The gravy train has pulled in to the station, employer funded broadband will end, financial tightness has them by the goolies. Everyone was very polite about it, but still I was given two and a bit months to find a new ISP. The good news is that it gives me an incentive to finally be rid of BigPond, Australia’s least favourite ISP — or maybe its just the devil you know, you only ever hear bad things about the one you’re with.
Drowning in a sea of choices I rolled the metaphoric dice and came up with Internode, they seem to offer what I want, along with many others, but they also came recommended by a couple of friends. A great deal of filling out of forms occurred, an order was placed, a confirmation email was received, including this gem:
You can track the status of your order online by visiting http://statuscheck.internode.on.net/
You will need to enter your ADSL line number (03xxxxxxxx), and your Internode username (xxxxxx).
I tried to track the status of my order online:
Sorry, we could not locate your entry in our provisioning system at this time.
Either you have not entered your phone number or username information correctly, or we have not yet entered your order into our electronic system.
If you have sent your order to us in the last few days, please wait another day or so, and then contact us if your order is still not appearing here
So you can check your order status online, but in true Aussie fashion, only “after a day or so.”
So I wait, while the churning thing churns…
Updated: I could check my order’s progress within another couple of hours. Things are looking promising.
Updated: email arrives with some very comprehensive information telling me that “churning is underway” and all the details I’ll need to configure my ADSL router. Ten minutes work that evening to reprogram the Speedstream 6520 and power-cycle it and I’m on the air on a new ISP, with six times faster ADSL. Impressed.