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Topic # 7448 16-Apr-2006 10:30
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As moving to NZ this year, keen to understand who are the major voice service providers in with various DID locations.
I was aware of iTalk and now MyNetfone, and also two wireless offerings from swoosh and ihug.
Do any of these providers have DID servers in South Island?

Could we get a Wiki or a couple of stickies on the forum for VoIP FAQ and VoIP Providers.

Steve, as per post regarding mynetfone in NZ, looks like their pricing structure is set to abuse the early adopters. With timed regional calls in NZ 5c min, and high international calls, they have not followed the Aus approach eg 10c untime national calls. This may change when they establish more regional DID servers.   Are there other alternatives that are more competitive in pricing.   

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  Reply # 33083 16-Apr-2006 13:30
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MattD: As moving to NZ this year, keen to understand who are the major voice service providers in with various DID locations.
I was aware of iTalk and now MyNetfone, and also two wireless offerings from swoosh and ihug.
Do any of these providers have DID servers in South Island?

Could we get a Wiki or a couple of stickies on the forum for VoIP FAQ and VoIP Providers.

Steve, as per post regarding mynetfone in NZ, looks like their pricing structure is set to abuse the early adopters. With timed regional calls in NZ 5c min, and high international calls, they have not followed the Aus approach eg 10c untime national calls. This may change when they establish more regional DID servers.   Are there other alternatives that are more competitive in pricing.   


iTalk and MyNetFone are still the main 2 domestic providers in NZ. iTalk currently only offer Auckland DDI's but have been promising DDI's in other cities for the past year so at some stage they may appear! MyNetFone currently do not have DDI's, I spoke to them about this a few weeks ago and they have no plans for any yet but will probably have them in the future. The only provider I'm aware of with DDI's elsewhere is www.datasolutions.net.nz who have them available in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

As to untimed national calls it would be very difficult to offer such a product in NZ due to the dig difference in interconnection costs in NZ.



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  Reply # 33086 16-Apr-2006 13:58
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sbiddle: As to untimed national calls it would be very difficult to offer such a product in NZ due to the dig difference in interconnection costs in NZ.


Thanks Steve for info, as per untimed calls, I believe the way the Aus providers are getting around it is to have their servers in various regional cities. 
In NZ, what do you pay for local calls (eg CHCH to CHCH) are they timed, or fixed or free?


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  Reply # 33088 16-Apr-2006 14:29
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In NZ, what do you pay for local calls (eg CHCH to CHCH) are they timed, or fixed or free?


Free from your home phone,

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  Reply # 33490 20-Apr-2006 15:35
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I've been using www.0064.co.nz for a couple of weeks with a SPA-2100 ATA and the service seems pretty good quality, and the rates are cheap too.

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I use italk and it works sweet as

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  Reply # 35291 9-May-2006 17:30
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Untimed NZ landline for AUD 9c from www.pennytel.com. Servers are nice and fast on my Wired Country connection (40ms to them)

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  Reply # 35299 9-May-2006 18:13
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mattheww: I've been using www.0064.co.nz for a couple of weeks with a SPA-2100 ATA and the service seems pretty good quality, and the rates are cheap too.

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  Reply # 37762 6-Jun-2006 07:56
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Seems like I might stick with my current provider from Aus for a while, still cheaper to make international call from voip (3c min) than country call inside nz
Use NZ landline for local calls but Aus calls at 10c flat.

I had heard that NZ ADSL providers were preventing effective VoIP, is this the case?
I will check for broadband cable providers in NZ.  

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  Reply # 37767 6-Jun-2006 08:56
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MattD: Seems like I might stick with my current provider from Aus for a while, still cheaper to make international call from voip (3c min) than country call inside nz
Use NZ landline for local calls but Aus calls at 10c flat.

I had heard that NZ ADSL providers were preventing effective VoIP, is this the case?
I will check for broadband cable providers in NZ.  


Telecom have been allowed to cripple ADSL in NZ to stop you using "real time services". This has resulted in VoIP being unusable over many ADSL connections, with UBS connections (generally those resold by ISP's other than Telecom's Xtra) generally being the worst. I've heard some reports of the upcoming TelstraClear ADSL service being awesome for VoIP but I missed out on the trial so everybody will have to wait another month until it launches.


Cable is perfect for VoIP but there is only one company who has cable internet in NZ - TelstraClear who have a network running around most of the Wellington region & Kapiti Coast and also in parts of Christchurch.




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  Reply # 37774 6-Jun-2006 09:13
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sbiddle:

Cable is perfect for VoIP but there is only one company who has cable internet in NZ - TelstraClear who have a network running around most of the Wellington region & Kapiti Coast and also in parts of Christchurch.



Thanks again.  Agree, I have been using cable in Aus for last 7 years, and out performs ADSL.  Only challenge is when you move move you have many additional relocation costs.

I will look into TelstraClear's CHCH coverage, as we yet do not where in CHCH we will be living, I should be able to get some general indication.

Sounds like NZ Telecom have had a counterproductive stranglehold on the country for way too long. 

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Reply # 37778 6-Jun-2006 09:18
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I live in Wellington and one of the factors considered when we bought a new house was TCL (TelstraClear, another TLA) coverage. Moving was easy, and they actually performed well (showed up on time, delivered the connection quickly), which was a surprise seeing the tracking record of bad service they had in the past.

TCL offers different plans, up to 10Mbps for home. Great for VoIP. I use SkypeOut, which is cheaper than national long distance and international calls, even over some alternative providers such as ZTALK, and I have a couple of SkypeIn numbers, in Australia and the USA.

We are using the landline less and less these days...







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  Reply # 37782 6-Jun-2006 09:25
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Thanks Mauricio,
sounds like great service.  I had a look at the pricing package options for TelstraClear and look pretty good, considering 2Mbps upstream. 10Mbps even better.

My concern with moving was with Telstra Bigpond in Aus as they charge $180 to relocate even if the new address already has cable installed. Then there was a delay of 3days between service.  I could not see these sort of issues on their pricing and terms and conditions pages.

   
   

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