Internet coverage around Oz

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 15:14
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I am heading off on my around oz trip with the family pretty soon and am trying to sort out the internet access issue.
I have the ability to work remotely and so my plan is to take the laptop and do a bit of work while we travel and this requires internet access.
I don't need fast broadband. What I do need is good coverage. I want to be able to get access from as many places as possible.
I have been researching Telstra's mobile card which works off their CDMA network and costs $80/month. It sounds like the way to go. However I can't find any Australia wide maps which show Telstra's CDMA coverage to get an idea of just how much of Oz does have coverage.
Anyone else got any advice on obtaining internet access while travelling around oz.
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Reply By: Member - Andrew W (SA) - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 15:21

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 15:21
try going to a Telstra shop to see them in paper.

You can also access them onlineL Site Link

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Follow Up By: maxmcclo - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 16:26

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 16:26
Thanks Andrew.
The link to the maps is exactly what I was looking for.
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Reply By: Member - Russell B (SA) - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 18:13

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 18:13
I went for the Minimax option through telstra.

CDMA coverage, USB and with extension cable can get better reception. Gets upto 600kbs in CBD and prime areas, upto 144kbs anywhere else you can get CDMA signal. It works for me.


PS I bought my unit and have casual $29 pcpack (time) which gives me 10 hours in 5 in blocks.

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Reply By: Member - Duke (TAS) - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 21:28

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 21:28
I have been using a ( MiniMax high speed wireless mobile broadband CDMA usb modem ) for the last 18Mths and couldn't be happier with its performance.It works where-ever there is CDMA coverage.For $49-00 a month on a $24Mth. plan( and the cost of the Modem is included in the price) you get 20Hrs internet access and unlimited downloads.In all Capital cities and a lot of smaller cities it is Broadband speed. All other areas is twice the speed of Dial up.Go see a Telstra Shop and get the info.Exellent product.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 01:45

Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 01:45

The Telstra coverage map facility is not as good as it used to be, but is still useful.

Just enter the nearest Town (instead of Suburb) and State and a map will be displayed.

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