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Topic # 130869 1-Oct-2013 08:10
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This seems like a slightly obvious question,

Is there a good free ISP guide for nz?

In every other country I've lived in there has been one and whilst they are never perfect, a comprehensive list of any service is always of great use when choosing.

My only guess is there hasn't been enough willing contributors in nz to make it work?

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Apologies for not writing this post as comprehensively as i should.

I have googled and the only sight i have found is http://www.ispfind.co.nz at first glace is VERY outdated, take a closer look and there is some useful stuff but it no significant upgrades since 2006, biggest problem is no fibre and no VDSL so not very good for comparisons.

Whilst these forums are great for seeing other peoples thoughts on service they aren't very good for comparisons of what is offered at what prices.

Another good resource is https://www.truenet.co.nz/articles/august-2013-broadband-report but again not much of a complete buyers guide.

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  Reply # 905504 1-Oct-2013 08:22
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There are a number of them out there and google is your friend.

However I highly recommend these forums as they give an indication on the level of support, average speeds and customer experience.

In short. Telecom are one of the best especially for support and consistent speeds.

Snap is another good provider and if we had to loose out to anyone I would be the least unhappy to loose out to Snap.

Going onto isps Facebook page can also be enlightening.

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  Reply # 905509 1-Oct-2013 08:39
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I'd agree with that, Telecom or Snap are great (though, to be fair, there've been a number of problems with poor communication from Snap around install dates lately, but their actual service and tech support is excellent). HD are the other one I've had really good experience with of late.

 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 905519 1-Oct-2013 08:56
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Thanks for the replies i have edited the original post to be a bit clearer.

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  Reply # 905521 1-Oct-2013 09:03
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Gozer: This seems like a slightly obvious question,

Is there a good free ISP guide for nz?

In every other country I've lived in there has been one and whilst they are never perfect, a comprehensive list of any service is always of great use when choosing.

My only guess is there hasn't been enough willing contributors in nz to make it work?

**** EDIT****

Apologies for not writing this post as comprehensively as i should.

I have googled and the only sight i have found is http://www.ispfind.co.nz at first glace is VERY outdated, take a closer look and there is some useful stuff but it no significant upgrades since 2006, biggest problem is no fibre and no VDSL so not very good for comparisons.

Whilst these forums are great for seeing other peoples thoughts on service they aren't very good for comparisons of what is offered at what prices.

Another good resource is https://www.truenet.co.nz/articles/august-2013-broadband-report but again not much of a complete buyers guide.


To get an overall idea of the isp's in NZ....checkout www.ispmap.co.nz , not sure of its accuracy but gives one a general idea of whats what and who's who.




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  Reply # 905523 1-Oct-2013 09:08
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it's extremely difficult to keep things like this up to date because

a) plans change all the time - and can be very difficult to compare apples with apples since some ISPs have very different ways of structuring them. It's often not as simple as just a speed/datacap comparison

b) promotions change even more often, and can be very complex to explain/understand

c) Most ISPs don't have APIs where live pricing and plans can be pulled automatically

d) there are literally hundreds of ISPs out there, with new ones popping up all the time, and others dying. Most of the market is covered by Telecom, VF, Slingshot and Orcon, but if you limit yourselves to only them then you miss a huge segment of the offerings.

A price comparison tool was built by consumer.org at the cost of something like $500k, and even then it still sucks. http://telme.org.nz it's far too complex for most people, and gives some ridiculous results



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  Reply # 905528 1-Oct-2013 09:18
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For those that haven't seen it: http://www.thinkbroadband.com is the type of website i'm comparing too.

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