Mobile Broadband

Submitted: Monday, Jan 14, 2008 at 16:10
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I am in early stages of planning 6month trip and would like to take a laptop computer to allow internet access for schooling and of course exploreoz. Majority of time will be spent between far north Qld and northern WA. Has anybody had experience with broadband in similiar areas and able to comment on its coverage.
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (FNQ) - Monday, Jan 14, 2008 at 17:52

Monday, Jan 14, 2008 at 17:52
Anywhere the Next G phones work you'll get Mobile Internet, and Only Bigpond,

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Reply By: Dave McC - Monday, Jan 14, 2008 at 18:12

Monday, Jan 14, 2008 at 18:12
Check Telstras nextg coverage maps, seems like there's broadband access within a 10km radius of any town with a population of at least a couple of hundred.
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Reply By: Ray - Monday, Jan 14, 2008 at 18:48

Monday, Jan 14, 2008 at 18:48
Do yourself a favour and save money and just go to internet cafés or public libraries
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Follow Up By: Axel [ the real one ] - Monday, Jan 14, 2008 at 18:53

Monday, Jan 14, 2008 at 18:53
Ray , how about doing us all a favour and giving us all a list of these internet cafes and libraries on the Cape and in far nth WA ,
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Follow Up By: Mainey (wa) - Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008 at 13:08

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008 at 13:08
me thinks list could be written on the back of a postage stamp lol

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Reply By: Kumunara (NT) - Monday, Jan 14, 2008 at 18:59

Monday, Jan 14, 2008 at 18:59
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Bigpond wireless broadband works everywhere that has the nextg coverage.

The cost is $24.95 per month for 10 hours and unlimited download. If you go over the 10 hours there is an additional charge.

For that price it is worth looking at for the convenience.



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Reply By: marq - Monday, Jan 14, 2008 at 22:03

Monday, Jan 14, 2008 at 22:03
If your purchasing a modem (instead of using the phone) - make sure you get the Sierra card (ie 880U or 880E) far better cards then the OPTION rubbish that they sell.

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Follow Up By: disco1942 - Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008 at 14:39

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008 at 14:39
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Not sure what you mean, the current BigPond offerings are on this site, which one do you mean?

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Reply By: Rocky_QLD - Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008 at 08:35

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008 at 08:35
Get your set up through a bigpond retailer and not through bigpond on the web. Through a retailer you can get the USB modem for $299 and then get a $299 rebate. Easier than the free 240v modem
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Reply By: TerraFirma - Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008 at 12:37

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008 at 12:37
I use my Jasjam as a USB Modem (Next G based Phone) , simply connect it to the laptop via USB cable and hit Internet Sharing and I have full broadband access. Suffice to say the data isn't cheap , currently paying $69 for 1GB pe rmonth.
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Reply By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008 at 14:11

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008 at 14:11
The problem with the plans mentioned so far, is that you need to sign a contract, normally for 2 years.
I'm also looking to set up for mobile broadband, but don't want to have a 2 year contract. When at home we have cable broadband. We travel for 4 to 6 months of the year, so I'd be using the mobile plan for only half (or less) the time I pay for.

Through Telsta, you can generally use your Next G phone as the modem, so you get a saving there (don't need to purchase a modem). Then their plans are casual. Get them a month at a time as you need them. Telstra plans are all based on download / upload (not time), which is an advantage or disadvantage - depends on how you use the service.

I'm looking to use our Samsung A412 phones connected direct to laptop (no additional equipment) to do the mobile broadband thing. But I have not done it yet - so far from an expert. Just the approach I'll probably take after my research so far.
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Follow Up By: disco1942 - Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008 at 15:08

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008 at 15:08
If you purchase your modem and do not bundle it in with a monthly plan you can sign up with only a 12 month plan.

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Follow Up By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008 at 15:49

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008 at 15:49
Thanks Peter, but it still leaves me with a $300 or so expense for a modem and a bill for a 12 month contract, when I will use only 4 to 6 months. And next year when I hit the road for 4 to 6 months, I guess I'd have to sign up for 12 months as well.

There are some attractions to this sort of plan, but the extra expense just does not stack up to me.

Telstra casual plan (month by month) gives 200MB for $59, plus $0.25 per 1,000KB excess usage. No plan and it can be done with either a modem or via your phone I believe.
To get 6 months usage, the cost is $354 if I use my phone as a modem, or $653 if I buy a modem for $299.

Bigpond gives 200MB for $54.95, plus $0.30 per MB (1024 KB I assume) for excess. But you need a modem and a 12 month plan.
To get 6 months usage while travelling, the cost is $958.40 ($299 for modem plus 12 times $54.95)

If I am right, for a user like me and hundreds of other regular travellers with cable or ADSL broadband at home, the Telstra casusl plan is much cheaper.

But am I right?
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