Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Gib Bogle, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. Gib Bogle

    Gib Bogle Guest

    I am currently with Vodafone, but I'm looking at Orcon's Unlimited deal,
    which seems to be better than anything Vodafone is offering. Are there
    any downsides that I should know about?
    Gib Bogle, Jan 26, 2013
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  2. According to a mailout by Actrix a wee while ago Orcon farmed out their
    helpdesk to the Phillipines, giving 50something people the boot.

    Actrix actually declared they'd try to hire some of those folk.

    That'd be enough to make me have second thoughts about Orcon. (I don't
    need tech support as a rule, but, when I do, I like to talk to somebody
    local who actually knows more than how to read a flowchart, not to
    mention that I feel strongly that a NZ company should employ people in

    Peter Huebner, Jan 26, 2013
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    victor Guest

    Orcon got swallowed by Kordia.
    Kordia is an SOE that only breaks even so the government doesn't see any
    profit in selling it.
    victor, Jan 27, 2013
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    Donchano Guest

    How true. My current plan with Telecom is better/cheaper than the one
    they're offering to lure new customers.
    Donchano, Jan 27, 2013
  5. Gib Bogle

    Gib Bogle Guest

    Does Vodafone have an unlimited deal? I didn't see it on their site.
    Gib Bogle, Jan 27, 2013
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    John Little Guest

    I looked closely at their unlimited deal, but was unsure about it. All the
    unlimited users go into a shared pool, so when lots of the really heavy
    downloaders move to it you'd be competing for bandwidth with them. I've
    seen how that has played out in the past.

    Also, in Consumer's recent (November) ISP survey Orcon rated just ahead of
    Slingshot, having dropped markedly, though their "speed" still rated "above

    Regards, John Little
    John Little, Jan 28, 2013
  7. Gib Bogle

    Gib Bogle Guest

    Thanks John. How did Vodafone do in that survey?

    Gib Bogle, Jan 28, 2013

  8. Yes but only in the evening so do you end up with dial up speeds..???

    There FAQ is so full of holes.
    William Brown, Jan 29, 2013
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    John Little Guest

    You have to be a subscriber to see the results, otherwise I'd post a link,
    and I'm reluctant to paste all their content. That said, I think I can say
    that TelstraClear, Vodafone and Telecom scored about the same, around 73%.
    Orcon was in the bunch at the bottom, with Slingshot, Compass and Woosh.
    Inspire, Actrix, PlaNet and Snap rated well, especially Inspire and Actrix.

    My own experience with Telecom was really good for years, but the last year
    has seen increasingly poor reliability, with drop-outs common. (The last
    light on the modem/router goes out, supposedly the connection from the
    cabinet to the internet.)

    Regards, John
    John Little, Jan 29, 2013
  10. Gib Bogle

    Gib Bogle Guest

    Thanks John. I've decided to take the easy course - I'm staying with
    Vodafone, with the 100 Gb cap plan.
    Gib Bogle, Jan 30, 2013
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