Perhaps I should've gone to Campbell instead of here: http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=49&topicid=59832
PaulBrislen: Apparently Telecom is the only provider of any service in the whole country.
edit: Oh, my sarcasm tag/smily fell off.
What we want is your 20GB plus homeline package for $100pm. We already have the biggest 3G plan you offer; 3GB+3GB for $79.95pm. The last time I checked overage was $0.50 per MB - $500 per GB, ok that may have changed but I doubt it is now only $10 per GB. The VF site is down so I can't check the T&C but even if overage was as low as $0.10 per MB it would cost us $1500 per month to get that 20 gigs.
We are in exactly the same boat as the interviewee on Campbell and even live in Rolleston. We sat on the waitlist from January-April 2009 before giving up and going for VF 3G. It is our HOME broadband because we have little alternative. We can't use it like serious home users because that would blow the data limit in days. We have already spent over $1500 in hardware and data charges to get something together that works on a home network, but it still doesn't come anywhere near what fixed line customers can get for significantly less cost.
Telecom claim that the interviewee did not get preferential treatment... well quite by chance we reactivated our request for fixed line broadband just over a week ago. Hopefully this means we will get connected in a matter of days although I'm not counting on it. Yes, I know that's a Telecom issue but you have stated that they are not the only provider. Well, at $1500 per month for 20 gig I don't think you're in the same ball park.
Oops, I think MY sarcasm tag fell off too.
P.S: This is my second go at writing this, the 3G connection dropped just as I sent the first attempt and it disappeared into the ether.