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Topic # 228978 1-Feb-2018 14:48
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Maybe old news but Skinny has upped the size and lowered the prices on their two fixed wireless plans.

 

Now 120 and 60 gb.    Previously 100 gb and 40 gb.    Prices are  $49.00 for 120 gb and $39.00 for 60 gb.


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  Reply # 1950170 1-Feb-2018 14:50
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Hope Spark alters their price, my parents are paying nearly twice that for 120gig




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  Reply # 1950190 1-Feb-2018 15:44
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DjShadow:

 

Hope Spark alters their price, my parents are paying nearly twice that for 120gig

 

 

I hope they do (-:   It must be pretty much the same product but sold at two price levels.     My internet does slow down a bit at peak times but late last night I did speedtest.net test and got 74.77 Mbps down and 37.33 Mbps up.   Ping time of 43 ms.   Speedtest showed it was using Spark Christchurch as the server.  I think that is the fastest test I have seen on my Skinny.

 

It could be that Spark customers get prioritised when the network is very busy I don't know.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1950191 1-Feb-2018 15:47
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For our Whangamata address, Skinny says not available but Spark says available.


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  Reply # 1950193 1-Feb-2018 15:52
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Wasn't aware this change was set :)

 

 

 

in terms of speed, remember the modem isn't CA.

 

There are still options to squeeze a bit more out of that device too.

 

 

 

Network guys have been working bloody hard on the network, was looking over some end of year summary earlier today. Impressive work.

 

As with anything, none of us can jump out and say X or Y are in the pipeline.





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  Reply # 1950195 1-Feb-2018 15:53
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kryptonjohn:

 

For our Whangamata address, Skinny says not available but Spark says available.

 

 

Almost certain this will be a Rural wireless situation. Skinny dont do Rural plans.





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  Reply # 1950201 1-Feb-2018 16:03
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hio77:

 

kryptonjohn:

 

For our Whangamata address, Skinny says not available but Spark says available.

 

 

Almost certain this will be a Rural wireless situation. Skinny dont do Rural plans.

 

 

I don't think it's rural? Spark doesn't call it a rural plan (neither for this nor fixed) and Skinny fixed broadband is available at the address.


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  Reply # 1950204 1-Feb-2018 16:16
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kryptonjohn:

 

I don't think it's rural? Spark doesn't call it a rural plan (neither for this nor fixed) and Skinny fixed broadband is available at the address.

 

 

Totally depends on address.





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@kryptonjohn can you pm me your address please. I'll look into it.

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  Reply # 1950210 1-Feb-2018 16:25
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LivingSkinny: @kryptonjohn can you pm me your address please. I'll look into it.

 

Thanks - sent.

 

 


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  Reply # 1950212 1-Feb-2018 16:26
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hio77:

 

kryptonjohn:

 

I don't think it's rural? Spark doesn't call it a rural plan (neither for this nor fixed) and Skinny fixed broadband is available at the address.

 

 

Totally depends on address.

 

 

According to this it should be available:

 

https://www.skinny.co.nz/help/wireless-4g-broadband-faqs/

 

"Can I get Skinny Wireless 4G Broadband for my bach/holiday home?

 

Probably! Skinny Wireless 4G Broadband is available in most holiday spots including Omaha, Hahei, Queenstown, Wanaka, Whangamata to name a few."

 

Maybe oversubscribed and Spark has dibs?


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  Reply # 1950240 1-Feb-2018 17:15
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kryptonjohn:

 

For our Whangamata address, Skinny says not available but Spark says available.

 

 

Skinny exists only to take business away from Sparks competition, not from Spark.

 

I'd speculate there is also likely to be an element of capacity dumping in Sparks strategy - think supply and demand - if cellular bandwidth is at a premium in Whangamata, then Spark isn't going to hock it off at discounted (Skinny) prices. Where cellular bandwidth is highly constrained there will be neither Spark nor Skinny fixed wireless available. Where there is excess cellular bandwidth then they'll dump in on the market to poach Chorus's fibre/copper network wholesale customers.


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  Reply # 1950244 1-Feb-2018 17:29
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Sweet! Just noticed this (thanks OP) and see my online data tracker has troubles with this increase too :)
(99GB remaining though I only renewed yesterday?) lolz

No way I could have Caned through 21Gb overnight when not even on NFlix or anything, so guessing I’ve ‘dented’ the first Gb and it’s not yet been updated to reflect the 120gb limit as my account details DO say I now have (for $3 less than the old 100Gb/$52 plan)

KUDU’s to Skinny for upping the plan without waiting for customers to request it (or limiting it to new customers) like VF used to do on my old (started as iHug) ADSL plan... although my renewal confirmation only said 100Gb/$52 just last night 🤔

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  Reply # 1950269 1-Feb-2018 18:56
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Nice 👍

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  Reply # 1951081 3-Feb-2018 12:47
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Interestingly, Skinny website has us showing as unable to receive 4G at our address, yet we have both spark and farmside 4G modems here working perfectly well. Both modems look remarkably similar to the Skinny supplied ones.

If Spark and Skinny being the same company use the same tower, with the same 4G technology, then surely I should be able to get my 120GB of internet for half the price, with similar speeds.




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  Reply # 1951122 3-Feb-2018 14:36
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amiga500:

 

Maybe old news but Skinny has upped the size and lowered the prices on their two fixed wireless plans.

 

Now 120 and 60 gb.    Previously 100 gb and 40 gb.    Prices are  $49.00 for 120 gb and $39.00 for 60 gb.

 

I'm very tempted at this stage to move from Big Pipe over to Skinny and grabbing the 120gb plan since I'd be lucky to be even hitting half that and it'll mean saving a few bucks even at the 120gb plan.

 

Question: How does it perform for things like YouTube Red and Netflix? does it buffer up a storm or is there sufficient bandwidth in most cases to handle that sort of load even during peak times (I'm located in Avalon near the Naenae train station).





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