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  Reply # 1500757 28-Feb-2016 14:25
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I personally would get just the one and 'see how it pans out'

1) you might be borderline and get a very slow connection anyway
2) 60gb might be enough, or nearly so (and they offer a $20/10Gb) add on too
3) if you find out the connection and useage from one, you could then easily upgrade to another (or multiples 😂) thereafter
So you can more easily work out your rate of return after trialling one for a month or two and THEN make your informed choice?

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  Reply # 1500758 28-Feb-2016 14:26
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You don't need an extra modern to get 120GB, you just renew your plan twice a month.

"You can also repurchase your plan at anytime to get another 60GB or buy a Data Add-On of 10GB for $20."

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1500760 28-Feb-2016 14:36
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Localeyes: You don't need an extra modern to get 120GB, you just renew your plan twice a month.

"You can also repurchase your plan at anytime to get another 60GB or buy a Data Add-On of 10GB for $20."


Or renew weekly to get 250GB+ per month...

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  Reply # 1500779 28-Feb-2016 15:00
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Thanks guys I have already ordered one to test I realize that I can renew the data on the one modem I was just thinking that i could setup 2 modems and load balance them to get potentially double the bandwidth I'm not worried about the cost of the extra modem

But yes I will test with one for a month or two.
Thanks

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  Reply # 1500798 28-Feb-2016 15:40
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JonathonDD: Thanks guys I have already ordered one to test I realize that I can renew the data on the one modem I was just thinking that i could setup 2 modems and load balance them to get potentially double the bandwidth I'm not worried about the cost of the extra modem

But yes I will test with one for a month or two.
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Load balancing for 2x speed will not work. You will effectively end up just having two connections fighting for the same total 4G throughput.

 

 





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  Reply # 1500851 28-Feb-2016 17:05
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Thank you Coffeebaron that is one concern i did have so if i wanted to load balance i would need to say use 4g and also dsl or wireless with lightwire etc so im not fighting for the same bandwidth on both connections

 

 

 

i kinda just assumed that there would be enough bandwidth available that i could run 2 4g modems and full speed each (whatever that speed may be)

 

 

 

also i realize i will not technically double my speed more just have more bandwidth available so i can do more on the net before i notice a slowdown etc and on some things that use multiple connections make use of it

 

 

 

Thanks


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  Reply # 1501152 29-Feb-2016 07:34
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 If the modems are locked to a tower how does one go about selling the modem when it is no longer required.

 

I am moving towards the end of April and will be going with the Skinny 4G option as at the price and service point it is exactly what I need.

 

As I am a little frugal with my money I was going to try and find someone who has trialled and the option wasn't right for them, is this possible?





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  Reply # 1501171 29-Feb-2016 08:27
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dickytim:

 If the modems are locked to a tower how does one go about selling the modem when it is no longer required.


I am moving towards the end of April and will be going with the Skinny 4G option as at the price and service point it is exactly what I need.


As I am a little frugal with my money I was going to try and find someone who has trialled and the option wasn't right for them, is this possible?



I don't believe they are locked to a tower. The way I read it is that you have to do a change of address for the modern before you move it, and if you don't, Skinny can disable services to it.

Good luck finding a modern that failed a trial for cheap. They will be all sent back to Skinny for a full refund.

$200 gives you one month data ($55) and a modern ($145)

If you found a second hand one for $125, you save $20, but lose the full refund trial option,, and have to pay another $55 straight away for your data. Warranty? Changing the account?

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  Reply # 1501418 29-Feb-2016 12:41
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Localeyes:
dickytim:

 

 If the modems are locked to a tower how does one go about selling the modem when it is no longer required.

 

 

 

I am moving towards the end of April and will be going with the Skinny 4G option as at the price and service point it is exactly what I need.

 

 

 

As I am a little frugal with my money I was going to try and find someone who has trialled and the option wasn't right for them, is this possible?

 



I don't believe they are locked to a tower. The way I read it is that you have to do a change of address for the modern before you move it, and if you don't, Skinny can disable services to it.

Good luck finding a modern that failed a trial for cheap. They will be all sent back to Skinny for a full refund.

$200 gives you one month data ($55) and a modern ($145)

If you found a second hand one for $125, you save $20, but lose the full refund trial option,, and have to pay another $55 straight away for your data. Warranty? Changing the account?

 

 

 

Haha, thanks for applying some logic! of coarse you are correct, I hadn't realised that there was a month included.

 

 

 

Just a thought about those wanting  this to be able to be moved to their holiday home etc. could they potentially buy this, set it up at the holiday home use if for the time they are there let the data expire and simply renew when they need it next? I am not sure if this would be cost effective over mobile data for the sake of a week or 2 but over a month maybe.





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  Reply # 1501493 29-Feb-2016 13:49
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dickytim:

 

 

 

 

 

Just a thought about those wanting  this to be able to be moved to their holiday home etc. could they potentially buy this, set it up at the holiday home use if for the time they are there let the data expire and simply renew when they need it next? I am not sure if this would be cost effective over mobile data for the sake of a week or 2 but over a month maybe.

 

 

 

 

"Your broadband account is valid for 12 months after your last plan renewal"

 

$145 setup plus $55 a year for 1 week a year (and up to 1 month a year). The slightly difficult part would be managing the account so it didn't expire between each annual use, eg if you went a week later one year...

 

$145 setup plus $110 per year, for a month at Christmas and a month at Easter - could work well.

 

 

 

Now, just need to see if there is 4G coverage in the middle of nowhere....or mount one on a buoy offshore!


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  Reply # 1501724 29-Feb-2016 18:46
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Q: Why does Skinny not have any coverage in any of the rural areas around Whangarei that has strong 700 MHz 4G coverage according to Spark's 4G map?  Has Skinny taken the decision not to cover rural areas?

 

I have been told on this forum to use Spark of Vodafone, but I was wondering if anyone could comment on Skinny's policy.  I feel as a rural broadband user that I'm getting the rough end of the stick - yet again! yell  ADSL is excruciatingly slow and I just don't like the packages that Vodafone or Spark are offering.

 

It honestly looks to me like Skinny are cherry picking high density areas and failing to give rural customers a fair go.  I just want to know why.

 

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  Reply # 1501730 29-Feb-2016 19:03
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SiliconAudio:

 

Q: Why does Skinny not have any coverage in any of the rural areas around Whangarei that has strong 700 MHz 4G coverage according to Spark's 4G map?  Has Skinny taken the decision not to cover rural areas?

 

I have been told on this forum to use Spark of Vodafone, but I was wondering if anyone could comment on Skinny's policy.  I feel as a rural broadband user that I'm getting the rough end of the stick - yet again! yell  ADSL is excruciatingly slow and I just don't like the packages that Vodafone or Spark are offering.

 

It honestly looks to me like Skinny are cherry picking high density areas and failing to give rural customers a fair go.  I just want to know why.

 

Bill.

 

 

 

 

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  Reply # 1501733 29-Feb-2016 19:06
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SiliconAudio:

 

Q: Why does Skinny not have any coverage in any of the rural areas around Whangarei that has strong 700 MHz 4G coverage according to Spark's 4G map?  Has Skinny taken the decision not to cover rural areas?

 

I have been told on this forum to use Spark of Vodafone, but I was wondering if anyone could comment on Skinny's policy.  I feel as a rural broadband user that I'm getting the rough end of the stick - yet again! yell  ADSL is excruciatingly slow and I just don't like the packages that Vodafone or Spark are offering.

 

It honestly looks to me like Skinny are cherry picking high density areas and failing to give rural customers a fair go.  I just want to know why.

 

Bill.

 

 

Check Skinny's coverage map

 

https://www.skinny.co.nz/coverage/

 

 

 

Skinny's address checker will only give a "Success" result for a property with postal delivery - check the status of your property with NZPost's tool.

 

https://www.nzpost.co.nz/tools/address-postcode-finder

 

If your property doesn't have postal delivery, try to find a nearby address that does, then check that in Skinny's tool.

 

 

 

I had to resort to buying a Skinny sim to prove that I had 4G coverage (the map says zero coverage) and then getting help from LivingSkinny


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  Reply # 1501735 29-Feb-2016 19:08
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Don't think this is true but two reasons (if it is) jump out at me...

1) they are a subsidiary of Spark and wouldn't want to shoot the parent Corp profits too hard,
2) they are 'cherry picking' cell towers with 'spare' bandwidth... Maybe the very rural ones are already highly utilised (even by spark RBI customers?)

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  Reply # 1501740 29-Feb-2016 19:14
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Localeyes:

Skinny's address checker will only give a "Success" result for a property with postal delivery - check the status of your property with NZPost's tool.


https://www.nzpost.co.nz/tools/address-postcode-finder


If your property doesn't have postal delivery, try to find a nearby address that does, then check that in Skinny's tool.


 


I had to resort to buying a Skinny sim to prove that I had 4G coverage (the map says zero coverage) and then getting help from LivingSkinny



As advised by Paul (living skinny) I ordered mine using the address check of a neighbour and then just changing the delivery address to my own. I'm quite a borderline case, on 1 bar reception, but still get a decent 15mb/s download, though the 0.5mb/s upload is a pain when uploading pics in whatsapp etc!

Still, order the modem on a trial and see if it pans out for you with a 100% guarantee of return of all your money, INCLUDING the data cost. Can't get a better trial deal than that!

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