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Topic # 70684 28-Oct-2010 20:37
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Ok,so here's the low down people,I spoke to a Slingshot tech today,he was very helpful and probably gave away a bit more info than was meant to but Im starting to understand things a bit better now and here is my take on the "All You Can Eat" plan that oh so many of us have sighned up for.
Slingshot have said that download speeds would be as fast as our lines could handle yet when p2p sharing or large file downloads would be slightly slower than if on a capped plan,well it seems that according to the tech I spoke to the p2p and large file downloads are at the bottom of the priroty list as to them allocating bandwith,perfect example is myself on a payed movie site and as with downloading a 720p copy of the 1986 Night Of The Creeps today my speed started at around 111kbs and has dropped every since and is now sitting at a mere 38kbs,a movie that should take a few hours to download now takes anything up to an entire day or even longer.
Someone stated that anything that looks to good to be true usually is but when your paying to download a movie file with your hard earned cash it seems that like most others I too must now experience these primeval at best almost dial up speeds,I even contacted the movie site and they couldnt even believe that an isp provider could slow people down to such an extent,they even made the comment as to whats the point in downloading anything if its going to take you that amount of time.
My only suggestion to all is to bite your tounges,grin and bear it until the situation gets to the point that Slingshot find themselves on Fair Go,someone is bound to kick up a major stink about this and to the fact that they lock you into a 24month contract when changing over to All You Can Eat.
Not much more to add except hopefully I should see my 4.3gb download finish sometime tomorrow afternoon...hopefully

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  Reply # 397018 28-Oct-2010 20:44
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It seems your enter key and your ability to format text into readable paragraphs is broken!

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  Reply # 397029 28-Oct-2010 21:02
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Hey Ragnor,if youve got nothing better to do than take pokes at the way I write my posts then why bother placing a post yourself.
In fact my post contains some interesting points that the Slingshot Tech pointed out to me so instead of trying to tell me how to dot my i's and cross my t's maybe you should try and read the thread in full first before making judgement on the way I wrote the damn thing.

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  Reply # 397047 28-Oct-2010 21:46
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Unclehorse I would like to assume that Ragnor was trying to be funny however the exclamation point at the end sorta leaves me wondering about that.

Now I am not a customer of Slingshot but find what you have written quite interesting as i would also like to think that if i was paying for a digital copy of a movie or even streaming a movie that it would at least be a realistic choice for us here in NZ as it's certainly starting to get the push for us consumers to consider digital download of video content (streaming or otherwise) to actually be able to perform this in a timely manner.

It is not a surprise that piracy is rife when your isp is basically commiting highway robbery themselves (in charging premiuim dollar for supposed premium service). I will add though that through out my many years as a broadband customer the only company that I have never really had issues with downloading and or streaming content through was TelstraClear.

Unfortunately though the old adage of you get what you pay for comes into play. Fact there is that a lot of NZ broadband users don't have unlimited funding to get premium data caps with nice speeds so what we do is settle for the best thing to happen to a ISP's terminology "As fast as your line can handle".

Which roughly translates to as fast as we can be bothered letting you have as they can blame numerous factors as to why your getting bad speeds or no connection at times but magically when you call them often they can fix it (til next time) after only a few mere hours on hold waiting for them to answer.

I would really love to have a argument with a ISP one day over the simple fact that at times I have seen my download speeds upto 1.3 Mbps (possibly getting my big and littles mb's mixed up here) so this is as fast as my line can handle why am i not getting that speed all the time.

There answer would be depends on a number of things where your connecting, how large the file possibly is, or heavens forbid a torrent file how many peers and seeders blah blah.

I wish we had some real competition in NZ for broadband not just a whole bunch of Telecom resellers and Telstra (and yes i know there a couple of others out there but lets be honest they're not really what you would call competitive).

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  Reply # 397057 28-Oct-2010 22:06
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I hear what your saying,even after talking to the tech today my  download speed has dropped to under 34kbs and a movie from a payed site that should have taken a few hours is now running at another 24hrs to finish,very frustrating indeed

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  Reply # 397451 29-Oct-2010 17:16
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Thing for me like i said if they could deliver the speeds we can get at all times as fast as our lines will go (for me 1.3MBps) I would be very appy as I can download 1.4gig in less than half a hour at that speed. Which is a semi decent video download.

Personally as i have 75gig off peak each month i just download everything (well at least as much as i can) overnight. Unfortunately the internet as a whole has made most people horribly impatient so at times (like this month) i spend 30 - 40 gig of accountable traffic. May also have something to do with the 20 - 40 hours a week on Halo Reach.

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  Reply # 398102 31-Oct-2010 15:14
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Ragnor: It seems your enter key and your ability to format text into readable paragraphs is broken!

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