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# 19216 9-Feb-2008 22:15
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hey, was wondering if anyone here is still on Go Large, i know you can't sign up anymore but i'm still on it. if anyone here is still i was wondering if you've noticed your download speeds declining as of late? mine usually dramatically vary during peak and off-peak times anywhere between 5kbps to 100kbps, usually very, very slow around peak time, even for surfing the web. but in the last week or so no matter what time of the day it is i can never get speeds any higher than 18kbps, it almost seems like i've been capped at 18kbps coz it seems to be staying pretty much exactly at 18kbps, this also includes direct dloading as well as torrents. i've tried resetting computers, routers and checking my router properties etc.

i think i'm gona call up telecom and get them to reset the line, that usually fixes slow speeds i've found. in fact if anyone else suffers from crap speeds on telelcom call up and request a line reset and that usually solves the problem, i try and call about once a month. cheers

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  # 109571 10-Feb-2008 00:18
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i am still on it. really variable lately, d/l speeds from ~25KBps through to ~325KBps

My best speeds have actually been interrnational too.









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  # 109573 10-Feb-2008 00:30
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man 325kbps - i'm so jealous! i usually struggle to see anything higher than 100k aye, it's not like i'm rural or anything either - i'm 5 mins away from the wgtn CBD!

i have to say i've been with xtra on 3 different occasions (in 3 different households) and with orcon twice and both times with orcon i've seen speeds that hugely exceed what i've seen with xtra. no, i'm not trying to badmouth telecom (or is it telescum?! Kiss) or anything thats simply my opinion which is based on the services i've recieved from them. i especially find their bandwidth terrible during peak time compared to orcon. sometimes i get less than 56k speeds which does not impress to say the least.

edit: practically all my downloads are international too!

 
 
 
 


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# 109574 10-Feb-2008 00:40
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dnb4life  please call companies by their name, use of other such names, all be it in jest, is not look upon in a good way with the higher powers here on Geekzone.

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  # 109576 10-Feb-2008 00:47
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sorry, as you say it was in jest, i apologise if i offended anyone. i too believe there seems to be a somewhat growing bias towards them, however i stated my opinion (other than the appearently distasteful joke) and i think you only have to look at the lastest isp ranking to see exactly where they stand in the public eye

 once again sorry if i offended, especially if i offended any of the "higher powers."

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# 109588 10-Feb-2008 07:39
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dnb4life: i too believe there seems to be a somewhat growing bias towards them, however i stated my opinion (other than the appearently distasteful joke) and i think you only have to look at the lastest isp ranking to see exactly where they stand in the public eye


Yesterday we were accused of having bias toward Vodafone. Other days was bias toward WorldxChange. We have no bias towards one company or another. I simply believe that companies, like people, should be called by their names.

People have to stop and think just a second before realising that all these accusations are really getting to the point where ban are going to be distributed straight away.


It is a lot of work to have companies coming around and reading th forums, and with comments like yours (the name calling) this is harder and harder.




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  # 109637 10-Feb-2008 13:24
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I had go large via Actrix, it wasnt too bad to start then it slowly got worse. Last straw was Xtra announcing refunds and hearing nothing from Actrix I change to Xnet. A COUPLE of months later get an email from Actrix saying they were offering refunds ....





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  # 109640 10-Feb-2008 13:33
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yea i got refunded a fair amount because i've been on it since its beginning. and my apologies again Freitasm, you make a valid point.

 
 
 
 


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  # 109644 10-Feb-2008 13:47
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I had a Go Large connection personally for a while and got reasonable speeds, however switched to one of Xtras FS-FS plans with free static IPs. The difference is amazing with 12mbps throughput from international sites at times (thats faster than Telstraclears 10mbps cable offering!).

I've used Slingshot, Orcon, Inspire and a few others - and I think you'll find that there is a massive difference in performance at times when comparing the non 'traffic managed' plans to the 'traffic managed' plans. Others have seen that on Woosh to a much greater degree as well.

I don't really see why people are so obsessed with all you can eat plans. While some heavy users shy away from metered plans... under a flatrate system you might have 10% of the users taking up 90% of the resources but under a metered scheme you pay for your usage - ie. heavy users pay more, light users pay less. Everyone wins (except for the people who mass download stuff).





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  # 109650 10-Feb-2008 13:57
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can you explain this FS-FS plan to me? i have to admit i do download a fair amount, i'm only on go large because i was on orcons unlimited plan for about 2 months before i recieved an email stating they were not going to be offering unlimited anymore and we had to switch down to a 256k 15gb cap which after being on unlimited for the same price really peeved me off, to the point where i made the switch to go large. i think i'm gona try out telstra clear next, almost used them late last year, had the cabling ready to go then my landlord decided his brand new driveway was too nice to have a wee hole dug into it to lay the cables. was not impressed as he stopped it at the last minute after about 3 weeks of getting it all ready to go. ah listen to me as much as i love to rant on about isps without them we would be a lot worse off.

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  # 109653 10-Feb-2008 14:08
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dnb4life: can you explain this FS-FS plan to me? i have to admit i do download a fair amount, i'm only on go large because i was on orcons unlimited plan for about 2 months before i recieved an email stating they were not going to be offering unlimited anymore and we had to switch down to a 256k 15gb cap which after being on unlimited for the same price really peeved me off, to the point where i made the switch to go large. i think i'm gona try out telstra clear next, almost used them late last year, had the cabling ready to go then my landlord decided his brand new driveway was too nice to have a wee hole dug into it to lay the cables. was not impressed as he stopped it at the last minute after about 3 weeks of getting it all ready to go. ah listen to me as much as i love to rant on about isps without them we would be a lot worse off.


FS-FS means fullspeed down, fullspeed up, with DSL2+ and high sync rates it means impressive speeds. I'm on a 30GB FS-FS plan with Telecom/Xtra, which has excess usage so for heavy users it might not be the best.

I was also an user on the 256kbps flatrate when they increased the price from 49.95 to 98? They put us on a 256kbps 40GB plan for the same price which while was annoying was ok because we didn't really use that much.

If you are looking for a connection with cheapish data and good recommendations on the forums, look at WorldxChange. They also have naked options if you want to save a little bit by not having PSTN voice service (they also offer a VoIP product).





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  # 109655 10-Feb-2008 14:23
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that FS-FS plan sounds quite good, however any plan on xtra that has a cap worries me because their excess usage charges are huge compared to some other isps out there. i mean on orcon (before i swapped) i had a 30gb cap and when i went over that i was perfectly fine with paying $10 for another 5gb chunk of data. however 2c/mb seems to me to be what people used to get charged 3 or 4 years ago and frankly $20/gb seems like mobile pricing to me not at-home broadband pricing.

on a side note is WorldxChange offered in Wgtn?? i haven't had a look at any other isps for awhile as i have been on go large for some time now (with a brief stint on orcon for 6 months late last year when in a different location). is their pricing competitive to the rest of the isps?

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  # 109656 10-Feb-2008 14:35
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dnb4life: on a side note is WorldxChange offered in Wgtn??

Anywhere you can get ADSL, you can get Xnet / WxC services. 

dnb4life: is their pricing competitive to the rest of the isps?

Have a look here and it will tell you everything you need to know:

http://www.xnet.co.nz/hsi/

One thing that is unique to Xnet is that you don't need to buy data in blocks.  You only pay for what you use @ $1.02 per GB which is pretty darned reasonable Laughing



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# 109657 10-Feb-2008 14:43
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just checked their site and you're right, their pricing is very competitive. i have a feeling i will be with xnet very shortly.  cheers for the info. has anyone here heard at all when xtra will be doing away with the go large plan? surely they won't keep it going too much longer with no new customers being able to sign up to it?

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  # 109674 10-Feb-2008 16:36
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dnb4life: just checked their site and you're right, their pricing is very competitive. i have a feeling i will be with xnet very shortly. cheers for the info. has anyone here heard at all when xtra will be doing away with the go large plan? surely they won't keep it going too much longer with no new customers being able to sign up to it?


Go Large has been grandfathered - based off the documentation on the website, it means that existing users will keep the plan but if you change you plan, you can't go back... or new customers cannot connect to it.





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  # 109676 10-Feb-2008 16:45
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cokemaster: Go Large has been grandfathered - based off the documentation on the website, it means that existing users will keep the plan but if you change you plan, you can't go back... or new customers cannot connect to it.


yea i knew that already, was just womdering if they're ever gona actually stop it for existing customers, i was expecting they would have by now.

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