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Synthetic
01-18-2002, 09:17 AM
i've just gone about $25 over my limit on last months bill, and i am sick of it. i go over every month, even if i dont download anything...
what i have at the moment is Tel$tra Bigpuddle, unlim hours, 300mb download limit (:cry: ) and i want out, now!:angryfire

i cant get cable :( and i dont have a lot of money
i'd like to get one of Optus' 255hours and unlim downloads but that is about $37 or $39 i fyou dont live in an optus cabled area..I cant win!:hmph:
i dont really want to spend more than $30 a month but even that would be better than $50 like last month
thanks in advance for ur suggestions guys...

Beefy
01-18-2002, 09:20 AM
suggestion number 1: tell us where you live exactly..

Synthetic
01-18-2002, 09:28 AM
Caboolture, qld.... itss north of brisbane, and no its not a local call to the city

FA-MAS
01-18-2002, 09:33 AM
I had an ISP to suggest untill I realized you were not in the US. Anyway.:p

Wiggo
01-18-2002, 09:38 AM
It would be so much easier if ppl would add their location to their profile so that question doesn't have to always be asked. ;)
But have you checked your local papers as down here in Sydney there are quite a few good little ISP's around that advertise in them. :smokin:
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FA-MAS
01-18-2002, 09:40 AM
I just added it to mine. Because that is a good idea. :D

Andy
01-18-2002, 09:43 AM
ooh ooh, i knew me book marking it would come in handy some time:
the Australian ISP list
http://www.cynosure.com.au/isp/

Beefy
01-18-2002, 09:48 AM
But have you checked your local papers as down here in Sydney there are quite a few good little ISP's around that advertise in them.
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OK wiggo, i'll break this one to you slowly. country towns & ISPs = Err, no...

in the city, you get heaps of different ISPs popping up and competing against each other. in the country areas, it's not so good.. at the moment, there are 3-4 ISPs that I know of that are within local call range in my area.. not much choice really...

Albinus
01-18-2002, 09:58 AM
Well, in country areas of Australia there is a bit of choice, but there are strict download limits (Tel$tra charge rural ISPs a fortune for bandwidth).

I have been impressed with Optus, they have a PoP in Redcliffe that should be a local call from Caboolture.

Failing that, iPrimus has the nationwide Infinity plan for $32.95/month, unlimited downloads and hours (payable 3 months in advance). The only setbacks are 4 hour sessions and 20 minute idle disconnect times.

Mr. C
01-18-2002, 10:11 AM
If you sit idle 20 minutes, you may as well discon.

Synthetic
01-18-2002, 10:16 AM
Thanks Albi....i'll give it a look

Wiggo
01-18-2002, 10:17 AM
Ya never know Beefy as all coutry towns arn't the same as location has a lot to do with matters. ;)
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Beefy
01-18-2002, 10:22 AM
true.. but ... but... fine.. :rolleyes:

Synthetic
01-18-2002, 10:59 AM
soo far looks like iPrimus is the way to go...Optus would be nice but its just a lil too expensive
prob is my new month just started today...so i gotta wait another month..or till i use up the 300mb limit....and Andy. dont say just download some pr0n or a game...coz i have to pay for it. i aint payin $25 for 2 days worth of net usage:hmph: :no:

Wiggo
01-18-2002, 11:23 AM
I've been told that this mob https://www.dingoblue.com.au/ has some pretty good deals to and they use the Optus backbone. :smokin:
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Synthetic
01-18-2002, 11:25 AM
they have good deals if you use their telephone service..if not they are fkn expensive:eek:

wuntvor
01-19-2002, 04:47 AM
for u ausies lookin for a dialup ISP

www.xis.com.au

my bud signed up - it's unmetered access for 25/month au

see if they have it in your area :D

wuntvor
01-19-2002, 04:49 AM
hehe, he just requested that if you sign up, to sign up under him

username giles123

of course he gets 10 off his bill for each that does ;)

Albinus
01-19-2002, 10:31 AM
Yes - just checked - XiS have a PoP in Caboolture Synthetic...... may be worth a look :thumb:

Wiggo
01-19-2002, 10:59 AM
And if you can get someone to sign up maybe you could also get $10 off. ;)
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Synthetic
01-19-2002, 02:02 PM
thanks wuntvor, i'll have a look now

umm...i didnt think ppl were allowed to do that? i forget what its called.. where u say..yea everyone sign up under my name so i get money/$ off my bill..etc????? (sorry i'm tired and pissed off. thats the best description i can do)

Synthetic
01-19-2002, 02:16 PM
well i just had a look. and this seems to be the best for me.... :D

iAccount Most Popular
$24.95 per month Unlimited Hours, Unlimited Downloads, 1 Email Account, No Personal Webspace, Untimed Session Limit.

their ADSL service doesnt seem too bad either....

Wiggo
01-19-2002, 03:13 PM
Well that certainly doesn't sound bad at all now does it? ;)
Certainly a better deal than what ya have now anyway. :smokin:
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Synthetic
01-19-2002, 04:36 PM
yea. sure does....
cept my new month only just started. so i'll have to wait about 2 - 3 weeks i think:(

wuntvor
01-21-2002, 02:24 AM
thanks wuntvor, i'll have a look now

umm...i didnt think ppl were allowed to do that? i forget what its called.. where u say..yea everyone sign up under my name so i get money/$ off my bill..etc????? (sorry i'm tired and pissed off. thats the best description i can do)


no prob, he just asked me to throw in that sign up under me thing ;)

hope it works out for ya :thumb:

Albinus
01-22-2002, 07:24 PM
You'll be pleased you moved Synthetic.....

Hel$tra announced today that they are raising the charge from A$24.95/month to A$28.95/month. If you sign up for a 12-month contract, then you can still have it for $24.95/month, but why bother? :shoot:

Olie
01-22-2002, 08:19 PM
poor ppl who have hel$tra :(

did you see the price of their BB :eek:

SileNceR
01-22-2002, 10:53 PM
thanks wuntvor, i'll have a look now

umm...i didnt think ppl were allowed to do that? i forget what its called.. where u say..yea everyone sign up under my name so i get money/$ off my bill..etc????? (sorry i'm tired and pissed off. thats the best description i can do)

you mean pyramid advertising schemes? I didn't think it was legal any more either... but who am I to judge..

wuntvor
01-23-2002, 07:46 AM
I talked to my bud last night, and apparently this ISP is exactly that - if he signs up alot of ppl then they start payin him money

I hate Pyramid scheme stuff
do what you will, but it still looks like a good ISP :D

Synthetic
01-24-2002, 07:22 PM
You'll be pleased you moved Synthetic.....

Hel$tra announced today that they are raising the charge from A.95/month to A.95/month. If you sign up for a 12-month contract, then you can still have it for .95/month, but why bother? :shoot:

read above man. still gotta wait about 2 - 3 weeks:(

ne0z
02-02-2002, 03:40 AM
is all ISP usage in AU metered? Are is that just the plans that most plp get. Cause in the states almost every provider is unlimited. I know that phone systems are different here though. Just curious

Wiggo
02-02-2002, 07:26 AM
There are a few ISP's that offer "Unlimited Downloads" but you mainly have to live in and around the major centers to obtain so not everything about our system is as bad as ya hear. But for me I'm very happy with my [email protected] cable. <img src="http://members.optushome.com.au/wiggo100/biggrinbounce2.gif">
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Synthetic
02-02-2002, 08:44 AM
hmph:hmph: :(

ne0z
02-02-2002, 09:27 AM
I never heard anything bad I was just curious. Thanx for the info Wiggo

Synthetic
02-02-2002, 10:02 AM
well trust me, its bad..especially if u dont live in 1 of the capital cities:(]
fkn tel$tra!:flames:

Albinus
02-02-2002, 01:19 PM
is all ISP usage in AU metered? Are is that just the plans that most plp get. Cause in the states almost every provider is unlimited. I know that phone systems are different here though. Just curious


If you live in one of Australia's 8 capital cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Hobart and Darwin) you can generally get cheap "unlimited" dialup Internet. These usually have 4-hour session limits to ensure modems remain free when people want them.

I pay A$27.95/month for Optus dialup Internet, which includes UNLIMITED downloads and 120 hours per month (works out to 4 hours/day). I choose them because there are no session limits, and unused hours even roll over as well :)

But because Telstra own the vast majority of rural infrastructure, they don't allow local call access to many ISPs except their own (BigPond). This ensures that Telstra can charge A$28.95/month for a 300MB download limit, because many people in rural areas can't get anything else unless they pay for an STD call to another ISP :(

Synthetic lives in a city of about 10,000 people just north of Brisbane, and even though it is only 45KM away from the centre of Brisbane, he still pays STD (long distance) call rates to Brisbane. This makes connecting to a Brisbane-based ISP very expensive. But fortunately he can get XiS, as they now have a PoP in Caboolture :thumb:

And all across Australia all providers offer UNTIMED local phone calls - good for about a 35KM radius around your house (varies sometimes).

There you have it - a quick 101 on Internet in AUS :glasses2:

Synthetic
02-02-2002, 01:54 PM
there's only 10,000ppl here??:?: never knew that...

Albinus
02-02-2002, 02:14 PM
The area around Caboolture (Wamuran, Elimbah, Morayfield etc) is not included, I was talking about Caboolture itself :)

Synthetic
02-02-2002, 02:54 PM
alrighty...well....fine:rolleyes2

Sammy
02-17-2002, 07:15 AM
Well unlucky that AOL isnt a choice... :( I have 2 pay 15, always connected, not disconnected like ntl every 2 hours :P unlimited downloads and guess what i leave it on 24/7 all month and still its still only great huh... free support 7 e-mails 10mb webspace :) what more could a 56k ask for... :) 15 :D

Well erm... just not have their browser!!! :| cause it sucks but i dont use it anywya unless for e-mail sending and reading etc... and to use chat room and speak 2 mates online but its very good i find dont know why people hate it?!

Sammy

Albinus
02-17-2002, 10:07 AM
AOL is available in Australia, but there are several problems:


1) 20 minute idle disconnect time

2) 4 hour session limit

3) If you are in the top 10% of users (in terms of online hours), you are kicked off on an ever increasing basis to prevent you being a burden to their network

4) Credit card only - no credit card no Internet

5) To access Australian sites, your data has to go over to America and back to Australia - making for ping times of around 950ms :eek:


So many people don't use AOL - in short, it sucks. :shoot3:

Sammy
02-17-2002, 05:55 PM
Yeah, over here we have those problems too... BUT if you are a programmer (hint) and know some snealy code :P to launch a website in AOL and click the idle msg :) u are always connected thats why people say "Do u live on ure pc?!" i say no i leave the net on and i say "I dont get Disconnected like your ntl :P" heheh

Sammy

Albinus
02-17-2002, 06:00 PM
Also AOL compresses all graphics even further - when they recompress an already compressed JPEG it looks disgusting :eek:

Sammy
02-17-2002, 06:02 PM
Their is an option to turn it off....

Sammy

Albinus
02-17-2002, 06:10 PM
Really? We're just so used to getting the raw end of the stick Internet wise here in AUS :(

Sammy
02-17-2002, 06:34 PM
Yup :) good few options on AOL i like it but i use the net somtimes and when i do its for an hour or so.. then i'll come back ina couple of hours and speak 2 someone etc... so i like AOL seeing as it's many options and i use my AOL Ilder (I made :)) to keep myself online so it saves me dialing out etc... plus it works with all AOL versions any country :)

Sammy

Anonymous
02-25-2002, 08:50 AM
OK wiggo, i'll break this one to you slowly. country towns & ISPs = Err, no...

in the city, you get heaps of different ISPs popping up and competing against each other. in the country areas, it's not so good.. at the moment, there are 3-4 ISPs that I know of that are within local call range in my area.. not much choice really...


I live in a country area, I am with an ISP called Net2000, Unlim Hours, Unlim download and good speeds (for 56k), all for $300 a year, I think its a pretty good deal :thumb:

Wiggo
02-25-2002, 10:15 AM
See ya'll be surprised at how many country towns arn't backwards. ;)
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