Planet FreeNZ scoops Consumer pool

The Auckland-based Planet FreeNZ has scooped the pool in Consumer magazine's latest ISP survey. Consumer recommended a different Planet FreeNZ access plan - including its $40 flat rate plan - for each of its user profiles. The 'big three' ISPs - Xtra, ClearNet and Ihug - all returned indifferent results.

The Auckland-based Planet FreeNZ has scooped the pool in Consumer magazine's latest ISP survey. Consumer recommended a different Planet FreeNZ access plan - including its $40 flat rate plan - for each of its user profiles.

The only one of the 18 ISPs surveyed without an Auckland presence was Wellington's Actrix. Performance ratings for the ISPs were tested by Consumer using an Auckland local dial-in.

All bar Sky Surf, NZNet and Wave had no busy signals, but transfer speeds varied widely. Voyager, Planet FreeNZ, Internet Prolink and Compuserve rated well, but the "big three" ISPs returned indifferent results. Clear Net was actually equal slowest.

The survey results and accompanying feature have not been posted on the Consumer Website at www.consumer.org.nz, but the print version is among back issues that can be obtained free with new subscriptions placed through the site.

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