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Topic # 25447 21-Aug-2008 15:39
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I need ~50GB+ per month
what is the best ISP that has a decent download/upload speed?

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  Reply # 158721 21-Aug-2008 15:45
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Slingshot with 50GB data caps need....




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  Reply # 158723 21-Aug-2008 15:49
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Snap -> $90 for 60GB FS/FS.




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  Reply # 158746 21-Aug-2008 17:12
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Detruire: Snap -> $90 for 60GB FS/FS.


Oh, those are pretty good prices (as New Zealand goes). Does anyone have any experience with Snap customer service? Any good?

And I would assume that with them my up/down speeds should be the same as with my current ISP, since with ADSL the speed depends on Telecom's equipment anyway, right?

I pay more for that much data with Xnet. Well, I would if I would use that much data. Basically, with Xnet it's $49 for FS/FS, plus around $1 per GB (any data, nothing is included). I tend to use between 2 to 10 GB per month, not more, so it still works out better for me.

But Xnet also has a 'Torrent' tarrif now, where during the night (off peak) they give you the first 75 GB per month for free. But if you use data during the day you will end up paying $1.50 or so.

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  Reply # 158765 21-Aug-2008 17:56
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foobar: Oh, those are pretty good prices (as New Zealand goes). Does anyone have any experience with Snap customer service? Any good?

And I would assume that with them my up/down speeds should be the same as with my current ISP, since with ADSL the speed depends on Telecom's equipment anyway, right?


Have just recently swapped from ihug to snap and it was a quick and easy process.  It's also nice to ring a helpdesk and not have an automated menu to step through, and speak to a real person within minutes (instead of hours).  Their customer portal is also clean and easy to use.

Your speed should stay the same, it is dependent on equipment plus your distance from the exchange.



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  Reply # 158788 21-Aug-2008 19:37
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nate can you post some international speedtest.com results to LA during peak time? (6-11pm)



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  Reply # 158789 21-Aug-2008 19:38
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snaps' plans seem too good to be true, that worries me!

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  Reply # 158791 21-Aug-2008 19:44
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trakman: snaps' plans seem too good to be true, that worries me!

Compared to what other ISP/s?




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  Reply # 158792 21-Aug-2008 19:46
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trakman: snaps' plans seem too good to be true, that worries me!

Well it's true, and for your requirement of around 50GB, they're basically the cheapest (plan comparison link in my signature)

You do however need to change to their Snap Phone service to get the $90 price.




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  Reply # 158794 21-Aug-2008 19:54
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trakman: nate can you post some international speedtest.com results to LA during peak time? (6-11pm)








I'm around 5km from my exchange.

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  Reply # 161418 1-Sep-2008 22:51
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My first post...

I am also looking to change from Xtra now that our stupid 12 month contract has expired.

I am also moderate user who would like go through about 25 - 50Gig's of data each month.  I am particually interested in the Xnet plan Torrent plan, however other forums topics indicate that earlier in the year Xnet appeared to have some serious issues re: peak time viewing of You Tube and other streaming video sites.  This is important to me as I like to watch a lot of streaming video during peak hours (7pm - 11pm).

My question...has Xnet fixed fixed this issue?

I am impressed by Xnet so far in that they have good looking plans (I'm aware that looks can be deceiving), no requirement to have tolls with them for the best price and no fixed contract (damn you Xtra).

Sorry if I have posted this in place - First time poster :-)  Long time reader :-)

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  Reply # 162168 4-Sep-2008 16:26
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BruceLimNZ: My first post...

I am also looking to change from Xtra now that our stupid 12 month contract has expired.

I am also moderate user who would like go through about 25 - 50Gig's of data each month.  I am particually interested in the Xnet plan Torrent plan, however other forums topics indicate that earlier in the year Xnet appeared to have some serious issues re: peak time viewing of You Tube and other streaming video sites.  This is important to me as I like to watch a lot of streaming video during peak hours (7pm - 11pm).

My question...has Xnet fixed fixed this issue?

I am impressed by Xnet so far in that they have good looking plans (I'm aware that looks can be deceiving), no requirement to have tolls with them for the best price and no fixed contract (damn you Xtra).

Sorry if I have posted this in place - First time poster :-)  Long time reader :-)

Cheers,

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I am also in this same situation, if anyone could help to answer this that would be greatly appreciated.

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  Reply # 162170 4-Sep-2008 16:32
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tbh, you might as well try them.
If they suck, tell them so when you move on in a month. Wink




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  Reply # 162175 4-Sep-2008 16:38
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There is no contract with Xnet, and it's not a big issue to swap ISPs, so if you do have problems, you can always change again later.

To my knowledge, with the introduction of the Torrent plan, the international issue has subsided.  Having said that, if you read up on most of the other ISPs on Geekzone they are also having problems with Torrents.  They only have a specific amount of international capacity, and it only takes a small subsection of heavy torrenting users to saturate that pipe.

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  Reply # 162233 4-Sep-2008 19:21
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Thanks for the comments so far.

Am I correct in assuming that it doesn't really matter who my ISP is for line speed, because at the end of the day it is the same connection between my house and the exchange?  The difference been the ISP plan and the customer service?  Joined Xnet a couple of days ago, great service so far, however videos can still be a bit sluggish at times.

Also, my one dumb question for the night, is the "exchange" the green box/cabinent?

Thanks in advance...

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  Reply # 162237 4-Sep-2008 19:30
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The differences are in more than just customer service and plan. There are major differences in both service quality (including speed and latency), and actual service (some ISPs block ports, others let you have a static IP for no fee)

"the green box/cabinent" may or may not be the 'exchange'. Can't say for sure with that little information. Wink




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