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    Question UBS: Orcon vs. Slingshot vs. WordlNet vs. Maxnet

    I've read most (if not all) the threads on PressF1 about UBS and the situation looks pretty awful.

    However, I would still like to know which of those plans are the "lesser evil" and have the best download and upload speeds. And I'm wondering if those slow downs have gone yet? Or has it got worse?

    Thank you in advance for your input.

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    Default Re: UBS: Orcon vs. Slingshot vs. WordlNet vs. Maxnet

    It would seem best to avoid UBS (i.e. go with Xtra) to avoid the slowdowns.
    On UBS, all ISPs are trying to get rid of their heavy downloaders.

    Personally I'd just go with the cheapest and going by personal experience Orcon would have to be cheaper by about $10 a month to make it worthwhile.

    It depends whether you are:

    1) Joe Bloggs who just surfs the web and emails (then Orcon is fine)
    2) Hardcore online gamer (then avoid UBS)
    3) Mr peer-to-peer (I guess you just have to take an "unlimited" plan)

    Don't worry about upload speeds, as you only get 128K anyway and strangely no one seems to traffic shape it.

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    Default Re: UBS: Orcon vs. Slingshot vs. WordlNet vs. Maxnet

    Have heard that Maxnet are really good...

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    Default Re: UBS: Orcon vs. Slingshot vs. WordlNet vs. Maxnet

    ISP's other than Xtra still offer DSL services other than UBS.

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    Default Re: UBS: Orcon vs. Slingshot vs. WordlNet vs. Maxnet

    I'm on slingshot on their unlimited plan. No caps and no slowdown after a certain amount reached (according to their website). Download speeds are consistent around the 30KB mark (which is what you'd expect from 256k connection). I'm happy with them. $49.95 a month for 256k down and 128k up.

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    Default Re: UBS: Orcon vs. Slingshot vs. WordlNet vs. Maxnet

    Quote Originally Posted by gibler
    It would seem best to avoid UBS (i.e. go with Xtra) to avoid the slowdowns.
    You can get standard Telecom JetStream through most ISP's. Not all ISP's are selling UBS, and Xtra certainly aren't the only one selling standard JetStream.
    Quote Originally Posted by gibler
    On UBS, all ISPs are trying to get rid of their heavy downloaders.
    No, they are trying to manage them effectively.
    Quote Originally Posted by gibler
    Personally I'd just go with the cheapest and going by personal experience Orcon would have to be cheaper by about $10 a month to make it worthwhile.
    Bad advice. You get what you pay for, take KoL for example.
    Quote Originally Posted by gibler
    Don't worry about upload speeds, as you only get 128K anyway and strangely no one seems to traffic shape it.
    No surprises there, whats the point in wasting resources shaping 128K, it's not exactly network threatening.
    There are no such things as ghosts, only clumsy ninjas.

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    Default Re: UBS: Orcon vs. Slingshot vs. WordlNet vs. Maxnet

    I would like to get one of the jetstream plans, but the only ones within my budget are 1GB or 3GB, regardless of speed >__>

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