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Topic # 103627 12-Jun-2012 12:51 Send private message

Hi,

Currently on the 250GB plan ($70 pm + Phone fee) I wanted to downgrade to the 150GB plan to save myself $10 per month seeing I don't seem to need that much data after all.

That's when I discovered that both these plans don't exist any more. It seems that I can get 100GB for $50 of unlimited for $60.

Unlimited sounds great but isn't this a totally different plan where users are in a separate pool where connections are usually throttled?

I currently have no complaint with my speed but would really like it not to drop (not even at peak times, etc..) if I decide to move to an unlimited plan. If I move, I obviously wouldn't be able to come back to my current plan since it doesn't exist any more and my only option would be the 100GB which I think might be a little tight some months.

Any idea?

Thanks,

Guillaume

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Uber Geek
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  Reply # 639628 12-Jun-2012 13:02 Send private message

if you take the 100GB plan you can buy extra packs of data. If you think you will only just go over the 100GB cap then it might be worth it, but probably only if you use less than 5GB of extra data.



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  Reply # 639632 12-Jun-2012 13:05 Send private message

Hi,
Yeah, thanks for the tip. Only problem is usage can vary quite a bit and it is really hard to estimate what sort of overage I might expect...

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  Reply # 639648 12-Jun-2012 13:21 Send private message

gcorgnet: Hi,
Yeah, thanks for the tip. Only problem is usage can vary quite a bit and it is really hard to estimate what sort of overage I might expect...


Probably best to stick with the 250GB then.  It’s only $10 more than you were planning to spend by downgrading to the 150GB plan.  Is it really that big a deal?



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  Reply # 639656 12-Jun-2012 13:30 Send private message

Not a huge deal but if I could save myself $120 a year without having to sacrifice anything, why wouldn't I?

Anyway, I was also seeking clarification as to what the unlimited plan is exactly and how well it is working for the people who are on it...

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  Reply # 639660 12-Jun-2012 13:37 Send private message

If you are considering  the unlimited plan, I would ask you what you use it for.

Heavy streaming is flaky at times as expected.  P2P is also quite subjective to time of day but generally very good most of the time for me.
If you download videos from YouTube via a download manager to watch later, I highly recommend it.  I always get line speed to anything YouTube when downloading multiple streams.

Gaming is among the highest priorities.  So if you are a gamer, its actually quite good.  I get pings NZ servers (CSS mainly) in the single digets. and 15 to 30 to Australia.

It is not like any other unlimited plan I have tried.  It has be increadable for me so far as an all rounder plan for our flat.  It's also dirt cheap!
I think you will find if you switch to unlimited, your data use will increase.  You arn't watching what you are doing like a hawk, so YouTube seems that much more attractive.

Note, some people are having different experiences with the service.  Some will tell you they love it, some will tell you not to touch it with a barge poll.  I strongly encourage to take the plunge and try it for yourself.  You can always change to a different capped plan later.

As you said, the plan you are on does not exist anymore, so you cannot request it back.

Good luck :)





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  Reply # 639662 12-Jun-2012 13:41 Send private message

^ some good feedback for you there, gcorgnet.

The old plans have been removed and you will eventually be migrated off the 250GB plan too.

The unlimited plan is great for most people, P2P is prioritised lowly and you will notice a speed drop at peak times. Streaming, browsing, VOIP and gaming will be unaffected by changing plans as these have top priority.

You can check out some of the other threads here about our Unlimited plans, there's a lot of feedback to help make up your mind as well as the option to contact us for support here.

Thanks,
Ben




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  Reply # 639764 12-Jun-2012 16:23 Send private message

As DravidDavid I'm on the Unlimited plan and think it's amazing, but there are some speed drops mainly in the afternoon/night (4-5 till 11-12ish?), sometimes to as low as 2-4 mbps for some types of traffic (P2P mainly but occasionally Web browsing and downloads) Youtube seems fine almost all hours of the day but sometimes downloading from youtube will result in slower speeds while still being able to stream the video fine. My brother has been having issues with League of Legends lagging even with a low ping, but I'm not sure whether that's an issue with out network or his computer.

It really depends what type of a network user you and your flat mates are, but you will eventually be kicked off the 250GB plan since it's not available anymore so soon it'll be only the choice of the 100GB or the unlimited since by the sounds of it your network usage will be above the 50GB plan.

Do keep in mind that this is only my experiences with the unlimited plan, I have heard of people having a horrible time on this plan, it's really down to luck.

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  Reply # 639768 12-Jun-2012 16:30 Send private message

gcorgnet: Anyway, I was also seeking clarification as to what the unlimited plan is exactly and how well it is working for the people who are on it...


Personally I went from the Unlimited plan onto the 250gb plan I noticed no change it speed what so ever, p2p speedup a little during peak times but I try to avoid p2p during peak times to allow more bandwidth for gaming streaming video etc....

When I had Unlimited I used the following Apps/websites all with no problems during peak times: Skype, Youtube, Gaming (Minecraft), Browsing, SSH & VPN Tunnels

My reason for downgrading from Unlimited to capped plan was becuase I was on the old Unlimited plan $80 per month at the time I never used more then 250gb of data, the 250g plan was slightly cheaper.

EDIT: Like the herbal medication results may vary between person to person, Look at comments from people that have included their area this will give you the best indication of what to expect.

This is what I get to a COD4 Server in Sydney.....


Just my 2 cents of my experience with the transition from Unlimited to 250gb Plan (Auckland CBD)





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Nebukadnessar
ISP: Slingshot (250gb Rollover) - Better Network
Speed: 37/3 VDSL MSAN (tester)


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  Reply # 639770 12-Jun-2012 16:33 Send private message

alexcc: As DravidDavid I'm on the Unlimited plan and think it's amazing, but there are some speed drops mainly in the afternoon/night (4-5 till 11-12ish?), sometimes to as low as 2-4 mbps for some types of traffic (P2P mainly but occasionally Web browsing and downloads) Youtube seems fine almost all hours of the day but sometimes downloading from youtube will result in slower speeds while still being able to stream the video fine. My brother has been having issues with League of Legends lagging even with a low ping, but I'm not sure whether that's an issue with out network or his computer.

It really depends what type of a network user you and your flat mates are, but you will eventually be kicked off the 250GB plan since it's not available anymore so soon it'll be only the choice of the 100GB or the unlimited since by the sounds of it your network usage will be above the 50GB plan.

Do keep in mind that this is only my experiences with the unlimited plan, I have heard of people having a horrible time on this plan, it's really down to luck.


Hi, 



I play League of Legends too and have no issues on my end, their servers are notoriously bad though and I am often disconnected randomly or get random lag. I know this is not my connection because it often kicks my friends off at the same time when we are in skype calls and it isn't my computer since this is brand new with FPS peaks of 250 and sitting around 200FPS usually.

If he is having more issues than random ones like mine I would suggest looking into lowering the FPS to 30 or 50 and see if this makes a difference, if it isn't the computer I would try using an ethernet cable if he isn't already. Wireless is never advised for gaming! :)

Thanks,
Ben




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  Reply # 639798 12-Jun-2012 17:15 Send private message

Slingshot:Hi, 

I play League of Legends too and have no issues on my end, their servers are notoriously bad though and I am often disconnected randomly or get random lag. I know this is not my connection because it often kicks my friends off at the same time when we are in skype calls and it isn't my computer since this is brand new with FPS peaks of 250 and sitting around 200FPS usually.

If he is having more issues than random ones like mine I would suggest looking into lowering the FPS to 30 or 50 and see if this makes a difference, if it isn't the computer I would try using an ethernet cable if he isn't already. Wireless is never advised for gaming! :)

Thanks,
Ben


Thanks for the response, I don't want to take over gcorgnet's thread so I'll just keep this short haha

I talked to my brother and I was wrong, hes having disconnection issues connecting to the game while in the lobby it randomly loses connection. It's not affecting his friends as well, it's just him. In game it's pretty smooth with only the occasional lag or disconnect.. In a couple of weeks, after exams hes going to try it on another computer/router to see if it's an issue with our hardware/software or not.

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  Reply # 640037 13-Jun-2012 09:56 Send private message

No worries, let me know how you get on.

Sounds like LoL server's to me though just FYI. Ask him if it disconnects from Chat? Disconnects all together and requires a re-log? This sort of thing is common on that game, not every day but does happen.

Cheers
Ben




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