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    Aussie ISP Recommendations

    Looking for recommendations for an ISP for my Mum, primarily for e-mail and some net surfing. Not expecting to find a freebie. Any comments on BigPond? Other suggestions on good value Aussie ISP's?
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    Re: Aussie ISP Recommendations

    I use Bigpond at home, purely because I signed up with 2 different ISPs, at different times. Both went belly up and I lost the credit I had with them and then had to find an alternate solution. Bigpond works and that is all I ask. <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Aussie ISP Recommendations

    Hmmm been there! I was with the now defunked One-Tel. I am now with froggy.com.au. Cost is around $AUD17.95 per month, and they are not too bad. At least they have not gone belly up (yet).

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    Re: Aussie ISP Recommendations

    Same comments as the others, Bipond is at least reliable, Ive often been signed up to several ISP's to trial them as part of the work I do, however BP is the only one Ive kept over the years. Some of my clients use Zip which is pretty cheap and reliable for heavy users, the other ISP's have indeed gone broke and left clients in the lurch. If a light user mostly for email BP has plans that start at about $6 a month with the first month giving all new users 50 hours free, worth a go.

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    Re: Aussie ISP Recommendations - Thanks

    Thanks to all. BigPond it will be. <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 alt=thumbup width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Aussie ISP Recommendations

    I refuse to use BP as it is (or was when I left it) about three times the cost of other ISPs, AND.... I took advantage of BP's offer of three months free connection. After four months I emailed them to cancel my subscription (so I was using the system, but they did hope to benefit over all people who took the offer, and they must factor in the odd rebel). Three months later I noticed they were still billing my Visa Card, phoned them, they said they do not accept cancellations by email and would have emailed me saying so - they hadn't. Sent them my inbox showing no email from them. They agreed to refund the excess charges, which they did, then made more deductions from my Visa!! Eventually after many phone calls I cut my losses, I was $10 out of pocket but they had worn me down. Friend of mine reckons this is a standard procedure to boost profits, and that most people are even less dogged than I am.

    I use picknowl.com.au and buy 30h blocks for $A28, maximum exposure $28, and I have been using them for several years without trouble. I could buy bigger blocks cheaper but I am cautious. For my usage this is much cheaper than BP. Others at work use a variety of other ISPs without trouble, don't know of anyone who uses BP.

    If you use BP watch them like a hawk.

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    Re: Aussie ISP Recommendations

    Well, funny thing, after all the replies saying BP is reliable and now your list of concerns with BP, my independent Mum went off and joined http://www.cnn.net.au in spite of her son's advice. The services and rate seem reasonable.

    Where was I reading some humor along the lines of "It's right here in the AOL contract. The only way to cancel your AOL account is to stage a masked commando raid on their HQ." Was that a recent Dilbert?
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    Re: Aussie ISP Recommendations

    As a matter of fact...
    have fun

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    Re: Aussie ISP Recommendations

    It was a recent Dilbert based on my recent submission, regarding my own personal (not so recent) experiences with AOHell.... <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Aussie ISP Recommendations

    Bingo! Thanks, KT.
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    Re: Aussie ISP Recommendations

    You dialogued with the real Scott Adams? Cool! You have reached MegaPlatinum on the Geek rating system (and that's a good thing).
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    Re: Aussie ISP Recommendations

    I'm there with you John... all hail Mark! <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Aussie ISP Recommendations

    But wait... we must downgrade Mark's lofty profile for his use of the AOL system <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>...

    Just my opinion... Not the offical opinion of WOODY'S LOUNGE <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Aussie ISP Recommendations

    Hey man, that AOL thing was years ago....can we forgive and forget? <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> I did it solely so I would feel justified in berating their service. <img src=/S/innocent.gif border=0 alt=innocent width=20 height=20>
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    Re: Aussie ISP Recommendations

    Oh... well that makes up for it then <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>...
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