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# 44570 28-Oct-2009 14:13
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Yesterday TelstraClear launched it's "New Homeplan" packages to coincide with the launch of it's unbundled exchanges for consumer. The packages seem to combine their phone line, PDQ broadband, and Kiwi Yak Pak's into bundles such as "Call Local, Call National, and Call World"

Homeplan is the product set for customers outside of the cable network areas, and has different pricing for anyone outside of Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch.

I've organised to migrate from my existing WSA PDQ plan to the "Call Local" package for $75 per month, which includes Phoneline and FS/FS UCLL access broadband.

The usage packs now also have 3GB and 25GB options, although the pricing per GB has increased for anything below 25GB, which is dissapointing at first glance, but when I realised I was saving $14 per month off my line and broadband access, I kinda got over it.

I'm roughly 700m from the Mayoral Drive exchange, so once I've migrated to their UCLL access within the next two days, I'll see if I should consider VDSL2 and call up to ask about it further. References to the VDSL2 option is apparent throughout the pages, but pricing is currently POA, and I assume they're still piloting it, or maybe you simply get advised once you ring and confirm availability.

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  # 267723 28-Oct-2009 15:22
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Wow, I hadn't even seen this. The prices pretty much balance out when I consider my own usage patterns so I'm not sure whether to bother with changing or not. It's a pity that they're charging an extra $5 if you don't live in Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch.


Edit: And an extra $5 to turn interleaving off? Forget it, I'll keep my existing service as that'll make it more expensive.


Edit 2: I just calculated costs based on my last 5 months' usage. I'll save an average of $1.14 per month with this new service. Yay.

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  # 267743 28-Oct-2009 16:11
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Is there a list anywhere of what exchanges TelstraClear has unbundled?

 
 
 
 


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  # 267884 28-Oct-2009 23:02
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I see they are still persisting with the inflexible data pack approach that I loathe...

When you reach your pack limit you will automatically have another pack of the same size added on... so the same old having to watch usage like a hawk near the end of the month.

With the 10GB packs if you end the month on 31 GB you pay for 40GB which always felt like a con job to me.. With 25GB packs it's even worse, end the month on 26GB you pay for 50GB, retarded....


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  # 267919 29-Oct-2009 07:20
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Yet the ad on the front page is talking about how you no longer need a crystal ball to predict your usage. A bit silly...

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  # 267948 29-Oct-2009 08:49
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Not retarted, business.




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  # 267950 29-Oct-2009 08:51
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DjShadow: Is there a list anywhere of what exchanges TelstraClear has unbundled?

I'm trying to find this also. I can't see anywhere on their website where I can find out if my exchange is unbundled. I really don't like their website, it's too busy or something, I find it hard to navigate too.

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  # 267958 29-Oct-2009 09:05
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Did some quick calculations. I would save $ on the internet+phone package but any savings are quickly lost in paying for data.

 
 
 
 


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  # 267964 29-Oct-2009 09:18
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Looks like yet another excuse for TC to regurgitate old news.

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  # 267965 29-Oct-2009 09:19
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I think these maps are supposed to show the unbundled areas. According to the Herald, they're going to add 20 more exchanges by the end of the year. I doubt they'll do mine though :(



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  # 267992 29-Oct-2009 10:34
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Giving them a call and querying your address may be the only way to find out at this point. (0508-888-800) - Press 1 for sales

Think I'm up and running tomorrow, so looking forward to seeing how it turns out on UCLL, will measure some modem/line stats tonight before I change over for comparison.

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  # 267996 29-Oct-2009 10:39
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Anyone know if they are doing sub loop unbundling aka putting gear in cabinets?

Because I suspect another thing against this plan is that if you're connected to a cabinet you'll get the same mid span injection signal problems that Orcon+ and Vodafone Red users have.



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  # 268076 29-Oct-2009 12:34
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Apparently, there are no performance issues from cabinetisation that Voda and Orcon have experienced, I wouldn't pretend to understand the technical aspect of those undertakings or designs, but that was well and truly tested & assured in the alpha trials, so I'm told.

My horrible understanding of it is that as a TelstraClear customer who has been cabinetised, you would see those cabinetisation benefits through WSA, but you would still reach back through TelstraClear's network at the exchange (UCLL), I'm unsure.. The commerce commission is pushing for legislation on cabinet unbundling?

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  # 268098 29-Oct-2009 13:06
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*sigh*

The local council (I'm in Whakatane) claimed to have various ISPs interested in investing in broadband here. So far it's not going very well...

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  # 268123 29-Oct-2009 13:57
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Plans still pretty expensive - but Big Back Yard's in there (not that we'll actually make good use of it)

Under Optional Extras in the HomePlan brochure:

VDSL2

VDSL2 is the fastest broadband service available for HomePlan. It is an optional extra available in a limited number of exchanges and only to households within a qualifying distance of the exchange.
In most cases, VDSL2 significantly improves (and as much as doubles) the speed of your existing broadband service. E.g. If you are currently experiencing an average of 10Mbps, upgrading to VDSL2 should increase this to more than 20Mbps.
You will need to contact TelstraClear to find out if VDSL2 is an option for your address.
VDSL2 requires a different modem from ADSL/ADSL2+.


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  # 268125 29-Oct-2009 14:02
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Thanks for linking to that brochure (the link on TCL's site was broken yesterday). It states that removing interleaving is a one-off $5 charge; I assumed it was per month. That means I'll save an average of $6.14 per month by changing to the new 25 GB plan.

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