Question regarding Laptop / Internet via Samsung A412

Submitted: Friday, May 09, 2008 at 07:13
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Hi everyone.
Telstra have advised me that to connect to the internet I must pay $2 per megabyte or subscribe to what they call a data pack which has a slightly cheaper rate.
At these prices just downloading the antivirus updates could break the bank.
My question is: After connecting my phone and laptop via the USB cable, why can't I simply dial my internet service providers dial up number and get connected that way? I am with Dodo by the way.
Best regards Cruiser.
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Friday, May 09, 2008 at 07:36

Friday, May 09, 2008 at 07:36
Probably you can but at mobile rates of a $ a minute would be rather expensive wouldnt it.
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Reply By: Member - Tessa (NSW) - Friday, May 09, 2008 at 08:40

Friday, May 09, 2008 at 08:40
The data packs that you speak of are a lot better than "a slightly cheaper rate", depending on how much you intend to use.
Monthly access fee Included
$5- 5MB +$1.00 per mb excess
$10- 20MB +$1.00
$29- 80MB +$1.00
$59- 200MB +$0.25
$89- 1000MB +$0.25
$119- 3000MB +$0.25
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Reply By: Michael Fenton - Friday, May 09, 2008 at 12:06

Friday, May 09, 2008 at 12:06
Iuse a laptop on my caravan travels. I use a Telstra system (b ut there are other options). I have my Gateway laptop hooked into a Telstra wireless modem via a USB cable. The modem is attached to a power point when I am in a caravan park. This setup allows me to operate the same system as when I am at home and cost me $49.95 per month for 400 megabytes, plus 15 cents for any additional megabyte. It works onto the 3G network and is fast. The modem cost me $299 but I believe now they are available for free under certain conditions.
So you need to set up a wireless modem network to operate the system it is very easy.
Have a good day and I hope this helps.
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Reply By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Friday, May 09, 2008 at 12:15

Friday, May 09, 2008 at 12:15
Cruiser ,
Do you have any idea approx. how many magabytes the anti virus update is ?
Thanks ,
Willie .
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Follow Up By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 14:56

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 14:56
Hi Mike, came across some friends of yours recently.Ross and Elaine camped next to us at King Ash Bay for a couple of weeks. Nice people. They have since moved on, with their spot quickly being taken by anothe Bushtracker.

Oh and to be on topic, I'm posting this via a Samsung A412 connected direct to the laptop, while on the banks of the McArthur River in NT. 1G Telstra data pack @ $89 per month - no plan cancel any time.

6db antenna in strapped to the top of a sapling about 30 feet above the ground.

Norm C
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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 15:16

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 15:16
Hi Norm ,

Catching any good fish and crabs ? How are you and the boss handling the heat ?

Were Ross and Elaine in Good health . I heard one of them was crook and that they are returning home early .

I might take out a similar data plan for just the months of June and July if that is possible , as I just purchased a Nokia 6120. It would be great to stay in touch with the market while I am away .

That question that I asked about the download of the anti virus - do you have any idea about it ?

Have a great time and watch out for the crocs .

Willie .
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Follow Up By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 15:38

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 15:38
Barra are hard to find this year. Only got two so far, but Jacks, Fingermark (Golden Snapper), Salmon (Bluenose) and others are a bit easier to find. Enjoying our time up here anyway.

Crabs are on and prawns also at times.

Ross and Elaine are well, though Ross was eaten alive by Sand Flies when I took them down river fishing one day.

Your anti virus question is of the 'how long is a piece of string' variety. Depends on the update being done. We have been on air for 2 months with this set up. In my experience, 1G is heaps to meet 'normal' use. I've been on line for about 2 hours today. Did a few emails. Checked the news, checked stock prices and scanned about 8 pages of EO. So far I've sent about 5M and received about 16M for this session.

Our McAfee has updated at least twice that I've noticed (probably more). I doubt that we will ever go over 500M for a month.
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Follow Up By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 15:45

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 15:45
Kathryn just reminded me of Ross's hip problem. Yes, it might shorten their trip. Bit of a day to day proposition, but mostly he has good when here.

They were headed for Lorella Springs after here, so the hot springs might help for a bit.

Like all of us, the body only has so much to give. I'm getting every bit I can out of mine while I can.
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Reply By: Kumunara (NT) - Friday, May 09, 2008 at 13:40

Friday, May 09, 2008 at 13:40

I connect to the internet using my laptop with a wireless modem through bigpond.

I am on a plan which is 10 hours per month and extra if I exceed the 10 hours.

Whereever you are you can connect though DODO if you have dial-up. If you are on broadband you can only connect through your home phone.


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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 08:13

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 08:13
To me this is logically the best and most economical way of having internet. It works on a "fair use" policy so as long as you dont hog it you will probably get more use than on data plans.
As well it costs $34 a month on BIGPOND.

All Telstra rates are more expensive than Bigpond why I wouldnt know but they are even tho they are the same company virtually.
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Reply By: Cruiser 2091 - Friday, May 09, 2008 at 16:18

Friday, May 09, 2008 at 16:18
Thanks to everyone who replied.
My Dodo plan is Broadband however their service also includes a dial up facillity for when broadband is not available.
I have taken on board all of your replies and I think I may simply settle for connecting to dial up whenever I am near town.

I could connect my laptop the a home phone line and access the internet and couldn't understand why I couldn't just connect it to my mobile for the same result. I guess it's something to do with an analouge phone line compared to a digital mobile.

Anyway thanks for your replies.
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Reply By: Member - Hairs (Lawrence,NSW) - Friday, May 09, 2008 at 16:34

Friday, May 09, 2008 at 16:34
Hi Cruiser,
Check out a web site called
Very informative site. They'll be able to help you with Plans and things. The majority of the people are very helpful.
It's free membership, and you'll need to check out the Discussion forum pages.

I hope this helps.
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