NextG wireless Broadband price drop

Submitted: Monday, Feb 22, 2010 at 19:51
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Some good news for travellers with both postpaid, and as of tomorrow, prepaid prices dropping.

One of the better options for many sporadic travellers is the option to have a 4GB data allowance for $150 to be used with 180 days (6 months). Other options taken from the media announcement is as follows:

PREPAID

$20 225MB 30 DAYS
$30 400MB 30 DAYS
$40 1GB 30 DAYS
$50 2GB 30 DAYS
$60 3GB 30 DAYS
$80 4GB 30 DAYS
$100 6GB 30 DAYS
$130 3GB 90 DAYS
$150 4GB 180 DAYS


Whilst some may complain about the prices still, those of us that don't have access to cheap and reliable alternatives may appreciate the price drop. Holding off one more day to recharge. :)

Andrew
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Reply By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Monday, Feb 22, 2010 at 20:06

Monday, Feb 22, 2010 at 20:06
G'day Andrew.Got a message on my mobile phone today from Telstra saying my prepaid call charges will increase in April. 35c connection fee and 40c per 30sec block. Not Happy. Am writing to the "contact us" section to see if anyone will take notice. Bit like the Govt, give it with one hand and take back with the other. Bob.

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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew (QLD) - Monday, Feb 22, 2010 at 20:11

Monday, Feb 22, 2010 at 20:11
Ouch. I've never really worried about it too much as i'm on a $49 or $79 cap (can't remember which LOL) and i haven't gone over yet......that's with it glowing white hot sometimes :)

Good luck in your pursuit Bob, don't like your chances unfortunately. :(

Andrew
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Reply By: rosso1234 - Monday, Feb 22, 2010 at 20:44

Monday, Feb 22, 2010 at 20:44
thats pretty good value compared to before......before anybody whinges still, try and get the same speed and coverage on ya vodafone or 3 pre-paid service.

Might grab the $150 one myself
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Follow Up By: Bob of KAOS - Monday, Feb 22, 2010 at 21:01

Monday, Feb 22, 2010 at 21:01
I do get the same speed with 3. 1GB is $15, and 3 GB is $30. There are others cheaper than that.

Coverage? You'd be a mug to use Telstra if you lived in one of the cities. Yes Telstra is better if you leave the 'burbs. But hardly worth paying several times as much for the same amount of data.
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Follow Up By: Bob of KAOS - Monday, Feb 22, 2010 at 21:12

Monday, Feb 22, 2010 at 21:12
As Andrew said "those of us that don't have access to cheap and reliable alternatives may appreciate the price drop"

Thats right, they know they have people in regional Oz by the short and curlies and gouge prices accordingly.
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Follow Up By: rosso1234 - Monday, Feb 22, 2010 at 21:20

Monday, Feb 22, 2010 at 21:20
With 3 I could get on average 50 KB per sec
With next G I get on average 350KB per sec

same location, same device, same time. (using iPhone which is of course 850/2100mhz capable)

Any 3G based service is always determined by location, network load ect

Telstra seems to suffer less of these problems, and in most peoples opinion worth the extra $$$ for the quality of network.

I quick read of the whirlpool forums will uncover a whole world of pain described by 3,Optus and Vodafone customers
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew (QLD) - Monday, Feb 22, 2010 at 21:38

Monday, Feb 22, 2010 at 21:38
Bob wrote: "That's right, they know they have people in regional Oz by the short and curlies and gouge prices accordingly."

For a minute there i thought you were talking about 3......can anyone say "roaming" with a smile on their face when using 3?

Andrew
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Follow Up By: bks - Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 10:49

Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 10:49
Interesting I was just about to change from Virgin (they use the Optus network) to 3 as they said they roam to the Telstra network when out of range of there network.

From what you are saying that may not be strictly true. Do you or anyone know what the situation with coverage for 3 really is?
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Follow Up By: rosso1234 - Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 11:07

Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 11:07
ok, it all depends on your divice, it has to be 850mhz capable to use next g. 3 will only roam on next g when there is a competiter with service in the area. all data is at $0.50 per MB.on top of your plan cost. 3 is purely for city use only! cause if you were roaming and using it $500 per GB is not fun
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew (QLD) - Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 11:07

Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 11:07
I should mention that i don't have 3 or know the ins and out of their deals, however my research lead me to this website:

http://www.wirelessbroadbanddeals.com.au/

It mentions that whilst roaming is turned off by default, if it is turned on, the price is nasty.

Coverage is poor IMO, with 3 focusing on the high density areas only.

It comes down to what you need the service for, how much you want to pay for your requirements, and ultimately your intended operating locations.

Hope that helps.

Andrew

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Follow Up By: bks - Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 11:28

Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 11:28
I think some of my problem is I dont understand, 2g 3g, nextg.

Currently as Virgin works fine in the city and is cheap I only need the Telstra coverage every month or so when I go into the bush. So I purchased a telstra prepaid sim card and put it in an old phone 3g phone. But after just looking at the whirlpool site recommended above I'm not able to get nextg coverage.

I then thought by changing to 3 I could avoid having to use 2 phones. However from reading Whirlpool again it seems that when it does roam to Telstra it is very expensive and not the nextg network anyway.

Does nextg give better coverage or just better speed?

Sorry but I'm completely confused by it all. any help appreciated
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Follow Up By: Juppy - Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 13:48

Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 13:48
bks- Next G definately gives better coverage, i work in the mines and it is the only network you can reciave out here, they really have the mining industry by the short and curlies, next g is the only phone and internet service that we recieve. In saying that if you are with next g and you are travelling the outback you will be able to get service in alot of areas due to all the mine sites having to run it.
But yes they are expensive on internet usage and if another network would run services to the desert it would bring on some healthy competition
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Follow Up By: rosso1234 - Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 15:43

Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 15:43
Ok BKS,

I'll try and cover it all now, was typing on my phone before now at home.

2G is the old GSM networks, data on these networks is at dial up speeds ie 5kb/s

3G are the current high speed networks

Next G is just Telstra's brand name for there 3G network

4 carriers run networks in Australia

3 = 2100mhz UMTS and will roam on Telstra 2g or Next G (850mhz UMTS) if your device supports it.

Optus run a dual band 3G network 900/2100 UMTS most devices support these 2 bands

Vodafone run a dual band 3G network 900/2100 UMTS network as well

Telstra run a 850 UMTS network (branded next G) but it gets a little confusing cause they also own 50% of the 3 2100 network, so have access to that in capital cities.

There are 2 types of phones/ wireless modems..... 850/2100 or 900/2100.
You need a 850/2100 device to get the FULL speed and benifit of Telstras net work. Or a 900/2100 to get the full benifit of the other networks.

Simple as that :)

PS they all except 3 run an old GSM network but is not relevant to this subject, so have left it out.

Any device you buy from Telstra will be fully compatible with their 2 bands, others won't, Thats why your old 3G phone is not really sutible as I would guess its a old 900/2100 phone.
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Follow Up By: Bob of KAOS - Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 17:10

Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 17:10
I just achieved the following speeds:

3 Tethered iPhone(NextG) Grapevine

Download 60kbps 1.09 Mbps 1.15 Mbps

Upload 103kbps 116 kbps 259 kbps



So Next G is pretty quick, but for ordinary browsing/email I hadn't noticed the difference. Pity about the extortionate cost of Next G.

Bob

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Follow Up By: Bob of KAOS - Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 17:11

Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 17:11
My carefully constructed table hasn't survived the trip :-)
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Follow Up By: rosso1234 - Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 17:44

Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 17:44



Or this on Next G........thats why it costs more
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Follow Up By: Member - Mike DID - Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 19:30

Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 19:30
"That's right, they know they have people in regional Oz by the short and curlies and gouge prices accordingly."

So you want to Telstra to build a network in remote areas where it's very expensive to do so - and where the revenue is much lower than in the cities - but you don't want users to pay for building of the infrastructure.

Remember Telstra is NOT government subsidised any more - it works just like any other company - users pay.
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Reply By: Tadooch - Monday, Feb 22, 2010 at 22:38

Monday, Feb 22, 2010 at 22:38
Post paid plans are cheaper as well...

BigPond Liberty® 400MB 400MB, then slowed $29.95
BigPond Liberty® 1GB 1GB, then slowed $39.95
BigPond Liberty® 3GB 3GB, then slowed $49.95
BigPond Liberty® 6GB 6GB, then slowed $79.95
BigPond Liberty® 10GB 10GB, then slowed $119.95

and that's before home phone or other discounts. Personally, I prefer to pay for best coverage and speed. If the foriegn Telcos are serious they need to build a nextG 7.2 network of towers to match that of Telstra.

cheers
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