How much is enough (ADSL 2)
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    How much is enough (ADSL 2)

    by LOZ » Thu Dec 03, 2009 7:40 am

    I have sold my email address to the company that is/was my provider and since our move we now have access to ADSL 2 wow
    My question is who do I go with and what plan would I need with ADSL 2
    TPG is on the top of my list with a 100GB plan @$49.99 a month .Any other ideas please.
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    by Dalzine » Thu Dec 03, 2009 9:34 am

    There are two types of ADSL2, the cheap type, and the type owned by Telstra. In order to get the cheap type you have to be connected to an exchange that has 3rd party equipment in it (i.e. other than Telstra). If the exchange only has Telstra equipment then you will end up paying an arm and a leg for ADSL2

    To find out what your exchange has go to http://bc.whirlpool.net.au and pop your phone number in, it will then tell you if your exchange is only Telstra or if it has 3rd party as well (usually Optus).

    TPG is cheap but bare in mind it will have a lot of subscribers so there may be congestion at times. I personally use Exetel because of their plan pricing v downloads (in other words low pricing, lost of downloads) but my exchange is only Testra equipped which means I'm stuck on ADSL1. Exetel saves money by not having a helpdesk but if you are technically minded that shouldn't be a problem. A vast majority of helpdesk issues relate to computer problems, not ADSL problems and if you do have an ADSL problem then you just ring Exetel and they get it fixed.

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    by ziggy » Thu Dec 03, 2009 10:37 am

    Whirlpool forums is your friend

    TPG seems to be getting a bad rep lately, our connection here seems to drop out regularly
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    by dervish » Thu Dec 03, 2009 10:50 am

    there's exetel, but from my experience it may be a little slower than tpg
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    by Dug » Thu Dec 03, 2009 10:07 pm

    I did the search and got this reply

    Is this a Telstra only or open exchange ?


    Telephone exchange search

    TECHNICAL DETAILS
    Number: (03) 5148 9***
    Exchange: COWWARR
    CCA: MORWELL
    State: Victoria
    Class: Zone 2 (Regional)
    Your telephone line is connected to the Cowwarr exchange.
    This exchange has been enabled for ADSL service.
    In terms of pricing, Cowwarr is classed as Zone 2 (Regional).

    Note that while the Cowwarr exchange supports ADSL, this is no guarantee that your physical phone line is up to scratch. A conclusive test can only be done upon registering for a service.

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    by JazzXP » Thu Dec 03, 2009 10:07 pm

    I'm with Internode, they cost a bit more than Exetel and TPG, but I have a really stable connection (especially considering my distance from the exchange) and their support is top notch.
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    by echo » Fri Dec 04, 2009 12:00 am

    I use Exetel & have NO problems at all :)
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    by LOZ » Fri Dec 04, 2009 7:50 am

    Thanks all for you replies it seems that it doesnt really matter who you are with its up to who you provider is contracted with (telstra ------optus ) and how good your line is to the exchange and how good the exchange is .Whirlpool was interesting it confirmed that TPG was the best plan for me but didn't give any info on how good their service is .What pisses me off is I have been with Netspace for 4 years and they have NO plans that are close to TPGs in fact I feel like I'm been ripped off by them .Then again their service desk has been OK in the past and TPG is unknown waters.
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    by RichardW » Fri Dec 04, 2009 6:09 pm

    Been with iinet for 7 years and now on the 50+70gb plan and also use them for the phone service. Bit more expensive but the service is excellent even if it is a Telstra line fault.
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    by Bob G » Fri Dec 04, 2009 6:42 pm

    Loz,

    I have been researching also as I plan to give BigPond the flick.

    The one which gets consistently good reports and you are able to talk to local reps is "internode"
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    by Dalzine » Sat Dec 05, 2009 1:10 pm

    Dug wrote:I did the search and got this reply

    Is this a Telstra only or open exchange ?


    Telephone exchange search

    TECHNICAL DETAILS
    Number: (03) 5148 9***
    Exchange: COWWARR
    CCA: MORWELL
    State: Victoria
    Class: Zone 2 (Regional)
    Your telephone line is connected to the Cowwarr exchange.
    This exchange has been enabled for ADSL service.
    In terms of pricing, Cowwarr is classed as Zone 2 (Regional).

    Note that while the Cowwarr exchange supports ADSL, this is no guarantee that your physical phone line is up to scratch. A conclusive test can only be done upon registering for a service.

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    It looks like your exchange isn't ADSL2 enabled Dug, you will have to stick with ADSL1 for now.

    Loz, I used to be with Netspace myself for a few years but then I decided to switch to Koala as they had better value plans and full newsgroup access. I think they lasted about 6 months after that then went belly up. Since then I've been with Exetel on an 8Mbit plan but they have discontinued it as Telstra was making it uneconomical to provide. Now I'm back to 1500 but I can still get what and where I want, just takes a little longer is all.

    This is one puppy that will be glad to see Telstra get carved up. They've had years to get their act together but insist on using predatory business tactics, even when they get caught and fined for it.

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    by Nick » Sat Dec 05, 2009 6:56 pm

    I've been using TPG for a couple years now and am happy with it. Sure it does drop out once in a long time but for value for money, its hard to beat.
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    by LOZ » Tue Dec 08, 2009 8:31 pm

    I tested TPGs customer service 45min to be connected to a curry muncher :roll:
    Cant be bothered any more I spent the extra $30 a month and stayed with Netspace their customer service is in Melbourne and from what I have learnt they are one of the best around :? . I have also kept my email address which I was going to sell to them .

    Gee were they pissed off with me :D :D :D heheheheh
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    by Bigfoot1966 » Wed Dec 09, 2009 12:08 pm

    I am with iinet
    On a naked DSL plan
    Up to 24000 speed, although, I only get 16 meg speed.
    I pay $79 a month, but that gives me free local and national calls,
    to landlines only. Mobiles and international are very cheap though.
    I also get 60 gig a month downloads.
    There are plans as cheap as $49 a month inluding all your local and national calls, but it only goves you 4 gig download.
    There are also more expensive plans.

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