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1. How do I use BroadbandChooZa.

Simple, use the control panel on the left to filter the results. Hit Get Choozin and chooze your package from the results table. You can select different price ranges, providers, access type, data, connection speeds etc and then sort them to find the package you want.

For more detailed information click on the i button in the package column.

2. What do all these terms mean?

2.1. What's the difference between ADSL, 3G, Broadband and Wireless?

Broadband is a generic term for fast internet access and includes, 3G, ADSL, Wireless, WiMax, iBurst amongst others

ADSL internet comes through your fixed phone line so it's good for use at home, but you can't take it with you. Max speed in SA is 4Mbs, other countries get speeds of 20Mbs so we should expect ADSL to get faster in the future.

Wireless internet includes different technologies (like iBurst, WiMax and Neotel) and is mostly used as an alternative to a fixed line at home. You should be able to use it anywhere in the house and if you are lucky you might also have some limited coverage out and about. iBurst gets speeds of about 1MBs, Neotel can get 2.4Mbs

3G internet works a bit like your mobile phone. You get a sim and modem which plugs into your computer. 3G is the most mobile and has the widest coverage. Speeds are mostly around 3.6MBs but some packages can deliver 7.2 MBS

2.2. What about Account Type? What's the difference between Complete and Data Only?

ADSL comes in 3 parts and some providers list packages differently:

1) the phone line
2) the ADSL line
3) the Data
Data Only is the price for part 3. Part 1 and 2 has to be bought separately from Telkom. Only go for this if you have an ADSL line you are happy with.

Complete is the price for part 2 and 3, you still need a phone line but don't need to rent an ADSL line from Telkom. If you don't have an ADSL line yet, this is usually the best option.

3G and Wireless don't need a phone line and are all listed as complete.

2.3. What do you mean by size?

How much data you can download in a month. 1GB is the same as 10,240 web pages & emails, 7 hours of YouTube videos, 256 songs or 1800 pictures.

Size is also referred to as bandwith or data cap.

2.4. What do you mean by size?

How fast the data comes down your line. Dial up is 56kbs so 384kbs is about 7 times faster.

2.5. What do you mean by shaping?

Some accounts are shaped to prioritise certain types of traffic like email and web pages. Unshaped accounts tend to be more expensive but are more suitable for data intensive activities like gaming, video chat or downloading large files.

3. What is ONSPEED? Can I use it with any internet connection?

ONSPEED is a program that can be downloaded onto your computer and will speed up any internet connection by up to 10 times. I It uses on-the-fly, patented compression technology, developed by NASA, to reduce the size of files sent to your computer. It speeds up your connection AND reduces the data you download, so it can save you time and money.

For Dial Up 10x faster, Broadband 5x faster & GPRS 10x faster www.onspeed.com

4. What does Soft Cap and Hard Cap mean?

When you reach your the size limit for the package you've bought internet service providers use different methods to limit the data you use. Soft capping means the service is throttled down to a slower speed until the next month or until you top up your data. Hard capping means the internet connection stops working until the following month or until you top up your data.

5. You are missing a provider

We aim to cover the whole market, if we've missed anyone please let us know on webmaster@broadbandchooza.co.za

6. I'm a provider how do I add, update or change my details?

We give all ISPs free access to make sure our users get the best information. Please check out our ISP page for more details.

7. How do I know if I can get ADSL in my area?

https://secure1.telkom.co.za/adslchecker/check.htm

8. How do I know if I can get 3G, iBurst or WiMax in my area?

http://www.vodamap.net/3g/

9. How do I know if I can get Neotel in my area?

https://salesportal.neotel.co.za/web/guest/home

10. Why do the data only packages have 0kbs as a speed?

Your speed is determined by the ADSL line that you have, not the data package. ADSL comes in 3 parts and data only packages refer to part 3 only.

1) the phone line
2) the ADSL line
3) the Data

When you get your ADSL line from Telkom (part 2) you can specify different speeds

384kbps     R149
512kbps     R325
4Mbps         R410