Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


118 posts

Master Geek


Topic # 60746 2-May-2010 09:27
Send private message

Hi all,
Just had a question for anyone regarding the big time plan.
We're on the 40gb plan with TC and last night, husband streamed a football match which cost us 4 gbs. We're two days from refresh, but now over our data cap, and with TWENTY DOLLARS A GB over the plan, we're kind of over this plan. The speed has been amazing, but we keep going over the 40, and are unsure what to do.


Any suggestions? I'm scared of BigTime after reading the threads (is it even possible to stream video on that plan?)
Does anyone know if TC has any plans to up the GB allowances, or if the bigtime plan will be fixed up?
Any chance TC will allow data packages to be bought (like 5gb or 20$ etC).

Any suggestions from anyone greatly appreciated!

 

Create new topic
1539 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 39

Trusted

  Reply # 325730 2-May-2010 09:31
Send private message

You could always go to a Telecom Business plan


40GB $79.95 Overage $3.56/GB


60GB  $97.73 Overage $2.67/GB


Pretty Much the Same Price for Data except these prices exclude GST but have a much Cheaper Overage.




Edit:

https://www.telecombusinesshub.co.nz/Internet/Broadband/Pages/Pricing.aspx

:)
2876 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 85

Subscriber

  Reply # 325735 2-May-2010 09:56
Send private message

I agree with Andrew above.

If you are finding to have great service from telecom and you are only finding trouble with the data caps. I'd say move over the business side and you'll be fine.

Definitely much cheaper. + I have heard good things about the speed consistency etc on the business plans.





1539 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 39

Trusted

  Reply # 325739 2-May-2010 10:07
Send private message

Aaroona: I agree with Andrew above.

If you are finding to have great service from telecom and you are only finding trouble with the data caps. I'd say move over the business side and you'll be fine.

Definitely much cheaper. + I have heard good things about the speed consistency etc on the business plans.


Plus you get a better help desk :D



118 posts

Master Geek


  Reply # 325740 2-May-2010 10:14
Send private message

Thanks all--
We have a home plan with calling so I'll need to research the comparable calling plans.
It never even occurred to me to do the business option (and I do work from home) as I thought I'd need to be GST registered.


2996 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 453

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 325747 2-May-2010 11:04
Send private message

I believe the home business plans are the ones you want - the full fledged business plans incur costs on local calling which gets expensive fast.




I finally have fibre!  Had to leave the country to get it though.


42 posts

Geek
+1 received by user: 3


  Reply # 325753 2-May-2010 11:21
Send private message

Hold on.

You do NOT need to be a business customer to be able to purchase Business Broadband.

If you are happy with your current access and calling plan, great keep them and, add one of the Business Broadband plans, these are available to all Telecom customers.

2366 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 13

Trusted
Spark

  Reply # 325768 2-May-2010 12:56
Send private message

Correct, consumer customers can sign up to Business Broadband with their existing home phone plan.

You also get a 2wire wireless gateway with a 24month term of these plans, and as mentioned above a great level of support (8am to 9pm Monday to Friday IIRC), normal support outside these hours.

nzbnw







19 posts

Geek


  Reply # 325774 2-May-2010 13:30
Send private message

Over the past few weeks big time quality of service has been abysmal. At present avoid like the plague. Currently the service being provided does not fufill criteria laid out in terms and conditions. Expecting more problems and tinkering but no inside knowledge.

Just on a note about video streaming, there are program such as sopcast that are able to deliver a very good picture quality, the drawback being a slight time delay (usually a few minutes). I have been using sopcast almost flawlessly throughout the big time traffic management debacle. If you are prepared to sacrifice "live" steaming for a slight delay big time may be acceptable.

:)
2876 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 85

Subscriber

  Reply # 325775 2-May-2010 13:31
Send private message

asylum: Over the past few weeks big time quality of service has been abysmal. At present avoid like the plague.


Couldn't agree more.

I'm on BigTime at the moment, and if it were me paying the bill, I wouldn't go near it.





2260 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  Reply # 325777 2-May-2010 13:32
Send private message

is there anyway not to get the 2wire wireless gateway and go on a 12 month term instead? don't really want another 24 month term if I'm going away for an extended overseas trip next year

Also, can business broadband be hooked up similar to a total home package? ie $139 for 40gb internet, unlimited national calling, call minder, waiting display as I currently get? If it can, I'll sign straight up :)




I have moved across the ditch.  Now residing in Melbourne as a VOIP/Video Technical Trainer/Engineer. 



118 posts

Master Geek


  Reply # 325778 2-May-2010 13:33
Send private message

Thank you all so much. Have been considering the big time plan, as the lure of $20 less a month was tempting-- abysmal speeds are not however!
Thanks all-- will try to get onto a business plan.



118 posts

Master Geek


  Reply # 325780 2-May-2010 13:36
Send private message

@ Vinnie This looks comparable to the home plans https://www.telecombusinesshub.co.nz/pages/bizoffer.aspx#plan3



118 posts

Master Geek


  Reply # 325781 2-May-2010 13:40
Send private message

@ Asylum-- thanks fort the infor on Sopcast-- never heard of it, it's my partner who does streaming of overseas soccer matches. Will see if they do them! Cheers

2996 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 453

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 325789 2-May-2010 14:16
Send private message

vinnieg: Also, can business broadband be hooked up similar to a total home package? ie $139 for 40gb internet, unlimited national calling, call minder, waiting display as I currently get? If it can, I'll sign straight up :)


No.  Total home is a package, so you can't just slot in a completely different class of broadband plan.

meremaiden: @ Vinnie This looks comparable to the home plans https://www.telecombusinesshub.co.nz/pages/bizoffer.aspx#plan3


Those plans have a per minute charge on local calls, as they are actual business plans.  Avoid if you actually make landline calls from your landline (amusingly, their per minute charge for mobile calling is much lower than residential plans).




I finally have fibre!  Had to leave the country to get it though.


7 posts

Wannabe Geek


  Reply # 327608 7-May-2010 09:27
Send private message

meremaiden: Hi all,
Just had a question for anyone regarding the big time plan.
We're on the 40gb plan with TC and last night, husband streamed a football match which cost us 4 gbs. We're two days from refresh, but now over our data cap, and with TWENTY DOLLARS A GB over the plan, we're kind of over this plan. The speed has been amazing, but we keep going over the 40, and are unsure what to do.


Hey meremaiden,

I have been thinking of moving to Telstar Clear (or Orcon) as I am sick of Telecom, particularly the Big Time Plan.

Not sure if TC have changed theire plans but the ones I was offered and it's on the website at:-

http://www.telstraclear.co.nz/residential/homeplan/packages/broadband.cfm

This is $30 per 25GB and you just keep buying the extra package as needed. There is no mention of the $40 plan, so maybe they have changed theire plans??

That said, what are they like as a Broadband provider? i.e. speeds etc?? Any idea of MB p/sec??

Cheers.

Create new topic

Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Hawaiki Transpacific cable ready-for-service
Posted 20-Jul-2018 11:29


Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central launches
Posted 10-Jul-2018 10:40


Spark completes first milestone in voice platform upgrade
Posted 10-Jul-2018 09:36


Microsoft ices heated developers
Posted 6-Jul-2018 20:16


PB Technologies charged for its extended warranties and warned for bait advertising
Posted 3-Jul-2018 15:45


Almost 20,000 people claim credits from Spark
Posted 29-Jun-2018 10:40


Cove sells NZ's first insurance policy via chatbot
Posted 25-Jun-2018 10:04


N4L helping TAKA Trust bridge the digital divide for Lower Hutt students
Posted 18-Jun-2018 13:08


Winners Announced for 2018 CIO Awards
Posted 18-Jun-2018 13:03


Logitech Rally sets new standard for USB-connected video conference cameras
Posted 18-Jun-2018 09:27


Russell Stanners steps down as Vodafone NZ CEO
Posted 12-Jun-2018 09:13


Intergen recognised as 2018 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year for New Zealand
Posted 12-Jun-2018 08:00


Finalists Announced For Microsoft NZ Partner Awards
Posted 6-Jun-2018 15:12


Vocus Group and Vodafone announce joint venture to accelerate fibre innovation
Posted 5-Jun-2018 10:52


Kogan.com to launch Kogan Mobile in New Zealand
Posted 4-Jun-2018 14:34



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.