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Topic # 103341 5-Jun-2012 10:08 Send private message

Hi all

My contract with Orcon is getting over this month and I will be a free bird again. Before, I get locked in with another provider, can some of you please suggest me the best provider for my requirements:

1. I need traditional Broadband and home line (no orcon genius stuff etc.!)
2. 30-40 GB of data cap
3. Preferably an option to make International calls to India (land line will be sufficient)
4. My Internet usage will be mostly Skype and Youtube.

I live in West Auckland.
Currently my Orcon rip off package is:
94$ per month for JUST 5 GB data but I get unlimited calls to land lines in India.

What's my best option to get more for my dollars?

Thanks
Ankit

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  Reply # 635883 5-Jun-2012 10:21 Send private message

whoever you go with, I'd use Skype for your calls to Indian landlines. That (or other, similar, voip opitions) will be the cheapest way by far I suspect

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  Reply # 636008 5-Jun-2012 12:59 Send private message

NonprayingMantis: whoever you go with, I'd use Skype for your calls to Indian landlines. That (or other, similar, voip opitions) will be the cheapest way by far I suspect


Agree completely with this.

Telecom Total Home Line is $85 a month with a 30GB cap.




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Reply # 636432 5-Jun-2012 23:33 Send private message

Biased response here as I have shares in nakedplus, although thought I'd share;

nakedplus offer 30GB + Digital Phone for $88.
Calls to India are 11c/min, like Skype but without the connection fee trick that Skype charges (9c). 

Sources here; 

Skype Rates:
http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/prices/payg-rates/?currency=NZD#cc=IN

Skype Connection Fee
http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/prices/payg-rates/connection-fees/?currency=NZD#cc=IN

N
akedplus rates (Click on more info > View All Countries International Calling Rates);
http://nakedplus.co.nz/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=71&Itemid=466#.T83pQ9Wo9mg

..and instead of being stuck to your computer you can access it through your smartphone, tablet etc. plus receive inbound calls. 

Hope that helps.

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  Reply # 636516 6-Jun-2012 10:13 Send private message

Hi,

We have a special at the moment for $69 - 20GB per month including landline. On top of this you get a 200GB data block that doesn't expire so if you go over your 20GB you can chip away at this. Also you get a free wireless modem.
http://www.slingshot.co.nz/bundles

Also, We have international calling to 60 countries including Inida and India mobile for $31 per month for 100 hours. - http://www.slingshot.co.nz/calling

Cheers,
Ben




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  Reply # 636584 6-Jun-2012 12:01 Send private message

I've been with Slingshot for a few years now and to be honest, they've been generally pretty good.

Speeds are decent, pricing is good and as long as you don't need to call customer service, I'd recommend them.





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  Reply # 636588 6-Jun-2012 12:14 Send private message

Thanks all for your inputs.

if compared to the suggestions above, isn't TCL offering of $75 better value? Any reasons you think I should not go with them?
- They give me 3 months free (as I have own wi fi modem)
- 40 GB data

Only thing I have compromise on with TCL is India calling, they dont have any decent bundle for that.

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  Reply # 636622 6-Jun-2012 12:51 Send private message

ankit816: Thanks all for your inputs.

if compared to the suggestions above, isn't TCL offering of $75 better value? Any reasons you think I should not go with them?
- They give me 3 months free (as I have own wi fi modem)
- 40 GB data

Only thing I have compromise on with TCL is India calling, they dont have any decent bundle for that.


3months free sounds good! I haven't heard about their $75 deal. Can you please send link? :)
I don't think you will beat np's prices for India calling. 

Keep us updated on your choice.



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  Reply # 636625 6-Jun-2012 12:52 Send private message

RamyElbeltagi:
ankit816: Thanks all for your inputs.

if compared to the suggestions above, isn't TCL offering of $75 better value? Any reasons you think I should not go with them?
- They give me 3 months free (as I have own wi fi modem)
- 40 GB data

Only thing I have compromise on with TCL is India calling, they dont have any decent bundle for that.


3months free sounds good! I haven't heard about their $75 deal. Can you please send link? :)
I don't think you will beat np's prices for India calling. 

Keep us updated on your choice.


Here you go:
http://www.telstraclear.co.nz/sub-sites/our-sharpest-deal/index.cfm

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  Reply # 636629 6-Jun-2012 12:59 Send private message

ankit816: Thanks all for your inputs.

if compared to the suggestions above, isn't TCL offering of $75 better value? Any reasons you think I should not go with them?
- They give me 3 months free (as I have own wi fi modem)
- 40 GB data

Only thing I have compromise on with TCL is India calling, they dont have any decent bundle for that.


....plus the 40GB only lasts for 12 months. After that (based on current pricing) the price goes up to $105

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  Reply # 636633 6-Jun-2012 13:12 Send private message

Righto! Good point nonPrayingMantis.

Also, don't know if it's important to you or not, but extras such as Voicemail is $10, Caller ID is $4, Call waiting is $4, Divert is $4 etc Could add up.



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  Reply # 636636 6-Jun-2012 13:13 Send private message

RamyElbeltagi: Righto! Good point nonPrayingMantis.

Also, don't know if it's important to you or not, but extras such as Voicemail is $10, Caller ID is $4, Call waiting is $4, Divert is $4 etc Could add up.


I am sure they ll have something to retain customers after 12 months, else make another switch to the best at the time! 12 months in ISP world could be a game changer.



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  Reply # 636637 6-Jun-2012 13:14 Send private message

RamyElbeltagi: Righto! Good point nonPrayingMantis.

Also, don't know if it's important to you or not, but extras such as Voicemail is $10, Caller ID is $4, Call waiting is $4, Divert is $4 etc Could add up.


They don't really matter as much to me, all are nice to have but not must to have.

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  Reply # 636640 6-Jun-2012 13:16 Send private message

ankit816:
RamyElbeltagi: Righto! Good point nonPrayingMantis.

Also, don't know if it's important to you or not, but extras such as Voicemail is $10, Caller ID is $4, Call waiting is $4, Divert is $4 etc Could add up.


They don't really matter as much to me, all are nice to have but not must to have.


Hehe, once you have them (and other advanced features), you will change your mind :)



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  Reply # 636641 6-Jun-2012 13:18 Send private message

RamyElbeltagi:
ankit816:
RamyElbeltagi: Righto! Good point nonPrayingMantis.

Also, don't know if it's important to you or not, but extras such as Voicemail is $10, Caller ID is $4, Call waiting is $4, Divert is $4 etc Could add up.


They don't really matter as much to me, all are nice to have but not must to have.


Hehe, once you have them (and other advanced features), you will change your mind :)


I agree, but I would not pay for them.
I like NP's offerings but I am not confident about switching to a VOIP land line over a POTS yet! Especially since Orc's genius came about.. It has not been consistently good.

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  Reply # 636649 6-Jun-2012 13:22 Send private message

Fair enough. Keep us updated with your choice :)

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