"New Zealanders have been paying far too much for their mobile services" says CEOCFOCTO Steve Biddle. Biddle's aim is to revolutionise the mobile market with innovative products and services never seen before, and aims to deliver 100% nationwide coverage. "We have developed technology that allows us to use every tv aerial and clotheslines in New Zealand as as cellsite, this will give us virtually 100% coverage at launch"
BT has chosen to go with it's 5G technology which is based upon the UMTS 3GPP ELTE (extremely long term evolution) technology that will deliver unparalled speeds for end users who want to download their favourite TV shows and pr0n direct to their mobile handset.
It has also announced plans to give it's service away for free. "IBM (interplanetary business machines) approached us and told us that it would cost $300 million to build a billing system" says Biddle. "We figured without this unnecessary expendature we could pass significant savings to our customers"
A full range of handsets will be available at launch which is expected within the week.
Don't call us. We'll call you.
My boycott of BP products has now extended to taxi's - if you're a taxi driver and use BP fuel I will not be using your taxi. I now check before I take the taxi! Support BP and I won't be doing business with you!
I'm actually getting sick of blogging about BP. By now everybody should know that they lead every petrol price increase and to be complete honest I think you're an idiot if you support their company by purchasing any of their products and services. Forget those AA reward points - they are a scam. The AA themselves are in bed with BP and won't even condone BP's pricing strategy of leading every price increase depite their claims that they "will speak out when they believe increases are unjustified"
Pak 'N Save stores in many parts of New Zealand now have fuel stations attached but fuel discount vouchers can only be used in the store they were obtained.
Caltex will accept all fuel dockets however they won't necessarily redeem the full value - stations that participate in the scheme with have a sign outside that clearly shows the maximum discount. In many cases this is only 4c however in Wellington this did increase to 10c due to Woolworths, Countdown, New World and Pak 'N Save offering 10c fuel vouchers.
The beauty of Pak 'N Save vouchers is that you can "double dip".
Use your voucher at Pak 'N Save by entering the PIN number on the voucher but rather than throwing this away save it because it's valuable! Because Caltex accept these vouchers you can now use this at a Caltex station for your next top up and save twice with a single voucher! Just make sure you redeem the voucher before it expires, Pak 'N Save vouchers are typically only 14 days which is less than the month that other chains offer.
BP* - helping your money go further.
Note: BP is Biddle Petroleum. BP the fuel company will not save you money. They will cost you money being the price leader in the New Zealand fuel market having lead every fuel price increase in the past 17 months.
They've maintained their record of having lead every single price increase in the New Zealand marketplace in the past 17 months.
Unleaded 91 has now risen 3c to 185.9 in the major centres. Diesel has risen by 5c to 151.9 and both of these price points are new record prices for the New Zealand marketplace.
As of late this afternoon no other fuel company had announced that they would be following suit.
None of the other major chains have followed suit and are all still selling diesel for 141.9 in major metropolitan areas.
BP = Be Patronised (thank's paradoxsm!)
If you're following my blog and still purchase your fuel at BP I really have to wonder what you're on!
First up is configuring the new 16 port patch panel. I purchased a regular 16 port Cat5e panel and jumpered ports 13-16 together for the incoming phone line. This means there are 4 phone ports that can be patched to any of the 12 ports throughout the house. To do this I simply stripped some cat5e cable and looped the blue/blue white pairs through the 4 ports and left about 150mm of spare cable at the end.
Next up is installing the wall enclosure and regular BT phone jack. This BT jack is the only BT jackpoint in the house and also serves as a test point.
Showing another angle. Note BT socket is clearly marked as a Test Point - something Telepermit regulations state you should be doing.
All wiring now completed. I use a regular RJ12->BT adapter to plug into the wall socket. This means that to convert the existing house phones to a VoIP provider is literally a two second job - unplug the RJ12 socket and then plug this into the ATA phone adapter or residential gateway.
This RJ12 patch cable is then connected with scotchlok connectors into the blue/blue white pair that are jumpered across ports 13-16. If you are installing an alarm you will also want to connect it at this point, in this case the cable from the BT socket was run to the alarm and the return pair from the alarm was connected to the blue/blue white pair jumpered across ports 13-16.
Most alarm diallers have their own built in line grabbers and so they need to be wired in series with the existing phone cabling. Most alarm alarm installers will cut the phone cabling in the roof of the house before it reaches the first jackpoint in the house however if you do this then if you move your phones to VoIP you won't be able to use your alarm over your VoIP connection without rewiring the alarm.
Just be aware that not all alarms will work succesfully over a VoIP connection however most that use the ContactID protocol should work correctly as it's actually only sending burts of DTMF tones - I do know that AlarmNZ have spent quite a bit of time testing their systems using WorldxChange's VFX service and it does work well.
Cat5e keystones and F connectors all ready to go. I just use regular PDL faceplates and PDL F connector inserts. I also use compression style F connectors and would avoid using screw on F connectors at all costs - they really are a bit of a waste of time and to be completely honest when you can pick up a good crimping tool for no more than $30 you should do the job properly the first time!
There are two mains styles of crimp connections for F connectors - radial and compression. There is plenty of debate over which is better but I personally prefer the compression connectors.
Now screwed to the wall. One important thing that you should always do is ensure that wire is looped below the socket inside the wall cavity. This forms a drip loop and means that if water gets inside the wall and runs down the cable it will get to this drip loop and drip off. If the cable is tight and runs directly to the back of the cat5e keystone or F connector drips of water will run down the cable and directly into the back of the jackpoint.
Labelling on the ports is also straight forward - TV's are just labelled with numbers and the data ports are labelled with an A at the start which is standard practice so if additional patch panels are installed they can be given a new designation such as B1, B2 etc. You can buy PDL F modules with text on them, in this case I have purchased some with TV as these are wired back to the TV aerial. Modules with Sky are also available and of course blank ones. I have one for the TV aerial and one blank as this cable is not currently used for anything and just runs back to the splitter and could be used for a satellite dish or as a return to feed a modulated output back into the main TV output.
TV wiring running back to a 6 way splitter. Note that a 75ohm F terminator is screwed onto the unused port. Ideally these should be left on the F sockets of any unused TV sockets around the house if they are wired back to the splitter to minimise interference.
And one of the best inventions ever - Wallmate fasteners! These are great for things such as alarm pinpads where you may not have a stud behind the wall to screw directly into. These screw into the jib and they'll take a 10kg load!
Hopefully this guide has been helpful, I know I've received a lot of good comments from people who have found it useful. I plan to incorporate all three posts into a single one and also add a few more helpful hints when I get some time over the next week or so.
This brings the price of a litre of 91 octane unleaded to 182.9 per litre, a new record for New Zealand. Diesel has risen to 141.9 however due to BP having maintained a 2c per litre premium over all other chains for diesel for at least the last month this means their diesel is now 5c per litre more than all other competitors which makes that standard 4c fuel docket from New World a waste of time.
As of mid afternoon no other fuel companies have yet announced that they will be following suit.
Unfortunately it appears several months ago Domino's put their surcharge up to $2.90 for chicken, shrimp and half and half pizzas so the voucher and their stores seem completely unaware of the fact they are handing out coupons to every customer that are misleading and incorrect. If you're using one of these coupons make sure you're not overcharged as the stores don't seem interested in removing their old till rolls and apparently all their stock has the same $2 price printed on it.
I'm also rather annoyed at the way they handle "buy 1 get 1 free" vouchers such as the one currently on Tui 15kpk's. The only condition is that the pizza must be of equal or lesser value.
This is blatently misleading as as I cannot get two pizzas for the price of one using this coupon! If I use an example of a full price bbq chicken pizza @ $10.90 and $2.90 surcharge for chicken this will give me a total cost $13.80 if I buy 1 pizza. Unfortunately Domino's way of thinking is that I have to pay the $2.90 surcharge for my "free" pizza, this means it costs $16.70 to get 2 pizzas. So much for buy 1 get 1 free!
Why should I have to pay a $2.90 surcharge on top of this to get a 2nd "free" pizza? To me free means free - not $2.90
Come on Domino's - sort out your systems.
On Friday they raised their diesel price by 3c/litre bring their price to 136.9 and this afternoon's increase now means they are selling diesel at 138.9 and regular 91 for 179.9 per litre.
No other fuel companies have yet matched Friday's increase or followed BP's increase this afternoon.
I just don't see why NZers still continue to support a company who prides itself with leading every single fuel increase. It's as though kiwi motorists love being ripped off!
The lengths they go to ensure that they always lead the way when it comes to price increases show that they are a true leader in the industry and not simply a follower!