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Topic # 42409 4-Oct-2009 18:37
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Hi, Im currently considerin to change my internet from Xnet as i just realised a few days ago that without using Fusion on Xnet I did not get the advantages of ADSL2+~ so I average speeds of download=1.2mb/s upload=0.9mb/s while my friends had speeds around 8mb/s....from speedtest.net (i take 1 hr + to download a 100mb file  = =)

I use around 25~30G a month, and would like fast speeds for gaming and international live web tv, atm Im considerin changing from Xnet to Orcon or Telecom...

so i was jst wonderin if anyone could give me any advice on the speeds of orcon (bronze+ or silver+) compared to telcom (Big Time or Adventure)? eg international speeds and speeds at peak time?

also Telecom's Big Time plan provides unlimited data, which of course would be idea for me to watch live tv and play gamin plus a lot of downloads, but i was wonderin how the speed would cope if i changed to this plan (since it says there is a slow down in speed)? would i be able to play games on international servers eg from US west or from asian servers (taiwan) and watch web tv (live from taiwan) without any lag? (normally i need 4mins to load a 2min youtube video..)

oh and i live within 50metres of the brownsbay exchange so im pretty sure that distance and avaliability of adsl2+ isnt a problem for me =)

ive personally had really bad experience with telecoms customer service, however i heard that there hasnt been much complaint recently? and im not really considerin other companies such as snap or maxnet cus i have a limited budget of around $60 a month

so could anyone please gimme some advice as to whether its worth changing back to telecom(has contract) or try orcon(no contract)?

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  Reply # 261010 4-Oct-2009 18:52
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One of the problems with asking a question like that is that you may not get the answer you're looking for. You'll have people who say Orcon are great and people who say they are horrible, and the same with Telecom, so you need to take on board known facts about each ISP and then weigh that up against with what you're after.

At the moment, Orcon are having issues with YouTube virtually being unusable, in that it can take a couple minutes for a 30 second clip to load. There are also issues with international speeds during peak time as well. I'm with Orcon and the YouTube issue affects me but as I don't use it much I'm not too bothered about it. From personal experience I've never had any issues with their CSRs, who are all based in NZ whereas not all of Telecom's are.

Speed shouldn't be an issue for you if you're 50m from the exchange, but from reading these forums it seems that at the moment Telecom *should* provide with you more consistent speeds regardless of the time.

Orcon has no contract so if you connect with them and the experience is crap you can end the contract with no penalty, Telecom does have disconnection fees. So you just need to compare the plans and prices of each ISP and see which one offers what you're after.

There's a long thread about Telecom's Big Time plan so have a look at that to see what others are experiencing.


There's also this thread going on too:
http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?ForumId=39&TopicId=42289



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  Reply # 261029 4-Oct-2009 21:39
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hey thx for the advice im more keen on changing to Big Time now~

but could anyone gimme an approximate download speed as for downloadin file from sites like Rapidshare , Megaupload or Bandango during peak times on Telecom Big Time? eg at 8pm~11pm
xnet is extremely variable atm...
starts at around 120kbs then drops to 60kbs, sometimes even 20kbs >oh and live web tv's will be able to play without lag during peak times right? (not youtube)

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