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Topic # 107644 15-Aug-2012 15:24 Send private message

Looks like Lightwire (Hamilton) has posted up their UFB plans:

$99/$129/$149  for 30/10mbit for 200GB/200-400GB/400-600GB data "averages" per month.
Apparently they'll do 100mbit on a case by case basis.


http://www.lightwire.co.nz/ufb/newsletters/201208-lightwire-home-fibre.html

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  Reply # 672900 15-Aug-2012 15:41 Send private message

they really need an entry level plan at $75, even if it is with a small data cap

and what on earth does 'average' usage mean?



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  Reply # 672905 15-Aug-2012 15:48 Send private message

NonprayingMantis: they really need an entry level plan at $75, even if it is with a small data cap

and what on earth does 'average' usage mean?


Have a read of the page, they sort of explain.

That $99 looks like it comes with VOIP/etc as well. Not sure why you'd bother with a crappy datacap at $75 for only 30mbit/10..


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  Reply # 673123 16-Aug-2012 08:19 Send private message

Agreed that they need an entry level product as the $99 puts me off when I compare it to my current plan which has 20GB of data and I rarely fill that. Also I don't want a managed wireless and voice router let alone pay for it.
I'll continue to wait even though my street has been fibred for months and I am itching to sign up.

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  Reply # 673150 16-Aug-2012 09:07 Send private message

kyhwana2:
NonprayingMantis: they really need an entry level plan at $75, even if it is with a small data cap

and what on earth does 'average' usage mean?


Have a read of the page, they sort of explain.

That $99 looks like it comes with VOIP/etc as well. Not sure why you'd bother with a crappy datacap at $75 for only 30mbit/10..



vast majority of people use far far less than 200GB. they don't want to pay for data they aren't going to use.
they would prefer a $75 plan with, say, 30GB.



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  Reply # 674249 19-Aug-2012 15:10 Send private message

NonprayingMantis:
vast majority of people use far far less than 200GB. they don't want to pay for data they aren't going to use.
they would prefer a $75 plan with, say, 30GB.


What if you blow your cap one month? You then get a sudden larger bill..


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  Reply # 674250 19-Aug-2012 15:19 Send private message

Their pricing seems very fair, and the caps seem extremely reasonable.

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  Reply # 674254 19-Aug-2012 15:40 Send private message

kyhwana2:
NonprayingMantis:
vast majority of people use far far less than 200GB. they don't want to pay for data they aren't going to use.
they would prefer a $75 plan with, say, 30GB.


What if you blow your cap one month? You then get a sudden larger bill..


so?  What if you use heaps of power one month, or heaps of water, or heaps of minutes? It's no different.

a) most people don't ever use their cap, even at 30GB. there are hundreds of thousands of broadband connections in NZ that use less then 10GB

b) ISPs offer throttling, so your speed is reduced but you get price certainty if you hit your cap.  Even if you are paying overage it's typically only $2/GB. If your average month is 10GB on a 30GB plan then even if you have a crazy month where you quadruple your average to 40GB it's still only $20 more




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  Reply # 674255 19-Aug-2012 15:51 Send private message

All i'm hearing is whining.
If you want a $75 UFB plan, go use one of the other ISPs offering it at that price. Lightwire isn't offering normal plans like the other ISPs so far.

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  Reply # 674279 19-Aug-2012 16:25 Send private message

kyhwana2: All i'm hearing is whining.
If you want a $75 UFB plan, go use one of the other ISPs offering it at that price. Lightwire isn't offering normal plans like the other ISPs so far.

who is whining?

I'm not asking them to launch one, or complaining that they haven't.
I'm simply saying they are making a mistake by not offering one.
If they want to massively limit their market by starting at $99 for ~200GB then that is up to them, but they  won't get many customers unfortunately.

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  Reply # 674413 20-Aug-2012 00:07 Send private message

I think that its not too bad allowance wise but I would have preferred with a 100mbps connection. As even today we can have a cheaper connection using VDSL2 that will be pretty much 30/10 or even faster (with a lower data cap I admit)...



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  Reply # 674482 20-Aug-2012 11:52 Send private message

maxzzz: I think that its not too bad allowance wise but I would have preferred with a 100mbps connection. As even today we can have a cheaper connection using VDSL2 that will be pretty much 30/10 or even faster (with a lower data cap I admit)...


I think I already explained why they aren't offering 100mbit, it's because people don't understand how the internet works and will be a support nightmare when they keep ringing support and asking why they can't get 100mbit to some server in europe..


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  Reply # 674485 20-Aug-2012 11:57 Send private message

kyhwana2:
maxzzz: I think that its not too bad allowance wise but I would have preferred with a 100mbps connection. As even today we can have a cheaper connection using VDSL2 that will be pretty much 30/10 or even faster (with a lower data cap I admit)...


I think I already explained why they aren't offering 100mbit, it's because people don't understand how the internet works and will be a support nightmare when they keep ringing support and asking why they can't get 100mbit to some server in europe..



I think that's unlikely to be the actual reason they aren't offering it!

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  Reply # 674518 20-Aug-2012 12:29 Send private message

networkn:
kyhwana2:
maxzzz: I think that its not too bad allowance wise but I would have preferred with a 100mbps connection. As even today we can have a cheaper connection using VDSL2 that will be pretty much 30/10 or even faster (with a lower data cap I admit)...


I think I already explained why they aren't offering 100mbit, it's because people don't understand how the internet works and will be a support nightmare when they keep ringing support and asking why they can't get 100mbit to some server in europe..



I think that's unlikely to be the actual reason they aren't offering it!


Really? How much helpdesk time do you have?

We get alot of calls about our 50mbit plans when clients on 802.11g can only get 10-20mbit, It DOES matter




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  Reply # 674524 20-Aug-2012 12:33 Send private message

Apparently they do not offer 100Mbps for residential customers by default on their plans, I don't know exactly why (I mean they could have a good visual explanation that with 100mbps is really within NZ and connected directly via a cable to the router), but people can still enquire and get a 100Mbps connection if they really want.

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  Reply # 674530 20-Aug-2012 12:38 Send private message

Beccara:
networkn:
kyhwana2:
maxzzz: I think that its not too bad allowance wise but I would have preferred with a 100mbps connection. As even today we can have a cheaper connection using VDSL2 that will be pretty much 30/10 or even faster (with a lower data cap I admit)...


I think I already explained why they aren't offering 100mbit, it's because people don't understand how the internet works and will be a support nightmare when they keep ringing support and asking why they can't get 100mbit to some server in europe..



I think that's unlikely to be the actual reason they aren't offering it!


Really? How much helpdesk time do you have?

We get alot of calls about our 50mbit plans when clients on 802.11g can only get 10-20mbit, It DOES matter


Well about 20 years of commercially supporting clients in IT. Speed issues are part of being an ISP. Are you saying Ubergroup wouldn't offer 100Mbit for that reason? It might be a contributing factor but I seriously doubt it's the reason. Unless they chose to comment I doubt we will know for sure. I would suggest greater reason would be lack of uptake, or lack of need.



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