using internet while travelling

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 20:43
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Can anybody suggest the best way to use the internet on my laptop while travelling around australia. I am unsure whether to connect to wireless broadband or not
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Reply By: Notso - Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 20:48

Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 20:48
I use my Telstra Next G phone connected to the Notebook. Works fine but can get expensive if you surf the web. I use it mainly for email and pay around 30 dollars a month for 80 megabytes of data.

You can also buy a wireless broadband modem and connect with it.

Whatever you use telstra has by far the widest coverage.
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Follow Up By: Richard W (NSW) - Saturday, Mar 08, 2008 at 05:35

Saturday, Mar 08, 2008 at 05:35
Same here but I'm on the $10/20mb data plan.
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Reply By: Member - Prickle (SA) - Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 21:00

Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 21:00
Have a look at http://www.three.com.au/ , is a USB device that you use at home and also just plug it into your lap top.

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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 21:40

Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 21:40
You would need to use it at home because if you look at 3's coverage its miniscule compared to Telstra.

I cant even get it on Bribie 50k out of Brisbane.
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Follow Up By: traveloz - Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 23:52

Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 23:52
the 3 network generally diverts to Talstra services outside 3 service area ... few problems and much cheaper !
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Friday, Mar 07, 2008 at 00:10

Friday, Mar 07, 2008 at 00:10
Which does it divert to Next G or 3G as it makes a difference
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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (Yalgoo) - Friday, Mar 07, 2008 at 13:32

Friday, Mar 07, 2008 at 13:32
doubtfull, 3 has very little coveradge not even regional centres and telstra doesnt and doesnt have to share there 3G with anyone
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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (Yalgoo) - Friday, Mar 07, 2008 at 13:48

Friday, Mar 07, 2008 at 13:48
A look at there coveradge map shows internet coveradge for not even all of perth and no internet elswhere in WA talk and text is also extremely limited
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Reply By: Member - peter C (VIC) - Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 21:15

Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 21:15
i use a telstra next g modem [blue box]that plugs in via usb. needs 240v power[could use inverter] and costs 49.95mth for 1gig download. you have to purchase modem at i think $249. peter
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Follow Up By: Member - BIGDOG G (WA) - Friday, Mar 07, 2008 at 13:15

Friday, Mar 07, 2008 at 13:15
Does not use 240v....actually runs on 6v.....240 is transformed down to 6.

Cheers...............BIGDOG
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 21:38

Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 21:38
Get a BIGPOND wireless modem NOT A TELSTRA ONE.


The Bigpond ones can be bought second hand on EBay and reconnected quite easily. The Telstra ones are a nightmare second hand.

Also you can connect to Bigpond for $34 a month on a 10 hour (Fair usage) plan which is much cheaper than ANY telstra plan.

I bought the Telstra one by mistake and when I saw the prices I sold it again and got a 7.2 Bigpond USB modem for $149 NEW and still sealed on Ebay.
For further info PM me if u like.
The 20 hour plan unfortunately has been discontinued as of a couple of months ago as I found out last week when I went to connect to it.
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Reply By: Axel [ the real one ] - Friday, Mar 07, 2008 at 08:13

Friday, Mar 07, 2008 at 08:13
Bigpond USB on 3G network ,,1gig at 1/2 price for 1st 6mths then drop to lessor plan if cost is to much ,, gives coverage wherever u get phone signal = telstra ,, has an external arial port to increase range in minamalist coverage areas,,
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Reply By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Friday, Mar 07, 2008 at 13:32

Friday, Mar 07, 2008 at 13:32
The plans using a modem above are good if you will be travelling long term. They typically require that you sign up to a 2 year contract.

If (like us), you travel for 4 or 5 months of the year and have a good broadband plan at home, signing up for a second plan and buying a modem can be a bit expensive.

We simply use the phone as a modem connected to the laptop. We use Telstra Next G data packs, which can be bought on a casual basis; ie no contract. $89 per month for 1G or $59 per month for 200M. With no contract and no need to purchase a modem, it seems a good option for our circumstances.

We use a Samsung A412 phone on $20 plan (with my hour bonus) as our Next G phone. For broadband, we just use the supplied data cable to connect to the laptop (with supplied software loaded). For low signal areas, we have a 6.5db antenna and patch cable. It all works fine, but will get it's first real work out when we head for the NT in just over a week.

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Follow Up By: Axel [ the real one ] - Friday, Mar 07, 2008 at 17:18

Friday, Mar 07, 2008 at 17:18
Norm C ,, we had the same sort of problem ,, home internet [ADSL] costing x amount of $ per mth even when not in use as no one home and wanting to get online while traveling , now on the 1gig mobile plan at 1/2 price for the 1st 6mths @ $44 per mth , cancelled the home internet and save $42 per mth , at the end of our trip will NOT renew the home internet , just keeping the mobilenet , but may drop to a lessor plan ,, have found that our laptop is "better" even at home rather than the ADSL. ,,,
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Follow Up By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Friday, Mar 07, 2008 at 23:00

Friday, Mar 07, 2008 at 23:00
Fair point Axel. Our average use at home is 5 to 6 G per month (we are on a 12G cable plan @ about $60 per month). Using Next G wireless at home is therefore out of the question for us.

For users below 1G per month, yours is a plan worth considering.

Norm C
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Reply By: Kumunara (NT) - Friday, Mar 07, 2008 at 16:11

Friday, Mar 07, 2008 at 16:11
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I use Telstra Wireless broadband. You get 10 hours use per month and unlimitied download.

If you go over the 10 hours there is an additional charge.

Reception is from the nextg network.

Ten hours over a month is not a lot of time but sufficient to check you emails and keep in touch.

There are discounts if you are already a Telstra customer.




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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Monday, Mar 10, 2008 at 22:29

Monday, Mar 10, 2008 at 22:29
Are you using Telstra or Bigpond cos I didnt think Telstra wireless had 10 hour plans
THey might be the same company but are different
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Follow Up By: Kumunara (NT) - Tuesday, Mar 11, 2008 at 23:25

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2008 at 23:25
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I am using bigpond wireless broadband.



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Reply By: Member - Tony W (VIC) - Friday, Mar 07, 2008 at 19:29

Friday, Mar 07, 2008 at 19:29
I just use the bluetooth connection from my PC to the phone and it works fine and fast enough for me.
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Reply By: Dunaruna - Friday, Mar 07, 2008 at 20:20

Friday, Mar 07, 2008 at 20:20
'3' does use the telstra network when a '3' tower is not available but the per Meg fees & usage fees skyrocket. Telstra want their pound of flesh! Much cheaper to stick with telstra when travelling.

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Reply By: bbuzz - Friday, Mar 07, 2008 at 21:41

Friday, Mar 07, 2008 at 21:41
Coverage is the key. I have an Optusnet wireless modem that I now use at home. Special deal of $40 a month for 5Gig. Not a misprint - 5Gig. Will work in laptop too BUT the coverage is the thing. I am not too concerned about being in the middle of Woop Woop and not having emails. Will wait until I am closer to civilisation and get them then.
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Reply By: Member - Mark H (VIC) - Saturday, Mar 08, 2008 at 00:37

Saturday, Mar 08, 2008 at 00:37
We are travelling around Australia at the moment. We got a new NextG phone before we left (Nokia 6120 on $30 month plan) and we use that as a modem; it works quite well. Initally we had the $29/200MB month casual data pack but quickly chewed through that even though we though we were limiting our use. So we just bit the bullet and are now using the $89/1Gig month plan. An absolute rip-off as back home we were paying $33month for 10Gig!!!

We are updating a website and keeping in contact with friends so we're just seeing it as another cost of the trip. We have travelled from Victoria around the coast of SA and are about a third of the way up the WA coast. To date we have had maybe 2 or 3 mights where we haven't had coverage in 2 months and that's just the phone itself. I have an external antenna & blue tooth kit in the car that I am going to fit when I get time.

Apart from the price we are very happy with our set-up. Remember, the data packs are a month to month basis, no joining fee and no contracts.

If you have Vista on yout laptop the LGTU550 will not work as a modem. There is no software available, only for XP and down.

Cheers,

Mark.
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