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Slixious

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#92946 9-Nov-2011 19:20
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Currently I am using Xnet with 20GB. But if I want more than that, I can adjust that to any higher value that I want at the cost of just $1.28 a GB (cheaper than I first thought). The connection itself is static at $34.74. I pay exactly for the data I use, so if I stuck with 20GB even if I hit my cap I would only be paying $60.34. In my experience, they haven't provided any sort of noticeable throttling, offer a good way to keep on top of your data usage / bill, and not much difficulty troubleshooting with them. That's my experience.

I'm seriously considering switching to another ISP for the sake of bigger data at a similar price, but need the service to be just as good, especially data rate wise. But what other ISP's don't tell you is what they at bad at providing in their service, such as not offering speeds as fast as your line allows. For example:

  • Slingshot -  They provide unlimited broadband now for $60. This has been done before, and any ISP doing it is begging for trouble. I would literally take them up on their offer, but fear they may try throttling it in an unfair way. Fair policy and network limitations anyone? I can try getting around any shaping with encrypted traffic of course for the most part. From what I had someone else say, what they are doing is buying a bigger share in the overseas line to get lots of people to join, but their bandwidth will likely drop in the future once lots of people have signed up. A common case of buying lots of goods, and overselling themselves out just to make lots of money. I'm sure one or two other ISP's are doing similar offers.
  • Other ISP's - Well I haven't had much of a look at other ISP's except through TelMe. In reality, other ISP's do much the same thing as my current one, but it can be more hassle than it's worth, and I run the risk of being worse off.
So I'm asking right here, right now, what ISP would give me more data around the $60 mark, and actually deliver? What should I be warned about, that they don't actually tell you? What do you secretly know about ISP's business practices? Share with me your experiences, and secrets. :)

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  #543299 9-Nov-2011 19:53
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Have a read of this thread in the Xnet forum - you may wish to hold off before making a decision.

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  #543306 9-Nov-2011 20:13
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I will certainly be waiting a while before making a decision. It isn't my own account, so I have to make a convincing story to make the switch. Doing my research in the past, I have managed to upgrade the current Xnet plan to full speed both ways instead of having a limited upload speed. Then I researched the VOIP path, but it turns out it will cost the same but will cost additional hardware and setup. But now I am researching bigger data caps at a good speed, but people keep having good and bad experiences getting what they were promised, meanwhile I am using between 20GB and 40GB a month.

Reading that other topic, I don't think combining it together as a VOIP package to get more data is going to work. There is little to no benefit for them, so there isn't for me. It will make things more complicated to move over to VOIP when the current phone line is perfect the way it is. I did consider VOIP at the initial expense of getting analogue phone adapters at two phone bases, but there was no financial benefit compared to sticking with the way it is. Hopefully in the future that will change.

 
 
 
 


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  #543331 9-Nov-2011 21:10
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Slixious: I don't think combining it together as a VOIP package to get more data is going to work. There is little to no benefit for them, so there isn't for me. It will make things more complicated to move over to VOIP when the current phone line is perfect the way it is. I did consider VOIP at the initial expense of getting analogue phone adapters at two phone bases, but there was no financial benefit compared to sticking with the way it is. Hopefully in the future that will change.


Recently moved my inlaws over to VoIP and they have no idea that it's changed.  If done right, VoIP works flawlessly. 

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