Telstra Mobile Data Packs

Submitted: Monday, Jul 06, 2009 at 01:12
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Hi , I have been looking at these and wondering what others are using for emails and browsing the internet. I thought the 400mb would be alright but the 1 gig might give a safety margin . It is only for 4 or 5 week trip.
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Reply By: Member - DW (NSW) - Monday, Jul 06, 2009 at 05:40

Monday, Jul 06, 2009 at 05:40
Stuart

I am using the BigPond package for the laptop. It consists of the 'dongle' which goes into the USB port.

Currently, I am using BigPond Wireless Super G Fast Liberty (5GB) which is right for me. It works anyway there is Next G mobile phone coverage. This includes some unlikely places, too.

The 1gb may be enough but it will depend on what you are using it for. Originally I used only 500mb and that was not enough. The size can be altered on line but only once each month.

Hope that helps
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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Thoughtfully- Monday, Jul 06, 2009 at 09:04

Monday, Jul 06, 2009 at 09:04
I agree that 400mb is not enough for 4-5 weeks, I would go with the 1 gig. I use the Mobilenet dongle and prepaid and just refresh when I need it, but it runs out in 1 month unless you refresh. You can although transfer the prepaid amounts to a prepaid phone so you dont lose it, and that not too bad.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mike DID - Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 10:20

Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 10:20
"You can although transfer the prepaid amounts to a prepaid phone "

- can you explain this please.
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Thoughtfully- Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 21:34

Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 21:34
yes certainly. The data pack lasts for 1 month from purchase time. if you have anything left towards the end of the month, you can transfer the balance from the data pack (modem) to a Telstra prepaid phone and it is then used by that phone. You can only transfer up to $10 each day, so you have to plan it if you want to transfer more than that.
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Reply By: Member - Stuart K (WA) - Monday, Jul 06, 2009 at 09:22

Monday, Jul 06, 2009 at 09:22
Thanks for the replies , I think I will go the 1 gig . I will be using zte f165 as the modem with RFI broom stick antenna.
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Follow Up By: bruce - Monday, Jul 06, 2009 at 10:06

Monday, Jul 06, 2009 at 10:06
I used the 150mb option for a 2.5 week trip just a few weeks ago , for reading and sending emails and browsing the forums it was any amount....I had plenty in reserve...I used it every 2nd day with a Samsung phone as the modem....for $10 it is for me just right....cheers
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Follow Up By: Zebra400 - Monday, Jul 06, 2009 at 19:30

Monday, Jul 06, 2009 at 19:30
If you want to save money, then I agree with the 150MB browser pack is a great pack. On holidays, we use the internet to quickly check emails (I use a different email address when we are travelling so we don't get hit with junk and emails with attachments. I let friends know what the email address and ask them not to send attachments.

Other uses are to check the BOM site for weather and I also check the SPOT site on a regular basis to view maps when my wife is MTBing in places I can't take the 4WD.

The $10pm 150MB was just right. We have used it for quite a few holiday breaks of 2 weeks and found we never went over 75MB during the 2 weeks (i.e. 150MB pm.

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Follow Up By: DesF - Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 17:55

Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 17:55
Hi, I also use the $10 /150meg Data pack, and we were away for a month in the van and found it ample for checking the weather and Emails etc, we also use Skype to talk to the family and even use a bit of video and still had plenty left when we got home . if I want to do extra viewing , Google earth etc I just go to Macca's carpark or such and stay as long as you need ,
I have a Nokia 6120 and find that we dont need an external ariel,
Mate went up to QLD etc for 5 weeks end of last year with the same set up and he bought the 1 gig pack he thought the $10 pack would not be enough and useing more than he needed , still came home with half of his time left,
Works for us . Cheers Des,
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Reply By: chisel - Monday, Jul 06, 2009 at 10:02

Monday, Jul 06, 2009 at 10:02
A lot of people only have 400MB for their home internet and seem to get by. I would've thought for email and occasional browsing that would be plenty. If you want to start downloading music/movies/anything or uploading a bunch of photos/vids then you would certainly use up your 400MB quickly.
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