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Topic # 17196 16-Nov-2007 15:30
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I am just interested in finding out what isp people recommend I should sign up to. I live in Wellington (and within Telstra cable range). I have a friend who is a "gamer" and says that everyone who wants fast and cheap net should join with Orcon? How accurate is this? Telstra offer a good package of 75$ a month for cable and this the cheapest package? I did have woosh once and never again! It was useless...but how about telecom? I probably wouldn't need more than 5gb a month, but speed is necessary.

Thank you for your advice and responses. 

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  Reply # 95530 16-Nov-2007 15:46
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If speed is the highest priority then you should go with Telstra cable.

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Reply # 95531 16-Nov-2007 15:55
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Telstra by a country mile if speed matters.

Oh, I so want cable intarwebs!!


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  Reply # 95533 16-Nov-2007 16:49
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SO telstra cable is the fastest of the bunch then?

Does 10gb at 4down,2 up +phoneline rental at $85 sound reasonably priced? Because telecoms 3gb at $40 is just ridiculous. But I have heard that xnet is really good?Anyone know much about that?

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  Reply # 95534 16-Nov-2007 16:50
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Also I should mention that I have just acquired this flat...can someone please explain how tesltra cable works? Will I need to pay thousands to have special cables installed into my house or does it work just normally through the phoneline? etc...

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  Reply # 95538 16-Nov-2007 17:27
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If you don't need a super - reliable phone line then you could consider Telstra cable plus VFX (voip) phone from Xnet.  I am on this combination and the basic cost is $50 to Telstra and $11 to Xnet, so you get 10G of internet plus phone for $61 per month.  You do need extra hardware for the phone line though (about $130 minimum unless you already have a router) and it isn't as reliable as a regular phone line.

The cables coming in from Telstra are look like TV aerial cable (coaxial cable).  There is an installation fee, $200 if I recall correctly for most installations - can be more if they use more than a certain amount of cable - it was free for us as we already had cable at our house.

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  Reply # 95539 16-Nov-2007 17:39
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Ok, so basically I have to find out if the new place has telstra cable...and if it doesn't, it could be rather costly?? I remember reading somehere that with a 24month contract, there was no installation fee...I wonder if this applies to the installation of cables etc.

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  Reply # 95557 16-Nov-2007 19:57
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It may well be free now - with a contract.  Why don't you call Telstra and find out?

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  Reply # 95727 17-Nov-2007 21:36
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In wellington and it was free instillation for us from TC.  I would suggest you do not go for VOIP as previously suggested.  It is more complicated and you do not seem like the most techy of people (no offence!).

As for is $75 reasonable... Well break it down.  In Welli its $39.00 for a phone line and comparable broadband cost $70 at least through xtra or ihug, this is $110.. seems like a no brainer to me!

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