[clug] Trump Telstra once and for all
shadroth at gmail.com
Sun Oct 8 23:58:44 GMT 2006
On 10/8/06, Basil Chupin <blchupin at tpg.com.au> wrote:
> Ben wrote:
> > ADSL2+ covers a huge amount of the population. I'm only on a Telstra
> > port because Internode 2+ is not available at my exchange - iiNet and
> > TPG are, but I don't trust them.
> Care to elaborate re TPG?
> I am on the Deakin exchange and TPG had it on their ADSL2+ rollout plan
> (expected completion next month) when suddenly end of July they simply
> dropped Deakin completely from their ADSL2+ picture but won't tell me
> why. I am now considering other providers but would like to know what
> you mean by what you just said about trust.
I have a history of fighting with telcos. Internode are the only ones
who have responded appropriately. My main arguments were with Optus
and Telstra, I came out ahead in $ but not in time.
When it comes to trust, the problems I have with TPG are:
* They've off-shored part of their tech support.
* They have lock in contracts, and have put prices up in the past.
Generally speaking, I stick with Internode because, quality and service wise:
* when International links die, Internode's is the last to go due to
their added redundancy
* their tech support knows what they're talking about
* they support all OSs (anything with TCP/IP) and all modems.
* NodePhone VoIP works really, really well.
* unmetered access to updates for many linux distros
* unmetered access to even more distros for ISOs, including some DVD ISOs.
* a little known feature which is really important to me: multiple
PPPoE logins through the one connection, which is now available with
SOHO, so you can delegate your static IP to one router and a dynamic
to another 1-3.
Internode are in build stage at Deakin and Annex M is approaching ratification
I trust Internode to work well and to keep pushing the boundaries.
Internode have not released in-dial support for VoIP, because they
want fully portable numbers, so you can leave their service if you
want, and take your number with you. This takes a lot of doing to
setup, and so far only a couple of others have done this. The majority
of VoIP providers own your number and actually _can't_ transfer it, so
you have to leave it, if you leave them.
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