Telstra. Sol, you are soul.

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 10:25
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Thanks to the advice available on this forum I have just saved myself $50 a month just to keep my satphone connected even when I don't need it. My NextG sim (with international roaming turned on) works in the 9505 perfectly well.

In addition, I cancelled my phone's Telstra 3G browsing Pack worth $59 a month because most of the time my phone is in WiFi range.

And while I was on a roll I cancelled my NextG modem plan worth $49 a month and just use "3" which costs $15 a month for the same amount of data (1 GB). They have just extended their network coverage.

So $160 a month saved. Not bad for a half hour on the blower.

Bob
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Reply By: Member - Footloose - Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 10:32

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 10:32
Sol is in London at the moment, trying to persuade investors to cough up for Telstra I believe.
Now I know why they need the extra money ! LOL
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Reply By: Member - Jack - Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 10:35

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 10:35
Your actions may just have put Sol's $30 million "golden handshake" in jeopardy. I hope you are happy with yourself!!

:)

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Reply By: a convict - Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 14:34

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 14:34
..great story.

Can I ask what's the complete package now?

a) the sat phone 9505
b) the Next G sim
c) + the "3" , i gig modem plan


..is that it ?




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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 15:16

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 15:16
Hope you arent going to far from the centre of a city cos when I lived on Bribie Island couldnt get vodafone where I lived never mind 3 which stopped at Murrumbe Downs.



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Follow Up By: a convict - Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 16:29

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 16:29
"3" is not so hot, eh.

I think they all should be forced to ' roam share ' at a reasonable price, just like they are now being forced to do in Europe these days.

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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 18:12

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 18:12
3 and virgin are basically city only networks. Dont expect coverage outside of them.





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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 18:42

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 18:42
Three (3) roams on the Telstra 3G Network under roaming agreement when outside of Three's own network so pretty reasonable coverage in most major towns and cities.
Not as good as the Telstra Next G Network but not to bad and better deals from Three for 3G phones and plans.

I moved my business phones from Telstra 3G to Three 3G and have maintained the same coverage.

(Sorry about so many 3's)

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Follow Up By: Bob of KAOS - Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 20:53

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 20:53
...is that it? You ask.

The 9505 is paid for now but I guess a second hand one is worth about $900.

The Next G sim is out of an iPhone which is $40 a month.

The 3 modem is $15 a month on a 24 month contract.

I still own the Telstra Blue Modem ($145 up front) so I can re-activate it if I need it for a trip.


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Follow Up By: a convict - Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 21:11

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 21:11
..thanks Bob.

..the 9505s always seem to get a great wrap, don't they.

..thanks again.
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Reply By: Graham & Ann - Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 18:22

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 18:22
Coverage map for 3 Broadband shows it's pretty useless unless you live inner capital city, Canberra or Wollongong. Guess I'll have to continue to pay a little more for Telstra NextG so I can connect most town/regions and get something for my money.
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 18:47

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 18:47
Three Broadband is available as an inclusive component in the Three Wireless Broadband pack, $8- for 100 meg a month as one example.
Its still available outside of the Three network as Three roams onto the Telstra 3G Network but you will pay $1.65 per meg if it roams.

Certainly not as good as the Next G coverage.



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Follow Up By: Bob of KAOS - Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 21:01

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 21:01
John

They have reduced the roaming cost to 50c a MB. But if you are already on a monthly plan there is an included roaming allowance.

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Follow Up By: Bob of KAOS - Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 21:04

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 21:04
Graham and Ann

I wouldn't have done it if they hadn't extended their coverage.

Bob
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Follow Up By: Graham & Ann - Thursday, Apr 23, 2009 at 12:29

Thursday, Apr 23, 2009 at 12:29
Had another look at the 3 plan, I though they were roaming on Telstra 3G but appears they are roaming on Telstra NextG so coverage should be the same if thats the case. BUT at what cost .50mb !!!! so thats $500 for 1gig!!! (or is there somehting wrong with my sums???)

We use 2gig a month all would be on roaming rates except the 2 mb thats allowed under the plan. So unless my sums are wrong, looks like I'm stuck with good old Telstra.
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