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Topic # 133690 30-Oct-2013 19:04
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I am having trouble making sense of the Orcon website with a view to signing up for UFB fiber on Northpower. Their pages seem to be outdated - once found.

Is this the pricing that applies to a "homeline" on fiber?
http://www.orcon.net.nz/home/page/orcon_homeline_and_tolls

If so - it's a rip-off for VOIP...?

Orcon landlines national $0.19/min capped at $2.95 for 1 hour / mobile $0.43/min

Vs. e.g.:
Snap (Snap Plus) landlines national $0.10/min capped at $2.00 for 2 hours / mobile $0.25/min

Also they want to charge +$4 per month just for voicemail and caller ID. For a VOIP service!

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  Reply # 924383 30-Oct-2013 19:21
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their product is not Skype!

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  Reply # 924502 31-Oct-2013 04:57
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When i signed up for Orcon Fiber over a month ago i did it through the sign up online process i have the unlimited fiber plan & National Landline Calling (1 hr/call) + Voicemail, Caller ID, Call Waiting i didn't assign any country  to the Unlimited International Landline Calls  (1 hr/call) total cost a month $134.00 12 months when i signed but i think since then the unlimited plan is a bit cheaper.
But still when shopping around everyone is a bit different .

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 924505 31-Oct-2013 06:20
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BadBadBadMonkey: I am having trouble making sense of the Orcon website with a view to signing up for UFB fiber on Northpower. Their pages seem to be outdated - once found.

Is this the pricing that applies to a "homeline" on fiber?
http://www.orcon.net.nz/home/page/orcon_homeline_and_tolls

If so - it's a rip-off for VOIP...?

Orcon landlines national $0.19/min capped at $2.95 for 1 hour / mobile $0.43/min

Vs. e.g.:
Snap (Snap Plus) landlines national $0.10/min capped at $2.00 for 2 hours / mobile $0.25/min

Also they want to charge +$4 per month just for voicemail and caller ID. For a VOIP service!

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I think you misunderstand what the voip component is. Genius is different to POTS as it puts the last leg of your voice connection over voip rather than POTS (separate copper circuit). This means we don't have to buy the copper POTS service in to provide it to you and is absolutely the reason when Genius was launched that we were able to pass on that saving to consumers, that saving at the time was something like $35/mth and resulted in the circa $75-80 price level for broadband and phone that we see in New Zealand today.

The rest of the voice switching infrastructure is the same, so voicemail, switching out to other non-voip networks etc etc is provided on the same infrastructure as our POTS (non-Genius) customers.

So on our pricing we have a common set of toll rates, but on Genius your landline rental is effectively free when compared to a traditional POTS-on-copper service.

Hope that helps.




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  Reply # 924836 31-Oct-2013 15:24
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Can you configure the Genius router to use something more sensible like 2Talk/iTalk or other SIP service?

I steered clear of Orcon based on the horrendous VOIP/SIP pricing when making the move to fiber. What you'd expect to pay for POTS not a VOIP/SIP service.



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  Reply # 924843 31-Oct-2013 15:34
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kornflake: their product is not Skype!

And Snap Plus is, is it?

Read the OP again, carefully this time.

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  Reply # 924851 31-Oct-2013 15:53
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BadBadBadMonkey:
Orcon landlines national $0.19/min capped at $2.95 for 1 hour / mobile $0.43/min

Vs. e.g.:
Snap (Snap Plus) landlines national $0.10/min capped at $2.00 for 2 hours / mobile $0.25/min
?


Vs Slingshot iTalk at $10 a month for 500 minutes to landlines, 44 international countries, and mobile @ 26c/min. If you have a Slingshot naked account then you should get a $10 credit for iTalk so effectively iTalk is free for 500mins.

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  Reply # 924865 31-Oct-2013 16:20
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cshaun: Can you configure the Genius router to use something more sensible like 2Talk/iTalk or other SIP service? 


I cannot speak for Orcon Genius routers but in the Snap! FritzBox the SIP settings can be very easily changed. You could even have more than one SIP account on the router (Such as Snap Plus and 2Talk etc. Used outgoing numbers can be switched using a dialed external line (such as press 1 for Snap Plus and press 2 for 2Talk). Very flexible.

As far as I know the Orcon Genius SIP settings are locked away from the user.




Morgan French-Stagg

 

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  Reply # 924874 31-Oct-2013 16:35
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naggyman: 

I cannot speak for Orcon Genius routers but in the Snap! FritzBox the SIP settings can be very easily changed. You could even have more than one SIP account on the router (Such as Snap Plus and 2Talk etc. Used outgoing numbers can be switched using a dialed external line (such as press 1 for Snap Plus and press 2 for 2Talk). Very flexible.

As far as I know the Orcon Genius SIP settings are locked away from the user.


Mmm, I have no experience with Genius. Didn't realize it'd be locked down - but not surprised. Good to know. Fritz!box is quite nice, and gives quite a bit of flexibility, I've been enjoying it.

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