I like to spread the love around the telcos – the other day I posted about the cool Vodafone forum offering that really answer the needs of their own particular community of interest. Today it’s the turn of Telecom to get some bouquets.
Telecom have just reviewed all their broadband offerings and I have to say the results are pretty appealing – basically the full line speed (unconstrained both up and down) options have come down a price point or two, while the data caps have increased across the board – sure we could focus on locations with better broadband than us but I prefer to congratulate on progress and encourage further movement.
As the NBR details;
the $99 max/max 30GB Advance plan and $149 max/max 40GB UltraPro plans have been killed off, their position in Telecom Broadband’s foodchain now surplanted (sic) by a revamped $79.95 Pro plan that offers max/max speed and a 40GB cap.
Max/max speed now kicks in on Telecom Broadband’s $49.95 plan, formerly, constrained to 128Mbit/s upload. Your $49.95 now also buys you double the data, with the capped expanded to 10GB.
A $29.95 plan will remain for those willing to live without max/max speed, with its data cap doubled to 500MB.
Telecom Broadband’s business plans – all already max/max – have also had their data caps expanded. Its entry-level $59.95 plan has had its cap raised from 3GB to 15GB; it’s $79.95 more than doubles to 40GB, and its $109.95 plan doubles to 60GB.
None of the plans offer naked DSL; all are tied to a Telecom landline. Those on $99 and $149 Telecom Broadband plans will be automatically put on a $79.95 Pro plan by Telecom Broadband.
What’s cool to see is that Telecom are, in part, paying for these price drops through increased usage of local caching of files through Akamai – it’s a good, fast and efficient temporary solution to the constraints of limited international bandwidth.