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Wannabe Geek

# 40455 28-Aug-2009 17:06
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Hi there, I've posted on these forums a few times before but not much.


Now I used to live in wellington and my ISP was/is snap.

I ask'd for snap to move my internet connection and phone line to my new home in papamoa.

Me being stupid and thinking 'Well it seems to be a fairly big town so broadband won't be a problem...'

Only to be told on the day I arrived at my new address that I'm on a waiting list and it won't be until around Aug next year that the exchange gets upgraded.

I searched and searched forums all over the place and it seems that papamoa has had this problem since early 2007... :S

I'm quite p***ed off about the whole thing as im a heavy gamer and internet user, Plus im not 100% happy with having to pay $500 fee for EOL.

/rant off

If anyone has any other options please feel free to help out... I dying here with just dialup...

Thanks for reading

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  # 251378 28-Aug-2009 17:11
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Mobile BB

You have many options

Vodafone Telecom CDMA Telecom XT

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  # 251384 28-Aug-2009 17:24
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I'm in Paps as well and am quite happy with Telecom Big Time. My speed isn't the greatest though, syncing at 5088Kb/448Kb. It was literally twice the download speed when I lived down the road in Mt Maunganui.
I haven't tried any online gaming yet (not really interested until Modern Warfare 2 comes out in Nov) but everything else is smooth


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  # 256262 16-Sep-2009 19:51
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gurthang117: I'm in Paps as well and am quite happy with Telecom Big Time. My speed isn't the greatest though, syncing at 5088Kb/448Kb. It was literally twice the download speed when I lived down the road in Mt Maunganui.
I haven't tried any online gaming yet (not really interested until Modern Warfare 2 comes out in Nov) but everything else is smooth

I'm thinking of switching to Big Time for our home broadband from Telstra! nice to know it's quite fast, though I live in Tauranga town proper.... we were in Telecom before so I know our line has descent speed and within reasonable distance from the main switch.

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Wannabe Geek

  # 261524 6-Oct-2009 09:52
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Same issue here, just moved to Pyes Pa close to hospital only to find out that the cabinet is full and contacted almost all of providers,
they all rely on Telecom. :(
Telecom contacted me and they had an estimated time of upgrade from their Chorus team for July 2011 !!! Yep 2 fricking years wait list.
And I know that I am like 40th on the waiting list, SO WHY THEY DONT UPGRADE IF THERE IS DEMAND ?
How much that cabinet costs anyway ?
As the first post here I dont fancy paying $500 for a wireless solution.

What can be done (apart from moving house lol ) ?

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  # 261527 6-Oct-2009 10:02
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Sounds like there are at least 3 wireless options available.

Companies have rollout strategies that cover years of time, and millions of dollars, and cannot simply throw those in the bin because an extra 40 people more than exepected decided they wanted broadband.

Payback on putting equipment in takes a long time, and a lot of customers. If we assume (lets aim high here, just for the sake of it) 40 people are going pay on average $50 a month for broadband, and 20% of that is pure profit after helpdesks, marketing, wages, taxes, whatever, that still only leaves $15,000 over THREE years to pay for the purchase, installation, integration, testing, deploying and maintenance of equipment (and taxes on virtually everything, and power, and , and, and, and...)

Personally I think it looks like the waiting list is not currently an economically viable thing to address.

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Wannabe Geek

  # 261528 6-Oct-2009 10:05
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can you list these 3 wireless options please ?
any of them perhaps lending their equipment instead of me paying it lol

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  # 261533 6-Oct-2009 10:11
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Check netsmart they can provide wireless broadband at 10mbps, though the start-up investment is quite high as you need to purchase the equipment. see


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Wannabe Geek

  # 261543 6-Oct-2009 10:36
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Hmm $500 up front ..why cant they just lent it.
Also $49 for 5GB only.

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  # 261544 6-Oct-2009 10:40
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I think there's not much customer volume hence steep price, their main client base is farm owners. But to think of it I rather pay that amount and get broadband speed instead of using dial-up or 3G speed, that's just me :)

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