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#265578 29-Jan-2020 08:06
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Hi all

 

 

 

We are looking for recommendations for an UFB ISP and plan for a holiday home that spends most of the year unoccupied. We can get fibre to the property - but no mobile (4g/3G) signal.

 

 

 

Ideally, we’d like a plan that charges on a pay as you go basis - ie, a low monthly fixed rate but higher variable usage rates.

 

 

 

many thanks!


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  #2409451 29-Jan-2020 08:11
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AFAIK the only option for that is Spark's Unplan. I'd normally not recommend Spark, but they're the only ones doing this type of plan.


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  #2409452 29-Jan-2020 08:16
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ripdog:

AFAIK the only option for that is Spark's Unplan. I'd normally not recommend Spark, but they're the only ones doing this type of plan.



Your ISP will be paying at least $40 to the LFC so what ever plan you choose will be at least that.
Shame your out of cell service as this is the perfect situation where id recommend it.

 
 
 
 


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  #2409459 29-Jan-2020 08:30
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What area is this bach in? Seems odd there is fibre but no 3/4G...


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  #2409527 29-Jan-2020 10:07
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DjShadow:

What area is this bach in? Seems odd there is fibre but no 3/4G...



Lots of areas, RBI2 will cover some of my families addresses however cell coverage is so bad you can barely make a phone call (Area Hauraki Plains)

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  #2409654 29-Jan-2020 13:04
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Most fiber plan's have ditched data caps, and only offer an unlimited tier. Sadly not ideal for your application.

The first exception I could find is sparks unplan. They simply charge you the price of the band you fall in each month:

 

for 100/20:

 

Less than 60gb: $69/mo

 

60GB -120gb: $79

 

120+GB: $79

 

You should sit in the cheapest tier most months while the batch is not occupied.

 

 

 

The second exception I could find is 2 degrees that offer a 100/20 80GB plan for $75 per month. (take $10 off if you have a 2 deg pay monthly mobile). The unlimited plan is only $10 more, For me this would be worth it not to worry about data caps when I am at the batch.

 

 

 

Otherwise, you could consider the cheaper end of unlimited plans:

 

Vodafone 100/20 $83/mo (24mo term, take $10 off if you have a mobile plan with Vodafone)

 

Bigpipe 100/20 $79/mo

 

Skinny 30/10 $73/mo (or $78/mo for 100/20)

 

 

 

If you have a 2 degrees or vodafone pay monthly mobile in the family, the unlimited plans from those providers are quite competitive.


 

Even if cellular was available, I would still recommend have UFB connected at the moment, while installs are subsidized.


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  #2409658 29-Jan-2020 13:09
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Is there a WISP like Netspeed in your area.

 

Some offer a low monthly connection fee and a pay for what data you use. Like Netspeed's NS Wirless mini plan.

 

 


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  #2409939 29-Jan-2020 22:34
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Sign up for an ISP that does no contract and free connection (eg Voyager)?

 

With an intact fibre you could be connected on the same day, so you can sign up the day before you move in and disconnect when you move out?


 
 
 
 


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  #2409946 29-Jan-2020 23:27
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DarkShadow:

 

Sign up for an ISP that does no contract and free connection (eg Voyager)?

 

With an intact fibre you could be connected on the same day, so you can sign up the day before you move in and disconnect when you move out?

 



Could be a workable idea, especially if you visit the batch seasonally (summer beach bach, winter ski chalet). Just hook up for the season, each season.

 


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  #2409984 30-Jan-2020 08:32
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Worldnet might be option?

 

0 ~ 60GB : $55
60GB ~ 120GB : $65
120GB ~ Unlimited : $75

 

https://www.worldnet.co.nz/about/residential_scalable.php

 

 

 

Got no idea if they are any good though, perhaps somebody could share their experiences with them?


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  #2409994 30-Jan-2020 09:10
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ETLN01:

 

Worldnet might be option?

 

0 ~ 60GB : $55
60GB ~ 120GB : $65
120GB ~ Unlimited : $75

 

https://www.worldnet.co.nz/about/residential_scalable.php

 

 

 

Got no idea if they are any good though, perhaps somebody could share their experiences with them?

 

 

Think this is the best option! 30/10 is plenty to stream, why doesn't the OP airbnb the place when your not there? that could offset the broadband cost and bring a few extra $


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  #2410459 31-Jan-2020 00:04
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ETLN01:

 

Worldnet might be option?

 

0 ~ 60GB : $55
60GB ~ 120GB : $65
120GB ~ Unlimited : $75

 

https://www.worldnet.co.nz/about/residential_scalable.php

 

 

 

Got no idea if they are any good though, perhaps somebody could share their experiences with them?

 

 

I was with WorldNet a few years ago, and they were great.  They are a Korean company and have Korean language support, but they do English very well too.  I had a particular technical problem that the frontline support could not help with, and there was no problem with their getting one of their network engineers to help, and he fixed it rapidly.  They had good international bandwidth and no long delays calling support.  I would still be with them if they had been able to do fibre for me when it first became available here, but at that time they did not have fibre available in Palmerston North.


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  #2410619 31-Jan-2020 11:32
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We were in the same situation, holiday house requiring broadband but no mobile reception on any of the networks, and to make matters worse we had to wait to get a copper line due to shortage of lines and corrosion being on the west coast.

 

I ended up setting up a wifi hotspot on the roof of the bach - all the other bach owners use it and pay with their credit card.  They don't have any other option as they cant order their own broadband connection due to lack of usable copper pairs - most don't even have a pots phone connected.  The revenue from the wifi hotspot covers the cost of the broadband connection.


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  #2410622 31-Jan-2020 11:34
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Doesn't this reselling violate the T&Cs??





Spark FibreMAX using Mikrotik CCR1009-8G-1S-1S+. UAP, UAP AC Pro, UAP AC Pro Mesh, Apple TV 4, Apple TV 4K, iPad Air 1, iPhone 6s, VodaTV Gen 2. If it doesn't move then it's data cabled.


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  #2410623 31-Jan-2020 11:37
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Spyware:

 

Doesn't this reselling violate the T&Cs??

 

 

 

 

I have no idea, like most people I haven't bothered to spend 10 to 20 minutes reading all the fine print - just signed along the dotted line.  However there's tonnes of places out there like Hotels who sell wifi access.


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  #2410642 31-Jan-2020 11:58
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gareth41:

Spyware:


Doesn't this reselling violate the T&Cs??



 


I have no idea, like most people I haven't bothered to spend 10 to 20 minutes reading all the fine print - just signed along the dotted line.  However there's tonnes of places out there like Hotels who sell wifi access.



Hotels will be on a business plan with business tees and cees that allow them to do this

putting an AP on the roof and sharing the connection and splitting the bill is one thing but actually setting up a hotspot and charging for it just doesn't seem right.

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