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We have a shared bach in extended family ownership. It hardly gets used over the year apart from summer holidays.

 

Currently has SkyTV but it's too expensive over the year so we're going to can it. I might install one of those Chinese SkyBox DVB-S decoders and just take our Skycard down when we're using it.

 

We'd like to get broadband it so the various users can use streaming video instead, but as with Sky, it's a bit of a waste most of the time. If there was a carryover home broadband it might work well as it could accumulate a lot of data by the time the Xmas holidays arrive each year.

 

Anybody got any suggestions on the best way to provide enough data for 3 months a year?

 

Carry-over seems to a mobile offering only?

 

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  # 1891427 27-Oct-2017 16:12
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Flip ADSL?




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  # 1891442 27-Oct-2017 16:46
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Well spotted, @RunningMan.

 

Although still a little pricey at $55 a month. I wonder if there are higher or unlimited plans that can just be switched on and off - and then just run it over summer?

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  # 1891444 27-Oct-2017 16:48
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Skinny wireless could be worth a look too...


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  # 1891464 27-Oct-2017 18:10
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kryptonjohn:

 

Well spotted, @RunningMan.

 

Although still a little pricey at $55 a month. I wonder if there are higher or unlimited plans that can just be switched on and off - and then just run it over summer?

 

 

 

 

There isn't going to be much cheaper on fixed line - your ISP is going to be paying Chorus a fee regardless of if you never even turn a modem on, well over the $40 threshold last I checked - that's a tiny margin for someone to have a connection idle and then hammering, rinse and repeat.





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  # 1891494 27-Oct-2017 18:32
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toejam316:

 

kryptonjohn:

 

Well spotted, @RunningMan.

 

Although still a little pricey at $55 a month. I wonder if there are higher or unlimited plans that can just be switched on and off - and then just run it over summer?

 

 

 

 

There isn't going to be much cheaper on fixed line - your ISP is going to be paying Chorus a fee regardless of if you never even turn a modem on, well over the $40 threshold last I checked - that's a tiny margin for someone to have a connection idle and then hammering, rinse and repeat.

 

 

Exactly this.

 

 

 

Your best bet would be something like Bigpipe, get 1 month of service, disconnect and repeat.

 

You may have to pay connection fees, but overall will be cheaper over the year.





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  # 1891498 27-Oct-2017 19:04
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toejam316: There isn't going to be much cheaper on fixed line - your ISP is going to be paying Chorus a fee regardless of if you never even turn a modem on, well over the $40 threshold last I checked

 

Does anyone know what a "secondary" plan is? I see that Chorus has a 50/20 plan for $22.15 but I'm not sure what's "wrong" with it (given that I haven't seen anyone selling it). Does it need to be in conjunction with a "primary" service?


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  # 1891509 27-Oct-2017 19:43
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Your best bet would be something like Bigpipe, get 1 month of service, disconnect and repeat.

 

You may have to pay connection fees, but overall will be cheaper over the year.

 

 

If they charge connection fees and open term - then all good. But using no-connection fee, open term providers in this manner is a good way to push them into either charging for the fee ($49-$99 usually) upfront or going to minimum term (because they'll be losing money). There are input connection fee costs that the ISP incurs.

 

Prepaid Wireless broadband is probably the way to go... eg. Skinny.

 

 





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  # 1891533 27-Oct-2017 20:28
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Mate. At a bach, in the summer, a dream for most people, go device free. And talk to your family.




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  # 1891534 27-Oct-2017 20:28
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Mate. At a bach, in the summer, a dream for most people, go device free. And talk to your family.




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  # 1891596 27-Oct-2017 22:21
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kryptonjohn:

 

Currently has SkyTV but it's too expensive over the year so we're going to can it. I might install one of those Chinese SkyBox DVB-S decoders and just take our Skycard down when we're using it.

 

 

Last time I asked Sky, many years ago, they were happy to have me take my UHF decoder to our bach and bring it back again.  So if you have a Sky dish at the bach, you should be able to just bring your entire Sky box and card with you and use it there.




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  # 1891600 27-Oct-2017 22:37
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BlinkyBill: Mate. At a bach, in the summer, a dream for most people, go device free. And talk to your family.

Uh, yeah.
Anyway as I said the extended family are looking for sky replacement options a few months a year.



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  # 1891601 27-Oct-2017 22:40
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fe31nz:

kryptonjohn:


Currently has SkyTV but it's too expensive over the year so we're going to can it. I might install one of those Chinese SkyBox DVB-S decoders and just take our Skycard down when we're using it.



Last time I asked Sky, many years ago, they were happy to have me take my UHF decoder to our bach and bring it back again.  So if you have a Sky dish at the bach, you should be able to just bring your entire Sky box and card with you and use it there.


Even better install a skybox decoder and just take the sky card down...

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Skinny broadband let you do 30 days prepay with no contract and no fee when it ends or to ‘restart’ the next $52/100Gb 30 day package... if it’s available there and 100Gb is enough (or you can also can ‘restart’ another package before the last 30 days is up) then this would definitely have to be the best way to get the result you want?

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  # 1891604 27-Oct-2017 22:49
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Behodar:

 

toejam316: There isn't going to be much cheaper on fixed line - your ISP is going to be paying Chorus a fee regardless of if you never even turn a modem on, well over the $40 threshold last I checked

 

Does anyone know what a "secondary" plan is? I see that Chorus has a 50/20 plan for $22.15 but I'm not sure what's "wrong" with it (given that I haven't seen anyone selling it). Does it need to be in conjunction with a "primary" service?

 

 

secondary services on UFB can only be provided with a primary service.





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PhantomNVD: Skinny broadband let you do 30 days prepay with no contract and no fee when it ends or to ‘restart’ the next $52/100Gb 30 day package... if it’s available there and 100Gb is enough (or you can also can ‘restart’ another package before the last 30 days is up) then this would definitely have to be the best way to get the result you want?

Just checked and they do cover (Whangamata). It's almost perfect... As long as 100MB lasts a month. Might need to block YouTube with that option...
Does the modem router allow any form of management?

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