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Topic # 79104 12-Mar-2011 14:24
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So, I may be moving very soon into a place with a couple guys, and two of us want to avoid using the internet so much, but need it for a couple crucial things (internet banking and accessing online course work).
We're thinking about getting Kiwi Online dial up, at $10 a month.
This doesn't cover the charge from renting and the repair fee they tack on telecomms each month does it? I could imagine it costs about $40/month all up if my suspicions are correct.
Anyone care to help?

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  Reply # 447820 12-Mar-2011 15:07
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If you get Slingshots homeline then you get a free dialup connection too.
They have also there better network in a lot of exchanges so you would only pay $41 and not the $49.

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  Reply # 447822 12-Mar-2011 15:17
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Coursework is normally multi megabyte PDF files etc, you sure you want to be accessing that on dialup?

Have you condired a mobile connection instead? If you are only a light user then a $20 for a gig 2 degrees connection will be better value than paying for a phone line and then dialup, and its not painfully slow when you are getting your course related stuff down.




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  Reply # 447827 12-Mar-2011 15:33
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richms: Coursework is normally multi megabyte PDF files etc, you sure you want to be accessing that on dialup?

Have you condired a mobile connection instead? If you are only a light user then a $20 for a gig 2 degrees connection will be better value than paying for a phone line and then dialup, and its not painfully slow when you are getting your course related stuff down.


+1... Coursework will take forever on dial-up

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  Reply # 447838 12-Mar-2011 16:13
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hachi: This doesn't cover the charge from renting and the repair fee they tack on telecomms each month does it? I could imagine it costs about $40/month all up if my suspicions are correct.


Not sure what you mean by "repair fee" but that doesn't include the cost of a phoneline which will cost you ~$40 - $48 per month depending where in NZ you're located.

If you don't need a phoneline a mobile data package is a far better solution.



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  Reply # 447844 12-Mar-2011 16:26
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Dial-up means you already have a phone line. That KOL $10 is not including your phone line.

If you don't have one, why not go mobile and get a 2degrees USB modem instead, as suggested. You will get A LOT FASTER than dial up...

sbiddle, I think he's talking about wire maintenance fee - which is optional anyway.


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  Reply # 447861 12-Mar-2011 17:39
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need to check where you will be living before going for 2D.

they are the only carrier in NZ to charge different amounts depending n where in the country you are. their cheaper data only applies in Auckland,Wellington, ChCh and Queenstown.

Everywhere else it is megabucks ($100 per GB effectively)

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  Reply # 447862 12-Mar-2011 17:41
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If not 2degrees, Telecom or Vodafone. But reality is, mobile data will be a lot more effective than dial up.



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  Reply # 447926 13-Mar-2011 02:51
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Forget dial up if you don't want to pay the $40ish per month for a landline phone service.

Mobile broadband is the way to go: Telecom, Vodafone and 2degree's all have plans or prepay options.


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  Reply # 447989 13-Mar-2011 13:59
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freitasm:

sbiddle, I think he's talking about wire maintenance fee - which is optional anyway.



if you're renting premises, you shouldn't need to pay for the wire maintenance fee - should be covered in a normal residency tenancy AFAIAC .. especially if it was advertised as phone line available.




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  Reply # 447991 13-Mar-2011 14:13
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Ragnor: Forget dial up if you don't want to pay the $40ish per month for a landline phone service.

Mobile broadband is the way to go: Telecom, Vodafone and 2degree's all have plans or prepay options.



You would have to weigh up all the costs - with dial-up, assume $60 per month - $48.00 ( and always rising) telecom line rental, and $10 dial up. + phone toll usage. Once there is a ph line in there, there is the tendency to use it to make calls :-)

If you use mobile BB, $50 will give you a couple of gigabytes, which you HAVE to use in 30 days ( 60 days if 2 degrees). $30 will give a 1/2 gigabyte, which is bugger all - there is no ideal sweet spot, for some anyway. One day we might have pre-pay plans with no or an acceptable time limit.

60 days for $50.00 is about the best deal for an average user,, so it works out as $25 per month, saving around $35.00 or better, per month. If you are using mobile BB as your primary means of comms, you alo need to factor in data charges for Skype , etc within the plan.




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  Reply # 448055 13-Mar-2011 21:37
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the other thing to remember is that if you go for dialup then for your approx $60 per month (50ish for telephone line + 10 for dialup) you do also get unlimited local calls (handy for ordering a pizza :D ), as well as unlimited data (yeah it's dialup, but it is still unlimited) whereas with an equivalent $60 MBB plan you only get a couple of GB of data and if you use up all of that, then you have to pay $$$ more to keep using the net.

for a shared connection, that will be quite valuable as it avoids arguments about who used up all the data and gives you certainty about how much it will cost each month.

of course, the speed on dialup sucks balls, so it really depends on how critical it is that when you download coursework you get it within a couple of minutes, or a couple of hours.

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  Reply # 448345 14-Mar-2011 21:12
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Back 7 years ago or so, I used to have dialup internet and a home phone line.

The great thing was it was fast enough for most data, and because it was unlimited if I wanted to download a "linux distro" I could just leave it on for hours without worrying about exceeding my cap.

If you don't need a landline then I wouldn't bother. But landlines are still very useful.

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  Reply # 448378 14-Mar-2011 21:55
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The internet has changed since dialup was fast enough for most things. You will hate it.




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  Reply # 448387 14-Mar-2011 22:49
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Got a vodem for sale if you're interested. Used for a few days. AFAICT it still has 1.8GB on it.

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