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LOL CaT
11-05-2009, 10:21 PM
Hey there! Hope I'm posting this in the right section... :o


Anyway I'm going to be moving from South Africa to Auckland in a few weeks. Once I'm there I'll be needing an internet connection.


I'm not sure where to start or what to look for in terms of choosing an ISP. I'll be using the internet mostly for gaming, the occassional email & general browsing.

Back home (in South Africa) we had 4MB lines with a bandwidth limit per month of 3GB's (Yes its horrible)... On average via SpeedTest I get http://www.speedtest.net/result/470988990.png (http://www.speedtest.net) & thats on a "good" day. :(


I'm realling hoping to improve on that whilst in Auckland with the advice of you guys... So could you guys & gals please recommend a few ISP's? :confused:

stu161204
11-05-2009, 10:54 PM
Back home (in South Africa) we had 4MB lines with a bandwidth limit per month of 3GB's (Yes its horrible)... On average via SpeedTest I get http://www.speedtest.net/result/470988990.png (http://www.speedtest.net) & thats on a "good" day. :(


I'm realling hoping to improve on that whilst in Auckland with the advice of you guys... So could you guys & gals please recommend a few ISP's? :confused:

Depending on where in Auckland you will be staying, will depend on what sort of internet connection you will get (you might be lucky & get ADSL2+)

But donít expect to get anything too great as NZ internet plans arenít the best & a lot of the ISPís have too many people with them.

Have a look here: http://www.nzconnection.net/Internet_Plan_and_Pricing_Comparisons:_ADSL_Broadb and_plans

Good luck!

stu161204
11-05-2009, 10:57 PM
Welcome to PressF1 LOL CaT :D

Where in Auckland do you think you will stay?

Speedy Gonzales
11-05-2009, 10:58 PM
Here's a few. Depends on how much you want to spend. Some / most of the ISP's are pretty slack in speed

Telecom (http://www.telecom.co.nz/homepage) Ihug (http://www.vodafone.co.nz/home-phone-and-broadband/) Xnet (http://www.xnet.co.nz/) arent too bad, at least you can cap yourself (with Xnet). But speeds can be slow (or should I say), can be really slow.

Only thing with most of the ISP's are they have conditions. So, I would read them, before you join them

gary67
12-05-2009, 06:43 AM
Don't expect fantastic speeds here although you should be able to improve on your SA speed. Just remember Xnet has a reputation for crap speed at night. Speedy can you get Telstra cable in Auckland yet?

Speedy Gonzales
12-05-2009, 07:49 AM
Speedy can you get Telstra cable in Auckland yet?

I have no idea. Dont think so tho

pctek
12-05-2009, 08:30 AM
Orcon first.
Then the rest.
Xtra and Xnet last.

stu161204
12-05-2009, 12:12 PM
Speedy can you get Telstra cable in Auckland yet?

Nope :(

Chilling_Silence
12-05-2009, 01:10 PM
+1 for what pctek said!

sarel
12-05-2009, 01:17 PM
I'm with Xtra, quite happily now for the last few years at least.

sarel

A Team
12-05-2009, 08:06 PM
I'm with Xtra, also, since approx 1996, dialup, then broadband. No issues that couldn't be fixed over the phone with their Help Desk, and even so, there were few issues, at all. Wlecome to NZ.

Greven
12-05-2009, 08:20 PM
Orcon first.
Then the rest.
Xtra and Xnet last.
Telecom have been pretty good lately according to my friends who are with them. Xnet are absolute crap these days - I would put them right down the bottom along with Kiwi Online, Woosh & Vodafone.

Orcon & Snap are both good

Blam
12-05-2009, 08:33 PM
Telecom is great, as long as you can cope with the sh1t service:p

I've heard that Orcon is pretty good lately too.

Blam

gary67
12-05-2009, 09:17 PM
Nothing wrong with Vodafone either just don't call the help desk, connection is good can't remember the last drop out, speed is on par with everyone else

Ofthesea
12-05-2009, 09:45 PM
Hey lol cat listen up! The important thing is to first get a webmail for your email like Gmail is what I suggest. Then as the others previously warned watch out for the contracts being offered and don't tie yourself into too long a term. That way if you want to change ISP after a while you don't have the hassle of yet another new email address after shifting countries, know what I mean? The ISP flavour of the month can change quite rapidly, you might want to shift ISP later on.

bk T
12-05-2009, 10:12 PM
... The ISP flavour of the month can change quite rapidly, ...

+1

You are spot-on.

LOL CaT
13-05-2009, 08:20 AM
Hey folks! I just wanted to thank everyone for the prompt & awesome replies! I REALLY appreciate it! :wub

From what I can see I really like the deals Orcon & Telecom have. Thanks to all who have popped in to reply!


Cheers!





Depending on where in Auckland you will be staying, will depend on what sort of internet connection you will get (you might be lucky & get ADSL2+)


But donít expect to get anything too great as NZ internet plans arenít the best & a lot of the ISPís have too many people with them.

Have a look here: http://www.nzconnection.net/Internet_Plan_and_Pricing_Comparisons:_ADSL_Broadb and_plans (http://www.nzconnection.net/Internet_Plan_and_Pricing_Comparisons:_ADSL_Broadb and_plans)

Good luck!

Hi, so basically it would come down to the coverage or how far or close I am from a line exchange? :confused:

ADSL2+ sounds amazing! I'm praying I'll be in a qualifying zone for that.

You guys have some pretty good plans compared to what we have back home. We had just ONE ISP for a LONG while along with just ONE line supplier.

Thanks for the link!






Welcome to PressF1 LOL CaT


Where in Auckland do you think you will stay?

Hi, I think I'm going to be staying at a place called Howick, Dannemora at a house on Skelligs Drive (not sure of the exact spelling)... :waughh:






Here's a few. Depends on how much you want to spend. Some / most of the ISP's are pretty slack in speed


Telecom (http://www.telecom.co.nz/homepage)Ihug (http://www.vodafone.co.nz/home-phone-and-broadband/)Xnet (http://www.xnet.co.nz/) arent too bad, at least you can cap yourself (with Xnet). But speeds can be slow (or should I say), can be really slow.

Only thing with most of the ISP's are they have conditions. So, I would read them, before you join them

Awesome thanks for the link! Compared to back home, you guys have some pretty decent & stable speeds. So I reckon I'll be fine - well content for now, until the gamer in me demands less lag/lower pings.

Telecom has some pretty neat packages. Think I might go with them & see if I'm zoned for ADSL2+...

Thanks for the contract heads up!






I'm with Xtra, also, since approx 1996, dialup, then broadband. No issues that couldn't be fixed over the phone with their Help Desk, and even so, there were few issues, at all. Wlecome to NZ.

Ooh that sounds pretty good! I'd rather have good support & a moderate line than vice versa. Back home its alot like playing Russian Roulette when trying to get hold of support much less one that knows what they're doing.






Hey lol cat listen up! The important thing is to first get a webmail for your email like Gmail is what I suggest. Then as the others previously warned watch out for the contracts being offered and don't tie yourself into too long a term. That way if you want to change ISP after a while you don't have the hassle of yet another new email address after shifting countries, know what I mean? The ISP flavour of the month can change quite rapidly, you might want to shift ISP later on.


Hey there! Thats a VERY good idea, thank you! :clap

Thats soo true too. Ideally I'd rather not tie myself down with a long term contract, where if I'm unhappy I'm stuck...

Ta for the advice!

davidmmac
13-05-2009, 05:31 PM
Try typing your address in this (http://www.telecomwholesale.co.nz/maps)tool from telecom (thanks for the link stu :)).

stu161204
13-05-2009, 06:18 PM
Where in Auckland do you think you will stay?Hi, I think I'm going to be staying at a place called Howick, Dannemora at a house on Skelligs Drive (not sure of the exact spelling)...:waughh:

As davidmmac said it might be worth putting in your new address in to http://www.telecomwholesale.co.nz/maps as I am not too sure if people in Dannemora can get ADSL2+, As Broadband in Dannemora has had an interesting time since Dannemora was developed.

(Why I say that is if I remember correctly Telecom put in Fibre in Dannemora (which is not compatible with ADSL) and they had to do all sorts of changes to get in to work with ADSL )

& I donít think people in Dannemora get that great of an ADSL service (although it has been a couple of years since I have heard about the Broadband there & things might be better there nowÖ)

Greven
13-05-2009, 07:43 PM
As davidmmac said it might be worth putting in your new address in to http://www.telecomwholesale.co.nz/maps as I am not too sure if people in Dannemora can get ADSL2+, As Broadband in Dannemora has had an interesting time since Dannemora was developed.

(Why I say that is if I remember correctly Telecom put in Fibre in Dannemora (which is not compatible with ADSL) and they had to do all sorts of changes to get in to work with ADSL )

& I donít think people in Dannemora get that great of an ADSL service (although it has been a couple of years since I have heard about the Broadband there & things might be better there nowÖ)

What is the story with the fibre? Does it go to the boundary of each house & go through a converter so they can use copper in the house?

davidmmac
13-05-2009, 08:09 PM
As a bit of a side link - I found this tool last weekend whilst searching to find an exchange - it tells you where the fibre is :).

Certainly worth a look :thumbs:

stu161204
17-05-2009, 12:13 AM
What is the story with the fibre? Does it go to the boundary of each house & go through a converter so they can use copper in the house?

I am not entirely sure, but I would think so….


As a bit of a side link - I found this tool last weekend whilst searching to find an exchange - it tells you where the fibre is :).

Certainly worth a look :thumbs:

What link??? :confused:

Myth
17-05-2009, 06:41 AM
Orcon first.
Then the rest.
Xtra and Xnet last.


+1 for what pctek said!

Been with Orcon a couple of years. Don't think I will be changing in a hurry. Am very happy so far :thumbs:

Don't know what Xnet are like, at first they were flavour of the month, then when everyone started changing to them, they became more like heartburn :D

davidmmac
17-05-2009, 09:59 AM
What link??? :confused:

Whoops, here (http://www.broadbandmap.govt.nz/map/).

Poppa John
17-05-2009, 05:00 PM
Orcon, for sure, PJ

sarel
18-05-2009, 07:43 AM
LOL CaT

You got an email addy?

sarel

Blam
18-05-2009, 08:32 AM
LOL CaT

You got an email addy?

sarel


Be sure to use something like this (http://www.hidetext.net/) to post the email addy as a pic