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somebody
15-04-2003, 05:25 PM
A friend of mine wants to switch ISPs because he does not want to pay the amount he is paying now (won't mention any names here). What ISPs have people here used, and how much do they cost for a flat rate plan? He wants the cheapest deal possible, for a flat rate monthly plan.

What are your opinions on the companies, regarding service, stability, and reliability?


Thanks in advance.

stu140103
15-04-2003, 05:40 PM
Have a look here:

LIGHT USERS (National ISPs $20 or less)

http://www.netguide.co.nz/isp_directory/index.php?directory=light

[B]Moderate to Heavy Users (National ISPs)

http://www.netguide.co.nz/isp_directory/index.php?directory=modheavy

Regional ISPs (ISPs for different Regions)

http://www.netguide.co.nz/isp_directory/index.php?directory=regional

Hope this helps

TerryW
15-04-2003, 05:42 PM
Don't let price be your only motivator; a while back I switched to an ISP to get DSL (Clear couldn't provide) and for the past few weeks I have had an unusable internet connection at home (60 bytes/sec int'l), no refund available. These guys appear to be one of the few that supply flatrate internet and are definitely amongst the cheapest, but rest assured, if you want cheap, you get cheap.

Steve Askew
15-04-2003, 07:30 PM
Hi Terryw, I'm curious to know the ISP you are using? is it neuron?

Cheers Steve

summertime
15-04-2003, 08:18 PM
I am with Snap and I have found them excellent. It costs $20 per month for unlimited internet access. I have never had any problem getting connected to the net.

somebody
15-04-2003, 09:13 PM
I've pointed him to those Netguide sites, but I don't know how he's getting on.

Thanks everyone for your suggestions.

mick2
16-04-2003, 03:51 PM
Hi I'm with PC Connect and have no trouble,always connect first go and back up service is just great. I get 200 hrs $ 17:95 and free help during working hours.

TerryW
16-04-2003, 06:13 PM
Steve, no its not Neuron, someone correct me on this, but I think Neuron onsell bandwidth provided to them from Net4u, which I am with...

Steve Askew
16-04-2003, 06:27 PM
Thanks TerryW, That explains why neuron is almost at a standstill

Cheers Steve

tech
17-04-2003, 11:48 AM
According to their website Snap offers 280 hrs for $20.
DOesn't translate to unlimited to me.

kiwibeat
17-04-2003, 12:04 PM
Slingshot is about $18 per month unlimited downloads

richardg
17-04-2003, 12:11 PM
I am with Net4U also, the past few days it has been very slow, virtually unusable. They sent out an email recently (to your net4u email address) detailing the problem - seems they got screwed by telecom when telecom changed their policy or something and gave net4u very short notice. However, everything is starting to come back to normal finally. I don't think this problem is entirely the fault of net4u, but then I have found the net4u tech support to be very poor and would not recommend them to most users. However they have a really good deal for flat rate 128k jetstream ($30/mth + telecom charges).

mark c
17-04-2003, 12:30 PM
e3 (http://www.e3.co.nz) has always been good for me. Get a generous discount coz it's for a small rural library $120.00.pa. unlimited. Very rarely get booted off and very rarely have problems connecting.
Cheap and good.
Check it out.
m:Dc

TerryW
17-04-2003, 04:30 PM
richardq; to be honest I'm not sure what to believe with these guys; personally I always thought it strange that I was logging in to my jetstart account with name@jetstream.faster.net.nz instead of jetstart.faster.net.nz...

rocketman
17-04-2003, 04:50 PM
Because telecom's RAN has to know which ISP it should send for your authentication.

Say my id is asdf@adsl.ihug.co.nz. then RAN will send your request to
IHUG's radius server to authenticate you.

Hope it helps.

Gordon.
17-04-2003, 06:12 PM
Regards iNet/Snap plan, my parents are with them, $20 for 280hrs but there is no surcharge for going over that figure so it is in effect unlimited.

They also have Jetstart for $35 month unlimited/no cap