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Topic # 27604 1-Nov-2008 12:04
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My in-laws have a house in Tairua in the Coromandel in addition to their "main" house.  They're in the Coromandel house about 3 months out of each year (broken up over several visits) and the rest at home.  They have Telecom broadband at the primary house and Paradise dial-up in Tairua, but they would like quicker internet instead of the dial-up.

The only thing I can thing of is to get another broadband account but the problem is that another "full" broadband account would have them paying full price for a service that they only use part of the year. The cell service up there is pretty crap, so mobile broadband is out (plus a little expensive for their needs). 

Does anyone know of something that could help?  In a perfect world, I think they'd be able to have a secondary account (call it a holiday home account) that's slightly cheaper, but I'm pretty sure there's nothing like that on offer.






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Reply # 175053 1-Nov-2008 12:30
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It is a problem that I have run into as well for my skiing accomidation.

There is currently no telephone hooked up but the grey box where the telephone hooks into is outside the building.
I could not really find a plan that would suit as we are mainly there during the winter season and the rest of the year it hardly gets used.
I had a look at some plans for having Naked DSL but these were just as expensive as having a land line as well so we have not gone ahead with anything yet.

Have a look at http://www.nzconnection.net/Main_Page for some more information

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  Reply # 175054 1-Nov-2008 12:40
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Could you use a landline + WorldxChange (since there is no fixed term).

Connect for the months you are there and disconnect once done.




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  Reply # 175095 1-Nov-2008 16:04
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cokemaster: Could you use a landline + WorldxChange (since there is no fixed term).

Connect for the months you are there and disconnect once done.

Not now, read last paragraph:
http://www.xnet.co.nz/hsi/faq.shtml




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  Reply # 175182 1-Nov-2008 23:05
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I see 3 options
 - Disconnect fee would be $74.25 after 3 months from xnet. Then reconnect next year
 - Wifi it in from a neighbour and pay them ~$90 for the 3 months worth
 - Have the cheapest plan all year round and move up to a proper plan for the 3 months.




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  Reply # 175385 3-Nov-2008 08:39
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Hmm, the WiFi from a neighbour does sound interesting - especially as they have a programmer guy up behind them.  The other options are a bit too fiddly when they can be up there for 2 weeks then not again for a couple of months.

It'd be nice if an ISP had a plan or an option where you could attach your second phone number to the account, and be able to just take your modem up with you.  Oh well...




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  Reply # 175387 3-Nov-2008 08:49
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lugh:
It'd be nice if an ISP had a plan or an option where you could attach your second phone number to the account, and be able to just take your modem up with you.  Oh well...


But this would still mean having ADSL provisioned on the line which is costing somebody money.

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Reply # 175392 3-Nov-2008 09:21
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If only mobile broadband was as cheap here as it is in the UK would make things alot easier.

$1 for 10mb a day is still too high a price to be paying for internet on the run

Does Woosh have coverage in Ohakune?

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  Reply # 175509 3-Nov-2008 18:17
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I know you didn't like the mobile broadband option, however one option would be:
Purchase cheap mobile broadband datacard off trademe.

Connect it on a 1GB open term connection for the months you need it. When you don't need it, disconnect.

Even with CDMA 1X coverage, it will give you better speeds than dial up or Vodafones GPRS network.




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  Reply # 175517 3-Nov-2008 19:08
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cokemaster: I know you didn't like the mobile broadband option,



Goes a bit further than preference  "The cell service up there is pretty crap, so mobile broadband is out (plus a little expensive for their needs). "




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  Reply # 175651 4-Nov-2008 10:37
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cokemaster: I know you didn't like the mobile broadband option,



Goes a bit further than preference  "The cell service up there is pretty crap, so mobile broadband is out (plus a little expensive for their needs). "

True - you're lucky to get one bar, and that's standing on a chair with your hand on your head, one leg out, and your tongue poking out just so.

I think they're just going to have to put up with dial-up until something new comes along.  Cheers anyway guys.




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