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  Reply # 168106 30-Sep-2008 19:28
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For those of us with lower usage levels, Telecom are now the cheapest ISP. O_O




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  Reply # 168107 30-Sep-2008 19:32
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Wait, so now 40GB is now the most you can get (presumably with some stupidly large charge if you go over), as opposed to 50GB? Granted, it's much cheaper, but still.

edit: If you're on the new 40GB plan and you wanted 50GB (let's say you were on the 50GB plan previously), it would cost you an extra $204.80 (2c/MB) on top of the 40GB plan's price, or $284.75 total (as opposed to $149.95 for the old 50GB plan). Nice one Telecom Undecided

edit 2: I suppose you could go onto a business plan (are there any criteria for doing that?), but you wouldn't want to bust your cap!

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  Reply # 168109 30-Sep-2008 19:34
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Here is the information directly from Telecom. There was a conference call this afternoon:


The monthly data allowance will increase on four Telecom residential plans with customers receiving significantly more data for the same price. For example the Pro plan will now provide customers almost three times more data each month with a change from 15 GigaBytes to 40 GigaBytes (GB).


The monthly data increase on all business plans will be between two and five times, for example the business Starter plan moves from 3GB to 15GB each month for the same monthly price.


The upload speed cap will also be removed on the Explorer and Adventure plans, meaning all Telecom plans priced $49 and above are now uncapped* in both upload and download speed and optimised for ADSL2+ technology.

Affected customers will automatically receive the data increase during October and speed changes will be applied over the next two months.


“We’ve made changes to our plans to reflect our customers’ needs so they can do more of what they love online for the same price. Some of the changes also reflect the advancement in Broadband technology and the roll out of ADSL2+,” says Ralph Brayham, Telecom’s General Manager Broadband.

Telecom has been upgrading its technology since April 2007 to ADSL2+ and the technology is already available in places where hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders live and work. 


The ADSL2+ roll out is well progressed in metro centres of Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton, Christchurch and Dunedin. Over the coming months, ADSL2+ technology will be installed in more towns across New Zealand such as Timaru, Palmerston North Central, Invercargill Central and East.


Customers will benefit from increased internet performance if they live within two kilometres of an ADSL2+ enabled exchange or street cabinet.  Feedback indicates many of these customers are seeing a notable difference in their internet performance when surfing and downloading in areas that have already been upgraded with ADSL2+.

Internet speeds are always variable, and the same factors affect ADSL2+ as other technologies, including the customers’ location, plan and modem type as well as house wiring and computer set up.


Not all customers will be able to access ADSL2+ and customers can visit www.telecom.co.nz/adsltwoplus and use an address-checking tool to see if their area is ADSL2+ enabled, and to see the plans and modems that are optimised.


Telecom residential Broadband customers also receive $150 of free value added services, including a free McAfee internet security package.



Also these are the new plans. Consumer plans include GST and assume customers have a Telecom home phone and toll calls:

Changes to consumer plans 

         Plan Name

New Consumer Plan Existing Consumer Plan
Basic$29.95Monthly data 500MB (excess usage 2c/MB)Download Uncapped*/ Upload 128Kilobits$29.95Monthly data 200MB(excess usage 2c/MB)Download Uncapped*/ Upload 128Kilobits
Go$39.953GBUncapped*/128$39.953GBUncapped*/128
Go ExpressCustomers migrated to Explorer$49.953GBUncapped*/Uncapped*
Explorer$49.9510GBUncapped*/Uncapped*$49.956GBUncapped*/128
Adventure$59.9520GBUncapped*/Uncapped*$59.9510GBUncapped*/128
Pro$79.9540GB(excess usage 2c/MB)Uncapped*/Uncapped*$79.9515GB(excess usage 2c/MB)Uncapped*/Uncapped*
Pro AdvancedCustomers migrated to Pro or business plan$99.9530GB(excess usage 2c/MB)Uncapped*/Uncapped*
Pro UltraCustomers migrated to Pro or business plan$149.9550GB(excess usage 2c/MB)Uncapped*/Uncapped*
 
Changes to business plans 

Plan

New Business PlanExisting Business Plan
Starter$59.95Monthly Data 15GB(excess usage $4.44/MB)Uncapped*/Uncapped*$59.95Monthly Data 3GB(excess usage $4.44/MB)Uncapped*/Uncapped*
Intermediate$79.9540GB(excess usage $3.56/MB)Uncapped*/Uncapped*$79.9515GB(excess usage $3.56/MB)Uncapped*/Uncapped*
Advanced$109.9560GB(excess usage $2.67/MB)Uncapped*/Uncapped*$109.9530GB(excess usage $2.67/MB)Uncapped*/Uncapped*
   



 





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  Reply # 168120 30-Sep-2008 19:49
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Screeb:

edit 2: I suppose you could go onto a business plan (are there any criteria for doing that?), but you wouldn't want to bust your cap!


No, consumers can sign up to business plans provided they are not in contract or they must pay the consumer disconnection fee. Business plans also include a specialist help desk and an included 2Wire gateway on a 24month term ($149 disconnection).

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  Reply # 168124 30-Sep-2008 19:54
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Changes to business plans...

Aren't the business plans' excess usage in GBs and not MBs?

Why is the plan price with G.S.T. and yet the excess usage is not? It makes it confusing to sort through stuff like excludes/includes G.S.T.




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  Reply # 168137 30-Sep-2008 20:37
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So they've done nothing for those on GO, their most popular plan.

Also according to the Computerworld article

 "Brayham says Telecom is also allowing more local software update downloads to move traffic from international connections to the local network and save money.

It is also investing in http caching to boost performance and save customers megabytes on their plans using network caching company Akamai."

When did Telecom introduce differentiated charging for local traffic?

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  Reply # 168164 30-Sep-2008 21:41
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Bung: So they've done nothing for those on GO, their most popular plan.

That's because a data cap increase for Go occurred in July of 2007.

To clear any other confusion, customers currently on the Pro Advanced plan will be moved to Pro (giving them an extra 10GB with a saving of $20), while customers on Pro Ultra will be able to keep their current plan if they choose to.




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  Reply # 168178 30-Sep-2008 22:03
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Looks like i'll be moving back to telecom once my naked dsl contract expires (expressy if they go through with price increases on the naked dsl, which i probably went on for to long about in another thread sorry), Article mentioned changes to telecom calling plans to be announced shortly, see what that comes up with as well.

Was on adventure before changed, good to see the upload speed cap removed, looks like real good changes.

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  Reply # 168184 30-Sep-2008 22:14
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Bung: So they've done nothing for those on GO, their most popular plan.

That's because a data cap increase for Go occurred in July of 2007.



As did the data caps for Go Express and Explorer.

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  Reply # 168249 1-Oct-2008 09:41
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When will everyone be switched over to the new plans?

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  Reply # 168250 1-Oct-2008 09:47
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Any one know if static IP's will be provided on the lower plans for Free?





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  Reply # 168255 1-Oct-2008 10:01
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I wonder whether the wholesale arrangements with other ISPs will also change so that they can update their plans to match Telecoms (i.e. being cheaper than Telecoms).
At the moment I find Orcon out of Auckland to be really expensive if you want FS/FS.

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  Reply # 168258 1-Oct-2008 10:14
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Overclocker01: When will everyone be switched over to the new plans?


some point in October I think



edit 2: I suppose you could go onto a business plan (are there any criteria for doing that?), but you wouldn't want to bust your cap!

new business plan is $40 per month cheaper than ultra, and the data cap is $3 per GB, not MB (must be a typo in the post).  If you are still in contract it costs $90 to get out, which you will save in less than three months byu switching.


Also according to the Computerworld article

 "Brayham says Telecom is also allowing more local software update downloads to move traffic from international connections to the local network and save money.

It is also investing in http caching to boost performance and save customers megabytes on their plans using network caching company Akamai."

When did Telecom introduce differentiated charging for local traffic?



They didn't (AFAIK).  The first bit means, I beleive, that Telecom saves money by using less international bandwidth. Because Telecom save money on data, they can give more data to customers (hence the 'save customers megabytes' part). Locally cached sites should also be faster.



Article:Brayham says he is comfortable with recent improvements in Telecom's broadband performance, as measured by Epitiro. He says Telecom has moved from the middle of the pack to number three and will work to improve that further.


3rd?  When did that happen?  I thought they were last? (Who are 1 and 2?)

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  Reply # 168261 1-Oct-2008 10:22
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No ADSL2+ in Castor Bay till 2011 thats BS

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  Reply # 168265 1-Oct-2008 10:45
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anyone have any idea if they are going to finally move people off the go-large plan? i wont be impressed if they do!

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