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Topic # 26720 1-Oct-2008 13:48
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Hi there
We're on the Xtra go large plan & I'm fed up with being capped to 64k for downloading too much in "peak" hoursWe live on the north shore, auckland and our line speed is 4.7mbit down / 168k up
I want to change to a new ISP ~ Xtra plans don't suit us

We're a family of 3 internet users with multiple people surfing the net at a time
We use around 25-30gb of data a month ~ a bit of youtube so something that can stream well would be nice
Also I use SKYPE via the computer to call worldwide landlines?(so need an ISP / plan that will provide a reliable connection)
Can someone please recommend a good isp / plan(good price too :p but quality of connection / speeds are more important ~?eg. i've heard of people on xnet complaining about their speeds being affected by those on torrent plan)
Thanks in advance!!!!!!!!!!!

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  Reply # 168331 1-Oct-2008 14:12
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Have you seen the upcoming plans from Telecom?

$80 for 40GB on the upcoming Pro plan is pretty good value compared to others.




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  Reply # 168339 1-Oct-2008 15:01
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I see

The only thing is 20gb would be too little and 40gb would be a little too much!

Isn't there any middle ground between the 59.95 and 79.95 plans?

But more importantly, if we were to request a switch to one of these new plans, when would this take effect?On the first date of our next billing cycle?

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  Reply # 168341 1-Oct-2008 15:03
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If you use 25-30GB a month, get the Pro plan. You'll eventually find yourself out growing that in no time

As for the billing cycle, broadband plan changes come into effect about 2 working days from the day of order, so it'll begin on the day you get changed.




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  Reply # 168344 1-Oct-2008 15:08
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Fair enough
When are these plans gonna be available? I don't see them listed on the telecom website and I assume I'd have to call Telecom anyway to make the switch...

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  Reply # 168345 1-Oct-2008 15:09
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They'll be here soon, just wait... Smile




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  Reply # 168347 1-Oct-2008 15:14
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yes but we're on Go Large so nothing will change for us until we request a change.

So i'm simply wondering if I should call up now or is it not possible to switch or at least request the switch yet..

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  Reply # 168350 1-Oct-2008 15:16
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They're not officially available yet - the plans were only announced.




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  Reply # 168355 1-Oct-2008 15:38
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6/10/08 i beleave is the date that the changes take place




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  Reply # 168388 1-Oct-2008 16:17
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Im on the new Orcon silver plan which includes home phone & 5Gb per month for $79.95. I have also tacked on an extra 25GB for $20 so total $99. If you go over that I think its only $1/GB


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  Reply # 168405 1-Oct-2008 17:30
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$99 for 30gb + home phone isn't bad I guess. 
* Just wondering does the pricing for Orcon Silver include every cost associated with telephone / broadband?i.e. we won't be paying any line rental to Telecom anymore will we?* How does Orcon's telephone service compare to Telecoms?
* Will we need any additional hardware to run our telephone line through Orcon?
* Finally.. I did a check on telecom.co.nz/adsl2plus and being in Castor Bay Auckland i'm due to be upgraded to adsl2+ in April 2011. Our exchange is upgraded and I'm guessing it's the cabinet thats gonna be adsl2 enabled

How will this work if I'm on orcon? Do orcon have their own hardware at my local exchange which could offer faster ADSL speedsand furthermore, will ORCON also be installing hardware in my cabinet? Or is this just a Telecom thing that effects all ISP's

At this stage I'm considering either the Telecom 20/40gb new plan or just maybe this Orcon Silver with +25gb

What do you guys reckon

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  Reply # 168416 1-Oct-2008 17:59
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If you can get what you want off the company your're with now (telecom in this case) lot easier to try different plan then to switch companys, you're not entering any new contracts this way as well. Pretty sure with telecom you can chnge plans once a month if want to, it's no big deal, still same user name, passwords email setup etc. You just can't get back to go large which you'd lose if change companys any way.

I believe you'd be better to try different telecom plan, then if performance below expectations then look at other companys.



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  Reply # 168421 1-Oct-2008 18:10
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Sure

Only thing is our billing cycle ends on the 8th so if we were to switch now would be a good time I thinkThat said I agree it would be good to see how the 20gb Telecom FS/FS plan performsBUT... If we changed to this plan would we then get locked into a minimum term???

On another note I'm also tossing up between...
Orcon Silver Phone/Broadband 30gb  ~ $99.95
andVodafone Ultimate Phone/Broadband 20gb ~ $90
Any ideas which of these broadband services are better for multiple user household, international traffic & streaming videos?

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  Reply # 168424 1-Oct-2008 18:29
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You won't be put into a minimum term contract just for changing plans.

I'm currently using Vodafone Ultimate pack Red. Speeds are great here (and especially now with the Red network upgrade), and international's not too bad.




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  Reply # 168645 2-Oct-2008 14:49
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Yeah Orcon's international performace leaves a little to be desired lately, but it doesnt seem to be a prob for me...

Chuck your phone number in the box to see if you can get it where you live. Might be out of luck in Castor Bay though...

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