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#272554 1-Jul-2020 11:34
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Hey all.

 

Been a Spark customer for nearly 20 years - landline / mobiles / broadband. Looking to move to fibre from VDSL - have read the guides and seen the general feedback about providers on various posts in this forum.

 

Would be happy to stay with Spark but somewhat surprised after asking that there is no loyalty discounts etc given offers available elsewhere. Their monthly pricing looks ok but the other options I'm looking at (Skinny / Bigpipe) are offering 2 or 3 months free which is over $200. 

 

Anyone had any success recently with getting any kind of discount off Spark? I'd be looking at Unplan Netflix Fibre 100 (i.e. Netflix bundle) but would always be on the top tier for usage - so $98 / month

 

I will also lose my existing "bundle up" $10 monthly discount as apparently this is only available for copper services - seems crazy that there's a financial incentive to remain on copper.

 

Any advice appreciated - just want to check I have the full picture before I bite the bullet and pick a provider.

 

One side question - I have a Unifi Dream Machine (not Pro version) - I can just connect that direct to the ONT right? No *technical* need to use ISP router? (I know depending on provider I may need to be required to connect their own if I ever need support).

 

Cheers.

 

 


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  #2515614 1-Jul-2020 11:40
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Skinny / Bigpipe is basically SparkNZ anyway


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  #2515616 1-Jul-2020 12:02
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Voyager seem to be one of the better ISP's. 

 

Spark have a less than ideal peering arrangement. Apologies if this is not the case, just what has been said on GZ previously. 

 

It is discussed here...

 

https://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=39&topicid=242084

 

Although, the average user wouldn't notice. 

 

 

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  #2515618 1-Jul-2020 12:07
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surfisup1000:

 

Voyager seem to be one of the better ISP's. 

 

Spark have a less than ideal peering arrangement. Apologies if this is not the case, just what has been said on GZ previously. 

 

It is discussed here...

 

https://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=39&topicid=242084

 

Although, the average user wouldn't notice. 

 

 

@surfisup1000 correct about the peering but Joe Average should not notice any difference 


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  #2515620 1-Jul-2020 12:14
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Chuckman:

 

I will also lose my existing "bundle up" $10 monthly discount as apparently this is only available for copper services - seems crazy that there's a financial incentive to remain on copper.

 

 

 

 

I'm not sure that you will. I'm on the unplan entertainment fibre plan combined with a pay monthly mobile plan and I get the $10 discount. You should check/confirm though if you do sign up with spark.


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  #2515628 1-Jul-2020 12:41
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Blurtie:

 

Chuckman:

 

I will also lose my existing "bundle up" $10 monthly discount as apparently this is only available for copper services - seems crazy that there's a financial incentive to remain on copper.

 

 

 

 

I'm not sure that you will. I'm on the unplan entertainment fibre plan combined with a pay monthly mobile plan and I get the $10 discount. You should check/confirm though if you do sign up with spark.

 

 

as part of unplan, credits were removed.

 

Legacy Bundle up will drop moving to unplan.





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  #2516083 2-Jul-2020 11:23
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Thanks for the feedback everyone.


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  #2516103 2-Jul-2020 11:58
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Chuckman:

 

seems crazy that there's a financial incentive to remain on copper.

 

 

Eventually Copper will get dropped in Specified Fibre Areas

 

Fibre is faster

 

Fibre is more stable

 

$10 you are talking about is equivalent to the cost of 2 flat whites per month

 

my 2c


 
 
 
 


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  #2516106 2-Jul-2020 12:04
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Can't imagine many companies will be offering extras in the aftermath of COVID.  Seems unreasonable to expect as much too.


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  #2516112 2-Jul-2020 12:19
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I think a certain telco is offering a $300 account credit for signing up.. But if you've been around these forums long enough, then you'd probably look to avoid this telco...




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  #2516116 2-Jul-2020 12:24
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Blurtie:

 

I think a certain telco is offering a $300 account credit for signing up.. But if you've been around these forums long enough, then you'd probably look to avoid this telco...

 

 

 

 

Yep saw that and ruled them out due to feedback on these forums.

 

Have just signed up to Spark, mainly because I don't want to end up with any issues with terminating Spark VDSL while another provider is getting Chorus to complete their install.

 

Will review again when out of contract.

 

 

 

Cheers all.


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