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Topic # 204881 21-Oct-2016 11:57
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I'm on the 2degrees 100/50 UFB plan, with phone , for $149 per month. 

 

I could upgrade to 2degrees 200/200 for $155 per month

 

Or, I could shift to Spark, with phone, 200/200 UFB, free spotify, free lightbox, for $149pm. 

 

 

 

The only thing I'm wondering , my connection speeds with 2degrees have been near perfect, never any slowdowns at any time. 

 

I'm just wondering, if the same would apply with spark? 

 

 

 

So, Spark subscribers, are you happy with your connection speeds? 

 

 


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  Reply # 1655633 21-Oct-2016 12:11
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I'm a pretty picky user.. I work in enterprise IT and have a better understanding of networking than most users, I'm a gamer so latency and routing are important to me, and I like to stream and acquire "linux iso's" as well. 

 

I spend most of my time staying somewhere with a Spark UFB connection (rest of the time at a premises with Vodafone Cable) , and yes, absolutely very happy with it. It's absolutely the UFB ISP I'd currently most recommend to users who still require a landline. If you don't need a landline (or can live with VOIP) then go BigPipe.

 

 

 

 

 

 





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  Reply # 1655651 21-Oct-2016 12:41
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Check out Truenet (https://truenet.nz/) - It's a NZ site that collates monthly comparisons of live users across all technologies (ADSL, Fibre, Cable) ranked by ISP / Provider.

 

 

 

Show's peak time traffic dips etc - really handy to see.

 

 

 

I chose 2Degrees partly because of this site :)

 

 

 

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  Reply # 1655656 21-Oct-2016 12:47
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Lias: If you don't need a landline (or can live with VOIP) then go BigPipe.

 

Bear in mind that Bigpipe's coverage isn't great.


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  Reply # 1655712 21-Oct-2016 13:49
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Are places still selling 200/200? Thought it was all gig/500 nowdays?

 

In anycase, I would suggest bigpipe.

 

Spark use the ONT for voice which is IMO a more robust product than locking you into a router from the ISP that adds voice to it. That is if voice matters to you.

 

If it doesnt then bigpipe would be my choice. They answer tickets in a timely manner and will actually read them when you put what troubleshooting you have done and will just send it to chorus on the first contact.

 

Whereas another ISP even when the first email contact said the state of the optical and lan lights then went and asked for them and for a PC to be directly connected to the router without other stuff etc. Clearly ignoring the ticket other than the selection of "no internet working" and just chose the default canned response after 6 hours waiting.





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  Reply # 1655725 21-Oct-2016 13:56
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If I was to move to another provider it would be to Spark, some of my family use them for UFB and very happy with the connection.

 

I expect you're certainly getting a more resilient product with Spark than with some ISPs, and no issues with speed. Not so good if you need a static IP address though




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  Reply # 1655751 21-Oct-2016 14:28
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Thx, some good feedback to consider. 

 

Definitely leaning towards spark with the free lightbox/spotify thrown in.....plus they said I may be able to negotiate a promotional rate as a new customer. 

 

 2degrees have been good, but I think the competition has improved. 


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  Reply # 1655755 21-Oct-2016 14:40
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surfisup1000:

 

Definitely leaning towards spark with the free lightbox/spotify thrown in.....

 

 

 

 

How do you get Spotify with Spark when you are NOT subscribed to their mobile plans? 

 

 

 

I am with Spark UFB and can say it's awesome so far - no glitches. Interested to see if I can get Spotify free too 

 

I know I can get Lightbox, Spark Thanks, Movie tickets and free anti-virus which I use but did not realise spotify is free on UFB plans?


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  Reply # 1655769 21-Oct-2016 14:59
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Lias:

 

I'm a pretty picky user.. I work in enterprise IT and have a better understanding of networking than most users, I'm a gamer so latency and routing are important to me, and I like to stream and acquire "linux iso's" as well.  

 

 

When I compared them I found 2degrees to be superior latency wise. Though your mileage may vary! :-)

 

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  Reply # 1656005 21-Oct-2016 23:14
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jnimmo:

 

I expect you're certainly getting a more resilient product with Spark than with some ISPs, and no issues with speed. Not so good if you need a static IP address though

 

 

 

 

Spark does static ip as well though... http://store.spark.co.nz/forms/s/static-ip-requests


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  Reply # 1656011 21-Oct-2016 23:42
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staticnz:

 

Spark does static ip as well though... http://store.spark.co.nz/forms/s/static-ip-requests

 

 

Monthly, not a one off tho.





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  Reply # 1656021 22-Oct-2016 00:43
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How do you get Spotify with Spark when you are NOT subscribed to their mobile plans? 

 

 

 

 

This is the 'chat' transcript....

 

00:09:56 me:  the spotify / lightbox too?
00:10:03 spark : And fibre plans come with a Lightbox sub and one for Spotify
00:10:08 spark : Yes :)

 

 

 

So, I just took them at their word. 


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  Reply # 1656022 22-Oct-2016 00:47
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It does not say on their website. So I can only guess he is wrong or new promo.

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  Reply # 1656049 22-Oct-2016 06:16
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take what CSR's say with a grain of salt, they are often wrong


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