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Topic # 13360 6-May-2007 15:28
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Yeap, I'm an Xtra 'Go Large' (which is more like 'Go Slow'), I'm looking at something that is close to/equivilant to in regards to price/download.

Why? its pathetic, I'm sitting here at 3:27pm, downloading at the rocketing 25KB/s - it truely is pathetic.

So, what does everyone suggest for someone in my circumstances?

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  Reply # 69688 6-May-2007 15:33
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Probably the only option is to go on a non-go large type plan (yes, other ISP's did offer Go Large under a different banner). Currently mobile data does not have any affordable plan to compete with that DSL plan and chances are you are not within an area serviced by other technologies (such as cable).

These won't have the same 'use as much as you want for $x' but do allow for better speeds. Orcon and WXC are both brought up on geekzone regularly as providers who offer larger data caps for minimal amount compared to say Xtras plans (and their excess rates)... and furthermore both allow for interleaving to be disabled if you lean that way too.

I'm still on Xtra 10GB plan here, but we also have a slingshot DSL connection on a second line which offers larger data capacity (but at lower speeds).




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  Reply # 69691 6-May-2007 16:14
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Woosh Orbit Flat Rate

Its still ADSL, and the exact equivalent of Xtra's Go-Large, but managed by Woosh with different results.

$49.95, same  restrictions as Go-Large, unlimited quota.

I have been downloading with speeds of up to 2.8mb, and thats using programs like Shareaza and Bearshare....I don't use Bittorrent so the potential to download much faster is there....although, I'm happy with the speeds I currently get for what I pay.

With these sorts of accounts (unlimited quota) you can expect it to be fast and unlimited, but not quality...we don't pay enough for that...(quality being a continuous reliable fast speed)
If you want a fast and quality connection, all NZ has to offer right now are packages with quotas, and the larger the quota, the much more expensive.




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  Reply # 69699 6-May-2007 18:02

TheBartender: Woosh Orbit Flat Rate


Sadly this plan is no longer available to new connections. It has had a 10gb limit placed on it (although currently their usage meter is not counting data since middle of last month)

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  Reply # 69701 6-May-2007 18:15
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Once apon a time there was a 256k flat rate adsl plan for $50 or so.

That day might return...

If we look up to the sky & wonder where our hero Captain Orcon is...Save us Captain Orcon, save us! Oh wait I can't say that.
Well anyway it was a cool plan when they had it. But it was changed to a 40gb limit.


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  Reply # 69730 6-May-2007 21:42
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TheBartender: Woosh Orbit Flat Rate

Its still ADSL, and the exact equivalent of Xtra's Go-Large, but managed by Woosh with different results.

$49.95, same  restrictions as Go-Large, unlimited quota.

I have been downloading with speeds of up to 2.8mb, and thats using programs like Shareaza and Bearshare....I don't use Bittorrent so the potential to download much faster is there....although, I'm happy with the speeds I currently get for what I pay.

With these sorts of accounts (unlimited quota) you can expect it to be fast and unlimited, but not quality...we don't pay enough for that...(quality being a continuous reliable fast speed)
If you want a fast and quality connection, all NZ has to offer right now are packages with quotas, and the larger the quota, the much more expensive.


I was on the same plan, getting the same (and worse) speeds than Kaiwai. I called Woosh and changed to a 10gig plan hoping that would change things, it hasnt. They change was instant (Well after a router reboot) whereas I thought they might have to re-provision the line like they had to do with speed changes in the past (Ie. 128 > 256 > 1M > 2M > 3.5MB >FS).

I know this wasnt a speed change but I was under the impression that the Go Large or equivilent plans went via a seperate part of the network that would require me to be re-provisioned to escape.

I also notice Woosh charged me $69.95 instead of the $49.95 advertised on their website last month for the 10Gb plan, I must deal with that too...




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  Reply # 69731 6-May-2007 21:53
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Bugger...

Well everyone has different results, depending on their loaction, setup and wiring quality etc...
But all good here, I guess I can be gratefull.

While this plan from Woosh may not be available any more, there are still simular unlimited quota plans availble from other ISP operators...although I dont know how they perform.




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  Reply # 69738 6-May-2007 23:13
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cranz:
TheBartender: Woosh Orbit Flat Rate


Sadly this plan is no longer available to new connections. It has had a 10gb limit placed on it (although currently their usage meter is not counting data since middle of last month)


Where did you hear this from? I know several people on it that have heard nothing about any limits, and at 1/10th of one of theirs normal usage I am sure they would tell them.




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  Reply # 69742 6-May-2007 23:19
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Surely he means it has a cap on it now for new connections...

I know there is no cap on mine, and looking at my data usage page, it states there my plan has no data cap.




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  Reply # 69753 7-May-2007 00:21
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Im still on the Woosh Orbit Flat Rate, and since they took it off their site torrents have been going slow as ship, although the speed is still good ( 3.5mbit )


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  Reply # 69755 7-May-2007 00:24

New connections can not get unlimited anymore. Anyone currently on the unlimited plan still can, they aren't changed over

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  Reply # 69757 7-May-2007 00:31
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Everything goes slow on orbit flatrate, I was at a one of their places today downloading a new codec pack, at the ground breaking speed of 28kB/s - thats on a single http thread, with nothing else happening since it was peak times and they have issues counting peak usage and slowing you down well before the limit.

Only way to get good speeds from rapidshare is to have loads of connections open at once, which makes the whole connection useless for anything else at the same time. Still can hit rapidshares 5 gig/day limit tho.




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Reply # 69758 7-May-2007 00:33
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Heres an interesting website with comparisons of broadband packages....

My Portal: "Broadband Spy"

Needs updating though.

Consumer.org.nz is best for up-to-date info but I no longer have a membership.





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  Reply # 69835 7-May-2007 18:28
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Hmm, I think I'll wait; the issue isn't with local traffic; I can download off the local sites very quickly, so that takes the line and local network out of the equation; its the international capacity that is crap; but I don't think things are going to get better given how stingy ISPs are over all.

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