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Wannabe Geek

# 14184 20-Jun-2007 13:51
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Hi folks,

Just arrived over here from Ireland and hoping to get an ADSL connection if the next few weeks. Looking around though, I cant believe the amount of ISPs in Auckland. Im currently employed by one of them, so i have to be careful, but what is the best package around.

It seems quite pricey getting a phone line in, so is there any "all in" packages (phone line and BB)?

How reliable are the Satallite Providers?

Many of the companies and packages Ive checked, are based on download allowance rather than line speed, is that normal here?

The larger ISPs mostly have 12 month contracts. Do any off shorter term contracts?

Basically, what seems to be the best standard deal out there.


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Ultimate Geek


  # 75322 20-Jun-2007 14:21
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I'm with Xnet which has no min term contracts & great rates for ADSL... can't comment about the sat providers. Others here may be able to shed some light on this.

As for all-in-one packages.  Telecom will definitely sign you up for phone & braodband, probably the quickest to connect you too.  Other than that we don't really have much else to offer in Auckland (for ADSL).  If you were in Wellington or Christchurh you could get TCL cable...

Cheers, Stevo

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Master Geek

  # 75332 20-Jun-2007 15:36
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Yeah, ADSL isn't so much 'the standard' in NZ as it is in the UK. I'm with a cable provider (TelstraClear). Connection speeds can vary quite dramatically depending on the time of day, website location, moon phase, etc.


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  # 75433 20-Jun-2007 22:27
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i'd say so far the optimal package is by orcon - but i'm not with them, i've contemplated the switch from mega buck telecom plans but so far could not bear the hassle and now orcon's been sold. but i still think they're offer the best speed, price and reliability package.

Involuntary autocorrect in operation on mobile device. Apologies in advance.

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  # 75446 20-Jun-2007 23:20
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prob the 3 best ISP's atm are ihug, xnet and orcon....

Do whatever you want to do man.


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Wannabe Geek

  # 75459 21-Jun-2007 08:13
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Thanks a million everyone. Much appreciated.

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  # 75550 21-Jun-2007 17:07
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In this order of preference:

then much further down the list

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  # 75587 21-Jun-2007 21:53
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Best ISP?    Slingshot for me [for toll calls and internet] for the last couple of years, Woosh and Xtra before that, but Telecom is often annoying and Woosh was too slow, inconvenient [though portable and okay as a backup internet service], ihug [via Starnet geostationary service and dial up service] and before that Compuserve [1993].

Slingshot [aka CallPlus] is my pick.  

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  # 75595 21-Jun-2007 23:00
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First up, welcome to New Zealand!
I have an Irish heritage, and absolutely loved the short 2 weeks I spent there a year ago.

I am an expat Kiwi, back from 15 years in Asia and Europe, and because I am here to 'settle down', I can afford to hop-and-skip from one provider to another until I find one which suits me (which I have). The key factors seem to be, "Do they actually deliver what they promise?", "Is the bill what they said it would be?", "Do they give a rat's a%&s when I have a technical problem?" and so on. Pretty basic things really, but most companies are lacking in one, if not many of these 'qualities'. 

Another restricting factor is the fact that the infrastructure in New Zealand (technological and administrative) is far, far from the task of providing top service. Some companies however hit the nail on the head, but you don't know until you try them!

So, if you have time to 'look around', then I suggest Slingshot. Free toll calls to any other Slingshot customer can't be bad. And how can they mess up something that is free?

If you are only here for a limited time, I recommend you go with one of the big guys like Telecom or Telstra Clear. It will be easier to get set up, and if you have a problem, zillions of others will have it too so you can let them do the complaining for you.

Hope this helps. Enjoy your stay!

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