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  Reply # 888181 2-Sep-2013 11:10
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Inphinity:
jtbthatsme: I think for a base ISP with no additional data then yes Telecom is competitive but with limited data upgrade options and no Steam or basically no zero rated websites they're not really suitable for the OP in my opinion. 


The OP currently has a 20GB plan, Telecom offer up to 500GB, how would that be unsuitable? :x


This.

Telecom on 500GB VDSL2 is $150 ish?

I use 350ish a month.

Obviously there are lower, cheaper plans too. Telecom is best option at this point unless you can get UFB.



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  Reply # 888206 2-Sep-2013 11:40
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Thank you all for your replies and thoughts.
The main lesson I've learned is that when a plan contract term is up it really pays to shop around...or they will quite happily keep billing you at a bad rate. I'm disgusted that I've allowed myself to pay nearly a hundred per month for phone and 20Gb broadband.

But in my own defence, I thought the steam unmetered thing would have helped, but I signed up on something that proved to be useless to me.

At the end of your contract terms do what Richard till says and "shop smarter new Zealand!". I feel a bit ill that I quoted him now...

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 888250 2-Sep-2013 12:46
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SomePostman: Thank you all for your replies and thoughts.
The main lesson I've learned is that when a plan contract term is up it really pays to shop around...or they will quite happily keep billing you at a bad rate. I'm disgusted that I've allowed myself to pay nearly a hundred per month for phone and 20Gb broadband.

But in my own defence, I thought the steam unmetered thing would have helped, but I signed up on something that proved to be useless to me.

At the end of your contract terms do what Richard till says and "shop smarter new Zealand!". I feel a bit ill that I quoted him now...




Steam will honour the setting you choose for download mirror as long as the content is available on that mirror. Given the mirrors and their content is dynamic that is a big if.

e.g. Most new release popular stuff is on almost all mirrors, more obscure stuff isn't, so you often find yourself hitting another mirror. Given how dynamic the steam mirror list can be I wouldn't be surprised if ISPs miss some occassionally.




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  Reply # 888270 2-Sep-2013 13:19
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when I've used other peoples telecom connections (about 4) I've noticed its generally slower than my capped slingshot connection, so I'd recommend slingshot, not the unlimited plans though, I've not gone near one of them since go large.

slingshot also have a torrent cache witch delivers popular Linux distributions at glorious sweet line speed.

only downside is they aren't doing VDSL or UFB yet, VDSL is destined for some time around october so we've been told.





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  Reply # 888271 2-Sep-2013 13:23
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hamish225: when I've used other peoples telecom connections (about 4) I've noticed its generally slower than my capped slingshot connection, so I'd recommend slingshot, not the unlimited plans though, I've not gone near one of them since go large.

slingshot also have a torrent cache witch delivers popular Linux distributions at glorious sweet line speed.

only downside is they aren't doing VDSL or UFB yet, VDSL is destined for some time around october so we've been told.


It is not possible, at all, to compare your connection at one address with somebody else's connection at a different address.   The difference in speeds due to the location of the house and other factors will more than drown out any sort of ISP based difference.

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  Reply # 888311 2-Sep-2013 14:11
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NonprayingMantis: ...It is not possible, at all, to compare your connection at one address with somebody else's connection at a different address.   The difference in speeds due to the location of the house and other factors will more than drown out any sort of ISP based difference.
But it IS possible to do a comparison if you have many test nodes, like truenet does.  These guys have run a bunch of tests from bandwidth to latency.    (latency is new) I think this is possibly the most honest comparison you'll get between ISPs in NZ.




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  Reply # 888426 2-Sep-2013 17:32
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hamish225: when I've used other peoples telecom connections (about 4) I've noticed its generally slower than my capped slingshot connection, so I'd recommend slingshot, not the unlimited plans though, I've not gone near one of them since go large.

slingshot also have a torrent cache witch delivers popular Linux distributions at glorious sweet line speed.

only downside is they aren't doing VDSL or UFB yet, VDSL is destined for some time around october so we've been told.


It is not possible, at all, to compare your connection at one address with somebody else's connection at a different address.   The difference in speeds due to the location of the house and other factors will more than drown out any sort of ISP based difference.


my nana used to be on slingshot, she got something similar to us, but then she changed to telecom because she wanted the free modem and her line speed went down. i realise she was probibally on slingshots own gear at the exchange.





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  Reply # 888482 2-Sep-2013 19:08
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LOL! Have you contacted Orcon to change your plan to any of the newer ones?

xpd: 20GB ? Wow, I would love that.... :D

59.5GB of 5GB used

YOUR PLAN
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  Reply # 889268 3-Sep-2013 21:18
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SomePostman: 

But in my own defence, I thought the steam unmetered thing would have helped, but I signed up on something that proved to be useless to me.



Valve changed to using http based distribution which made the having content mirror servers ISP could run largely redundant.

However because it's now standard http any transparent caching proxy should be able to cache this content

https://developer.valvesoftware.com/wiki/SteamPipe

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