What Is The Best Internet Plan For The General Traveler?

Submitted: Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 18:43
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I am wondering what internet plan to get in preparation for our round trip of OZ.
I have been looking and I don't really understand the whole 3G network thing. We already have a mobile which we are locked into so its only internet access with maybe 1Gig of downloads required.

All suggestions and stories 'good or bad' are most welcome.

Cheers

Redback
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Reply By: Redeye - Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 19:43

Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 19:43
Hi Redback.

Have used my Next G in some places where I was amazed with the outcome. But have suffered in others. Walkerston was rather disappointing along with the top of Telecom Hill at Landcrusier Park (QLD) where my CDMA did work and Next G failed.

It appears to be hit and miss. But in the majority of places it is hit.

Redeye.
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Reply By: obee - Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 19:52

Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 19:52
Last trip we took up to Kimberly we checked in at the local internet shop (I suppose they will be called stores soon too) that country towns have or tried at various other suppliers of internet service. The best we got was in Wyndham where a good wireless connection allowed us to download some fav podcasts. The worst was in Derby where the connections were slow and expensive.

If it's email you want there is usually somewhere that you can do your thing quickly and cheaply in almost any town. I dont know why every pub shouldn't have one just to bring in a bit of business but there you go.

In kunanarra I logged in on an open access wireless connection to chat to the grandson on his runescape game that he plays but I dont feel good about using someone else's bandspace. Kept it brief.

Thats the extent of my experience anyway. I am sure some one else has a rosier story.

Owen
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 20:09

Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 20:09
Obviously not everyone suffers "shared bandwidth guilt". I was shown a device the other night that not only finds wireless networks for you but also their GPS position!
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Follow Up By: Redbac - Tuesday, Mar 18, 2008 at 00:24

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2008 at 00:24
Was it some kind of broadband radar thing, if so I think I have seen it.
It didn't work. Maybe a scam. I would not get guilty stealing broadband !
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 20:34

Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 20:34
If you have a laptop probably a 10hour account with BIGPOND is the best.
Telstra is farrrrrrr tooooooo dear
Using a cell fone as a modem is an expensive way of doing it as well, as the data prices are a bit horrible
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Follow Up By: Redbac - Tuesday, Mar 18, 2008 at 00:28

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2008 at 00:28
I agree Graham, I guess the old saying 'You don't get nuthin for nuthin' has never been truer.
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Reply By: Scorcher - Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 21:14

Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 21:14
Hey Redback,

Who's your mobile provider??

I just received in the mail the latest Optus Broadband Unplugged offer.

$19.99/month, first 4 months free when you sign up for 2 years, 1GB plan.

You must have a mobile with Optus to be eligible.

Not sure whether this would suit your needs or not??

Scorcher
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Follow Up By: Redbac - Tuesday, Mar 18, 2008 at 00:29

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2008 at 00:29
3 Network. That deal would be good to look into tho!

Ta
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Tuesday, Mar 18, 2008 at 14:23

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2008 at 14:23
Scorcher

Have you tried using your system away from the big cities or the coast? I know you will be disappointed if you go outback to the places I go. I can still get Next-G in most of those places.

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Follow Up By: Scorcher - Tuesday, Mar 18, 2008 at 14:46

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2008 at 14:46
Nomadic,

I don't have it, just meantioned that I received it in the mail.

I could imagine that it would be hit & miss outside the main city areas. Might be better with 2 jam tins & a very long piece of string????
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Follow Up By: Axel [ the real one ] - Tuesday, Mar 18, 2008 at 18:48

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2008 at 18:48
Optus and "3" ect ect can a do give you so called more for less $ than bigpond ,, thing is u will get reception /connection only in MAJOR centres whereas bigpond /next G covers a lot more area.
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Reply By: Member - Mark H (VIC) - Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 23:58

Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 23:58
Redback a similar post on this was done last week if you do a search you will find it and others.

Is your mobile a NextG? If not you may not get much coverage outside of metro areas. As your question is about travelling I assume you will revert back to a 'normal' plan when you are back home. If this is the case then you can use the Data Packs with Telstra. You don't sign up to any contract, it's a month to month thing but is expensive. For 1 Gig $89/month! We are doing that at the moment and apart from the price quite happy with its performance.

Cheers,

Mark.
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Follow Up By: Redbac - Tuesday, Mar 18, 2008 at 00:26

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2008 at 00:26
Cheers Mark, yerr that is a little expensive but I like the 'no contract factor'.
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Reply By: jeepthing - Tuesday, Mar 18, 2008 at 07:55

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2008 at 07:55
You can use your home plan if you have one. From discussions I had with people when I was looking into it the biggest issue is getting a reliable signal through Next G and the cost of the connection. So we opted to do the internet cafe thing for a couple of $ it's much more cost effective.
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Reply By: Rusty_lux - Tuesday, Mar 18, 2008 at 11:21

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2008 at 11:21
Hi,
We travel and work around the country we use on of these
Bigpond Wireless on a 49.95 plan that allows 1gb a month. All up it will cost around $900 for 12 months (including unit)

The other is a card that slots into the laptop but the plan is a bit more expensive and the signal isn't as strong. ($89 for same 1 gb)


We also have an external aerial mount to the bull bar that does boost up the signal strength 1 or 2 bar sometimes.

And no we don't like bigpond and yes we do think they are expensive, but its the only one that gives us the freedom.

We used to use the public internet services but we question the security on some of the places we have seen. This way we can do what we want and basically where we want.

Because of the work we do, we often end up in some pretty remote places for a while. We have been fortunate that the lowest we have got so far is 1 bar and connect to the aerial was 3 bars.

The actual unit is 240 v stepped down to 6 volt and there is info on the net how you can set it up to run off 12volt.

We run ours through an inverter when there is no mains power available.

Granted there is places that will have no coverage, but on a whole I think this is one of the better options we had available to us.

HTH
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Follow Up By: Member - Hurkmagurk (WA) - Tuesday, Mar 18, 2008 at 19:14

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2008 at 19:14
I have gone for the deal that Rusty lux describes, but if you are prepared to sign up for 3 years the cost of the modem ($249) is refunded, so it should only be $600 per year
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Reply By: Anglo - Tuesday, Mar 18, 2008 at 13:58

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2008 at 13:58
3 have a decent data plan for mobiles:
$15 Mobile Broadband Plan = 500MB $0 device monthly repayment over 24 months $0 device monthly repayment over 24 months
3 Broadband Zone allowance: 500MB
3 Broadband Zone additional usage: 10c per MB
National Roaming allowance: 1MB
National Roaming usage: $1.65 per MB
Terms and Conditions for existing 3 Mobile customers only
$29 Mobile Broadband Plan = 2GB $0 device monthly repayment over 24 months $0 device monthly repayment over 24 months
3 Broadband Zone allowance: 2GB
3 Broadband Zone additional usage: 10c per MB
National Roaming allowance: 2MB
National Roaming usage: $1.65 per MB
Terms and Conditions
$49 Mobile Broadband Plan = 4GB $0 device monthly repayment over 24 months $0 device monthly repayment over 24 months
3 Broadband Zone allowance: 4GB
3 Broadband Zone additional usage: 10c per MB
National Roaming allowance: 4MB
National Roaming usage: $1.65 per MB
Terms and Conditions
$69 Mobile Broadband Plan = 6GB $0 device monthly repayment over 24 months $0 device monthly repayment over 24 months
3 Broadband Zone allowance: 6GB
3 Broadband Zone additional usage: 10c per MB
National Roaming allowance: 6MB
National Roaming usage: $1.65 per MB
Terms and Conditions
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Follow Up By: Anglo - Tuesday, Mar 18, 2008 at 14:01

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2008 at 14:01
of course the roaming rates are extortionate, so maybe not the best idea. Still it depends how much time you are going to spend out of the 3 signal, it is expanding all the time
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Tuesday, Mar 18, 2008 at 14:28

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2008 at 14:28
Anglo

They are going around the block. Get your service coverage out and tell us just how much of that route is serviced by 3.

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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Tuesday, Mar 18, 2008 at 18:18

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2008 at 18:18
Have a look at the 3 coverage map. If u aren't in a big city forget it. Even their sales people admit its no good for a round Australia trip
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