| Review by vanDSLuser |
member for 8.8 years, 2635 visits, last login: 1 days ago
updated 1.9 years ago
- White Rock,BC
- $50 per month
- about 2 days
- "Speed is usually stable / consistent"
- "DPI on p2p on occasion"
- "Shaw has learned from the storm it created when it tried ultralow caps"
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Value for money:
(ratings above consensus)
9 month review update
Service activated July 1/2010 - no major delays, called, got new customer 6 month promo of half price and modem shipped and delivered next day. Plugged modem in, voila internet.
UPDATE on UBB
Shaw (much to my surprise) has listened to their customers and the bandwidth caps (which led to my previous negative review) have been raised to acceptable levels. Looking at the new plans, it's one of the highest caps in Canada from a mainstream ISP (250GB on Extreme makes netflix usable in HD) and for $10 more I can have a 400GB cap w/ a 50Mbps downstream (if the node will support it or not is another question)
It might be my area, but I haven't noticed congestion slowdowns. It might be most of the audience around here tends to be less digitally connected, and uses their internet more or less to check email.
Have not had to use
Re: how about embarrassing them in news stories? "how about embarrassing them in news stories?"
I've sent emails, but no one is airing anything on Shaw (Shaws paid the right people?) GlobalTV is owned by Shaw, so good luck there. The Vancouver sun did article on Vancouver city council trying to ban metered billing, As of yet though, no News cast has touched this. Once the general public is aware, the outcry will be heard in Tokyo.
| |vanDSLuserfrom Vancouver 2010Premium
White Rock, BC
Re: how about embarrassing them in news stories? CBC Marketplace - »www.cbc.ca/marketplace/ - it's the CBC so Shaw can't buy them to shut them up...
Note quite right.. I wouldn't go so far as to say Shaw has been "utterly non responsive" about the topic, but I would say it's been quiet at least.
They say the change will impact less than 9% of the 1.8 million customers they have. The question becomes, just how much will it impact that 9%?...
The realistic alternative would be for them to increase the cost of services for every single of the 1.8 million, or piss off about 160,000 of us..
I'm honestly not sure which of the two evils I'd rather take, but I will say the one they went with seems to be a lesser evil than the other...
Let's just hope the extra money they are charging is going to go directly toward network upgrades which in the end will make the services better for everyone.
| |vanDSLuserfrom Vancouver 2010PremiumReviews:
White Rock, BC
Re: Note quite right.. Utterly non responsive as in not being open and transparent, such lines as "it was a trial in Edmonton only" when their website clearly indicated to the contrary.
The fundamental question is, was this a cash grab and we will see the price increase anyways? If it follows the usual pattern, we will see a price increase regardless. Gotta pay for buying Global and to launch a cellular network somehow..
The other question is, 9% right now isn't close, but with HD videoconferencing, Steam and digital delivery growing year after year, how soon will it be until 40-50% are in danger of hitting the cap.
Someone who checks their email once a day, likely never going to be an issue, but with the increasing amount of services delivered digitally, it's going to slowly become an issue.
On another note, is Shaw going to cut back on the number of minutes they give their phone subscribers. After all, every minute must cost a massive amount of network resources, and there's no way they can afford to provide it unlimited forever....