Tempting

For the past 14 months I have been connected to the Internet from home using Internode's business ADSL plan, at 512kbps down-stream and 128kbps up-stream. This connection is more than just for me to surf the web and check emails at home, but it also provides bandwidth for websites of three of my domains. It powers the very website that you are reading now.

So far I have been quite happy about Internode's service. It is reliable and fast - at least fast enough for me to surf the net and download things occasionally. However, the business plan is not cheap - it costs me AUD$100 per month to get 2 gigabytes of download quota. I don't download that much though, and usually I only used 1-1.5Gb every month. So I am not complaining...

Then I noticed Swiftel's residential ADSL plan that also offers static IP addresses. For 512/128kbps with 3Gb of downloads, it is $40 cheaper than Internode's. And for $100, you can get 1500/256kbps with 8Gb of download quota. Moreover, any additional gigabyte downloaded costs only $6, compares with $139 charged by Internode.

Well. It is tempting. Should I make a change?

I can surely put the extra download quota into good use, err, I mean setting up more services for friends in FOCUS. 1500/256 also triples the download and doubles the upload speed. What about draw backs? It does not have Internode business plan's bridged ADSL so PPPoE is required. Swiftel does not have free mirrors (of Tucows and half dozen Linux distributions that I don't use). Swiftel "might" not have the quality of network that Internode is proud of. And it does not have a gang of die-hard followers on Whirlpool...

I know that Internode is putting out a set of new plan soon, so at least I will wait for that one. Otherwise, I'll churn over when I move...