So I got a call from a telemarketer asking me about bundling with ActewAGL… yada yada yada. My argument against it up until now has been the modified home broadband plans that Grapevine started offering ~1+ years ago which specified an “acceptable download limit” for their unlimited off-peak times. That was a no-go for me.
But over the weekend I had a look at their current range of plans, and I’m considering it. What has me puzzled is the change definition of “off-peak times”. The new plans allow for 12 hours of *truly* unlimited downlaod from 6AM to 6PM. The middle of the day? What’s up with that?
Current home broadband plans can be viewed here.
The 12AM-7AM off-peak times have been fine for me up to this point, as I just queue everything up ahead of time and it starts automatically at midnight. Normally I’m one that says “if it ain’t broke…” However, the new plans are actually cheaper than what I’m paying now, offer a larger block of time for downloads, and allow me to bundle (thereby saving another ~$25/month with the discount).
Being a suspicious person by nature, I’m wondering… what’s the catch? Are download speeds in the middle of the day going to be cripplingly low? I’m sure they’ve done this because 1) they figure most people are gone in the middle of the day and therefore won’t be downloading much, and 2) the “heavy-users” have found ways to download very efficiently overnight, perhaps spiking the overall usage during that time period (peak time in the US and overseas).
So, does anyone have any more info or thoughts on this?