You know what's interesting, I did a Classic install two days ago, and that customer was getting about 8.2 Mbps/1.6Mbps with the service set at 26 Mbps.
I think Classic must get slightly higher speeds because the service is running "all out" when at 26 Meg. 5 meg x 3 tv streams=15 meg. Whatever is leftover is for internet.
The Ultimate gateway sync's at 35 Mbps 99% of the time, so I guess they must be just throttling to get the rated speed for the lower speed plans (Lite, Lightning, Lightning Max).
Lowkey, you must have had a good experience with Shaw phone then, to say that they are the same. I had bad experiences with my Shaw phone, and I prefer POTS telephone service over digital phone. We'll be getting it again in a few weeks, so hopefully it's improved since we had it at our last house.
It'll only be temporary anyway, as we can't get Ultimate here yet. We've been using Shaw's PVR for a couple weeks now, and I'm not too impressed. The PVR and HD channels are nice and all, but all too often I'll be fast forwarding near the end of a recorded show and it starts skipping back to the point I started fast forwarding. SO FRUSTRATING!
Neither system is perfect, but I think MTS Ultimate is currently the better of the two, operationally. Pricing and packaging does piss some people off, but that's life I guess. Wonder when Shaw will come out with something better.