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Today (1 Feb 2007) Telecom have relesaed two new plans

Talk it up National

$25 a month, Unlimited anytime national calls (land-land)
Though the stinger.... you are limited to 2 Hours per call.. Bad move, I have been burnt by this 2 hour limit a few times before
and 6000 minutes a month (only total gasbags would exceed that!)

$45 a month, Unlimited anytime national and select International calls (land-land)
International Destinations include Australia, USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore.
Though the stinger.... you are limited to 2 Hours per call.. Bad move, I have been burnt by this 2 hour limit a few times before
and 6000 minutes a month (only total gasbags would exceed that!)

and.....

Now just $5 a month for Favourite place neighbouring area (Was $19.95)

Favourite place NZ is now deprecated (was $29 so no point retaining)

Favourite place 200 Neighbouring is now deprecated also. (was $9.95 a month so again, pointless.)



Asides the annoying 2 hour cap and it being $ more expensive than ihugs deal, it's offering fantastic value.

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  # 62472 1-Mar-2007 19:24
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Bit OT but Ihug have lowered the price of unlimited calling to nominated Vodafone mobiles as well

$6 a month was $10

http://www.ihug.co.nz/products/phone/talk0.html

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  # 62475 1-Mar-2007 20:11
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RIP Toll Calls - it's about time this dated concept went!






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I'm saying it's a fantastic deal, it's truly something new and cool. I'm just saying that 2 hours per call means you need "to watch the clock" and say to the person "oh, i'll call you back" just like the good old days of minute-rated national calls, which SHOULD be beyond us. Rather a pain in the pocket when you get $25 for an extra hour of calling because you "exceeded" the 2 hour limit. 4 Hours or 6 hours should have been implemented, it stops the abuse but does not "get" people. (It USED to be 6 hours remember!)



We are with currently with iHug so we will probably eventuate with their plan anyhow + $6 Vodafone plan.

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  # 62574 2-Mar-2007 13:35
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paradoxsm: Today (1 Feb 2007) Telecom have relesaed two new plans

Talk it up National

$25 a month, Unlimited anytime national calls (land-land)
Though the stinger.... you are limited to 2 Hours per call.. Bad move, I have been burnt by this 2 hour limit a few times before
and 6000 minutes a month (only total gasbags would exceed that!)



It's called Talk it Up Downunder and covers calls to Australia as well.

"From your home phone call any landline, anytime in New Zealand and Australia and talk for up to 2 hours per call for the flat fee of $25 per month."

As found here on the Telecom site.

There is a reasonable use policy where Telecom considers the use of more than 6,000 minutes per Talk It Up plan a excessive.

But that works out at 100 Hours a month, or 25 hours a week. Not too shabby especially as it includes calls to Aussie as well where plans like Ihug's $19.95 are national only.



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AHHH! very good deal then if it includes Aust! The 2 hour caps are then quite justified.

Hmm..... also I should not rely on my harrier to read pages like that lol!

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  # 62601 2-Mar-2007 16:12
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The Aussie deal isn't that great when you look at the various VoIP options. You can easily pay $0 per month rental and A10c-12c for a flat rate untimed call anywhere in oz. Considering that very few people will probably ever get anywhere near the 6000 minutes per month a VoIP option may still represent better value. I'd pick that a lot of people would struggle to use more than 1000 minutes per month, with VFX or iTalk you're paying $10 or $11.25 per month for line rental + $50.00 for the calls. Many people are paying Telecom around $50-$60 for line rental with CID + voicemail + the $25 for the calling plan. Considering VoIP rates to most of those other countries are also around 5c per minute you could save even more.


 
 
 
 




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But... big problem thus far, you need to have the $40 landline plus an equally expensive DSL plan to use VoIP and it sucks away at that scarily expensive data.... as this stage it just not break its cost even unless you have an alternative, most of which have been eroded well away (point to point wireless) thne there is the voip issue of poor call quality and latency and equipment and power cuts etc.... maybe this will be resolved one day...... WIMAX!

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But if you do have an alternative such as cable it's great. Naked DSL will hopefully arrive one day...




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If.......................



but in the largest city, dauckland we are stuck (I must so move away from this horrible hole)

is wired country still avail? im, sure ihug were doing homelines on that once!

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Wired Country is still available. Now owned by Compass / Slingshot. Look at www.wiredcountry.net.nz or phone 0800 638835 .Ask to talk to Andrew and he will email you broadband rates. Am about to sign up. $249 install, $50 / month which is 1 Mbit down / 256 k up and 5 GB of data, throttled after that. Other plans available. So, $50 for broadband, $11.25 for VFX, total of $62 per month for phone and internet. Does anyone know about latency on Wired Country? Must go and buy an Uniterruptable Power Supply....




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traceroute to www.compass.net.nz (203.152.100.40), 64 hops max, 40 byte packets
 1  203-114-150-1.eth.sta.inspire.net.nz (203.114.150.1)  24.417 ms  15.677 ms  15.040 ms
 2  br1.wix.inspire.net.nz (203.114.147.242)  22.678 ms  24.411 ms  22.368 ms
 3  compass.wix.net.nz (202.7.0.179)  22.055 ms  22.851 ms  21.900 ms
 4  192.168.52.133 (192.168.52.133)  39.683 ms  24.882 ms  26.904 ms
 5  192.168.52.26 (192.168.52.26)  28.608 ms  46.559 ms  163.092 ms
 6  192.168.52.129 (192.168.52.129)  32.042 ms  25.497 ms  24.398 ms
 7  rebecca.compass.net.nz (203.152.100.40)  24.239 ms *  25.663 ms

Could be worse...




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