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Topic # 31013 1-Mar-2009 19:43
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Hi all, I would like to take a bit of a sample of you all.
What I would like is you to reply with your location, what plan/provider you use, pluses, peeves, and how you use it, are you considering moving providers?
For example I will start this with myself
Location: WellingtonPlan/Provider: Telstraclear in-home Lightspeed 20G with phone $115.90 per monthPluses: speed, not telecom, not shapedPeeves: Wish I had more of a data capHow I use it: 2-3 users in household, most of traffic goes to torrents, general web surfing.Considering moving? still researching

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  Reply # 198637 1-Mar-2009 19:47
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Location: Wellington
Service: TelstraClear Cable
Plan: 10Mbps (80GB)
Plus: consistently good speed, extra GB cost is ok
Peeves: Data cap not high enough
How used: household, iTunes Movies, four PCs, Home Office, Online Backup with Mozy, Live Mesh
Considering moving? No way


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  Reply # 198638 1-Mar-2009 19:52
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Location: Bayview, Auckland
Service: Orcon+ Network
Plan: ADSL2 FS/FS Silver+
Plus: Good service allround
Peeves: Data cap not high enough, 10gb would be nice.
How used: Browsing, email, occasional download and bit of gaming.
Considering moving? Not at this point.

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  Reply # 198640 1-Mar-2009 20:00
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Location: Invercargill
Provider: Maxnet
Plan: 60gig Business Plan
Plus: Speedy, not shaped, fantastic helpdesk support, static ip included.
Peeves: A little more expensive than I'd have hoped (but its worth it), Also costly per gig over limit.
Uses: Browsing, torrents, two users in household (three computers) - note that while I'm on a business plan, its for personal use only. To get a 60gig plan its counted under their business plans.
Considered changing: Not provider (I freaking love Maxnet), but I no longer need this much bandwidth, so considering changing plans.

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  Reply # 198641 1-Mar-2009 20:10
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Location: Howick, Auckland
Service: Vodafone Red network
Plan: Ultimate pack Red
Plus: Reliable overall, good speeds
Peeves: Data cap not large enough, 50GB would be better. Customer service is average.
How used: 4 PCs - web browsing, emails, TV streams, video, torrents, programs, chat
Considering moving? Not right now

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  Reply # 198644 1-Mar-2009 20:25
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Location: Forrest Hill, Auckland
Service: Orcon+ Network
Plan: ADSL2 FS/FS Silver+
Plus: Good service allround, great account information online.
Peeves: The odd times slow intenational speed.
How used: Browsing, email, occasional download and uploading photos.
Considering moving? No.

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  Reply # 198645 1-Mar-2009 20:28
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Location: Christchurch
Service: TelstraClear Cable
Plan: 4mbps - 20GB
Plus: hardly any outages
Peeves: want more GB for the $$
How used: download movies, geekzone, download ROMs and firmwares.
Considering moving? Never! If I move I will find a house with access to cable, prefer underground than overhead.

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  Reply # 198647 1-Mar-2009 20:30
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Location: Lower hutt
Service: Xtra ADSL2
Plan: TotalHome + 10gb (= 20gb)
Plus: consistently good speed, throttling when over
Peeves: None yet, maybe speeds a bit low (3.3 mbps on ADSL2)
How used: household, 4 pcs/laptops
Considering moving? No way just moved from TelstraClear

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  Reply # 198659 1-Mar-2009 21:36
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Location: Rotorua
Service: Snap
Plan: Snap Pro 60g fs/fs and phone about $133.00 a month
Plus: good speed on torrents any time of day
Peeves: extra data is expensive
How used: household
Considering moving? No way just moved from the hell that was Slingshot

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  Reply # 198667 1-Mar-2009 22:00
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Location: Mt Roskill, Auckland
Service: Telecom ADSL2+ Broadband
Plan: Telecom Business Broadband advanced
Plus: Free static ip, very good modem provided
Peeves: Would like the option of a cheaper excess/bigger cap.
How used: Browsing, email, downloading, streaming video
Considering moving? No. Only condition would be a provider that could match or beat performance for similar amount of money (so far I have yet to see a provider here that can beat the performance/cost).

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  Reply # 198668 1-Mar-2009 22:03
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Location: Dunneydeedon
Service: Telecom
Plan: 20 gig one
Plus: Bloody fast
con: Too fast for the cap, if you start a download accidentally at 2MB/s.....
How used: stuff
Moving: Noper

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  Reply # 198672 1-Mar-2009 22:20
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Location: Auckland

Provider: Telecom

Plan: 40gb Residential

Plus: Really Really quick. The helpdesk in my experience have been really good for when asking about really technical problems. The CSR's just give up and elevate the call: Reverse DNS is one example Tongue out Also the bonus of a free static ip

Peevs: None really at the moment. Mainly just that it isn't offered as Naked DSL! Telecom would do so well I believe if they released NDSL plans. Also the fact I havn't been cabinetised yet Frown

How Used: Hosting websites (which is pretty good for ADSL2+), general browsing etc

Considering Moving: Not at all at this stage. Hate to say it but we are staying with the bigger player

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  Reply # 198678 1-Mar-2009 23:37
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Location: Wellington
Service: Telecom 24Mbps ADSL2
Plan: 12Mbps (line speed ability) (60GB)
Plus: High end business plan and it performs like it, always top-notch speed internationally up to max line speeds
Peeves: Overage charges are too high, Associated "Anytime" line rental is a ripoff though BusinessTimeplan looks like a star so I'll probably change to that, Totalhome cannot have BusinessBroadband
How used: Household, Youtube, 1 server (rebuilt this arvo YAY!) Media gateway, VoIP VPN, Work etc. What do I NOT have running off this!
Considering moving? No way, no others I have tried even come close.

Location: Wellington
Service: Vodafone Resold iHug Special deal
Plan: 10Mbps (line speed ability) (5GB)
Plus: Free national calls, Telecom lince voice quality.
Peeves: Just about everything, poor poor international network performance.
Considering moving? DONE! Contract expired today :-D and it was the big finger salute.

Location: Auckland
Service: Orcon ADSL Wholesale
Plan: 16Mbps (20GB)
Plus: No contracts! Reasonably performing and priced though not up to the speed and and consistency of the telecom plan
Peeves: Small data cap and extra GB "autobundles" quite pricey, provider never unbundled that single exchange or I'd move to Orcon+ in a blink!!! grr.
How used: Servers, Media-gateway and UDP/streaming testing. VoIP and VPN/Tunnelling/Virtualbackup
Considering moving? Yes due to quite high-cost for related performance.

Location: Nationwide
Service: Vodafone HSDPA N95
Plan: Casual $1 10MB plan
Plus: High maximum throughput, Handset choice.
Peeves: Terrible customer service from outsourced callcentre, major flaws in network infrastructure with legacy services. Horrible unreliable with round-trips and horrendous jitter performance, 2100GHz coverage is awful and find myself on GPRS most of the time
How used: N95 for general Web browsing and various other tasks and emergency laptp connection.
Considering moving? You bet, Bring on WCDMA850 NZ05!

Location: Nationwide
Service: Telecom EVDO OktaTouch
Plan: 1GB+ Dataplan
Plus: Dependable, very good coverage in the places you least expect and generally solid network performance, "fallback" 1XRTT network is still reletively quick and hands over well.
Peeves: Occasionally the network just times out randomly or falls to 1X, not the greatest handset choice.
How used: Business email, reliable personal email, browsing/VPN etc.
Considering moving? Handset choice only but will await the new network to "bed in" first

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  Reply # 198702 2-Mar-2009 09:32
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Location: Wellington, Karori
Service: TelstraClear Cable
Plan: 10Mbps (80GB)
Plus: Like freitasm says - consistent service and speed
Peeves: Price difference between caps is large, would prefer shaped overage instead of "pay-per-block"
How used: 5 laptops, 3 desktops, media center, xbox live, etc.
Considering moving? No - in fact the availability factors into my decision of where to move each time we change the house we're renting.

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  Reply # 198709 2-Mar-2009 10:08
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Location: Lynfield, Auckland
Service: SNAP Naked DSL
Plan: ADSL2+ FS/FS (10GB)
Plus: Reliable service with Good International Speed 24/7 e.g. 10GB of data downloaded in 9 hours last week
Peeves: Would prefer pay per GB instead of "pay-per-block"
How used: 2 laptops, 2 desktops
Considering moving? No.  Very happy with SNAP.  The best ISP I have found so far.

Location: Russell, Bay of Islands
Service: NetSpeed Wireless via Kordia Extend network
Plan: 1Mbps down / 340kbps up (2GB)
Plus: Reliable service with Good International Speed 24/7 (NetSpeed use SNAP to provide their bandwidth)
Peeves: 2GB is a little low but we usually get by.  5GB plan is significantly more expensive.
How used: 2 laptops, 1 desktop
Considering moving? No.  Very happy with NetSpeed.  The best Kordia RSP I have found so far.

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  Reply # 198714 2-Mar-2009 10:24
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Location: Blenheim
Service: Xtra
Plan: Go Large. Restricted 4Mbps down / 160kbps up
Plus: Unlimited data!
Peeves: Although im adsl2+ capable im shaped to 4mbs (neighbour has 15mbs connection). Slow peak traffic,  http transfers are around 2mbs however (microsoft, rapidshare etc)
How used: Anywhere between 1 laptop - 10 laptops, ps3 network.
Considering moving? Not until i eventually get grandfathered off go-large.. 80gb per month for $40 is nice..

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