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#293417 19-Jan-2022 17:37
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We are pondering moving from ADSL 10mb to wireless broadband.

 

We are right on fringe of rural, but only 800m as crow flies from 4g cell tower. I was looking at getting Wireless Broadband, but they say we are Rural. and want to charge more for less. So may fake my address to get urban rate, still connect to same tower..

 

Also What is 4G wireless like for gaming? is the ping worse than adsl?

 

 


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  #2853794 19-Jan-2022 19:55
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ping will likely be higher and fluctuate more. try gaming over you phones data connection and see

 

Also dont fake your address.

 

Do you need the extra speed or...


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  #2853801 19-Jan-2022 20:22
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You’ll get shut off if you fake your address so don’t do this. There are reasons why there is an urban rate. There was somebody else who posted on here recently who did exactly that and got forced off.

Where are you based? Your local WISP is likely a better option.




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  #2853807 19-Jan-2022 20:47
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If you fake your address and you get caught they will disconnect you using it outside the nominated address is a breech of terms of service





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  #2853829 19-Jan-2022 22:40
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argh.. oh well good idea to discuss.. can you get enable fibre to run cable 300m into spark area?


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  #2853840 19-Jan-2022 23:23
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What about Starlink?

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  #2853875 20-Jan-2022 07:08
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CYaBro: What about Starlink?

 

This ^

 

Although we are urban I belong to a lifestyle block group on Facebook, so many positive things said about Starlink. Life changing for some people who put up with 2mbps ADSL or bad 4G.


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  #2853923 20-Jan-2022 09:37
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tchart:

 

CYaBro: What about Starlink?

 

This ^

 

Although we are urban I belong to a lifestyle block group on Facebook, so many positive things said about Starlink. Life changing for some people who put up with 2mbps ADSL or bad 4G.

 

 

We've had friends who are deemed rural and are only a few hundred metres from civilised society - they went with Starlink after relying on a terrible connection for years. 

 

They are suitably impressed and regularly have a multitude of teens connected, while streaming, gaming and all the other stuff teens do - while they happily run their businesses from home. 





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michaelmurfy: You’ll get shut off if you fake your address so don’t do this. There are reasons why there is an urban rate. There was somebody else who posted on here recently who did exactly that and got forced off.

 

 

 

Out of interest - does anyone have any more information on whether Vodafone will sign 4G wireless for locations that are firmly in rural areas? 

 

I've requested an unlock on the other thread for long distance 4G links, but also looking at options to assist family (/mother in her late 60's) in a rural location ~40km south of Whangarei.   

 

 

 

Back story - the area is prone to power/phone interruptions, and she's on a grandfathered Vodafone 300gb ADSL plan with analog phone, and a monthly discount due to assorted problems over the years.  They're now pushing pretty hard to get her off analog, but as the power does go out often enough she doesn't want to be without a phone as well - but Vodafone call center literally hasn't offered her any other solutions.

 

The area is also technically a black spot as far as Vodafone are concerned for the coverage maps, although there are some elevated area around the house that do get limited coverage, so we've been discussing options to possibly try and move to a 4G router with directional antenna if Vodafone can come to the party with a suitable plan to keep the $'s at least within reach of what she's already paying.

 

Starlink was considered, but high hardware outlay, and higher monthly's also put it out.

 

RBI could be an option - but similarly up there for monthly if you want more than a hundred gigs.

 

 

 

Sounds like they did mention 4G wireless to her in one of the conversations before then realising they couldn't offer it - so I'd be interested to hear if anyone has had it offered with the unlimited data cap - even if they're in a rural area.

 

 

 

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