512K DSL? Not right now, says Telecom

The rumoured 512Kbit/s version of Telecom's JetStream DSL product is not on the horizon just yet, says Telecom.

The rumoured 512Kbit/s version of Telecom's JetStream DSL product is not on the horizon just yet, says Telecom.

The company last week confirmed plans to early next year launch JetStart, a 128Kbit/s DSL service likely to retail for a flat rate of around $60 per month.

With JetStream now hitting speeds of 3Mbit/s, room may be opening up for another version of the product, either with more generous monthly limits on traffic or a flat rate charge, and sources say the 512Kbit/s point has been considered by Telecom alongside the 128Kbit/s JetStart.

But Telecom spokesperson Gerry Eller says the company has "no firm plans to launch a 512k product, at this time."

Eller also pours cold water on an idea bandied about this by JetStream users seeking a solution that won't expose them to data charges once they breach their monthly 400Mb or 600Mb limits: taking out both JetStream and JetStart accounts and switching to the lower-speed service either once the cap has been reached or when speed is not an issue.

But "you can't use them at the same time," says Eller. "You need to think of it like a cellular plan – you choose the plan that best fits your usage."

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