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Topic # 159851 15-Dec-2014 08:36
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I am hoping someone can give us some advice please.

I am posting on behalf of a small not-for-profit organisation located in a small waikato country town. We are completely self-funded by donations and volunteer fundraising efforts and do not receive any government assistance. We are run completely by volunteers apart from one full time staff member. We have recently moved into our first set of physical premises after being run out of several of our volunteers homes for such a long time and we require a naked broadband connection at the property.

The problem we are having is finding a suitable ISP to provide this at a reasonable price. As we are an organisation, not a residential customer, it seems that we are "lumped" into the same category as a business and expected to pay business prices for broadband. I think this is completely ludicrous as we are a non-profit trying to run on the "smell of an oily rag" so to speak. It also narrows down our choice of ISP as many (such as Slingshot) only deal with residential customers.

We were originally going to go with Snap as per thier website, going on face value, the residential and business plans looked identical in price. It wasn't until we started to sign up that we realised the business prices were ex GST and we would have to pay $199.00 for the modem on a 24 month contract even though the equivalent residential customer would get it for free.

The modem is now a non-issue as we now have one that was donated.

We are now just looking for an ISP that can sign us up as an organisation* for a naked broadband service (approx 30-50gb/mth) without it costing us a fortune for connection and monthly charges.

If anyone has any suggestions or advice it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

*Due to accounting and auditing issues we must be able to have our account in our organisation name.

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  Reply # 1197557 15-Dec-2014 08:41
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In my experience there is nothing stopping you from putting your not for profit organization on a residential plan.

The main difference between the business plans and residential is the level of support, just expected to be treated the same as every John Doe out there rather than as a business.

Snap Internet will do this, so will Slingshot. 


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  Reply # 1197559 15-Dec-2014 08:46
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Have you tried flip?

Their service is quite low cost.




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  Reply # 1197562 15-Dec-2014 08:50
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ArcticSilver: In my experience there is nothing stopping you from putting your not for profit organization on a residential plan


The problem with that is that they will only sign it up under a personal name, for legal reasons the bills must be under the organisation name as all of our accounts are audited each year.

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  Reply # 1197565 15-Dec-2014 08:57
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Try these guys then.

http://www.unleash.co.nz/

http://www.totalteam.co.nz/



Very reasonable people. Might be able to work out a custom plan to your requirements.



Else CallPlus might be able to offer something.




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  Reply # 1197569 15-Dec-2014 09:07
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2Talk could be a really good option for you. You would get your phone and broadband covered for around $100/month. That would give you adsl broadband and 5 SIP channels. Plus all the goodness of the 2talk platform. All you would need then is some cheap IP phones (or even just ata's) and a nice PABX/network tech to help you out setting it up.
Where in the country are you?



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  Reply # 1197581 15-Dec-2014 09:15
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chevrolux: 2Talk could be a really good option for you


We are seriously considering 2Talk for our phone service which is why we wanted naked adsl

Where in the country are you?


We are in Te Kuiti, Waikato



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  Reply # 1197585 15-Dec-2014 09:39
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I think we may go with 2Talk as per your suggestion chevrolux, i just revisted thier broadband plans and gave them a call seems silly not to take advantage of the combo discount seeing as we plan on using their voip services anyway!

Thanks everyone, will let you know how we get on.

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  Reply # 1197586 15-Dec-2014 09:49
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Have you checked out PC Soft's wireless service in Te Kuiti. I have no idea on price etc but they are local.

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  Reply # 1197599 15-Dec-2014 10:17
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Tohe:
ArcticSilver: In my experience there is nothing stopping you from putting your not for profit organization on a residential plan


The problem with that is that they will only sign it up under a personal name, for legal reasons the bills must be under the organisation name as all of our accounts are audited each year.


Yes I realize this, I am not sure if it is still possible, but I know 2 businesses that have a Snap and Slingshot connection under their business name. They are on the residential service.



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  Reply # 1197600 15-Dec-2014 10:18
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When I spoke to Snap, they weren't willing to do this unfortunately.

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  Reply # 1197601 15-Dec-2014 10:19
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Tohe: When I spoke to Snap, they weren't willing to do this unfortunately.


2Talk sounds like it would be a good option for you anyway, especially if you are going with VoIP with them, there are some added benefits there.

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  Reply # 1197665 15-Dec-2014 11:51
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The charity I work with uses Spark residential plans, and the name on the bill is the organization's name.

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