we "need" unlimited as our usage is about 50gb a week and will only go up as I sort out our physical line speed issues)









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  Reply # 720413 20-Nov-2012 22:18 Send private message

Asrafrate:
I've heard bad things about Orcon's service so not going there. Never heard of SNAP or XNet and I've never been a fan of start up ISPs :/ 


Snap's been around since 2005 and X-Net since 2000. I moved from Telstraclear Cable to Snap ADSL earlier this year and couldn't be happier, I pay less, no outages that I can rememebr, the speeds are consistently good and the 2 times I needed to speak to their support team I didn't wait longer than 5 minutes (40 minutes was about the average for TCL when I was with them).

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  Reply # 720433 20-Nov-2012 22:41 Send private message

I was with Vodafone before moving to snap. Vodafone was always really good and I have little doubt they still are but they didn't offer VDSL hence the move to snap. If you have sky and\or on account mobile with vodafone I think some of their offers are really compelling.

But for me since the move Snap have been outstanding, I really can't recommend them enough, performance is really good, they're uber helpful and their helpdesk in my experience really is ridiculously good.


What do you mean by the following though? I got a bit lost with what you mean here.


It's "cheaper" if I have an on account plan with Vodafone; but right now I get my phone plan for free. I don't want to have to move to Vodafone and pay that on top of the broadband fee.


Do you mean you have a Telecom mobile account already?

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Reply # 720441 20-Nov-2012 23:04 Send private message

Asrafrate: Never heard of SNAP or XNet and I've never been a fan of start up ISPs :/ 


Trolling??!

Snap is probably the BEST ISP at the moment. Look for feedback on geekzone.





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  Reply # 720445 20-Nov-2012 23:09 Send private message

nakedmolerat:
Asrafrate: Never heard of SNAP or XNet and I've never been a fan of start up ISPs :/ 


Trolling??!

Snap is probably the BEST ISP at the moment. Look for feedback on geekzone.


You would be surprised at how many people would never have heard of them. I suspect none of my family would know about them.

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  Reply # 720466 21-Nov-2012 01:03 Send private message

if you have no credit history, expect telecom to ask you for a $400 bond, it may be different but when i tried to sign up for a phone on a plan they asked me for this, i told them that if i had $400 then i'd just buy the phone outright and said that i'd stay with Vodafone.













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  Reply # 720467 21-Nov-2012 01:08 Send private message

hamish225: if you have no credit history, expect telecom to ask you for a $400 bond, it may be different but when i tried to sign up for a phone on a plan they asked me for this, i told them that if i had $400 then i'd just buy the phone outright and said that i'd stay with Vodafone.


I suspect that likely wouldn't be the case for fixed line. When I moved to nz I had zero credit history and signed up to fixed line with no bond or anything like that.



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  Reply # 720491 21-Nov-2012 07:31 Send private message

What Matt said. Never heard of SNAP so assumed they were a start up, so sue me :)

Thanks guys, will look into SNAP's plans.




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  Reply # 720497 21-Nov-2012 07:41 Send private message

Just did a trial run of "joining" SNAP and crikey... some of these bigger telcos could take a few lessons from SNAP. What an easy set up process!

Only bit I didn't see was where I could schedule WHEN the service should start. But I'll give them a call later to sort. Thanks guys :D




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  Reply # 720504 21-Nov-2012 08:11 Send private message

sidefx: 


It's "cheaper" if I have an on account plan with Vodafone; but right now I get my phone plan for free. I don't want to have to move to Vodafone and pay that on top of the broadband fee.


Do you mean you have a Telecom mobile account already?


No the company I work for gives me a free phone plan that suits my call and data needs :)

To take advantage of the Vodafone naked plans, I'd have to give that up. Not very cost efficient.




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