For others in the house a standard handset and dial tone is necessary. I am not an IT pro and we're after a stable "appliance", ps we're a Mac household (if that makes any difference).
Thank you for the advice.
MacHobble: ps The other option would seem to be a provider, such as SNAP, and VDSL/ADSL. It'll be a long time before we see fibre and the speed of the cable is attractive.
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From my experience, in Christchurch cable is superior to DSL, unless you want big data caps.
MacHobble: We can get VDSL on SNAP and I'm leaning that way: Local company, good reviews, the unmetered content, speed should be fit for purpose, dealing with a single provider.