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Ultimate Geek

# 195371 18-Apr-2016 11:11
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I am hoping somebody can help me. For the last few years I have been running my communications through Vodafone's home phone wireless  and for Broadband I have used 2 degrees Mobile Broadband. This has been adequate for my needs but owing to a change in circumstance I need to get Home Broadband installed. The issue I have is that the suppliers I have been to have been prepared to arrange what is necessary to make the copper lines active and are thus advising not to sign a broadband contract until I know the wires are active.


My question is how can I confirm the copper is active?







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Uber Geek

  # 1534814 18-Apr-2016 11:48
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most suppliers would be willing to sort it for you.




It's possible there will be an extra fee for your property to get the copper hooked up if you don't know whether it has ever had a copper phone line before. (could be talking ~$200)




An alternative would be skinny broadband, which doesn't require copper.

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  # 1534824 18-Apr-2016 12:00
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Thanks for your reply. I have had copper in the house but it would be 7 years since it was used. I was certainly expecting an extra fee for this. The problem is that providers do not seem able to sort it. Currently I have spoken to Spark who said talk to Chorus and 2 degrees who suggested I contact an electrician.
I am aware of the Skinny and Spark wireless offerings and they are my fall back position. With these I am concerned that 80GB might not be enough for streaming.


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  # 1534933 18-Apr-2016 13:17
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Please ignore this thread. went and talked to Vodafone and they said they would sort it so they have the business

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  # 1535129 18-Apr-2016 17:58
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Good luck :)

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  # 1535130 18-Apr-2016 18:00
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where are you located? i hope you are not going for a cable connection.

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  # 1535133 18-Apr-2016 18:08
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PS: You can get broadband without a contract from someone like Bigpipe. Because there is no contract, it means you have to pay for a connection fee (something like $49) and you need a modem, which they sell for $99 or you can buy somewhere else

However Bigpipe don't offer landlines which it sounds like you probably want a landline

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  # 1535136 18-Apr-2016 18:09
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AKLWestie: where are you located? i hope you are not going for a cable connection.


The OP was asking about a copper connection.


Agree that HFC cable is not a good option at present.  wink


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