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Topic # 27008 10-Oct-2008 07:27
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I don't want to pay for, nor can I use tolls as I use Skype in/out for my phone. I certainly don't want to have to pay for another VoIP service which IME are usually not half as good or as cheap as Skype is.

Any thoughts? I use BitTorrent (I like to be able to pull down a couple new TV episodes or a movie per night) and I download large podcasts with iTunes every day (as well as the occasional legit movie - though I do think Apple charges too much compared to what I pay at my local Video store). However I DO manage my bandwidth usage as I need to be able to do other things at the same time (plus I'm not some ignorant jerk who thinks more connections and no upload limits will help them download more). Right now with Xnet EVERY SINGLE service is crippled during off-peak hours regardless of how much I manage my bandwidth. Even turning off BitTorrent and iTunes doesn't help.

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 Jamie Kahn Genet

P.S. As you can imagine from what I'm downloading - I hardly ever turn my real TV on nowadays. Maybe three times a week to catch the NEWS, but that's it. There's always bugger-all on (I left the TV on after the NEWS the other day, while I was working, and struck no less than three new reality crap shows - ugg!) and I like being able to pick what I want when I want.

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  Reply # 170387 10-Oct-2008 10:47
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I've had a look around recently - no one is as good as Xnet for my usage and then there is the free VFX.

Here's hoping the bandwidth fix comes soon (though currently I'm hamstrung by backhaul from my exchange as well so my only real option elsewhere is Orcon LLU, next month when that option goes live)

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  Reply # 170406 10-Oct-2008 12:50
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scottjpalmer: Here's hoping the bandwidth fix comes soon (though currently I'm hamstrung by backhaul from my exchange as well so my only real option elsewhere is Orcon LLU, next month when that option goes live)


Looking in the Orcon forum they're hamstrung by the same international issues as WxC...  

http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?ForumId=82&TopicId=26853
http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?ForumId=82&TopicId=26856

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  Reply # 170665 12-Oct-2008 00:23
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I've switched to Snap - I've only been on the Naked DSL B plan for a few days so far, but it's been a substantial improvement from Xnet.  The change in price will be fun to budget (from $70+$1/gb to $90 with 20gb traffic, and I'll probably buy additional data in the 20gb blocks for $36/ea plus $11.25 for VFX), but the performance increase is worth it for me.  I'm in Christchurch, so it's local for me, not sure how it'd perform elsewhere.

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  Reply # 170754 12-Oct-2008 18:35
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kiwired23: I've switched to Snap - I've only been on the Naked DSL B plan for a few days so far, but it's been a substantial improvement from Xnet.  The change in price will be fun to budget (from $70+$1/gb to $90 with 20gb traffic, and I'll probably buy additional data in the 20gb blocks for $36/ea plus $11.25 for VFX), but the performance increase is worth it for me.  I'm in Christchurch, so it's local for me, not sure how it'd perform elsewhere.

I'm in Auckland and the performance on Snap is excellent for me.  Last night I was streaming YouTube Video Clips at 660kbps.  This is almost enough to stream 2 at once Cool

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