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

Khalid Baheyeldin kb at 2bits.com
Sun Apr 25 23:25:32 EDT 2010

On Sun, Apr 25, 2010 at 11:14 PM, unsolicited <unsolicited at swiz.ca> wrote:

> Khalid Baheyeldin wrote, On 04/25/2010 6:47 PM:
>  That is kind of slow. About half the speed of Rogers.
>> Here is mine:
>> http://www.speedtest.net/result/794206388.png
>> I get 1 MB/sec regularly.
> Khalid what Rogers service are you / were you on / speed?

Judging from the price/features, it is the Express here
60GB cap per month, 10 Mbps up, $46.99/month


> Also, you might ask yourself just how much speed you really need. And all I
> mean by that is, between the average (?) 4 - 5 Mbps DSL service, and the
> 6/8/10 Mbps Rogers service, how often are you really going to notice the
> difference?

I think I was on the 5Mbps before and got upgraded for free.
The cap is the annoying part. We exceed it every few months.

I don't download much stuff, so yes, things can wait.
But don't want to get something that it is less than what I am used to.

>        I get if you're saturated at 4 - 5 Mbps already. And I also get that
> on most any download of more than a few seconds, you're off getting a
> coffee, going to the bathroom, or (finally) spending time with your family,
> anyways.

What is family? ;-)

> The difference in download speeds, sometimes seems hardly worth the price
> difference. But, YMMV.
>        Certainly, having Rogers Express, I'll never go back to a 1 M
> service. So I can appreciate the concern. But I'm not convinced, myself,
> yet, that I'd really notice the difference between the two, for the price.
> Especially if I ever get fully VoIP, lose the land line, then have to pay
> for dry loop! <sigh>

The Yak package is appealing because it has no cap and the phone is
non-VoIP, with some features that I can use.

>  If Rogers did not have cap (60GB in my case), which I occasionally exceed,
>> I
>> would have stayed with them. That, and the fact that the phone is a POTS
>> line with free features thrown in ...
> Ignore the cap, just assume per month cost $25 more than they say and get
> on with it.

I take the point ...

> Mind you, the inability to talk out to SMTP is a real PITA, and no doubt a
> deal breaker for you. (Rogers, that is.)

I was able to bypass that by routing through my server. Works well. I
suspect it should work with Yak too.
Khalid M. Baheyeldin
2bits.com, Inc.
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