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# 15231 10-Aug-2007 19:23
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I am in total shock and denial, having just been told by Telecom that a broadband connection is not available in Laingholm - 4 minutes drive from Titirangi.

Before deciding to move to our Laingholm house I contacted Telecom to check if a BB connection was available. They allocated a telephone number and a couple of hours later called me to say that a BB connection was available, and they set up a job order to have it connected on 10 August. Today, while I was at home happily packing our possessions I received a voice mail from a Telecom contractor to the effect that a BB connection was not available after all, and to call 123

This I did, and after three attempts to negotiate the incredibly irritating voice recognition system (who on earth thought of that ?) I got to a BB consultant who said there is no BB, never was, and may never be ! He suggested I rent another landline and use dialup.

I have read the blog about another unfortunate user who has moved to Laingholm in similar circumstances - except that I checked with them first.

I do a lot of work from home. Does anyone know the best way to get a fast connection ? Do Telstra Clear do Satellite in NZ ?

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  # 81949 10-Aug-2007 19:27
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rchurchman: I do a lot of work from home. Does anyone know the best way to get a fast connection ? Do Telstra Clear do Satellite in NZ ?

Forget TelstraClear, they won't be of any help to you in Titirangi.  Your best bet is to use the IPStar Satellite Broadband service.  There is one proviso:

*  You must have a clear view to the Western Horizon (hopefully that won't be a problem).

Wireless Nation is the most economical way to access IPStar:

Speeds are pretty decent too, starting at 1Mbps down and working up from there.

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  # 81950 10-Aug-2007 19:39
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Thank you. I'll check it out. As it stands I won't be able to collect email unless I install a dailup.


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# 81954 10-Aug-2007 19:55
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rchurchman: Thank you. I'll check it out. As it stands I won't be able to collect email unless I install a dailup.

What about Mobile Data? If you are in a 3G coverage of either Telecom or Vodafone this may be a good alternative to fixedline broadband.

For example Telecom and Vodafone offer 200MB and 1GB plans, that will automaticaly double the included usage for a further $10/month.

200MB plans are from $29.99, 1GB plans from $49.99 (excluding $10 for doubling your data limit, and based on 24month pricing).


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  # 81958 10-Aug-2007 20:40
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Vodafone also offer a 3gig plan for about $70 and if you go over 3gig you get another 3gig for $10

Telecom may also offer this now so check on there website

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  # 82102 12-Aug-2007 17:25
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Hi Rchurchman,

Send me a PM with your address details. I've done a lot of work with other clients in Laingholm to get them on broadband. It is a tricky area due to distance and other line issues. There is not much alternatives either, Vodafone coverage is very patchy too, so that will probably rule out 3G.

Chorus has spent $1.4 billion on making their xDSL broadband network faster and even more now as they are upgrading their rural Conklins. If your still stuck on ADSL or VDSL, why not spend $195 on a master filter install to make sure you are getting the most out of your connection?
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