Should I upgrade to Gigabit Fibre during lockdown?

Should I upgrade to Gigabit Fibre during lockdown?
Friday, 3 April 2020

A week into lockdown one in five people remain worried about broadband coverage and quality with so many people at home. And as we live and work at home during lockdown, we are asking more of our home broadband than ever before, and we probably need it more than ever before too!

If your broadband connection has been struggling during lockdown, it may be time to consider upgrading your fibre broadband plan. Especially if you have multiple people in your home working remotely, streaming content or gaming all at the same time.

You can still upgrade your fibre broadband plan during lockdown

In most cases, if you already have fibre broadband set up at your home, switching or upgrading plans can be handled remotely without a visit from a technician. This means you can upgrade your fibre broadband plan during lockdown. Unfortunately if you don’t already have fibre broadband installed in your property, in most cases you will need to wait until lockdown is finished to install broadband. Learn more here

What’s the difference between Fibre100, Fibre200 and Gigabit Fibre plans?

If you’re new to fibre broadband plans, you may be interested to know that all fibre broadband plans are not created equal. Fibre broadband packages often start at either “Fibre 100” or “Fibre 200” packages – which deliver average speeds up to 100mb/s or 200mb/s.

For most people Fibre 100 or Fibre 200 broadband plans will be more than adequate for normal family broadband use - streaming HD or 4k videos, browsing the web, using social media, streaming music and gaming online. If your home fibre broadband is struggling during lockdown, it may be time to consider upgrading to a Gigabit broadband plan.

Gigabit broadband plans offer serious speed – allowing you to download an entire HD digital movie (with an average size of 14GB) in a little under 2 minutes, or download a 4MB song in around 0.03 seconds. If you are working or studying from home, you can send massive chunks of data and files across the internet, faster than you can write the data to a thumb drive or USB stock.

Benefits of Gigabit Broadband Plans

  • Uninterrupted online experience in homes for multiple users: If your home broadband is struggling, you may have noticed that performance suffers when multiple devices are connected at the same time – like smartphones, TVs, gaming, tablets and more. This is less of a concern on Gigabit broadband because the speed and capacity is so much bigger and faster.
  • Download and upload files incredibly quickly: If your work relies on ‘Cloud’ storage systems, Gigabit broadband plans can cut download and upload times significantly to just a few seconds.
  • Stream videos, TV shows and movies in HD online: this is a main change you may notice on a Gigabit broadband connection. You can seamlessly stream high-definition (HD) video content with little to no delays or buffering.
  • Play video games online with Gigabit fibre: If you’re relying on gaming to entertain you during lockdown, a Gigabit broadband plan can deliver a very fast and very stable internet connection with low latency times – the difference between making the shot or being shot.

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  • ​Offer is available to new customers only.
  • A minimum 12-month contract applies. Early Termination fee of $250 applies.
  • Not available in conjunction with any other offer. 
  • Offer will revert to standard prices as advertised on Slingshot.co.nz after 12 months.
  • The promotion is valid for a limited time only and is subject to change by Slingshot without notice.
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  • Brand new Orbi Wi-Fi 6 Router is $5/month rental with a one-off $14.95 delivery charge or Bring your own device.
  • Additional add on MESH Satellite units:​
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  • The 1 month free broadband offer (“the offer”) applies to your first month base plan charges on your new Skinny Fixed Line account. The offer is only available to customers who do not currently purchase broadband from Skinny and have not had broadband with Skinny within the last 90 days. The offer is available for a limited time only.
  • Offer applies to new Skinny customers signing up to any of the following plans, on a 12-month term: 
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  • The offer includes a free modem and standard broadband connection for ADSL, VDSL and fibre customers. Non-standard installation charges apply. Modem shipping and handling fee applies.
  • If you leave Skinny before the end of your 12-month contract, an early exit fee of $199 will apply if you leave in the first 6 months and $99 of you leave in the second 6 months. The offer is subject to change without notice.
  • The offer will be applied to your Skinny account as a credit for 100% of your base plan charges. The offer does not include any additional services which will be charged at full price, including during the first six months of your new Skinny plan.
  • This offer may not be combined with any other “new customer” promotional offers. It may only be combined with other publicly available offers on the Skinny website (an “other offer”), provided you are eligible for the other offer at the date you sign up, the other offer is not a ‘new customer’ offer and the combination of the other offer and this offer is not prohibited in the terms of the other offer.
  • Broadband not available everywhere and speeds vary. Local Fibre Company terms apply if you have a fibre connection. Skinny's General terms and Fixed Line terms apply to all Skinny broadband plans.

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