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Submitted: Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 14:29
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Hi all

just got my new little toy working and it works great

It's a wireless broadband mobile card thats fits in to the PCMCIA slot on the laptop

I can now get broadband anywhere there is a CDMA service. At the moment here in Bruce Rock WA I'm on 230.4 kbps which is a lot better than the dial up of the desktop it's 45.3 kbps at the moment.

it should get 512 kbps in the big smoke I hope

any way I excited

Regards

Richard
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Reply By: Kiwi Kia - Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 14:44

Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 14:44
Watch out that someone doesn't hi-jack it and run up bills on your account !
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Follow Up By: Richard Kovac - Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 14:58

Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 14:58
Kiwi Kia

Thanks

they will need to take the hole laptop as it is password protected and I only signed up for 20 hr per month

But it will stay close to me

Richard

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Reply By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 15:09

Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 15:09
Hi Richard

If you don't mind me asking what are the costs involved in this?

Thanks
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Follow Up By: Richard Kovac - Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 15:27

Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 15:27
Hi Troll 81

Not at all

(and by the way I don't or have not worked for or have any share in Telstra) LOL

The modem card is R.R.P. $299.00
Plain 20 hr per month $49.95 ind GST

But because all our phones are with Telstra and are on the one bill we get a discount of $24.98 per month for the first 12 months
plus we got an offer code for being good people and got a discount of $129.00 on the modem (but this came with a hitch you had to sign up for 24 months) but who cares?

The minimum cost of the contract is $770.04 for 24 month

We got it at a Telstra shop so if your phone is with them take in an old bill to show them and ask for the CODE.

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Richard

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Follow Up By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 15:33

Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 15:33
Thanks Richard

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Reply By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 21:24

Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 21:24
Hi Richard
I got one of those Telstra Mini-Max Modems in Tennant Ck , I ask her if there was a charge every time i connect and she said NO ,I paid $499.00 cash for it and went on the $39.00 plan for something , at the end of the month i got a bill $476 so I called the help line and told them and they reduced it to $64.00 , so I then cancelled it , It was a total Rip off and now the modem sits here in the drawer waiting until CDMA closes and then I will just throw it in the rubbish.
So tell us more about your's ,what plan, cost's etc

Doug
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Follow Up By: Richard Kovac - Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 21:41

Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 21:41
Doug

That not good to hear

But I'm with Bigpond and is usage only

Just checked my Bill since this morning and its -$115.82

I will have to check my phone bill

This is the plan I'm on check out this site $20.00 per month
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I just had a look at your plan

The girl should have known this?

You should try and get your money back on the Modem

"MiniMax Offer:

$0 on a $49 per month Telstra PC pack, for 24 months* Includes 20 hours^ of eligible data usage~ per month on selected Telstra Networks`

*On $49 Telstra Mobile Broadband PC Pack offer, the cost of the Maxon MiniMax Modem is included in the $49 monthly fee over 24 months. Minimum cost over 24 months is $1,179 (for card and service) plus call charges. Early termination charges apply. Approved customers only and ID required."

Richard

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Follow Up By: Muddy doe (SA) - Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 21:58

Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 21:58
Hi Doug,

Richard is correct here, Mini max is $49 a month INCLUDING the cost of the unit and 20 hours access per month (and whatever Mb you can download in that time). There was an option to buy it outright for $499 but you would still need to sign up for a data plan (probably at $49 a month!).

Sounds like what you did and the Telstra people stiched you right up! How long ago was it? I would be going to them and telling them to put you on the plan as if you had gone on the $49 24 month plan and give you $499 credit.

It is a good device. I have one that I use for travelling and it is great for doing online banking and stuff but it is not really intended to replace your broadband connection. If you go over 20 hours in a month you pay $2.00 per 15 minutes ($8.00 an hour) which as you experienced, can add up pretty quick.

Pays to go armed with info BEFORE asking the people at Telstra shops anything more complicated than their name.... lol

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Muddy

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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 07:45

Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 07:45
Muddy doe....[dirty female Rabbit]
I went and payed outright for it because I did not want to be locked into a 2 year contract , once signed you pay for 2 years , I wanted the option of being able opt out at any time and that's what I did , as for the Modem ....well it will be useless soon anyhow, I'll just write that off as a loss ,A 2 year contract would cost $1181.76 not including over use of hours or data downloads, so I think I am still in front , I didn't get hooked on any contract, Thanks for your reply .

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Follow Up By: Member - John Q (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 08:57

Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 08:57
Hi Doug,

Same as Muddy doe, I have the mini max as well on the $49 /month with 20hrs time & use it when I travel. I did a fair bit of research before I got it & I've found it to be great value.I can understand how your experience has left you feeling cheesed off.

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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 10:00

Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 10:00
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I would have thought it easy to see why I was cheesed off John. I was not told of hidden charges and when you get a bill for nearly 500 dollars instead of $49 plus some sms messages it took the pleasure right out of owning it, It;s here in the caravan just waiting for throw away day , Everyone seems to be saying $49 but i thought mine was $39 , got it last October in Tennant Creek .

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Reply By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 21:48

Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 21:48
The shop in Tennant Ck was an agent/gift shop/travel agent.and she had no idea much, so I was glad I didn't go on a 2 year contract because owning it outright I was able to cancell at any time,
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Reply By: Member - Ozdyssey (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 18:29

Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 18:29
Richard
We just did same with the $49 plan (20hrs) and also went with the Sierra card for the PCMCIA slot because the minimax was suppose to communicate slower via usb with the computer and wasn't as easy to damaged or snap off.

We set up a simple excel spreadsheet to keep track of the 5mins blocks.

Great tool, good speed. We haven't had the 512 speed yet and it depends on time of day or how many online.

John
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