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#32961 27-Apr-2009 16:24
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I was having a look at slingshot's broadband plans and the prices are very similar to other isps(except vodafone which seems to be more expensive with less data) but i was looking at purchasing additional data and for an extra $50 i could get 50GB with slingshot.
 Additional usage on telecom broadband is 2c/MB which is very expensive and vodafone broadband charges $30 for an extra 20GB but you can only do this once per month and even if vodafone allowed you to do it twice to get 40GB it will cost $60 which is $10 more expensive than slingshot and it's also 10GB less than slingshot.
 I just want to know if anyone knows any other isp than can beat slingshot's $50 for 50GB? Or does anyone know if telecom or vodafone are planning on at least doubling their data caps on all their broadband plans to at least try to compete with slingshot?


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  #209809 27-Apr-2009 16:37
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Orcon+ is $1 per GB over your initial cap so its equal to SS in that respect. Orcon do have data "packs" you can add on as well I think (cant find on website at short notice tho) which are reasonable value.




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  #209818 27-Apr-2009 16:52
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40$ for 50GB
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  #209834 27-Apr-2009 17:21
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Telecom does offer their business plans which offer larger sized caps and cheaper excess than their consumer 'pro' plan.

You'll probably find that there will be few ISPs that can or will match Slingshots data caps, however judging by some of the responses on Geekzone - there are few ISPs that match Slingshots in terms of their lack of speeds or customer service. Its a double edged sword...




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  #209866 27-Apr-2009 18:40
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i guess it depends on where you live and which customer service rep you deal with. i used to have slingshot dialup and customer service was great. my friend has slingshot broadband and he says it is the same speed as telecom broadband, so i guess it depends how far you are from the exchange. i am willing to give it a try unless there is something better.

cokemaster: Telecom does offer their business plans which offer larger sized caps and cheaper excess than their consumer 'pro' plan.



You'll probably find that there will be few ISPs that can or will match Slingshots data caps, however judging by some of the responses on Geekzone - there are few ISPs that match Slingshots in terms of their lack of speeds or customer service. Its a double edged sword...

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  #209919 27-Apr-2009 20:15
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Slingshot also have free data between 1am-7am

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  #209994 27-Apr-2009 22:10
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It's a great price provided they let you use the 50gb!! The Slingshot forum is full of posts complaining about the shaping of any traffic over about 10mb in size. So you get the first 10mb of a file at full speed then it slows to a crawl little faster than dial-up. It's a pity because Slingshot used to be really good. )-:

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  #209999 27-Apr-2009 22:26
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The speeds have been up and down. Yes, they do shape traffic and as a result, the webs reliability has improved from 12 months ago. I'm not a big download but I still got 30GB+ of free data this month as paied for another 20GB

Most of the problem are supply and demand. If you use a bulk download service at peak times you will be slowed. If your surfing the web, then it's very fast.




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  #210024 27-Apr-2009 22:59
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did 95gb off peak 1am -7am last month who said it was slow ? lol




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  #210049 28-Apr-2009 02:37
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It is possible to do a fair bit of off-peak traffic over a month.
But that doesn't mean that it's fast.

According to my calculation, 95GB in a month (as 30 days), you'd need to average ~155kBps over all the hours of off-peak.

Which is ~55kBps higher than I was able to manage during the early hours (~3-4AM).




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  #210189 28-Apr-2009 13:19
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i never knew slingshot had free data between 1am and 7am. man i'm missing out on alot by not joining slingshot.

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  #210365 28-Apr-2009 21:45
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Yea free data is not on naked dsl though and any on-peak data blocks that you purchase and dont use will get added to your next months base data balance (they roll over). I am easily able to pull 5gb a night during the free data period.




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