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isosmama

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#91820 20-Oct-2011 21:46

Hi, have never had home internet before. so many options!!  Love browsing the net and would like to download too.  Want most bang for my buck as am on tight household budget.
Don't want do something i might regret, like getting really committed for 24months on Orcon genius.  Don't really even know in real terms how much data i will really need. Not fussed about wireless.  I live in Dunedin too if it matters.
Am using image block to save on mbs and its like bread and water internet.  Am being patient and doing research but can anybody cut a long story short and just tell me what they reckon about it all? 

Would be very grateful to hear some expert advice for the uninitiated.

Thank you very much in advance, Confused :-)



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  #535941 21-Oct-2011 07:31
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What is your budget? Approx? There are many options available, ranging from ADSL thru to dialup or wireless. Do you currently have a POTS landline? If so who is your provider?

You could look at going with something like Telecom Total Home Starter with 2 gigs worth of data at $73 per month (includes both landline telephone and adsl internet) or maybe look at the other Total Home packages with more data. No term contracts available with a connection fee, or 12-24 month terms.

Alternatively you could with a provider such as Xnet and pay per gig of data used. Xnet would also let you control your budget ($39.95 if you have a POTS landline with another provider plus $1.28 per gig of data or $64.95 for naked adsl - ie no landline needed - plus data).

Vodafone do a good deal on naked adsl if you have a contract cell phone with them. KiwiOnline (kol.co.nz) do unlimited dialup for $9.95 per month but this will be incredibly slow by modern standards.

Vodafone/Telecom are both good options for cellular data if ADSL is not available in your area, but these are expensive with limited data.

There are many more options but really having an idea of your budget would help greatly.

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  #535952 21-Oct-2011 07:58
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Have you tried the Consumer's Telme web site?

http://www.telme.org.nz/telme

If you want suggestions from here you really need to provide some information about where you live (if Wellington or Christchurch you have cable as an option) what sort of internet you are after ie. do you download game demo's etc. That kind of thing.







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  #536249 21-Oct-2011 19:32

hi, i live in Dunedin and have no landline connected. Dunedin isnt as well provided for as the other major centres as far as broadband goes.

Have looked at the nzconnection website and am just about to look at the telme one. Want to have found the best plan for me by next week.

Also talked to a dude today who used to work for slingshot and he reckoned I could ring around and find a good deal then see if another could beat it, play them off against each other.

Am not an online gamer but browse for hours (stumbleupon) and download music, films, tv series etc (not illegally of course!) use facebook, gmail and like what Ive seen of youtube. God i don't know, i love it all i guess. I use the internet for about five hours every evening and more on weekends.

Snap with all you can eat addons looks good. Another friend just got orcon genius and is happy as with his choice. more researching tonight.

Thank you for replying *-)

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  #536857 24-Oct-2011 09:54
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telme is a massive waste of time.

If you are only using 1-2GB of data per month, then mobile broadband is probably best and cheapest for you.

2GB will set you back around $50-60 depending on provider. There is no fixedline plan (with homeline) for less than $70 AFAIK.

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  #536860 24-Oct-2011 10:13
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NonprayingMantis:...If you are only using 1-2GB of data per month, then mobile broadband is probably best and cheapest for you.

2GB will set you back around $50-60 depending on provider. There is no fixedline plan (with homeline) for less than $70 AFAIK.


I dont think that is a good idea. OP mentioned:

isosmama: ....Am not an online gamer but browse for hours (stumbleupon) and download music, films, tv series etc (not illegally of course!) use facebook, gmail and like what Ive seen of youtube. God i don't know, i love it all i guess. I use the internet for about five hours every evening and more on weekends....


2GB can probably last him for 2 days.

Btw, do you need homeline? Have you considered naked broadband? If you need homeline, go with Telecom - you cant beat them.

  





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  #536875 24-Oct-2011 11:05
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im with snap (not naked) and have the youtube addon and last month i used an extra 40 GB over the month that wasn't counted towards my cap, so it is worth it




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  #536931 24-Oct-2011 13:36
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I just moved from Telecom to Snap, because of Snap's unmetered youtube & isky (teens consume a lot of bandwidth on youtube). I had no problems with Telecom and would recommend them, but their lack of anything unmetered was the deal breaker. I'm getting the same speeds now as I was on Telecom.




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isosmama

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  #537022 24-Oct-2011 21:05

Hi thank you for advice am looking into them.

Am using mobile prepay with a t-stick at the mo and its really expensive. $10 for 100mbs on 2degrees. I tried all the mobile networks, vodafone etc. Tried and tried to connect with telecom mobile until someone casually mentioned that Telecom doesn't support Mac! Is that true by the way?

Dunedin isn't one of the vodafone (carries 2deg) broadband zones. Only Auck, Wgtn, ChCh and Q'town! Been a bit of a shock moving back down here from Akld net wise. Spending at least $30 a week on top ups just for internet. Would love to not a have to worry about mbs all the time

Also am moving in a month, depending on what i choose now on how much hassle thats going to be but really want it on ASAP cos I still need to find a place in the listings and that will really chew thru the mbs!

Thanks again guys! *-)

isosmama

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  #537030 24-Oct-2011 21:23

No don't need landline but need router for "naked". Snap have run out of their ones and they were $169.95 (ADSL2+) so was looking online for a cheaper one but think i may be asking for trouble. What if there's a problem? I want to get this right hence the agonising. Can always get Orcon but again, 24 months is a long time. and I'm moving soon. Have asked Orcon about their moving fees but haven't heard back yet.

Cheers again.

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  #537031 24-Oct-2011 21:27
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Hi there check out these guys, can't comment on the service as never been a customer, but looks like a good deal if your in the coverage area. $59 for unlimited data and no phone seems pretty good, but again cant comment on the service.

http://wic.co.nz/ourplans.php

isosmama

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  #537037 24-Oct-2011 21:43

Hi shoes2468. Yes i looked at those guys just tonight. Seems i just lucked out due to high demand, only doing the silver plan now and that too expensive. Also was $250 for the router. Would have been nice to support a Dunedin company though. Everyone must be looking for good home bband deals at present

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