[kwlug-disc] YAK Internet + Home Phone deal for Kitchener

Colin Mackay zixiekat at gmail.com
Thu Apr 15 14:30:36 EDT 2010


You have to call them to check, but even when they say you're in the
correct area, you may not be.  From what I'm told, the tool they use
to check is a simple measure of distance.  It plots your location on a
map and tells them that you are within 5km of a central office where
they support 10Mbps.  The problem with that, is telephone lines do not
run in a straight line and you may end up being quite a bit more than
5km away as the wire is laid.  They don't find this out until they've
put the order through with a 3rd party (of whom I cannot find the
name).  At that point, they push your install out and give you 5Mbps.
This is why the flyer says "Up to 10 Mbps".

There is still no throttling or bandwidth cap, from what I am told...
But, even if I am throttled, I'll live with it.  I was paying more for
5Mbit from Bell, with a 60gig cap.  I don't mind waiting longer for
something if it means I won't get charged extra for going over my cap.
 My install is tomorrow.  At the moment, I am borrowing a neighbors
WiFi and yes, they know about it.

On another note:

I noticed Bell has now put out a new line of connections called Fibe.
They apparently go up to 25Mbit, but cap you at 75gig / month.  With
5Mbit I was routinely going over 60gigs. Where did they get a 75gig
cap for a connection 5 times faster?

That's a little like getting permission to drive on the 401 at 150
Kph.  Then after 100 kilometers, being pulled over and given a ticket
before being allowed to drive at 150Kph again.



On Thu, Apr 15, 2010 at 12:40 PM, Khalid Baheyeldin <kb at 2bits.com> wrote:
> I just got a flyer in the mail today with that same offer from Yak ...
>
> So apparently, it is not over ...
>
> Colin, where is the tool to check availability. I could not find it on their
> site.
>
> On Tue, Apr 13, 2010 at 8:20 AM, Colin Mackay <zixiekat at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> That deal is over.  It ended on March 31st, apparently.
>>
>> At times, they do have issues with the 10Mbps offering.  They have a
>> simple tool to use to see if your home is within a certain area, but
>> do not truly know until the order is put through with a contractor
>> that actually tests and installs the DSLAM.  Apparently, I am over 6km
>> away from the CO where they can offer me 10Mbps, so I am getting
>> 5Mbps.
>>
>> I'm still switching, as the connection still has no cap and no throttling.
>>
>> We've had the phone since last Thursday and I can't complain...  it
>> sounds like a POTS phone line.  No echoing, etc.
>>
>> If I remember tomorrow I'll grab some speed tests should the install go
>> ahead.
>>
>> On Mon, Apr 12, 2010 at 11:09 PM, Khalid Baheyeldin <kb at 2bits.com> wrote:
>> > We discussed the Yak combined land line phone + internet access deal a
>> > few
>> > weeks ago.
>> >
>> > http://www.yak.ca/app/webroot/exclusive/
>> >
>> >
>> > http://www.redflagdeals.com/forums/yak-10mbps-unl-internet-home-phone-59-90-mnth-promo-kitchener-waterloo-only-867907/
>> >
>> > Did anyone sign up with them?
>> > What is the experience so far?
>> > Any gotchas?
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