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Island Life: Internet the way you want it

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  • Adrian Wills,

    and when the internet does finally get sorted: http://www.joost.com/

    from the folks that brought you skype...

    Parnell, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 45 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg,

    f your answer to any of these questions is "no" then you may be a New Zealand internet user.

    I look enviously at New Zealand and dream some nights of my old connection. I explain to locals here that broadband can be faster than 256 (with a two gig data cap) for about $150 per month.....

    Still, the max speed available 12 months ago was 64kbs, shared with 5 others.....and we have free hotspots by the hundred

    (I'm actually being a tad hypocritical here as I managed to cajole 512kbs for $80 out of the local company, on the firm condition I told absolutely no-one, but I have to have a gorgeous 40ft wireless antenna behind my house to get it...nice)

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3284 posts Report Reply

  • Tony Kennedy,

    how the hell can a company make 3-digital million in profit, but not offer a service agreement worth a goddamn?

    The worst part is that you live in the middle of our CAPITAL CITY

    And if you do get xtra "broadband" in the A Valley, the speed is Cr$p. Telecoms recomendation when I complained was to go back to dial up.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 225 posts Report Reply

  • Hamish,

    Perhaps not surprisingly, DSL speeds are pretty good in Sunny G.I.

    The A.K. • Since Nov 2006 • 155 posts Report Reply

  • Hamish,

    Although with the 'gentrification' of the area (I do like Farro...) I might have to make the move to Panmure! :P

    The A.K. • Since Nov 2006 • 155 posts Report Reply

  • Trakman,

    I wonder what David Cunliffe has to say on this topic.
    Lord of the dark fibre...RISE!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8 posts Report Reply

  • reece palmer,

    I'm just waiting for the refund.
    As more people drop off the go franz josef plan (with all it's glacial express speeds) It'll be better ish. still the only reasonably priced no data cap plan I'm aware of, so I wont be changing until the jackbooted hordes come up with an attractive alternative.

    still it's good to see telepwn squirm as often as possible

    the terraces • Since Nov 2006 • 298 posts Report Reply

  • reece palmer,

    Latest result from the nzdsl speed test on the Go last plan,

    Download Speed: 417 kbps (52.1 KB/sec transfer rate)
    Upload Speed: 124 kbps (15.5 KB/sec transfer rate)


    apparently smoke signals are good if the wind is right, and you're not in a public space,

    and on a completely tangental note, Rape is a crime that has an extremely high rate of recidivism, and as we all knew already, bob schollum and brad shipton are convicted rapists.

    the terraces • Since Nov 2006 • 298 posts Report Reply

  • reece palmer,

    the terraces • Since Nov 2006 • 298 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Beard,

    Tom, bro, it ain't html :)

    Blame it on nearly 15 years of habit!

    And back to the topic... does anyone have experience with Vodafone's vodem 3G thinggy (sorry for the technical jargon)? On paper it looks like it might get slightly better bandwidth than I'm currently getting from Woosh, only slightly more expensive, and a lot more portable. There's a much lower data cap, but I rarely use 1Gig a month anyway.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1040 posts Report Reply

  • Juha Saarinen,

    Neither of the cellular broadband offerings are designed to replace a fixed-line service. Think of it as very fast indeed dial-up that you're actively discouraged from using a lot (check the T&Cs...). Both have much higher latency than say DSL, but they are more responsive than Woosh.

    The Vodem comes with crap software, so if you go with that, make sure you upgrade to the full VMC 7 client.

    Telecom's T3G is actually pretty good, IMO. Make sure you get the new Sierra Wireless card though, that supports Rev A even if your area is still on Rev 0. Since T3G runs in the 800MHz spectrum, it reaches further than Vodafone's 2.1GHz service, and has better building penetration. Later this year, Vodafone will come out with 900MHz HSDPA service that'll offer the same performance, but I don't know if it will arrive in towns, or just rural/provincial areas.

    Since Nov 2006 • 529 posts Report Reply

  • Don Christie,

    OT - except they keep getting mentioned.

    I really think PA should switch off those personalised icons until the system serving them up can cope with the load.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1645 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    I'd also throw this in: would the govt-owned rail network be of some help to Rod's plan?

    Look, I know it's gotten bad out there, but I'm not sending emails by train, no matter how close they go to my house. And don't even start me on streaming video by railway. The 'buffering' takes ages!

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Juha Saarinen,

    Very good shunt Kyle, but you missed "steaming video" so points deducted for that.

    Since Nov 2006 • 529 posts Report Reply

  • Bryan Dods,

    How does this go again?
    Govt spends a billion to establish a network at the public's expense. New govt or the same govt sells SOE at discount to those who can afford to buy shares.
    Those who cannot afford shares then have to pay monopoly controlled 'market rates' to use what they paid for originally.
    It sounds like an historic echo in my phone system.

    Would this network really remain 'ours' this time ?

    Northland • Since Nov 2006 • 46 posts Report Reply

  • reece palmer,

    latest speed test from gone lame plan,

    Last Result:
    Download Speed: 1477 kbps (184.6 KB/sec transfer rate)
    Upload Speed: 77 kbps (9.6 KB/sec transfer rate)

    the terraces • Since Nov 2006 • 298 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    If this was America, which the Rod Deanes in our midst would look to as a model for anarcho-capitalism, Telecom would have rightly gone the way of AT&T as per the Sherman Act.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5445 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    Reece: For comparison, here's my TelstraClear cable speed via nzdsl.co.nz:

    Downstream: 3873 kbps (484 kBps)
    Upstream: 1303 kbps (163 kBps)

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5445 posts Report Reply

  • reece palmer,

    damn

    the terraces • Since Nov 2006 • 298 posts Report Reply

  • Juha Saarinen,

    Should be faster... isn't the TCL cable service 10/2M now?

    Since Nov 2006 • 529 posts Report Reply

  • Che Tibby,

    damn... system has been seriously sluggish for the past two days.

    juha. depends. my telstra connection was "5 down, 3 up".

    i averaged about 3.5 down, 1.5 up.

    but compared to ihug and woosh that was a japanese bullet train.

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2042 posts Report Reply

  • matthewbuchanan,

    I really think PA should switch off those personalised icons until the system serving them up can cope with the load.

    damn... system has been seriously sluggish for the past two days.

    Yes, we're close to giving up on Tom/Gravatar, undoubtedly the cause of the slowdowns this week. Some browsers render the rest of the page and wait patiently for the avatar icons, some evidently don't. Stay tuned.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 163 posts Report Reply

  • matthewbuchanan,

    And no sooner I post that, than I see Tom is back, and claims to have fixed the subtle synching bug that has plagued him for the last couple of weeks. The system is still working through a backlogue but seems more responsive today.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 163 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    I've just been over to Gravatar, I've reassociated my image with my email address, done a test there and now I'm hoping that it will all work.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    The grey shadow ain't goin' nowhere. Oh well.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

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