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How do fibre optic networks work here? Trying to setup broadband internet.

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  1. #21

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    Hit them up on WhatsApp and politely pester them until something happens.

    I lucked out and got a decent CSR from PCCW and he was quite helpful during setup, also unless you've signed or forked over any cash you have no contract with them, I only signed on when it was actually installed. Can she find any connections in the walls already installed?

    Good luck!


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    Quote Originally Posted by bdw
    Birdie is great and I have 4 Birdie contracts myself, but I wouldn't have thought to use it as a home internet replacement. I would prefer something like China mobile 4.5G local package, $158/month UNLIMITED DATA. You can even take it out of your home and travel to China/Macau with it and get 2GB per month free usage in China/Macau as well without any roaming charges.
    How fast is the connection with that China Mobile contract? All I'll be using it is with the UBOX, occasionally torrenting some stuff, and uploading videos to youtube.

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    Slight thread drift here but I comments about a 24 month contract just made me think.

    i am moving in a week and need to set up a new internet connection. My 24 month one is about to end. However, I will only be in HK for 10 more months. Planning to leave in July.

    if can only take on a year 18month or 2 year contract what does that mean? Surely if I leave and shut down my bank account then no one will be able to make me pay anyway?


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    Quote Originally Posted by bdw
    Birdie is great and I have 4 Birdie contracts myself, but I wouldn't have thought to use it as a home internet replacement. I would prefer something like China mobile 4.5G local package, $158/month UNLIMITED DATA. You can even take it out of your home and travel to China/Macau with it and get 2GB per month free usage in China/Macau as well without any roaming charges.

    Don't they throttle after a certain point? Birdie will allow you to keep using data once you reach your limit, they just throttle you to 3G speeds. Most "unlimited" plans aren't really unlimited.

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    Quote Originally Posted by it_guy
    Don't they throttle after a certain point? Birdie will allow you to keep using data once you reach your limit, they just throttle you to 3G speeds. Most "unlimited" plans aren't really unlimited.
    Unlimited data has FUP (Fair usage policy). It means they usually don't throttle you at all, but they reserve the right to if they see you abusing things. But generally, unlimited is unlimited.

    Birdie on the other hand is fixed 12GB for $140 as you point out. After 12GB, you are 100% sure to be throttled immediately and its not a lot of fun, barely usable and really need to pay more to top up.

    Don't get me wrong, I really like Birdie for mobile. I have two old $38 plans (cannot get anymore) with 300MB data for the kids, then I have another old $140 plan with 15GB data for the wife (also cannot get anymore, they reduce to 12GB). So total $216 which equates to $72 per person for 3 people and with the p2p function that Birdie has means 15.6GB data is pooled and can be shared among the 3 people. No admin charges, no contract, so I love Birdie for this. But as a home internet replacement maybe not the best because it doesnt have the unlimited FUP option.
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    HK Telecommunications companies are strictly business first, as almost all businesses are in HK. Unless the building is modern and a high rise it is unlikely to have fiber. There is no scalability for the telecommunications firm, hence no reason to offer it to customers. A prime example are residents in The Cyberport area. Those that live in multi million dollar town houses have complained about how their internet speed is lower than tenants in the high rise units right next door. There is simply no incentive in spite of the residents willing to pay the wiring, to provide high speed internet to the townhouse residents.


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