Thoughts of a geek

29 April 2006

ISPfind

Filed under: Computers — qwandor @ 12:21 pm

I have recently been working on ISPfind, a service to help people find the best broadband Internet connection plan from a New Zealand ISP. It is now online (in ‘beta’) at http://ispfind.co.nz/. Have a look and tell me what you think – and perhaps find a better ISP.

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4 Comments »

  1. Nice service.
    Comments:
    I think it is unfair to list “ihug light” at only 5 GB because you can actually get 15 GB out of it.
    Listing a plan as no cap when it only applies to national is also not good.
    Maybe have two columns for cap? (peak/offpeak, nat/int depending on isp)

    Why list the upload speed before the download?

    Shouldn’t it read “Find a better _broadband_ Internet Service Provider”?

    Explain “very light”, “light”, “medium” etc

    It must’ve taken a long time to figure all that up.
    Keep it up!!

    Comment by Tester — 1 May 2006 @ 9:47 pm

  2. Thanks for the comments.

    >I think it is unfair to list “ihug light” at only 5 GB because you can actually get 15 GB out of it.
    It seems to me that the peak cap is most important for most people for comparison to other plans. The offpeak cap is noted in the notes field.

    >Listing a plan as no cap when it only applies to national is also not good.
    Again, this is my attempt to give fair comparison to other plans. It is not ideal, but I think that listing only the international allowance would be worse. I will consider this further.

    >Maybe have two columns for cap? (peak/offpeak, nat/int depending on isp)
    I agree that this would be more accurate, but it would also be confusing to many users and make comparisons very difficult. I will consider adding an option to show the cap broken down thus, but a single cap column will almost certainly remain the default view.

    >Why list the upload speed before the download?
    No particular reason. If you can give me a good reason to list downstream speed first I will swap the columns.

    >Shouldn’t it read “Find a better _broadband_ Internet Service Provider”?
    I guess so, I will change that at some point.

    >Explain “very light”, “light”, “medium” etc
    I will consider adding a description by the option. Note that the actual filter is displayed in the ‘advanced filter’ fields at the end.

    Comment by qwandor — 1 May 2006 @ 10:43 pm

  3. none of your emails worked so ill post this here.

    Hi,

    Great site you created there. Love the Price / Cap feature. Just a few sugestions i had:

    I would like to see Xnet included in the isp listings plans are detailed here http://www.xnet.co.nz/internet/broadband.shtml.

    Adding a seperate coloum for ‘National data free’ = True/False would give a more acurate ranking of isps offering free national data.

    Ihugs offpeak cap should beincluded in the Total Data Cap couloum.

    An option to force a minium data cap and raise the mothly price using the excess usage charges for each isp.

    Adding Slingshots Excess usage charges:

    Additional Data Price
    3GB $5
    10GB $10
    30GB $25
    50GB $40

    Thanks again for the site, hope my sugestions make it to the final version.

    Stephen

    Comment by Stealth42 — 4 May 2006 @ 2:53 pm

  4. > none of your emails worked so ill post this here.
    That’s odd, I’ll email you about this.

    > Hi,
    > Great site you created there. Love the Price / Cap feature.
    Thanks. It’s interesting to hear that. I originally made price / cap the default sorting method, but people seemed to find it too confusing so I made price the default and moved price / cap tot he advanced filter options.

    > Just a few sugestions i had:
    > I would like to see Xnet included in the isp listings plans are detailed here http://www.xnet.co.nz/internet/broadband.shtml.
    Thanks, I’ll look at adding those plans. It looks like they have some good value plans.

    > Adding a seperate coloum for ‘National data free’ = True/False would give a more acurate ranking of isps offering free national data.
    Some ISPs (e.g. GASP) have seperate national and international caps. I am considering adding seperate columns for these. The problem is that it would make the list more cluttered and perhaps confusing to some people. The other problem is how to fairly compare such plans with those having only a single cap.

    > Ihugs offpeak cap should beincluded in the Total Data Cap couloum.
    It seems to me that the majority of users will use the Internet mostly during ‘peak’ hours so the off-peak cap is not that great a benefit. Certainly a 10 GB peak + 20 GB offpeak cap is not nearly as good a 30 GB cap.

    > An option to force a minium data cap and raise the mothly price using the excess usage charges for each isp.
    > Adding Slingshots Excess usage charges:
    > Additional Data Price
    > 3GB $5
    > 10GB $10
    > 30GB $25
    > 50GB $40
    That’s an intersting suggestion, I will consider it. It would require storing more information in the database. One problem would be that some ISPs have complicated excess charges (e.g. blocks of several different sizes can be purchased, or the excess usage charge is only charged up to a point, and then the connection speed is limited).

    > Thanks again for the site, hope my sugestions make it to the final version.
    Thanks for your suggestions and comments.

    Comment by qwandor — 8 May 2006 @ 6:42 pm


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