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Topic # 198396 7-Jul-2016 13:51
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So, VF are currently offering a free speed upgrade with UFB where you get 100 meg down for the same price as you would normally get the base level 30 down. This, of course, is only for 12 months. Anyone know what the price increase is likely to be once that 12 months is up? I'm guessing they are banking on people who have had that speed for 12 months not wanting to return to 30 down, so will pay whatever to keep them with the speeds they've become accustomed to over that year.


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  Reply # 1587627 7-Jul-2016 13:51
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Hello... Our robot found some keywords in your post, so here is an automated reply with some important things to note regarding broadband speeds.

 

If you are posting regarding DSL speeds please check that

 

  • you have reset your modem and router 
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  • Your ISP and plan 
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  Reply # 1587638 7-Jul-2016 13:59
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Sure it's $10



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  Reply # 1587644 7-Jul-2016 14:09
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Really, that little? That would be nice.

 

If it is such a small figure, it will be interesting to see if they will give such an offer in writing, so that in a year they can't turn around and say...well, actually due to circumstances beyond our control (ahem), that'll be an extra $80 a month if you want to keep that speed. 

 

Or am I living in a dream world?!

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1587649 7-Jul-2016 14:23
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It's not a big amount like $80

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  Reply # 1587663 7-Jul-2016 14:33
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http://www.vodafone.co.nz/legal/terms-conditions/faster-fibre-100-offer/

 

 

Not sure why you are so surprised at the pricing being only $10 extra, the broadband market is highly competitive and this pricing is in line with their competitors. There is also a lot of regulation at the wholesale level in regards to UFB inputs, the pricing for a 100/20 port is actually more stable than 30/10 at wholesale as the 100/20 tier is largely derived from the regulated tiers. The situation is nowhere as volatile as you seem to suggest.



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  Reply # 1587688 7-Jul-2016 14:48
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Thanks both for your replies/info. My cynicism re. pricing hikes was based both on ignorance on my part, but also in the belief that at the end of the day they are a business, wanting to make as much $ as possible...whilst at the same time realising that if you dangle a 100Mb "carrot" in front of a person's face for a year, they won't want to give it up, and hence some might will be prepared to pay anything to keep that "carrot".


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