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Topic # 12817 7-Apr-2007 17:33
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So I'm quite ready to dump everything Telecom from my life (except mobile). Slingshot offer their equivalent to Telecom HomeLine a la this. They also offer iTalk VoIP a la this. My question is, can I ditcfh the Telecom homeline and switch completely to iTalk, or can I do a three-point turn by switching to Slingshot Homeline and then ditching that in favour of iTalk.

I remember reading on here about someone with a TelstraClear connection doing something similar.

Basically: iTalk without a Telecom Homeline - possible? And if so, how?

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  Reply # 66546 7-Apr-2007 17:58
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Unless you had an alternative means of establishing an internet connection, you would require a landline to get ADSL services.

You would still have a 'Telecom landline' in that case, just that you would pay Slingshot/Callplus for it (and be locked into Slingshot/callplus tolls and their DSL package too).

If you lived in an area with cable, or used mobile broadband (ie. Telecom cdma, Vodafone utms/hspda), or the rural wireless options... or pretty much any other broadband connection which doesn't require a landline (and has a low latency rate), you could get Italk without a Telecom landline. Some people have used VOIP solutions with TCL cable with great effect, as well as another user with a rural wireless connection.

I've played with VOIP a bit and while I do have a few things running here, I still use 0161 and other solutions. Telecoms calling club offers $0.99 capped calling to any NZ/AU number INCLUDING 021's on Sundays... though having cheap/free calling has been fun even if the quality is a bit touch and go(but at the same time so is the current anytime capped calling).

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  Reply # 66551 7-Apr-2007 18:20
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Compass Wireless is also a possibility. A bit expensive to install but works a treat... check out

You must be in one of the areas listed obviously.

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