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Topic # 23759 8-Jul-2008 16:45
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Our tiny settlement finally has access to broadband. Telecom laid fibre optic cable around the district last year and tomorrow I get hooked up!

I have two questions:

1) I chose a package with Slingshot because I've been with them for a couple of years without problems.. I chose them because I have a good tolls package. Their sales dept told me that we'd no longer have to pay the Telecom line rental $45) any longer. Given that Slingshot are still using Telecom lines I worry about that statement. Any one have any inside information on this?

2) I chose thier Starter package which allows 2gigs of bandwidth per month because Slingshot told me that's all we'd need. My wife and I are writers and spend considerable time on the 'net... we do not, however, download movies or music. Will this be enough do you think?



PS: Just had a call from the Telecom technician working on our exchange and he confirms that we are now connected! All we need now is for the modem to turn up...

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  Reply # 145202 9-Jul-2008 07:42
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1) Welcome to unbundling etc - your ISP can take over your lines and charge you instead of Telecom. Currently my line provider is IHUG and my ISP Xnet. Still works about the same in cost as when I had everything with IHUG.

2) If browsing and email is your thing, then you should be OK, my folks are on a 1gig Xtra plan and havent gone over it once in the 3 years theyve had it and my father is on it almost every day, all day.

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  Reply # 145805 9-Jul-2008 22:39
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Good... I hope that's the case. I've used Slingshout as a dial-up ISP and for tolls for 2 years and had pretty good service. They don't bother updating their website very often, and there are some othe relatively minor itches, but by and large they've been goob. I hop that contnues.



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  Reply # 145837 9-Jul-2008 23:48
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If you do go over your data cap, you can purchase more rather cheaply in blocks. Let it go for a couple of months and then you can decide if you need to change your base plan

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  Reply # 145883 10-Jul-2008 07:36
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Thanks, Ray....

Cheers, cooldragon

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