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.
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
1 | ... | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23
1513 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 212


  Reply # 171120 14-Oct-2008 18:41
Send private message

Darn, that is sooo interesting! I've been on the net since having to use Lynx to navigate and no such thing as web browsers and I didn't know that isps bought throughput, not data amounts. I had wondered how on earth xnet could afford all that download for the torrent plan members. Suddenly it all makes sense.

Thanks for the great explanation!

3267 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 77

Trusted

  Reply # 171150 14-Oct-2008 20:41
Send private message

One solution (perhaps what they are going for) is to let torrenters leave out of frustration, so speeds improve, so there will be a natural equalibrium where speed is acceptable to the people that stay.  Also, word will get out that their torrent plan is no use so people are unlikely to join it.

Note that XNet does not advertise.  Yes, the torrent plan is an option on their web site, but they do not actively advertise like the others (Orcon, Xtra, Clear, Slingshot, etc.).  So they would not be getting that many people joining up all the time.  It is purely word of mouth, and at the moment the word is not good.

They said it will not take long before things will improve, I am sure it will improve very soon now that torrenters are starting to leave.

(I'm not complaining, just adding another viewpoint.)




You can never have enough Volvos!


2277 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 370

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 171175 14-Oct-2008 22:47
Send private message

Niel:

Note that XNet does not advertise.  Yes, the torrent plan is an option on their web site, but they do not actively advertise like the others (Orcon, Xtra, Clear, Slingshot, etc.).  So they would not be getting that many people joining up all the time.  It is purely word of mouth, and at the moment the word is not good.



I've heard from inside that they are still signing up to 50 peeps a day! hard to believe but I trust my source. Not sure how many are leaving though.

230 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 4


Reply # 171192 15-Oct-2008 00:10
Send private message

attilathegorilla:
sbiddle:
The problem with torrents is that it doesn't matter how much capacity you add it will all get gobbled up instantly


And that is why torrenters have been moved to a time slot when everybody else is asleep. Ideally hehe.


Far from everybody! :-p




"The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us."

 

- Calvin and Hobbes (Bill Watterson)

8026 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 387

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 171207 15-Oct-2008 02:39
Send private message

Well I left xnet back around the end first quarter of this year due to their on going international performance problems (this was before the torrent plan).  I think I'd been a customer for almost 8-10 months or so.  The torrent plan to me sounded like a terrible idea that was bound to destroy any quality of service for normal mid to late night users.  If you dug up some of my posts from around that time both here and on gameplanet you'll probably find some "I told you so" moments.

I really wanted to continue liking Xnet and stay with them as I'd been a happy customer for many months.  I respected their no contract pay per gb plans.  However near the end I'd also been an unhappy customer for the last several months and it was clear their no management of p2p traffic was going to destroy the service for gamers (international servers) and moderate users.

I would say I used to recommend xnet quite a lot to my friends, family and workmates.  I doubt I would recommend them to anyone any time soon. 

I don't know how they can be happy with the damage to their reputation or brand and the strong negative word of mouth about them now.



 

43 posts

Geek


Reply # 171795 17-Oct-2008 13:52
Send private message

Bye XNET,  Hello Slingshot!

Contacted XNET with speed concerns last week.  They made me do all sorts of speed tests and traces - never acknowledging the current bandwidth issues.  I did this for them - but told them my concerns about the Torrent plan.  The sent me a standard cut/paste excuse - and a link to the CEO's "roadmap" ???  Like I care???

Signed up with Slingshot on Monday lunchtime using the online process.  Had my account activated within 24 hours.

Set my 1Gig download going at 1am in the morning.

IT COMPLETED BEFORE 3am!!!!   (This is the file that couldn't reach 80Meg in 6 hours via XNET)

No off-peak problems here.... why are you still with XNET?

8026 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 387

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 171815 17-Oct-2008 15:29
Send private message

Switching to Slingshot right now probably wasn't the greatest move, did you miss all the negative posts about Slingshot's service atm?

93 posts

Master Geek


  Reply # 171827 17-Oct-2008 16:03
Send private message

just called xnet coz i was having some crappy problems with line speed. and the person confirmed that xnet was working on the torrent plan, they have now done some 2 pool thing which will either be in effect from now or very soon. he said he saw this in the staff email that was sent to employees. he said speed should be going up either 12am tonight or very soon.. so yeah.. fingers crossed

86 posts

Master Geek


  Reply # 173391 24-Oct-2008 16:31
Send private message

I joined the gym a few months ago. I was put on a waiting list as I was told they had too many members and couldn't guarrantee a quality service (i.e. small wait times to use equipment) to their existing members if they didn't enforce a limit.

Perhaps Xnet and other ISP's should try thinking like this, of course that would mean less profit, it'll never happen...

213 posts

Master Geek


  Reply # 173417 24-Oct-2008 19:08
Send private message

raydenl: I joined the gym a few months ago. I was put on a waiting list as I was told they had too many members and couldn't guarrantee a quality service (i.e. small wait times to use equipment) to their existing members if they didn't enforce a limit.

Perhaps Xnet and other ISP's should try thinking like this, of course that would mean less profit, it'll never happen...


Exactly right. Small and cheap ISP`s like Xnet absolutely need oversubscription in order to be profitable. As soon as their customers are happy, their owners are not. You get what you pay for.




If honest work and justice are not enough - we'll get a lawyer.

100 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 1


Reply # 173484 25-Oct-2008 01:09
Send private message

Changed to pay per meg from torrent plan and everything is back to GOOD. Nice after midnight speeds on browsing, torrents and streaming. All international is good.

230 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 4


Reply # 173500 25-Oct-2008 08:55
Send private message

varix: Changed to pay per meg from torrent plan and everything is back to GOOD. Nice after midnight speeds on browsing, torrents and streaming. All international is good.


and Xnet get to make a lot more money off you in the process :-(




"The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us."

 

- Calvin and Hobbes (Bill Watterson)

19282 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2600
Inactive user


  Reply # 173501 25-Oct-2008 09:02
Send private message

Baboon:
varix: Changed to pay per meg from torrent plan and everything is back to GOOD. Nice after midnight speeds on browsing, torrents and streaming. All international is good.


and Xnet get to make a lot more money off you in the process :-(


Do you see the word charity on Xnets name!!


97 posts

Master Geek


  Reply # 173504 25-Oct-2008 09:27
Send private message

I'm just hoping that they change the off peak data times. Many people want to use the internet before 8am. I tried to get a 2 meg .exe file from sourceforge at 7.30am and it took 5 minutes to complete.

1 | ... | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page 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 »

Intel introduces new NUC kits and NUC mini PCs
Posted 16-Aug-2018 11:03


The Warehouse leaps into the AI future with Google
Posted 15-Aug-2018 17:56


Targus set sights on enterprise and consumer growth in New Zealand
Posted 13-Aug-2018 13:47


Huawei to distribute nova 3i in New Zealand
Posted 9-Aug-2018 16:23


Home robot Vector to be available in New Zealand stores
Posted 9-Aug-2018 14:47


Panasonic announces new 2018 OLED TV line up
Posted 7-Aug-2018 16:38


Kordia completes first live 4K TV broadcast
Posted 1-Aug-2018 13:00


Schools get safer and smarter internet with Managed Network Upgrade
Posted 30-Jul-2018 20:01


DNC wants a safer .nz in the coming year
Posted 26-Jul-2018 16:08


Auldhouse becomes an AWS Authorised Training Delivery Partner in New Zealand
Posted 26-Jul-2018 15:55


Rakuten Kobo launches Kobo Clara HD entry level reader
Posted 26-Jul-2018 15:44


Kiwi team reaches semi-finals at the Microsoft Imagine Cup
Posted 26-Jul-2018 15:38


KidsCan App to Help Kiwi Children in Need
Posted 26-Jul-2018 15:32


FUJIFILM announces new high-performance lenses
Posted 24-Jul-2018 14:57


New FUJIFILM XF10 introduces square mode for Instagram sharing
Posted 24-Jul-2018 14:44



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.