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Topic # 93715 28-Nov-2011 09:56
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TelstraClear is letting kiwis surf the web, watch video and email to their heart’s content all the first weekend in December. From 6pm on Friday 2 December until midnight on Sunday 4 December, data used by TelstraClear residential broadband customers will be free.

“We say we’re the home of broadband and we’re putting our money where our mouth is,” says Steve Jackson, TelstraClear’s head of consumer markets. “At 6pm on Friday we’re switching off the data counter, meaning that any data used over the weekend is free and won’t count against a customer’s monthly allocation. If you’ve been waiting to check out those YouTube videos or try your hand at online gaming, now’s your chance.

“We know that people want to get online and discover the world but sometimes worry about the amount of data that might be used. That’s why we already un-meter a range of popular sites, including TradeMe, the Mediaworks/TV3 family of sites, and our own unmetered Steam gaming server. Because people often have more time outside the working week, we’re helping Kiwis make the most of the Internet with our unmetered weekend.”

Steve Jackson says TelstraClear knows that this weekend will be very popular. "With lots of people online for longer, some customers could experience slower than normal connection speeds, but we think that being able to do much more online without using any of your data pack makes it worth doing .”





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  Reply # 550805 28-Nov-2011 10:02
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Awesome, though I have a feeling by the time Saturday peak time hits people will be on dialup like speeds.

Will be interesting to see how well TelstraClear's network holds up. 



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  Reply # 550807 28-Nov-2011 10:02
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  Reply # 550808 28-Nov-2011 10:07
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  Reply # 550811 28-Nov-2011 10:14
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I may just have to take advantage of this, are there any legitimate 1080p torrents or hosted videos that would make for great download tests? I'm thinking larger than regular linux iso's.

I know Nine Inch Nails has some high def live concert rips (uploaded to bittorrent by the band for fans to make their own dvd's/blurays from) which I will finally be queuing up to download.

Cheers for the notice Mauricio.

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  Reply # 550813 28-Nov-2011 10:17
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Norwegian TV have a 22G torrent of Bergen to Oslo via rail avaiable if you want to try it. Not sure if the Hurtigruten video is avaiable - all 134 hours of it

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  Reply # 550824 28-Nov-2011 10:33
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freitasm: It could well be a "test drive" to see exactly what it would be like.


Hmmm that's a good idea.




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  Reply # 550826 28-Nov-2011 10:36
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Poll: I may just have to take advantage of this, are there any legitimate 1080p torrents or hosted videos that would make for great download tests? I'm thinking larger than regular linux iso's.


http://vodo.net/ is a site with legal torrents. I've downloaded quite a few a year ago during my tests, and probably will check it out again soon for more content.

 




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  Reply # 550831 28-Nov-2011 10:48
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Thanks for the suggestions, I'll give them a try.

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  Reply # 550833 28-Nov-2011 10:54
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Does residential broadband includes both cable and ADSL customers? I would assume so, only mentioning this because I haven't had an e-mail from them about this and I am on cable.



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  Reply # 550842 28-Nov-2011 11:17
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The more cynical person inside me thinks that they're performing an upgrade to the "data counter" and they don't have any backup ;)

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  Reply # 550844 28-Nov-2011 11:18
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1080p: Does residential broadband includes both cable and ADSL customers? I would assume so, only mentioning this because I haven't had an e-mail from them about this and I am on cable.


Hi 1080p. It applies to all TelstraClear residential customers whether on InHome (cable) or HomePlan.

Cheers, Gary

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  Reply # 550862 28-Nov-2011 11:35
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r2b2: The more cynical person inside me thinks that they're performing an upgrade to the "data counter" and they don't have any backup ;)


I doubt that, if it were the case, they'd just stay shtum on the fact rather than encourage people to grab as much stuff as they possibly can quite possibly creating a poorer experience for general usage over the period.
 




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  Reply # 550864 28-Nov-2011 11:38
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Bet you skynet will be watching this weekend!

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  Reply # 550872 28-Nov-2011 11:47
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Snap got a fair amount of publicity for their free data weekend, not surprising to see more ISP's use the same promotional tricks.

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