FF:NZ ZFree to Close Down

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  1. Buzz-Bumble Jedi Master

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    Nov 27, 2000
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    ZFree gets chop

    No more freebies as customers shift to paying service

    Fiona Mayo, Auckland IDGNet
    TelstraClear says there's no such thing as a free lunch on the internet and has given ZFree the chop. The announcement comes as no surprise. Before TelstraSaturn's $435 million acquisition of it last year, Clear put a cap on new subscriptions to the free internet service, claiming it could no longer provide it if numbers continued to grow.

    ZFree customers will be offered a new pay service, Home 150, which will run on CLEAR Net infrastructure. They will get five email addresses and 150 hours of internet access for $14.95 a month. Each hour after that will cost $2.

    The service is to be "scaled down" from tomorrow, and will close on April 30. ZFree has around 250,000 subscribers. TelstraClear says during its lifetime, ZFree provided 57 million free internet hours to New Zealanders.


    :(

  2. YouAgain Force Ghost

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    Dec 20, 2001
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    good ridince (the net will go 0.00000001 % faster)lol
  3. Kitt327 Jedi Master

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    Dec 23, 2000
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    Well, I'm now in the market for a new ISP I suppose.
  4. SithForceLord Jedi Grand Master

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    Jul 2, 2001
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    hehe

    If you can't afford net usage you dont diserve it.

    //this comming from a poor uni student who must "pre-pay" his net usage to une the boards :(//
  5. Chansplace Jedi Master

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    Jan 2, 2001
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    you can always use I4free but thats sloooooow... ok as a backup when Slingshot aint workin though :)
  6. ACERIMMERROCKS Jedi Master

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    May 25, 2001
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    The people who brought zfree accounts of trade me this week must be gutted
  7. Humble extra Jedi Youngling

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    Jun 12, 1999
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    i couldn't use it anyway, living in a rural area, so this news saddens me not
  8. Darth_Graal Jedi Master

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    Nov 19, 2001
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    tried it 4 a while but got real sick of the low speed. Still a little sad that a free option has been taken away
  9. SWNZ Jedi Master

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    Nov 27, 2000
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    Sad to see it go, It was a good idea just couldn't keep it up.
  10. Lil_Lisa Jedi Master

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    Nov 28, 2001
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    [face_shocked]

    :_|

    D'OH!!!!! Just when my folks left me and bro surviving on our own came THIS!! I'll only have $20 left after the monthly bus pass!! :mad: I hate being so poor!!
  11. SithForceLord Jedi Grand Master

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    Jul 2, 2001
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    hahaha

    I was gonna type: Wlcome to the life of auni student... but my Student load kicking in!

    I'M IN THE MONEY. I'M IN THE MONEY. DO DO DA DO DA DO DO. :) :D

    out of $150 a week - I'm aiming to save at least $100.

    $50 a week for alc / PIES / internet fees... should be able to do that. :)
  12. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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    Dec 14, 2000
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    out of $150 a week - I'm aiming to save at least $100.

    You have no idea, do you?


  13. farmboynz Jedi Knight

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    Jul 19, 2001
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    1st years, all hopes & dreams


    then reality of life will hit him
    just like it has hit us working folk

    (i think JP will help speed up life's reality check) :D :)

    i think he will be lucky 2 save 25 bucks out of that lot


  14. Darth_Graal Jedi Master

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    Nov 19, 2001
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    out of $150 a week - I'm aiming to save at least $100.

    ummm...only if you plan to sit in a darkened room entertaining yourself with shadow puppets made by manufacturing a candle from your own earwax SFL
  15. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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    Dec 14, 2000
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    "anyone got a lighter?" - SFL with earwax candle running frantically through halls corridor.

  16. Lil_Lisa Jedi Master

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    Nov 28, 2001
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    SFL: But you have to actually pay back the student loan. I am *not* going to borrow any money, 'cept from my parents. :D

    jp: [face_laugh]
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