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

Khalid Baheyeldin kb at 2bits.com
Thu Apr 15 14:41:45 EDT 2010


On Thu, Apr 15, 2010 at 2:30 PM, Colin Mackay <zixiekat at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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.
>

I am on Rogers, and there is a 60GB cap as well, with $2 per GB of overage.
We are OK for a month or so, then we have one month of overage. Not sure
why. One of the reasons I want an OpenWRT router to trace that to specific
computers/users.

The phone is also attractive being cheaper than Bell, with features thrown
in for free.


>  My install is tomorrow.  At the moment, I am borrowing a neighbors
> WiFi and yes, they know about it.
>

Let us know how the install goes and what your experience is after using it
for a few days.


> 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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