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Topic # 179072 25-Aug-2015 14:21
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We are off on holiday for two weeks to a remote part of the country. There is no cellphone signal in the house we are staying at, but there is a working landline telephone.

Are there any pre-paid dialup internet services left in NZ?  I eventually found Netsurf ($20 for 20 hours) but wonder if there are any other prepaid providors?

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  Reply # 1373891 25-Aug-2015 14:27
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have a chat to your current ISP - I know ours provides a dialup function in case the dsl dies...although never used it, so who knows if it still works :\



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  Reply # 1373908 25-Aug-2015 14:50
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Thanks, yes I spoke to our ISP and it has discontinued all its dialup services - broadband and UFB only now from them.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1373912 25-Aug-2015 14:52
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I would cancel the holiday if it is somewhere with no broadband or cellular.




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  Reply # 1373917 25-Aug-2015 15:01
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I think FreeNet still have an unlimited dial-up internet access for $5 per month pre-paid.

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  Reply # 1373919 25-Aug-2015 15:05
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richms: I would cancel the holiday if it is somewhere with no broadband or cellular.


You cant live without internet ?

I'm spending a week away in the new year with no phones, TV, internet. Replacing them with family, friends, drinks and bbq's :)





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  Reply # 1373920 25-Aug-2015 15:06
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xpd:
You cant live without internet ?

I'm spending a week away in the new year with no phones, TV, internet. Replacing them with family, friends, drinks and bbq's :)


Sounds aweful.




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  Reply # 1373921 25-Aug-2015 15:09
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Dial up may well be worse than no internet...

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  Reply # 1373930 25-Aug-2015 15:17
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I would find somewhere nicer to holiday :P




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  Reply # 1373931 25-Aug-2015 15:20
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I'm with richms.. I mean I'll leave the gaming PC at home for some holidays, but at minimum a laptop, smartphone and usually a tablet come with, and I expect connectivity!







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  Reply # 1373933 25-Aug-2015 15:22
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xpd:
richms: I would cancel the holiday if it is somewhere with no broadband or cellular.


You cant live without internet ?

I'm spending a week away in the new year with no phones, TV, internet. Replacing them with family, friends, drinks and bbq's :)



When you are self-employed, as I am, you don't have the luxury of ignoring your clients for two weeks! So even dial up is OK to deal with e-mails.

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  Reply # 1373952 25-Aug-2015 15:35
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You could carrier pigeon your replies to a place with connectivity?

In all seriousness, all the older dial-up providers like KOL and Paradise seem to have merged in to bigger outfits like Vodafone and Orcon. :(





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  Reply # 1374008 25-Aug-2015 16:34
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No cellular coverage at all? Surely one of the networks will have some coverage.



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  Reply # 1374024 25-Aug-2015 16:56
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Noodles: No cellular coverage at all? Surely one of the networks will have some coverage.


No definitely no cell phone coverage, have stayed there every year for 15 years so know for sure. Local farmer gets his internet via satellite.

A poster above mentioned Freenet - looks good at $5 per month, but their 0800 contact number is dead, never a good sign.

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  Reply # 1374030 25-Aug-2015 17:02
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Noodles: No cellular coverage at all? Surely one of the networks will have some coverage.


Plenty of areas have no coverage at all.
I know that must sound really strange to some of you folks who've never taken time to explore your own country.

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  Reply # 1374099 25-Aug-2015 18:35
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We tried to rate shape someone on our home network to 64kbps (which is faster than what v.92 56k modems do) and seriously the web was unusable these days unless you want to do something like telnet/ssh. I guess the web has just changed soo much in even the last 5 years.







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