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# 81283 11-Apr-2011 02:10
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Hello, I understand that these questions are a dime a dozen and I've been through the nzconnections / planfinder.

The problem I experience is that, I came from a country with unlimited bandwidth, so I never really had to monitor my usage. I have totally no idea how much I should "buy" for usage! I need an advice on how much "GB" I should budget for each month and meet my criteria.

Please recommend me a plan that has
- No Contractual Basis, I will only be here for 9 months a year and I will be shifting rental house next year.
- Naked Plan (if not, minimal costing phone plan with option for international calling)

Daily Usage
1. Regular Gamer (the common problem...) playing on US and Europe servers. Pings of 200-400 ms to those areas are acceptable. I would say... about 10-15 hrs a week.

2. General internet usage - Reading articles, email, chatting.

3. Bandwidth intensive usage - Occasional Skype calls (limit @ 1 hr a week), occasional music/video/files download/upload (limit @ 2 GB a week) and the occasion game patches of course.

I'm thinking a 90GB MIGHT be good at 3GB a day... but I'm afraid that I have both too much or too little GB? Any advice people can offer on this?

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  # 457426 11-Apr-2011 11:48
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Gaming+Naked DSL+no Term contract+International calling....um Orcon? who esle?

if you are not downloading/no online videos, 40GB should be enough i reckon.

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  # 457644 11-Apr-2011 21:54
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GreyEd: Hello, I understand that these questions are a dime a dozen and I've been through the nzconnections / planfinder.

The problem I experience is that, I came from a country with unlimited bandwidth, so I never really had to monitor my usage. I have totally no idea how much I should "buy" for usage! I need an advice on how much "GB" I should budget for each month and meet my criteria.

Please recommend me a plan that has
- No Contractual Basis, I will only be here for 9 months a year and I will be shifting rental house next year.
- Naked Plan (if not, minimal costing phone plan with option for international calling)

Daily Usage
1. Regular Gamer (the common problem...) playing on US and Europe servers. Pings of 200-400 ms to those areas are acceptable. I would say... about 10-15 hrs a week.

2. General internet usage - Reading articles, email, chatting.

3. Bandwidth intensive usage - Occasional Skype calls (limit @ 1 hr a week), occasional music/video/files download/upload (limit @ 2 GB a week) and the occasion game patches of course.

I'm thinking a 90GB MIGHT be good at 3GB a day... but I'm afraid that I have both too much or too little GB? Any advice people can offer on this?


For no contract the two main choices would be Xnet or Orcon (apart from their best deal ever promo which has 12 month contract).

NZ Connections is a bit out of date currently so don't treat it as gospel.

Xnet's flexible pricing might appeal to you, ~$65 NZD for naked adsl (no land line) for the connection and $1.28 per GB used, only pay for what you use.

Not sure about how good Xnet's performance is thesedays, they used to be really good when they first started then things went pretty downhill for quite awhile.. really couldn't say if you would find their current performance level acceptable.. maybe ask around for Xnet cusomters to comment.

Remember when looking at any standard ADSL plans (one's that don't say they are naked adsl) that a land line is required, if it's not included in the package make a mental note to add $35-40.

I would grab Networx and measure your current usage for a week to get a good idea, remember in the options to check ignore LAN traffic since you just want to measure internet usage:
http://www.softperfect.com/products/networx/
 

 
 
 
 




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Wannabe Geek


  # 459065 15-Apr-2011 10:25
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Thanks for the help. The advice has been very beneficial. I've decided to go with Orcon for this year, but next year I'll consider switching to xnet.

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