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# 21140 16-Apr-2008 22:13
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Hi all,

we are about to move house and have an important decision to make. 

We currently have telstraclear cable for phone, tv, and broadband, which has been good, but we are about to move into an area that telstraclear cable is not available.  So we need to make a decision about what direction we should go for phone / broadand services.  The choice is as follows (or are there other options?)

- Get fixed landline (telecom) and get broadband FS/FS through another provider (xnet); or

- get rid of a landline and go with xnet fusion (vfx) for VOIB / broadband FS/FS. 

I'm not sure of the way to go, but the cheapest / most reliable option would be best.

your experiences with either option / advice on which way to go would be most appreciated.


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  # 124207 16-Apr-2008 22:25
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It really depends on what types of services and data you require (and also customer preference sometimes) Laughing.

The NZ Connections Wiki have Naked DSL, Landline and ADSL broadband plans for you to look at.

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  # 124212 16-Apr-2008 22:36
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Fusion gives you a lot of nice features for free.  VoBB is more complex, but WxC is very quick to sort out any VoBB issues.  Xnet broadband at the moment (actually last few months) have been having slow international speeds at peak times.  It is time they get it all sorted, but I am sure there is a good reason why it is not yet sorted.  It does not bother me too much, but does affect things like You Tube (during peak time).

If the above is not a problem for you, then go straight to Fusion.  If you have concerns, get a Telecom land line and XNet broadband and VFX.  VFX will be free while you are on XNet broadband (only pay for hardware) and allows you to get a feel for how good it is plus the nice features before fully committing to it.  We did that for more than 6 months until Fusion came along, then switched to Fusion and ported our Telecom number over.  One advantage of XNet is that there is absolutely no contract and also you will use it for a month before you receive your first bill and then have another month before you have to pay it.  So even if you try it and decide to change, you will probably have to pay the next ISP before you have to pay XNet!

Having an Auckland Telecom land line, XNet FS/256k and VFX cost $5 per month more than Fusion which gives you FS/FS.  The difference in FS/256k and FS/FS is that 256k upload limits your download to about 3.5Mbps because your computer is slow to reply with acknowledge messages.  When I went do Fusion my download speed almost doubled, it is now between 6Mbps and 7Mbps.

Cost wise, I think there is nothing else that compares to Fusion as long as you do not use lots of data every month.  We are just all hoping they sort the international speed problem soon.

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  # 124219 16-Apr-2008 23:05
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I agree with Niel. Fusion is the way to go. I had VFX for just over a year before Xnet started fusion and have never regretted making the decision to turn the Landline off. I am also saving 20 - 25 dollars a month on just having Fusion and no Telecom phoneline. So even though you dont save the whole 41 odd dollars on having your Telecom line turned off there is in most cases substantial savings to be made.

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