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  #1960120 19-Feb-2018 08:31
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Where's the Stuff endorsement - because we all know they're probably the fastest internet in the world, and that's true because I heard if from somebody who think they read it on Stuff.

 

 





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  #1977225 15-Mar-2018 15:27
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RunningMan:

 

@michaelmurfy can I suggest that making a bigger distinction between WiFi and a connection delivered over wireless (cell or otherwise). So if you're talking about WiFi, say WiFi, not wireless - if non techie people read, they often get confused between the two.

 

EDIT: Sorry, didn't mean to sound so critical - it's a good post, just making a suggestion...

 

 

 

 

I am currently with Vodafone and have been for a few years. 

 

All I get is a savings on skytv/Broadband/home phone (Wife want landline) and Mobile. All I get is free mysky saving $15 and $10 credit for having a open term contract on my mobile.

 

Pretty poor discount when you see what the likes of Spark are offering and how new customers get a better deal than I do.

 

Planing to end SkyTV as just full of rubbish channels anyway.


 
 
 
 


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  #1977228 15-Mar-2018 15:34
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Bowie:

 

RunningMan:

 

@michaelmurfy can I suggest that making a bigger distinction between WiFi and a connection delivered over wireless (cell or otherwise). So if you're talking about WiFi, say WiFi, not wireless - if non techie people read, they often get confused between the two.

 

EDIT: Sorry, didn't mean to sound so critical - it's a good post, just making a suggestion...

 

 

 

 

I am currently with Vodafone and have been for a few years. 

 

All I get is a savings on skytv/Broadband/home phone (Wife want landline) and Mobile. All I get is free mysky saving $15 and $10 credit for having a open term contract on my mobile.

 

Pretty poor discount when you see what the likes of Spark are offering and how new customers get a better deal than I do.

 

Planing to end SkyTV as just full of rubbish channels anyway.

 

 

 

 

The current spark offer is fantastic, I see that Vodafone are now offering the first 4 months free and a $50 prezzy card, but still doesn't compare. 

 

Joining Spark on a 12 month plan, they include a $300 account credit, a $50 online joining credit, Lightbox free for the life of the plan, and free Netflix for 6 months (I currently pay $14.99 for Netflix). 

 

With the account credit and taking into account the monthly Netflix fee I will save over 6 months, unlimited 100/20 fibre works out to be approx $58 per month. 

 

And people + media say our broadband is over priced in NZ! Unlimited 100 Mbps fibre for $58 per month!


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  #1977233 15-Mar-2018 15:53
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gmball:

 

The current spark offer is fantastic, I see that Vodafone are now offering the first 4 months free and a $50 prezzy card, but still doesn't compare. 

 

Joining Spark on a 12 month plan, they include a $300 account credit, a $50 online joining credit, Lightbox free for the life of the plan, and free Netflix for 6 months (I currently pay $14.99 for Netflix). 

 

With the account credit and taking into account the monthly Netflix fee I will save over 6 months, unlimited 100/20 fibre works out to be approx $58 per month. 

 

And people + media say our broadband is over priced in NZ! Unlimited 100 Mbps fibre for $58 per month!

 

 

 

 

Good if you can get fibre. Not in our area yet and Orcon say mid 2019 @ the earliest. :-(


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  #1977241 15-Mar-2018 16:22
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funny, I just saw a post on FB regarding the spark deal and then saw this on the live feed.

 

 

 

Spark is really good with lightbox and netflix bundle.

 

 

 

If I wanted to, How do you cancel a 12 month term with vodafone? and what penalties would I pay?

 

 

 

Edit:

 

I heard that Spark doesn't include GST in their price... any truth to this?


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  #1977244 15-Mar-2018 16:28
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dryburn:

 

funny, I just saw a post on FB regarding the spark deal and then saw this on the live feed.

 

 

 

Spark is really good with lightbox and netflix bundle.

 

 

 

If I wanted to, How do you cancel a 12 month term with vodafone? and what penalties would I pay?

 

 

 

 

i think you have to pay $190 cancellation fee to terminate your fixed contract with Vodafone.

 

Depends what you have left to go in your contract to see if its worth it.


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  #1978314 15-Mar-2018 20:54
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dryburn:

 

Edit:

 

I heard that Spark doesn't include GST in their price... any truth to this?

 

 

Spark business plans don't include GST, as per the common practice in this country.

 

Spark consumer plans of course include GST.


 
 
 
 


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  #1998768 18-Apr-2018 16:48
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Looking to move on from Vodafone Fibre. Basic requirements are Static IP ,faster connections to the US mainland and 12 months/no contract.

 

Narrowed it down to Bigpipe,Voyager and Orcon. Can anyone comment on the ping times and connection speeds on Voyager and Orcon to the states. 




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  #1998777 18-Apr-2018 17:03
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@mAYH3M essentially the same. It wouldn't make a difference to any services regardless as the difference will be 10-20ms between ISP's. Yes, that includes gaming. Read my many posts on here on that subject.




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  #1998798 18-Apr-2018 17:35
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stinger:

 

Pumpedd:

 

I know a lot of people who are insistent on getting 1GB, when 100/20 will be more than ample when there is only one person in the house. I am sure you could explain it better ;)

 

 

Here's why I get the gigabit connection, even though I'm a one person household. Like a responsible person, I back up my content offsite (in my case, backblaze). I do a full back up monthly, and incremental every two hours (automated of course). While the 100 Mb/s download is fine, the 20 Mb/s upload is not. And bragging to my friends back home (Brisbane) is done for the bonus points :P

 

Of course the average person doesn't do back ups, and then cries to the media when they've lost the precious photos of their whānau :(

 

 

I use Backblaze on a 100/20 connection and it seems to sync pretty quickly as the official Backblaze client only syncs the changed files on a continuous basis. There is no need to do a full backup from what I can understand of their system—they keep versions of every file every time it is added or updated and it looks like you can restore a snapshot of a specific point in time. I'd suggest gigabit is only really useful for the initial upload then after that 100/20 is for 99% of users enough to keep new and updated filed trickling through to Backblaze on a continuous basis.


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  #1999175 19-Apr-2018 10:27
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KiwiSurfer:

 

I use Backblaze on a 100/20 connection and it seems to sync pretty quickly as the official Backblaze client only syncs the changed files on a continuous basis. There is no need to do a full backup from what I can understand of their system—they keep versions of every file every time it is added or updated and it looks like you can restore a snapshot of a specific point in time. I'd suggest gigabit is only really useful for the initial upload then after that 100/20 is for 99% of users enough to keep new and updated filed trickling through to Backblaze on a continuous basis.

 

 

I use duplicity with backblaze, so they only get PGP encrypted versions of the files. There is no way I'm going to trust a third party have non-encrypted versions of my files. Doing full backups monthly (and keeping two full backups) means I can do a PIT recovery to any point in the last 60 days. This has saved my bacon a couple of times in the past year. For your use case, then any broadband connection will do.


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  #1999653 20-Apr-2018 05:58
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I researched gigabit speed reviews of Trust Power before moving to them from Spark and could not find any information online so I moved thinking it will be excellent. I signed up requesting static ip and was signed up with carrier grade nat aka no public ip. Called them and asked to turn this off and they did it and removed my static ip. I called and  they reinstated it, said it could take upto 24 hours which i was ok with. Called again as the speed was sub par for a gigabit connection and did some tests and removed my static ip and have turned back on carrier grade nat. The tech tested the network for about an hour and could not fault my gear and said they have lots of fluctuations in speed on gigabit. I have done speedtests at peak times and non peak times and here's a graph of the speed u can expect from trustpower. Im hoping to hear back from them and will keep this updated if the speed improves. On the graph you can see Spark speed on the left and Trust Power on the right.

 


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  #1999681 20-Apr-2018 09:10
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dotdot:

 

I researched gigabit speed reviews of Trust Power before moving to them from Spark and could not find any information online so I moved thinking it will be excellent. I signed up requesting static ip and was signed up with carrier grade nat aka no public ip. Called them and asked to turn this off and they did it and removed my static ip. I called and  they reinstated it, said it could take upto 24 hours which i was ok with. Called again as the speed was sub par for a gigabit connection and did some tests and removed my static ip and have turned back on carrier grade nat. The tech tested the network for about an hour and could not fault my gear and said they have lots of fluctuations in speed on gigabit. I have done speedtests at peak times and non peak times and here's a graph of the speed u can expect from trustpower. Im hoping to hear back from them and will keep this updated if the speed improves. On the graph you can see Spark speed on the left and Trust Power on the right.

 

 

Hi @dotdot

 

If you would like to PM me your account number and a few more details, I would be happy to look into this for you and have it escalated internally. 

 

Thanks

 

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  #1999701 20-Apr-2018 09:56
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coffeebaron:

 

Where's the Stuff endorsement - because we all know they're probably the fastest internet in the world, and that's true because I heard if from somebody who think they read it on Stuff.

 

 

 

 

Nope, terrible talk is the best, and you get to save the world too.  From their website...

 

 

 

With up to 10 gigabits per second, do whatever you want, whenever you want.

 

We use 100% of the profits from your internet to create a fairer global society.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  #1999713 20-Apr-2018 10:22
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Hi, anyone ever heard of Unlimited Internet? 

 

https://unlimitedinternet.co.nz/unlimited-broadband/#ufb-plan

 

They also run a wholesale business called HDnet, https://hd.net.nz/

 

 

 

Cheers


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