What are their opinions on the gateway feature set?
I'm still slightly blown away at the progress this crowd source project is making. For an everyday residential user, the feature set is above requirements and aligned with other mid-high end modem/routers available today.
What are they most disappointed about and to what degree?
External Wireless Antenna Connectors, or even simply, just an external wireless antenna. I struggle to come to terms that the cost to add this option for a globally highly reputed Modem manufacturer is too disproportionate to Telecom as the customer to consider.
What is still missing?
External Wireless Antenna Connectors
Confirmed blue LED lights - Blue LEDs are the best
Possible extended warranty periods if the cost is forecasted to be higher - I know it has nothing to do with the tech specs or anything, but with VDSL and Fibre available now, it's unlikely consumers will "upgrade" their physical broadband connection as we've done in the past: ADSL>ADSL2>VDSL etc, requiring a new modem/firmware upgrade each step of the way. IE: Telecom now offer 3 different Residential modems: TG582n, TG587, TG589, all with 1 year warrantys on each. How sweet would it be to have 1 or 2 modems (VDSL/FIBRE, both backwards compatible to ADSL as they already are) and a longer warranty period like some of the old DLinks had - ahh, everyone appreciates the robustness of an old DLink now don't they?
If they were to purchase this gateway from a retailer, how much would they be prepared to pay? NZ dollars and GST inclusive
xx months re-contract for existing customers
As said above, if the cost is significantly higher than current models, I'd appreciate a longer warranty period concreting some faith from the ISP in the modem itself.
Realistically, I'd pay $199 - 299 for a modem with a 2 year warranty and all features listed in first post, $99 with a 12 month contract term AND 2 year warranty.