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#116149 19-Apr-2013 14:34
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Hi everyone.
I'm having troubles in finding a good internet connection that suits my needs. I'm not a heavy internet user (or at least i think I am so), just spending few hours surfing the web including facebook, email (not very often, I use it with my phone), watching few minutes of youtube videos per week. Maybe my main use of the internet is to video call my family overseas. Say less than 2 hours of calling per week. Do you guys have any suggestions? The bad thing is that it is not likely to have an adsl broadband in my apartment. So my only options are either using the apt wifi (which is no good at all and eats data very fast, i dont know why) or using wireless connection (mobile broadband with pocket wifi or woosh wireless broadband - I have done some studies and found no good about the woosh company). I am very grateful for any recommendations or suggestions. So tired thesedays for facing this stuff :-(

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  #802319 19-Apr-2013 14:36
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Where are you in New Zealand?

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  #802401 19-Apr-2013 17:07
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Hi.
Currently, I'm at Auckland CBD

 
 
 
 


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  #802712 20-Apr-2013 11:01
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Did you find a way to move forward on that?

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  #802716 20-Apr-2013 11:25
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Seems pretty unlikely you cannot get adsl unless all ports are full on your exchange, which is quite unlikely in auckland cnd since it has been unbundled.

However, if that is the case the given your usage profile you would probably get by on less than 5gb per month for now. So you could go for something like 2degrees 12gb for $99 which lasts 6 months. Effectively this gives you 6gb per month for 50 bucks, which should be fine for your needs and is cheaper than most equivalent adsl too.

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  #802722 20-Apr-2013 11:50
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Speed-wise, does 2degrees offer the speed the suits my needs. I don't expect any blazing fast, just between 150 to 300 KB/s. I'm using the net by three devices: my laptop, mobile and a tablet. So which sort of device do I need? Anyway, thank you for your suggestion. :D

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  #802724 20-Apr-2013 11:56
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Should be fine. Despite vodafones 4g adverts claiming otherwise, 3G is perfectly fine for watching YouTube most of the time, especially in an area with good coverage, and that is about the most bandwidth intensive thing you will be doing.

If anything, 3G will be slightly better for video calling since the upload is better so the person you are calling might get a better picture.



Some kind of mifi device is the sort of thing you want to allow you to use your tablets, phones etc.

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  #802731 20-Apr-2013 12:31
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Well have to say that 2 Degrees 12 gig for $99 is actually a pretty good alternative for a low user especially if not interested in having a actual landline (or even without).

Funny thing is most people would not even consider it. I also think it would come with the added bonus that for (i think) $6 a month you also get to share that between all your mobile devices (if I've understood how their share your data thing actually works). Unlike a standard connection too this data would be shared on your mobile devices out of the house so one connection fits all. Just would not want to go over your limit without having it set to auto renew or it could be a painfully expensive mistake.

Way to go NonprayingMantis for suggesting it. Although I am a high user myself and it would not suit my needs I actually know a few people who could actually benefit from it.

 
 
 
 


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  #802774 20-Apr-2013 13:55
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Where can I buy the pocket wifi device to use with the 2degrees plan?

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  #802799 20-Apr-2013 15:04
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The Warehouse has them all.

I'm guessing there are at least a couple of 2 degrees shops in the CBD as well, but check The Warehouse for offers first.

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  #802808 20-Apr-2013 15:10
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In Auckland Central area retailers selling mobile broadband products...

Dick Smith 3 locations, Bond and Bond Queen Street, The Warehouse, Warehouse Stationery


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  #802813 20-Apr-2013 15:52
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Can I use the pocket wifi from vodafone with 2d plans?

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  #802866 20-Apr-2013 18:44
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I see from the R205 user guide that you insert a SIM of your choice but I doubt the vodafone software for managing the connection would work with any other provider.

Just guessing here, no idea in reality lol.

Might be a good question to ask the independent retail staff on your way up Queen st.

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  #803377 21-Apr-2013 23:29
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Hi guys
How is the 2degrees mobile broadband speed like? Is it between 1.5 to less than 3 mbps ??? Im using 3G from vodafone for my phone and its got that speed. Hope the 2d offers that same thing :-)

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  #803382 21-Apr-2013 23:34
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you need to buy, rob, steal, beg, borrow a 2d sim card and find out.

we can only guess and we will never know (and hence you will never know)




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  #803383 21-Apr-2013 23:34
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should be.

easiest way to find out is to grab a SIM for $5 from the dairy/supermarket and try it out yourself!

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