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Wannabe Geek

# 12024 23-Feb-2007 15:33
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Hi Guys,

Im only moderately tech savvy (I only found out what Skype was a few weeks ago!) and am new to NZ (Christchurch) and have a few quick questions...

Basically, while Im here I need an internet connection and a way to phone home to OZ and give them shi!t about the cricket and rugby !!

I was thinking the WOOSH wireless 5GB plan @ $40 a month and Skype would be the cheapest option. (A conventional phone line and adsl looks like being significantly more)

Does Skype work OK on WOOSH ?!? (Ive heard about latency and slow connections being an issue but I have no idea what this really means and if it will be a problem).

I would only be using skype for voice calls.

Can you guys see any alternative solutiond to my problem that can be dealt with for $40ish a month ??

Cheers !

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  # 61772 23-Feb-2007 15:38
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Where in NZ are you located?

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Wannabe Geek

  # 61778 23-Feb-2007 16:12
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Just moved into Christchurch - Living in an apartment in town


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  # 61782 23-Feb-2007 17:21
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Can you get TelstraClear cable where you are? If you can it's a slightly more expensive option but you could then get a VoIP phone or PAP2 and sign up with a provider such as Faktortel or MyNetfone and pay cheap prices for calls to anywhere in oz (10c - 12.5c flat rate for as long as you like) and even get yourself an Australian phone number as well.

I personally use Faktortel myself but have accounts with both companies.

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Master Geek

  # 62338 28-Feb-2007 18:50
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Sorry to say Topper, Woosh block Skype.

I'm still trying figure out how Woosh block it.. as for port 80 Frown

I'm have a 5 GB Woosh account too... living 5 minutes east of Cathedral Square, after 5pm, service is so bad that using dialup to check my email is faster.

So better of with Telstra cable or other ISP.

We'll never be too old to learn, and we learn at least one new thing every day.

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Wannabe Geek

  # 62384 1-Mar-2007 00:12
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Well i guess im just a sucker for a cheap deal....... Im my industry we laugh at the people who go for the cheapest deal not really knowing what they are getting into but now I guess im one of those people !!

I tried skpye the other night with average results... It worked, but the voice quality was probsbly similar to a mobile phone in a bad reception area. It worked, but "Say again ??", "what was that ??" at least every 30 seconds.........

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Master Geek

  # 62398 1-Mar-2007 08:44
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Yeah if you can get Telstraclear cable then go for that. You pay an extra $10 and you could get the 10gb 4mbps/2mbps plan and you don't need to get a phoneline.

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Wannabe Geek

  # 62866 5-Mar-2007 17:26
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I wouldn't recommend Skype over Woosh. Woosh is wireless and latency is bad compared to fixed line broadband. So if you are a skype user, go for ADSL.


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Ultimate Geek


  # 64958 25-Mar-2007 20:25
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skykissme: Sorry to say Topper, Woosh block Skype.

I'm still trying figure out how Woosh block it.. as for port 80 Frown

Erm.. No blocking here...

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