ISP with Geo-location Work-around Ditches 'Global Mode'

Earlier this week, a new internet service provider from New Zealand made headlines when it revealed that it would offer customers a way around those annoying region-specific blocks that render some websites unavailable in certain countries. However, it seems FYX ('fix') has done an about face on its highly publicized 'global mode' and will no longer offer customers the ability to circumvent region-blocks.

"FYX has a made a decision to withdraw its popular ‘global mode’ service from the market for the time being," the company wrote on its website. "FYX sincerely apologises to our customers and the New Zealand internet community for putting a halt to ‘global mode,’ which will happen tonight at 11.59pm."

The ISP says that though legal opinions 'have supported FYX's global mode,' there are matters that require further consideration. The company said it is currently contacting customers regarding its decision to pull its 'Global Mode.'

FYX launched on Friday, May 4, and caused quite a stir in the blogosphere. The first ISP to ever offer such a service, FYX's 'Global Mode' would have allowed customers to access geo-blocked sites. The company never mentioned specific sites nor did it promise access to every blocked site. It also noted in its FAQ that customers should still abide by the terms and conditions of the services they wanted to access.

With 'Global Mode' gone, FYX still has one unique feature left, in that it operates using Pay As You Go billing. Customers pay $30.30 for their connection each month and are then charged $0.30 per GB that they use. This represents a drop in price compared to earlier this week, when 'Global Mode' was still available. At launch, FYX charged $34.34 per month and $0.34 per GB used.

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  • iceman1992
    This is really too bad. I felt very strongly for that feature. I think that was a step in the right direction.
    Region blocks are ridiculous! I live in Indonesia and I get angry when "This video is not available in your country" appears on youtube (just one example). The internet is supposed to be without borders.
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  • Nakal
    Is there even remotely a valid reason to block content on the internet based on where you are from anymore? I mean, why, why would you not want to have customers from all over the world..?
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  • freggo
    "$0.30 per GB"

    You've got to be kiddin' me...
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  • hokkdawg
    Yikes, at $.30/GB, I'd have monthly bills nearing $200 (vs. $70 currently). Oh well, still cheaper than buying BluRays... :P
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  • iceman1992
    This is really too bad. I felt very strongly for that feature. I think that was a step in the right direction.
    Region blocks are ridiculous! I live in Indonesia and I get angry when "This video is not available in your country" appears on youtube (just one example). The internet is supposed to be without borders.
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  • Nakal
    Is there even remotely a valid reason to block content on the internet based on where you are from anymore? I mean, why, why would you not want to have customers from all over the world..?
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