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Topic # 50340 24-Nov-2009 15:41
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Firstly I am a complete newbie in regards to broadband.   I have done some research, but have found more questions than answers.
I have had a look at  At this stage I am primarily looking at a phone and internet package to save costs.  

My situation: I will be using two computers.  One is a PC running windows OS (XP?), the other is an iMac running Mac OS X 10.4.  I will be using Photoshop and InDesign alot so will need to be able to send and receive high quality graphics - large files quickly and easily.  Will not be using it for gaming.  I live in Ashhurst - 15 km out of Palmerston North - Manawatu - semi rural environment.

As mentioned above, I do not know much - but am a quick learner.  I also like to research all options before making a decision.

At this stage I am looking at maybe 5GB data allowance (which may need to be increased in the future).  I am open to using VOIP as long as the connection is efficient and actually works.  (BTW - is VOIP included or excluded in data allowance?).  I need a provider that will give me the needed support in setting things up at the outset. 

Is there anyone who can tell me what service is like for the Manawatu?  Many of the plans require you to sign up for a set amount of time.  I don't want to sign up, later to find out that the service doesn't provide what I need (can't afford the opt out fees)

All comments appreciated.

Thank you all for your time.


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  Reply # 275848 24-Nov-2009 16:04
Send private message is a great local (Manawatu) ISP I believe Smile

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  Reply # 276007 25-Nov-2009 00:18
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Inspire is probably a fairly strong candidate as they are local and have a pretty good reputation, however their website isn't very inspiring (pun intended) doesn't look like they have updated much it in about 4-5 years... either they aren't keeping up with the play offering phone + adsl packages, naked adsl and voip or their marketing department needs a kick in the pants..

If you are in range for their ethernet or wireless MetroLan service, then that + voip could be a nice solution.

For traditional landline + adsl plans, Telecom or Telstra are the best balance of price/performance right now  (in my opinion):

Telecom Total Home,8748,206401-204546,00.html

TelstraClear HomePlan (Click on the Rest of NZ tab)

Naked ADSL + Voip might be an option you want to consider too, perhaps a Maxnet PureDSL 5GB plan + VOIP from Xnet VFX for example.

A big factor in your decision is how many phone toll call minutes do you need and to where, will you use your phone infrequently and only really to call local or 0800 numbers or will you be making a lot of toll calls or calls to mobiles?


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  Reply # 277954 30-Nov-2009 16:43
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For Ashhurst, Telecom is your best bet. The Ashhurst exchange is not ideal for VOIP and may not be available for naked DSL (you would have to check with the naked DSL providers - there's not many that offer this in the Manawatu). is a good option for the Palmerston North CBD, for those who want fibre, but apart from that their services and prices are not competitive.

Hope this helps.

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  Reply # 278744 2-Dec-2009 14:12
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+1 recommendation for Inspire. Very good support helpdesk.

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