Why I ditched Orcon

Tomizone on white

This week I finally left Orcon.

It has taken a wee while to organise, but I have finally cut the ties with Orcon.

And here is why.

Billy Big Steps should get used to wearing orange

Billy Big Steps should get used to wearing orange

They are associated with a crook. Someone who wants to pervert our democracy in order to avoid facing the music.

Kim Dotcom has a belief that if he is involved with a political party then he won’t be able to be extradited. He has had endless meetings about this, ignored legal advice and ranted at his sycophantic followers that his political party is his way to avoid extradition.¬† Read more »


URGENT WARNING to Orcon Media and Comms – end promotion featuring Kim Dotcom

A reader writes:

Hi Cam,

I have had enough of seeing that Kim Dotcom all over the place and now even my ISP has shacked up with him.  Feel free to publish my ultimatum to Orcon below.  Please redact my name and contact details.

Amazing, the media auto reply was from an actual persons address at Orcon!


Hi there

We are Orcon customers for past 3-4 years. The service has been¬†generally good and we have had no reason to consider changing service¬†provider. ¬†In fact we are currently considering extending the range of¬†services that we purchase. ¬† Read more »

When it comes to broadband, we live in a 3rd world country

As some of you may have picked up on, I recently moved house.  The Mrs did a great job project managing the whole thing.  It ran like clockwork.  Nothing went wrong.

Except for trying to get broadband on.

Having been a loyal Telecom customer for close to 30 years, with all our connections, mobile, business and private through them didn’t count for much when you are up against organisational inertia.

In simple terms, Telecom refuse to even start your broadband order until you are physically present on-site.

In the mean time, depending on who you talk to, you are told all sorts of placating stories that “yes, it’s on order”, and “yes, it’s booked to be turned on”, and so on. ¬†We’re not stupid, we know about organisational inertia, and we phoned, and phoned, and checked and every time we were told it was all in hand.

When arriving at the new place, after some investigation, it shows that we had a really amusing situation.  The previous occupants were on Orcon fiber.  Before they had that, they had Vodafone broadband.

How do I know this? ¬† Read more »

Hooton’s extended wrecking crew “misleading”

The whole copper tax farce is blowing back on the ‘secret’ cabal so ably led by Matthew Hooten. ¬†Amazing what you can achieve between drinks.

Problem is, some of it was so ill conceived, it keeps proving blowback.

Raise your hand if you are surprised anything that involves Kim Dotcom is misleading?  Exactly.

Orcon, Kim Dotcom, Matthew Hooton.  What a team.

An advert featuring Kim Dotcom offering “truly unlimited broadband” has been deemed misleading by the advertising watchdog …

The Orcon ad, which is part of a campaign parodying poverty adverts and has also been at the centre of other complaints to the authority, was criticised for promoting “truly unlimited fast broadband” when the company can charge customers for using excess data. ¬† Read more »

Is Clare Curran trying to save her bacon by sucking up for telco donations?


The word from my Labour sources is that they want rid of Clare Curran.

Everyone in Dunedin has known this for some time and David Cunliffe has made significant promises to Lesley Soper who worked hard for his election as leader.

It seems though that she is trying to curry favour by becoming Labour’s Minister of Donations.

It is astonishing how Labour will do anything to deflect the story away from the truth around Chorus and essentially run the corporate lines on behalf of their telco mates, and Matthew Hooton’s Corporate Wrecking Crew.¬† ¬† Read more »

Or-Con still being slippery over passing on windfall profits to consumers

Or-con are slippery as hell

Or-con are slippery as hell

Or-Con is bombarding us with the unpleasant view of Krim Dot-Con talking about uncapped data plans. They claim anything is “not cool”.

They are also part of corporate whore Matthew Hooton’s band of corporate wreckers.

The Coalition of Corporate Wreckers claim that businesses and householders will now save $150.00 per annum…But will they.

The whole attack on Chorus was about wholesale prices. Now those are set to drop will they do as promised and lower retail prices as a result or will this bad of corporate robbers simply pocket the windfall profits?

I’m picking they will trouser the lot.

Chris Keall at NBR reports:

Ms Adams, says, in effect, Get real suckers, ISPs will simply pocket the savings. She said in Parliament yesterday:

I can tell you who it is not benefiting. It is not the consumers; it is the retailers. So if we insist on a lower price for the wholesalers, as Labour wants to happen‚ÄĒfollow the money. Follow the money. I will tell you who benefits: the large corporates like Vodafone, which benefits from the extra money. That is what Labour is supporting.

That is what it wants to see happen. I will tell you what will happen now. The consumers will not see anything at all, I predict. If they do, it will be a tiny fraction of any drop

Ms Adams theory is quite easily tested.¬† Read more »


Speaking of the Internet and dishonest people…

The Herald, Krim Dotcon’s paper of record, gleefully reports that Orcon have found enough suckers to fall for their advertising allowing them to increase their customer base by 70%

New Zealand telco Orcon says its sales jumped 70 per cent in the month after it launched an ad campaign fronted by internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom.

Orcon, which accounts for about 5 per cent of the broadband market, uses Dotcom as part of a campaign to “rid New Zealand of data caps”.

The campaign, which includes television and social media advertising, began at the start of October and an Orcon spokesman said sales were up 70 per cent during that month compared to the 30 days prior. ¬† Read more »

This would be funny if they weren’t so serious



Kim Dotcom will appear in television advertisements to promote internet provider Orcon, but experts say his message that broadband data caps are the product of “bullies” should be taken with a pinch of salt.

Orcon has paid Dotcom a US$35,000 “talent fee” to appear in the advertisements promoting its $99 “unlimited” broadband plans.

Seriously. ¬† Read more »

To be expected…Orcon and their new pal Kim Dotcom lie like flatfish

I am an Orcon customer…but not for much longer. They have crawled into bed with a fugitive and convicted insider trader, and fraudster.

I thought that I’d shed some light on their supposed “unlimited” new plans that the fat Kraut is waxing lyrical over.

Krim Dot-Con has partnered with Or-Con and they are promoting their new offerings and the idiot media lapped it all up.

Or-Con claims their service is ‚Äúunlimited‚ÄĚ, but if you read their T&Cs, it says they are limiting the bandwidth‚Ķ

If customers on unlimited plans download data in excess of Orcon’s estimates then all customers on unlimited plans may see download/upload speeds drop temporarily.

To make sure that people who are downloading heaps don‚Äôt adversely affect our fixed data plan customers we have two ‚Äėpools‚Äô of bandwidth. One for the people on the unlimited plan, one for all the rest.¬† We have based the size of these ‚Äúpools‚ÄĚ on estimated average customer usage.

So if people on the unlimited plans start downloading more than we expect (especially during busy times like in the evening), all people in the unlimited pool may see speeds drop temporarily. This is done so that the usage by customers on unlimited plans doesn‚Äôt affect the speed and network performance of customers on fixed data plans.¬† Read more »

Media finally catch on to Hooton’s tricks

Matthew Hooton will be crying into his cornflakes this morning, which will take the edge off the hangover somewhat. The media are finally starting to see through his highly misleading campaign.

In an editorial in The Press yesterday, the paper gets to the heart of the issue ‚Äď the campaign is just designed to line the pockets of groups like Vodafone, Slingshot, Orcon and CallPlus.

A well-organised campaign is being orchestrated on the matter, it is true, suggesting a Government proposal would amount to an extra “tax” on broadband users of some $600 million over the next five years.

This glides over the fact that the shareholders of Vodafone, one of the largest international telecommunications companies in the world, and hundreds of times bigger than Chorus, stand to benefit if the other side of the argument prevails.

Labour’s prime objection is to the Government’s intervention into something it believes should have been left to the Commerce Commission. There would normally be some validity to that argument. Since Chorus’s monopoly of the copper network is deemed to make it unsafe to leave pricing to the free market, the next best option is an independent regulator.¬† Read more »