Wireless internet

Submitted: Monday, May 26, 2008 at 23:49
ThreadID: 58034 Views:1964 Replies:4 FollowUps:4
This Thread has been Archived
I am going to travel again and want to use wireless on my laptop. I have it at home, but use primus. And use 1 gig a month. From what I can gather they do not have enough coverage.

I have searched and can only find Telstra with 1 gig which I need, They charge $80 month for that. I would like to see if there were other reliable wireless contracts available.

Ones that give a good reliable service.
Titan our wonderful traveling companion

Member
My Profile  Send Message

Back Expand Un-Read 0 Moderator

Reply By: Member - BUCUS (WA) - Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 00:12

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 00:12
Hey Morry,

you could try the Vodaphone package. Seems a lot cheaper but I don't know how you will go for coverage.

http://store.vodafone.com.au/mobile-phones-deals-overview.aspx?plans=mobile-broadband&s_kwcid=3g%20wireless|1897380185

I have got a telstra 3G wireless card for my laptop and have found the coverage to be brilliant (even while driving east of Kalgoorlie)
AnswerID: 306040

Reply By: Member - morry H (WA) - Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 00:18

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 00:18
Thanks for that, I did have a look at vodaphone but like you said the coverage up north didnt look very good at all. I think there were 3 places after geraldton from memory. Not sure which places now.

I will have to think about this.
Titan our wonderful traveling companion

Member
My Profile  Send Message

AnswerID: 306041

Reply By: Zebra400 - Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 04:56

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 04:56
It really depends on where you are travelling to. Even Telstra has its limitations of network coverage in outback Oz.

Optus & Vodafone coverage is only in metropolitan areas in Sydney, Central Coast, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, Adelaide and Perth.

Telstra covers a lot of rural towns. The best general map I found for Telstra coverage was on the Fone Zone site. Teltra's site requires you to put in a postcode, but no general map. You can check out Telstra's overall coverage at Fone Zone

Of course the cost is the big issue. If you need coverage then Telstra is the way to go. But at $55 for 200 MB upload/download or $85 for 1GB & $115 for 3GB, it is not cheap when compared with the other networks. But I suppose you will have to pay if you want better outback coverage.






AnswerID: 306048

Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Kath - Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 08:02

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 08:02
For Telstra coverage it is easy but you must allow popups and you can get an idea by deciding which state of Australia you are going into. South Australia coverage covers a lot of Victoria and NSW too in the map.

What you have said isn't really right.Telstra Maps from here

The others don't cut the mustard but are cheaper. Hope they get out of the cities soon as then Telstra will have to compete a bit more.
Cheers,
Who?
John

Member
My Profile  My Position  Send Message

0
FollowupID: 572094

Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 11:33

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 11:33
Telstra is far too expensive.
Look at Bigpond same bucket different S**t

Try a 10hours a month for $34 fair usage applies.

Thats what I use and it works OK. I have a Bigpond 7.2 USB Mobile card which I bought new on Ebay for $149 RRP $339
0
FollowupID: 572114

Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Kath - Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 12:20

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 12:20
Telstra and Bigpond accounts are different pricing but the same network. I use the Telstra network and Bigpond account, Telstra phones for the (expensive) coverage
Cheers,
Who?
John

Member
My Profile  My Position  Send Message

0
FollowupID: 572120

Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 13:00

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 13:00
Thats what I was meaning I thought.
Looked ar Telstra plans and quickly decided that the other was far better.
How they can justify the difference is beyond me. All use the same infrastructure so why the difference.
0
FollowupID: 572123

Reply By: Member - Russnic [NZ] - Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 15:01

Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 15:01
Don't know the Vodafone coverage in WA. I used Vodafone last trip, good in Bris. struggled in Toowoomba. waste of time further west. If the link doesn't work it will switch to a partner link and the cost sky-rockets. 3 weeks in Qld $800 just to check email & keep in touch with family. Most places have Internet facilities. Vodafone will stay at home next trip, stop have a yarn and for under $5 keep in touch.
AnswerID: 306515

Sponsored Links

Popular Products (14)