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Stuart
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      12-02-2006
Just noticed that to get the $10 discount per month you no longer have to
take a calling plan as well as switch to ihug phone. They now have a
"standard" calling plan which is the equivalent of the current tolls
package.

If you signup before the end of December you get the free modem and
installation without any fixed term contract if you go onto ihug phone and
take a calling plan (which presumably means you can take the standard
calling plan).

And finally, their $50 plan has a "fair use" policy instead of a set data
cap. Your speed is based on how much you download over the previous three
days.
http://www.ihug.co.nz/help/broadband...html#quotas_10


All this means is that ihug would look a whole lot more appealing if you
were new to broadband. If you're looking to download over a gig a day the
fair use plan might not be for you (you'll get throttled down to 512k).

Stuart


 
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poopbunny
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      12-02-2006
It still doesn't help if you are a gamer, P2P, etc

With all the throttling going on it doesn't matter if you have a 10gb cap or
30gb cap because you are never going to come close to those levels anyway.

And all that traffic prioritising, latency will be no better.

Shuffle & change all the plans they want, the service is not going to
improve.


 
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Vista
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      12-02-2006

"poopbunny" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> It still doesn't help if you are a gamer, P2P, etc
>
> With all the throttling going on it doesn't matter if you have a 10gb cap
> or
> 30gb cap because you are never going to come close to those levels anyway.
>
> And all that traffic prioritising, latency will be no better.
>
> Shuffle & change all the plans they want, the service is not going to
> improve.
>
>
>


ISPs all over the world shape traffic and restrict p2p, it is a fact you
have to live with.


 
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Craig Shore
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      12-03-2006
On Sun, 3 Dec 2006 12:27:39 +1300, "poopbunny" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:

>It still doesn't help if you are a gamer, P2P, etc
>
>With all the throttling going on it doesn't matter if you have a 10gb cap or
>30gb cap because you are never going to come close to those levels anyway.
>
>And all that traffic prioritising, latency will be no better.


What sort of latency from them are you looking for when playing games?


 
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poopbunny
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      12-03-2006
My latency has nearly halfed (better) since I moved from ihug to orcon

And the number of servers under 350 has now more than doubled.


 
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Craig Sutton
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      12-03-2006

"Stuart" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> And finally, their $50 plan has a "fair use" policy instead of a set data
> cap. Your speed is based on how much you download over the previous three
> days.
> http://www.ihug.co.nz/help/broadband...html#quotas_10
>
>
> All this means is that ihug would look a whole lot more appealing if you
> were new to broadband. If you're looking to download over a gig a day the
> fair use plan might not be for you (you'll get throttled down to 512k).
>


First they say On the Broadband 2 and 3 plans once you've hit your data
allowance you'll simply surf at 64kbps for the rest of the month, but
there's no excess fees.


but furthur down the page it states this


How does ihug's fair use policy work on broadband 3?
The fair use policy works by calculating a rolling average for your previous
3 days data usage. If your average data usage over the last 3 days exceeds
the thresholds below then your download speed will be restricted until the
next days calculation. The table below shows the thresholds that apply and
the speed that your plan will be restricted to:

average daily data usage over previous 3 days download speed
< 500 MB daily Full speed (as fast as your phone line allows)
> 500 MB daily 2 Mbps
> 1 GB daily 512 kbps
> 2 GB daily 64 kbps



Why does ihug have a fair use policy on broadband 3?
We wanted to provide a plan that didn't restrict customers to a set data
allowance each month. However, providing unlimited data with no fair use
policy is just not viable as the price we'd have to charge to make an
unlimited plan profitable would make it too expensive for most people.
Additionally, very heavy use of the network causes congestion for other
users and reduces the performance of the network overall. The compromise was
to provide a plan with no set data limit each month but instead to introduce
a fair use policy that stopped very heavy users monopolising the network.

Does the fair use policy apply to all broadband plans?
No. Only broadband 3 has the fair use policy.

Will the fair use policy affect everyone on broadband 3?
No. Most people use less than 3GB over an entire month so keeping your
average download over the previous 3 days at less than 500MB per day
shouldn't prove restrictive. The aim is to only restrict those people who
are putting a lot of load on the network and stopping others from enjoying
the benefits of fast broadband.



 
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Vista
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      12-03-2006

"Stuart" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> Just noticed that to get the $10 discount per month you no longer have to
> take a calling plan as well as switch to ihug phone. They now have a
> "standard" calling plan which is the equivalent of the current tolls
> package.
>
> If you signup before the end of December you get the free modem and
> installation without any fixed term contract if you go onto ihug phone and
> take a calling plan (which presumably means you can take the standard
> calling plan).
>
> And finally, their $50 plan has a "fair use" policy instead of a set data
> cap. Your speed is based on how much you download over the previous three
> days.
> http://www.ihug.co.nz/help/broadband...html#quotas_10
>
>
> All this means is that ihug would look a whole lot more appealing if you
> were new to broadband. If you're looking to download over a gig a day the
> fair use plan might not be for you (you'll get throttled down to 512k).
>
> Stuart
>


They also don't seem to advertise them as 7.6M plans any more, at least not
in huge letters on their front page. They now say 'upto' 7.6'M, maybe
someone complained to the CC about false advertising.


 
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Greg
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      12-03-2006

You will find that the CC has been talking to the big isp's about
promoting speeds up to 7.6M, I guess same kinds of lines like an up to
50% sale, only one crappie item at 50% off, only 1 person in 1000 able
to get speed like that.

Greg

Vista wrote:
>
> They also don't seem to advertise them as 7.6M plans any more, at least not
> in huge letters on their front page. They now say 'upto' 7.6'M, maybe
> someone complained to the CC about false advertising.
>
>

 
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