tunafish: Great email from Paulthagerous but as I read it he has great downloads by volume for the stuff that is not realtime, great for TVNZ which is domestic, and the rest like HD Youtubes is marginal.
Not my idea of a great broadband service.
The below quote shows why I am probably not the best person to talk about HD Youtube...
OmniouS: Torrenting is fine here - the speed isn't as fast as it was when the plan was introduced but it is still very good for the price you pay.
Last month we did over 400GB down and 100 up, not downloading constantly.
Cached Youtube and common downloads speed is excellent - up to 1.5MBps.
Uncached Youtube vids and other downloads are noticeably slower compared to Adventure but still reasonable - up to 300KBps during the day.
Web browsing and email speed is very good.
If Youtube HD can go at 1.5MB/s, and my line can only do a fifth that speed, I am not realistically going to be able to use it until I get ADSL. This, in my case at least, is not the plan's fault - it's my distance from the exchange.
johnrutter: Thanks for the quick reply and the information you sent me. I wasn't on the Go Large Plan but I had a 30GB Plan with Telecom. I heard some bad things about the Go Large Plan.
With Telecom a few years ago, my broadband would randomly shut off and Telecom had continuously had problems in my area and thats why I switched to Vodafone.
Is torrenting really that bad with the plan? My sister uses alot too. My sis always tells me she gets from 300mb/s to 700mb/s for downloading but we seem to run out after half of the month. Do you think other ISP's will be bringing their own unlimited broadband plan soon? If Telecom can, I'm sure other ISP's should be bringing something similar or at least 70GB - 100GB data cap for $100.
I guess it depends by what you mean 'bad'. It will almost certainitly go a lot slower during the day, but you can do it continuously. When I download WOW patches for a friend via torrent (which are usually well seeded) it cruises along at 150 KiloBytes/second. I dunno if you would consider that bad or not. At the end of the day, she should be able to do a lot more, it just may take a bit longer.