Glad I waited to the end of the thread this time :)
On December 13, niall at linux.ie said:
> I just had my umpteenth conversation with Eircom about ADSL and my ISDN line.
> I was told that yes, the ODTR had 'passed' the system but it won't be
> generally deployed until January and their computer system hadn't been
This is more or less the answer I got from Eircom when phoning around
yesterday, except that no mention was made of computer systems and all
that. Also, on the topic of line charges, Via's offering does /not/
include the cost of the line, i.e. you still pay Eircom.
Here's a summary of what I was told yesterday, for anyone who's
thinking DSL but hasn't yet done the market research:
¤199.65 connection fee. ¤107/mo for 512/128 with a 3GB cap,
3.6¢/MB over that. Eircom are apparently working on a package for
ISDN folk, but right now it's scheduled for "early in the New
Year". I neglected to ask if I'd be charged for a downgrade to
POTS for the line test, or the subsequent upgrade back to ISDN if
I wasn't DSL capable. Finally, ¤175.00 for the modem (I didn't
mention the 30 quid plus Linux box option). The funny part was
where she kept saying ISDN and then correcting herself to say
Hi-Speed, which is Eircom's marketing name for dual-channel ISDN.
Far better phone service, for one. I'd have happily talked to the
salesperson all day! ¤165.00 once-off installation fee, and
¤169.00/mo for 1M/256k with no limit and a fixed IP
address. Tidy. However, there's an additional charge: you need to
pay Eircom for the physical line which is about ¤32.00/mo,
although the salesperson wasn't 100% sure of the cost. Fair
enough, not her company and all. She mentioned something in excess
of 200 euro for the DSL modem, and said it's a Zyxel, so I presume
it's one of the boxes that's been mentioned on ILUG in the past.
They didn't call back. Good salesmanship, boys.
The Eircom salesrep mentioned that they had other services, but I
didn't ask for details. Via didn't offer any other options. EsatBT
didn't, er, call back, as previously stated.
On the whole, I think I'll stick with my ISDN for now. The only reason
I have ISDN in the first place is because three months of
"interaction" with Eircom failed to produce a clean enough phone line
for dialup use, and they insisted (at some point) that they are
technically not obliged to provide data-quality phone lines, only
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