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Topic # 12302 10-Mar-2007 09:37
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Hi everyone!
I was wondering if anyone could answer this question:
Do different providers provide broadband to the same address at the same speed or different speed (assuming you are applying for maximum speed plans)?

The scenario is this: my brother wants to get Woosh unlimited. He currently has Xtra go Large and wants to switch. At peak times he gets 700kbps (which ... isnt too bad!) and off peak 1.1mpbs with go large. However Woosh promises 'upto 1.6 mbps' but they wont comment/promise on the speed that they can offer him. And they have a 12 month contract thing. Oh and he lives in Dunedin central.

Thanks guys.


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please note Woosh does not provide wireless service outside of Auckland Wellington Christchurch Invercargill

And the thing i'm after is really-
'if he goes with woosh max speed plan will he get the same speeds as say ihug max speed, slingshot max speed, xtra max speed? do the different providers give you different "max speeds" to the same house? thanks




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  Reply # 63305 10-Mar-2007 09:52
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The short answer: yes. As an end-user, unless you pay lots you'll share bandwidth with others. The bigger the shared pipe the better your connection will go.

Woosh is also a wireless service compared to Xtra's wired DSL, and your brother will find there are differences that may or may not matter to him, like latency and connection stability. (Yes, I'm aware that Woosh now sells DSL too, thanks to the QSI purchase.)




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  Reply # 63314 10-Mar-2007 12:09
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I live in Mornington and get 6+ Mbit on Orcon. Dunedin Central gets similar speeds. If he wants faster then he would be best to switch from Go Large to one of the Pro plans, not neccessarily with xtra either. I found Orcon was at least 1mbit faster than xtra.

 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 63319 10-Mar-2007 13:00
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Thanks, i have been investigating orcon since your reply, and they actually sound quite good - seems like essentially getting their lower rates without paying monthly fees on their toll calls "service package".

Can i just confirm, local calls with orcon "tolls" are free?
Thanks heaps! Orcon needs to pay you!




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  Reply # 63320 10-Mar-2007 13:20
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I'm not sure as I still have my calls with Telecom. Give them a ring. Theres an 0508 number on their site somewhere.

Orcon have given me much better performance and value for money than xtra, but I can't promise it will be the same for everyone.

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Reply # 63321 10-Mar-2007 13:56
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joker97:Can i just confirm, local calls with orcon "tolls" are free?
Thanks heaps! Orcon needs to pay you!

A. Yes, providing you don't dial area code before the local number. Ie. 09 624xxxx will be billed as a toll call but 624xxxx won't be.
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  Reply # 63648 13-Mar-2007 21:42
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I'm with infogen who i THINK are reselling Orcon, they seem pretty good so far, downloaded Google Earth at 400Kbps.




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