Finding An ISP That Shapes To 128Kbps

shapingf you regularly find yourself getting "shaped" at the end of each month as you use up your monthly download limit, there are options out there that are faster than 64Kbps -- but it pays to read the fine print.

Dan Warne at APC reports that Optus has altered the shaping policy on its naked DSL plans. The company had previously said in online documentation that users would be shaped to 128Kbps if they exceeded their monthly limit. That's a much higher figure than the typical 64Kbps option offered by most providers who have a shaping option.

However, despite having placed that figure online and told some customers who found themselves shaped to a lower 64Kbps speed that this was a technical error, Optus has now said that it never intended to offer 128Kbps. If you had signed up for the plan, you can now make a no-penalty exit if the revised conditions don't suit your needs. The post also rounds up a number of plans which offer 128Kbps shaping, though these are (inevitably) more expensive.

Optus admits slow broadband problem [APC]


Comments

    It also might be important to read up on whether your ISP shapes your 'free' downloads content, eg I'm pretty sure bigpond gamearena is slowed to a crawl when you exceed your regular downloads but iinet 3FL and other freezone stuff remains at full speed.

    Does anyone have any idea whether bigpond will add iview to its unmetered content?

    I'm guessing never but I'd love to be pleasantly surprised!

    Not mentioned in the article linked, but I believe TPG also offer 128 shaping on their VOIP connections.

    Pacnet shapes to 128kbps once limit is reached, funny thing is that they only use telstra exchanges

    Given the comment about Optus's shaping for their naked DSL plans, I wonder what the case is with their Fusion plan.

    http://personal.optus.com.au/web/ocaportal.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=Template_woRHS&FP=/personal/bundles/fusion&site=personal

    According to the information there you will be shaped to 256k if you go over the cap, which would be a lot more usable if that's the case.

      Based on the performance issues some people experience with Fusion, getting to 256Kbps while under the cap might occasionally count as an achievement.

    I wonder when 3 will fess up to their abysmal mobile broadband data rates? I live in the centre of Adelaide and its like you're being shaped all of the time.
    Worse still since it's marketed as Broadband.
    I half expect to hear the old Hayes dialup tone from the USB modem. It makes you wonder...

    Last night there was another unoffical outage. This one taking the form of displaying the "bandwidth exceeded message" (funny since I still had 1.8GB left) Today it's working again as if nothing ever happened. Grrr

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