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Topic # 12600 27-Mar-2007 05:41
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on the Xtra Pro plan you get charged 2c per megabyte for each megabyte over and above your 15GB monthly allowance.

does this equate to $20.00 a GB ? i was hoping it was only $2.00.


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  Reply # 65102 27-Mar-2007 06:53
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0.02 * 1024 = $20.48

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  Reply # 65103 27-Mar-2007 06:59
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Hope springs eternal but you've done the maths.

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Reply # 65105 27-Mar-2007 07:25
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Bung: Hope springs eternal but you've done the maths.



Calculator is your friend. Hope is not. Tongue out

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  Reply # 65108 27-Mar-2007 08:43
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willnz: Calculator is your friend. Hope is not. Tongue out

Quote of the week there my little Orcon flavoured friend.... :-P







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  Reply # 65128 27-Mar-2007 11:27
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Orcon flavoured, now there's an interesting concept. Tastes like purple.

*crawls back to cage*

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  Reply # 65149 27-Mar-2007 13:23
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Yes xtra has excessive overage charges

/me removes purple custume and goes back to day job

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  Reply # 65335 28-Mar-2007 19:57
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If you are going to be busting your cap then I recomend switching to an ISP like slingshot or orcon that offer topup blocks. Slingshot are rather reasonable with their pricing
Slingshot 3GB$5
Slingshot 10GB$10
Slingshot 30GB$25
Slingshot 50GB$40
Xtra 3GB$61.44
Xtra 10GB$204.80
Xtra 30GB$614.4
Xtra 50GB$1024

These topup blocks are the same for all slingshot plans except for the 2 basic $29.95 plans where its 1c per MB or $10.24 per gb.  
Your $79.95 xtra plan is Max down / Max up and 15gb. Slingshot can provide Max / Max and 33 gb for $74.95 or 23gb for $69.95.
Many other ISPs will be able to beat xtra also.

It amazes me how xtra are still the dominant isp with their horrendous pricing.




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  Reply # 66169 3-Apr-2007 19:43
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I just made the switch to the Xnet Flood plan and now get double the data cap for the same price.

it has the added advantage that you only get billed for the data you use and local traffic is exempt.
and they have a news server.

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  Reply # 66185 3-Apr-2007 20:51
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BugMeNot: I just made the switch to the Xnet Flood plan and now get double the data cap for the same price.

it has the added advantage that you only get billed for the data you use and local traffic is exempt.
and they have a news server.


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  Reply # 66187 3-Apr-2007 21:02
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furthermore my sync speeds have changed from:

Line Rate                    5216 Kbps     896 Kbps
Attainable Line Rate     5696 Kbps     1068 Kbps

to

Line Rate                     7488 Kbps    896 Kbps
Attainable Line Rate      8032 Kbps    1060 Kbps


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  Reply # 66191 3-Apr-2007 21:26
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What city do you live in Bugmenot?


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Reply # 66194 3-Apr-2007 21:40
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BugMeNot: furthermore my sync speeds have changed from:

Line Rate                    5216 Kbps     896 Kbps
Attainable Line Rate     5696 Kbps     1068 Kbps

to

Line Rate                     7488 Kbps    896 Kbps
Attainable Line Rate      8032 Kbps    1060 Kbps



Does anyone know why this is?? Surely as this is a Telecom Wholesaled product, the sync speeds should be the same? Unless interleaving has been switched off? Not sure, not exactly my area...

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  Reply # 66216 4-Apr-2007 04:25
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Shelbflaco:
What city do you live in Bugmenot?


Christchurch on the Fendalton Exchange.

my adsl line stats are:
Line Mode G.DMT Line State Show Time
Latency Type Interleave Line Up Time 00:07:39:38
Line Coding Trellis On Line Up Count 2

Statistics Downstream Upstream
Line Rate 7488 Kbps 896 Kbps
Attainable Line Rate 8032 Kbps 1060 Kbps
Noise Margin 12.1 dB 12.0 dB
Line Attenuation 31.0 dB 18.0 dB
Output Power 19.8 dBm 11.9 dBm


my stats on my previous Xtra Pro plan:

Line Mode         G.DMT         Line State         Show Time
Latency Type     Interleave    Line Up Time    29:11:23:22
Line Coding       Trellis On     Line Up Count   1

Statistics                     Downstream         Upstream
Line Rate                    5216 Kbps           896 Kbps
Attainable Line Rate     5696 Kbps           1068 Kbps
Noise Margin               12.2 dB                12.0 dB
Line Attenuation          32.0 dB                18.0 dB
Output Power               9.6 dBm              11.9 dBm

nzbnw:
Does anyone know why this is?? Surely as this is a Telecom Wholesaled product, the sync speeds should be the same? Unless interleaving has been switched off? Not sure, not exactly my area...


I did not request to have interleaving turned off.
the ppp light on my router went out and when i reconnected the i noticed the above change.


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  Reply # 66246 4-Apr-2007 09:44
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The comparison between those two sets of stats is very interesting:

Key difference to note is the increased Downstream Output Power of 19.8dBm compared to 9.6dBm previously.  All other things being equal, this will allow greater downstream bandwidth because the noise floor has remained the same.  That increased bandwidth is borne out in the 7488kbps you are now getting compared to 5216kbps with Xtra.

It looks to me as though you are now on a different DSLAM at the Fendalton exchange than what you were previously.

I remember someone in the know commented previously that Telecom has their own equipment at the various exchanges whereas third party ISPs on the UBS services all share a different set of gear.  This would seem to be the reason for your speed increase.

The substantial difference between the two downstream speeds is surprising.  Maybe the DSLAM you are now on is an enhanced design compared to the previous one used by Xtra?

Whatever, it's all good news in your case Cool

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