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Topic # 144021 5-May-2014 11:01
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Unlimited Broadband price war heats up

Slingshot has dropped the price of its unlimited broadband plans by $10 to $89 a month for ADSL and Ultra-Fast Broadband plans.

The move undercuts new entrants to the unlimited market, Telecom and Vodafone, and reaffirms Slingshot’s dedication to leading the market.

Slingshot has been offering unlimited plans for more than two years, and the late entrance of Vodafone and Telecom highlights their slowness to respond to consumer need, says Slingshot GM Taryn Hamilton.

“Slingshot’s unlimited customers have been benefiting from data bill certainty and the freedom to do what they want online for a couple of years now so Telecom and Vodafone are a little late to the party.

“The cynic in me says the big boys have known that people want to go unlimited, but have waited until the last possible moment to introduce these plans – in the same week and at the same price mind you – as they maximise their profits in the meantime.”

Slingshot’s unlimited broadband plan is its most popular plan for new customers and an example of the company’s focus on delivering not only great prices but innovative products and services.

“Our aim is to give customers the best value unlimited broadband service in New Zealand so they can do everything they need to do online without being restricted by the amount of data they are using,” says Hamilton.

The new price also reinforces Slingshot’s standing as the best performing broadband provider in New Zealand after winning the “Most Satisfied Customers” award in a survey earlier this year by consumer ratings organisation Canstar Blue.

Slingshot received an unprecedented 5 star rating across all seven broadband categories, including value for money, speed, and overall satisfaction.

On top of its competitively priced broadband plans, Slingshot also has a range of other innovative products such as Global Mode, Rollover Data and an online storage association with MEGA which adds significant value to its customers.

Slingshot doesn’t throttle peer to peer traffic on its unlimited plan.

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  Reply # 1036899 5-May-2014 11:56
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Did slingshot offer a 2 tier unlimited for a while, one with better QOS than the other? Does this still exist?

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  Reply # 1036900 5-May-2014 11:59
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eXDee: Did slingshot offer a 2 tier unlimited for a while, one with better QOS than the other? Does this still exist?

They did.  The cheapie option said it heavily shaped P2P, IIRC.  This press release says "Slingshot doesn’t throttle peer to peer traffic on its unlimited plan" so I guess that distinction is gone.

Pity the price on the 100Mbps UFB product doesn't appear to have changed.  I moved off 100Mbps due to cost (not with Slingshot, who aren't available in my area).


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  Reply # 1036910 5-May-2014 12:13
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Yes they used to have "no p2p" and p2p plan options.

They have removed the prior and now only have one unlimited plan which does not shape p2p.

ADSL Bundle Options:

VDSL Bundle Option (under fibre oddly) 

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Reply # 1040339 8-May-2014 20:51
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Hi there can anybody find info on this plan being unmetered especially for Global Mode enjoy watching Hulu & Netflix?


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  Reply # 1040788 9-May-2014 12:42
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I'm on Slingshot Unlimited VDSL and it works awesome with both Netflix and Hulu.

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  Reply # 1040795 9-May-2014 12:57
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Slingshot VDSL / Unlimited Summed Up:

-VB104W router is not great. Locks up requiring device reboot, wireless sometimes craps out and requires device reboot.
-Pings / latency to national & international are for the most part good.
-Throughput is good.

How could SS improve from here?

-Either use fritz box or ASUS N66U (or other decent VDSL router that does not cause grief).
-Perhaps at least offer users to go on a longer contract or pay part of the price for a better router.

(But we know they probably wont)

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  Reply # 1041740 11-May-2014 15:29
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Slingshot doesn’t throttle peer to peer traffic on its unlimited plan.

Not sure I agree with that statement.
I have just moved off the 80GB plan to the unlimited plan. My IP address seemed to be a static IP of 119.224.94.***
Im now on the unlimited plan with a IP of 101.98.135.***.
Any modem restarts have always resulted in a dynamic public IP address the same as the last public IP.

Im running a WD MybookLive 3TB NAS with Transmission installed. Average D/L speeds have gone from an average of 800-1000kps down to about 350kps.
Modem is connected at 14196 Kbps / 825 kps.

Anyone else noticed this with Slingshots Unlimited ADSL plan?

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  Reply # 1041763 11-May-2014 16:42
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This seems a bit odd to me . . .

Unlimited Broadband with Homeline ADSL = $89
Unlimited Naked BB ADSL = $90

you get a $1 discount if you add a phone.  :-)

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  Reply # 1050061 20-May-2014 20:04
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There "May" be speed differences between Capped plans and Unlimited plans depending on the protocol you are using.
Slingshot apply prioritization polices that may slow down unattended traffic types such as p2p to allow though attended traffic types such as YouTube/web browsing etc.

Some days traffic prioritization is not needed and should allow all traffic types though as fast as it can be delivered.

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