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Topic # 29704 15-Jan-2009 22:02
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Hi all,
I'm in Auckland and apparently have an ADSL2+ wireless modem and phoneline.

I'm wanting to shift from Maxnet. I'm using about 30 GB to 35 GB a month and am getting slapped with huge excess data charges. Wasn't originally using this much, but have another laptop in the house now. I'm looking for a plan which is max $80. Download speed is more important than upload, so don't mind a FS down / 128k up service. 

I am looking at Xnet (and even signed up tonight, but may cancel in the morning) but have read some bad things about their speeds so am up in the air about it at the moment. How does it is Telecom these days? I haven't Telecom them for about 18 months and at that time was on that unlimited plan that was just a mess. Their current Pro plan sounds like it will fit the bill perfectly if I decide that Xnet is a no go.

I'm looking at the unlimited plan with Xnet.

Cheers if you can offer any input - want to get this right!

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  Reply # 189895 15-Jan-2009 22:43
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The normal non-torrent plan should be.  If speed is important, then note that being on a 128k limited upload speed will effectively limit your download speed to about 3.5Mbps.  This is because TCP/IP requires acknowledge packets to be sent for data received.  This can be tweaked, but you still have to acknowledge receiving your data.  My download speed is almost 7Mbps while over 3km from the exchange.

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  Reply # 189912 16-Jan-2009 00:06
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Yes and No.

Yes, if...
You choose their 'pay per meg' plans, and your get good speeds and they offer the cheapest rates ourt of all the ISP's, being only $1 a GB...

On the 'River' plan (FS/128), which is the speeds your happy with, that would cost you $34 monthly for the plan, and using 30GB a month, that would cost $30, giving you a total cost of $64...nothing wrong with that.

No, if...
You choose their 'unlimited' plan called 'Torrent' (75GB free data)

The 'Torrent'is an add-on to the above plan (and to others), but gives 75GB free data between the hours of 2am and 8am...

Do not be fooled by this!

As a result the 'Torrent' plan add-on means a substainally slow service, so slow at times you cannot even view simple websites, let alone download anything...this Torrent add-on ruined xnet's reputation here at Geekzone (also due to the way the company went about handling it and its customers who were on the plan)

So that said, if you stay with xnet, choose their 'pay-per-meg' and your be fine...within your budget.

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  Reply # 189979 16-Jan-2009 12:07
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You state you are in Auckland, you should try the slingshot "next big thing" if it's available for you
they have free data from 1am-7am and it's no where near as slow as xnets torrent plan or pay per meg according to my aunty
I'm just waiting for it to come to Wellington, before I jump ship, months of cut outs, slow service and them "forgetting" to put my friend exchange credit onto my account, whcih they finally did this month over 9 months after my mate joined, has really gotten to me :(

They used to have a great team, great customer service, but then it went downhill big time :(

I have moved across the ditch.  Now residing in Melbourne as a VOIP/Video Technical Trainer/Engineer. 

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