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Topic # 5734 22-Nov-2005 11:13
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ok coz Clear net is c*** I am just wanting to know if Woosh is actually a good internet provider to go with.

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  Reply # 23658 22-Nov-2005 11:36
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I don't the word "c***" is very much somebodys perception. Many people think Xtra is a hopeless ISP yet it's the biggest in NZ. Woosh does have it's faults but also has a lot of satisfied customers, it all depends on what you're wanting.

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Reply # 23659 22-Nov-2005 11:44
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I used to have clear net for a while (28.8kbps days)... service was quite good for the time. Not sure now though.

I kinda regard XTRA as the NZ version of AOL.




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Reply # 23660 22-Nov-2005 11:49
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I have been using Woosh for almost a month, and I would recommend it.

The set up process is not as easy as they would have you believe, and you'll need to set aside at least half an hour and have a moderate level of technical knowledge. Fortunately, their helpdesk is generally very good.

I have found the speed and reliability to be excellent and it's great not to have to pay the $40 Telecom tax which ADSL users incur.

Note that some gaming enthusiasts have been critical of Woosh's latency, so it might pay to investigate that further if you're a gamer yourself.

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Reply # 23666 22-Nov-2005 13:37

Agree.

I am a big online gamer and I recommend Xtra Jetstream Adventure ADSL connection..
2MB speed (which is usually 1MB only) the best for gaming enthusiasts.

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Reply # 23676 22-Nov-2005 15:01
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Inspire provides Eithernet links if you happen to live in one of the places where they offer it (Palmerston North).

Low latency than ADSL and no Telecom tax. Costs me around $35 month 256kbps down/up 10gb cap and 64kbps throttled after cap exceeded (and you get public IP now).

Avg ping to NZ gaming servers is around 7ms-30ms. I used to get around 50-80ms avg ping on Xtra ADSL.




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  Reply # 23681 22-Nov-2005 16:53
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cokemaster: Inspire provides Eithernet links if you happen to live in one of the places where they offer it (Palmerston North).

Low latency than ADSL and no Telecom tax. Costs me around $35 month 256kbps down/up 10gb cap and 64kbps throttled after cap exceeded (and you get public IP now).


That seems like damn good value despite it being only 256k. When you say 'ethernet', I assume you mean long range WiFi? Do you need a professionally installed aerial for it?

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Reply # 23683 22-Nov-2005 18:46
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WOOSH has always been good to me - great to deal with and as a wireless alternative its great.

Only issues I had was that when it rains you seem to loose connection, not all the time but its enough if you depend on the internet.

I have gone back to Ihug and there great 2 Mbps deal for $49.95 with tolls.

I would still recomend WOOSH for starters and medium users prob 6 out of 10




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  Reply # 23693 22-Nov-2005 21:38
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cokemaster: Inspire provides Eithernet links if you happen to live in one of the places where they offer it (Palmerston North).

Low latency than ADSL and no Telecom tax. Costs me around $35 month 256kbps down/up 10gb cap and 64kbps throttled after cap exceeded (and you get public IP now).


That seems like damn good value despite it being only 256k. When you say 'ethernet', I assume you mean long range WiFi? Do you need a professionally installed aerial for it?

Yes I meant Ethernet. Its just a 100mbps (RJ45 plugs) cat5 connection. They also offer hotspots through out the cities where you can use your data on (There is a hotspot here but the signal is too weak to really use). It also doubles up as a LAN as well (where you can play games and share files for free).

Inspire also has a direct connection with Massey, the Massey halls of residence and several businesses around here which are zero-rated and uncapped. Its quite cool downloading big programming assignments from Massey at 100mbps.

Best of all its prepay - there is no commitment to use another month if you don't want to.




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  Reply # 23746 23-Nov-2005 20:27
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For Internet? Yes Woosh are quite good. When I 1st used Woosh last year the quality of the service was a bit patchy. But now the Internet connection is good.

Would I recommend their telephone service????? Not yet. It is okay for a private number if 100% uptime is not criticial. But for business use, you should wait for them to get their bugs ironed out.

I cut my ties to Telecom when the phone service 1st came out & now I am regretting it. Their phone service is great when it works, the problem is it is still patchy. Every couple of days it seems to go offline & callers can't get thru. Sometimes for a few hours at a time or sometimes all day. If it had only been once or twice I could forgive them, but it is too often. Caller don't even go to voice mail when the system is down, they just get a dead line. As I write this I have no dial tone & the network is down. My Internet connection is working fine & usually whenever the phone sevice goes offline the Internet connection is unaffected.

I'm not happy with Woosh at the moment. I use their phone service for my business and have been loosing customers because they can't get thru.

Internet service okay, phone line service not suitable for business use (yet).

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  Reply # 23752 23-Nov-2005 21:20
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I cut my ties to Telecom when the phone service 1st came out & now I am regretting it. Their phone service is great when it works, the problem is it is still patchy. Every couple of days it seems to go offline & callers can't get thru. Sometimes for a few hours at a time or sometimes all day. If it had only been once or twice I could forgive them, but it is too often. Caller don't even go to voice mail when the system is down, they just get a dead line. As I write this I have no dial tone & the network is down. My Internet connection is working fine & usually whenever the phone sevice goes offline the Internet connection is unaffected.


This is unfortunate. I'm sure that Woosh will get these problems sorted, but mud sticks, and potential customers are likely to still perceive that the phone service is second rate long after the bugs have been ironed out.

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  Reply # 23755 23-Nov-2005 22:05
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That is right. When I signed up with Woosh at the time of their phone service release I tried to encourage my friends & family to get Woosh. If was not long before they were trying to encourage me to get rid of it. They were frustrated with not being able to get thru & call me. I doubt they would ever choose Woosh now.

To be fair to Woosh is has improved a lot lately, but they have treated their 1st customers like me as guinea pigs and it has definitely damaged their reputation.

I've noticed lately their billboards promoting the phone service have come down. I guess they want to get the remaining bugs ironed out before they promote it again.

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  Reply # 23758 23-Nov-2005 22:24
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I have been using them for internet for around 18 months now. wouldn't look back. I have had no coverage issues (i'm in downtown auckland). The net is on almost 24-7 with no issues.

The recent $5 surcharge to upgrade to 512kbs has been a great step forward as well - has made me a very happy customer.

I was tempted on trying their phone service, but I would have to switch off my old unlimited plan to one of their new capped plans (as they dont sell the phone package on the old plans).



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  Reply # 25048 20-Dec-2005 16:00
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I am a HUGE Playstation net game player as well and I spoke to one of their salespeople and they said that its not a good idea to go onto Woosh if I use the Playstation net




      

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  Reply # 25062 20-Dec-2005 18:37
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I wouldn't recommend it if your a gamer, as the ping times are nowhere near gaming standards :-)



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  Reply # 25063 20-Dec-2005 18:39
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ok thanks allot




      

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