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Topic # 65229 31-Jul-2010 13:15
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have had my arm twisted, neck jammed in the door by bosses so going to be sent to Timaru for a few months -

apparently our accom has free local calling but we arent allowed broadband -

so my bright idea is dialup. is the slingshot xccelerator really a lot faster than dial up alone? if not i might go with KOL ...

(other brilliant cheap suggestions welcome)

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  Reply # 360619 31-Jul-2010 13:27
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i believe that the xccellerate system compresses the data being sent through to your computer.. the data doesnt travel any faster there is just less of it




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  Reply # 360636 31-Jul-2010 14:18
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Use the Opera web browser with "Opera Turbo" enabled.

It's more or less the same as Slingshots Dial-up Xcelerator... except it's free!

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  Reply # 360660 31-Jul-2010 15:21
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Like the others have said, it compresses the data from webpages, I have not used Slingshots but have used a dialup compressor at some stage and it had the option to re-compress the gfx so pictures would be sent with a jpg compression level of 25 instead of their normal 80.

It doesn't speed up the connection if your downloading compressed files and really only works with web browsing.

Also if you using Slingshot free dialup connection that's provided with a broadband connection, you have to turn off the broadband connection, you can't use both at the same time or they will bill you for a dialup connection.

It may be better to get a mobile data connection. Like, http://www.2degreesmobile.co.nz/data-packs





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  Reply # 360757 31-Jul-2010 19:18
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hmm ... i like cheap - i'd go with KOL's non contract unlimited dialup i guess $10/mth

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