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Hi Guys

Just a quick question, when on the move what is the best way to get your internet connection - not up on the latest technology so please be gentle!!!

Also I know I have read a lot of threads about mobile phone re sat phone, but just to make sure i'm not barking up the wrong tree, am I right in saying that if I've got a Telstra 3G and buy an ariel to go on the car this would be sufficient, we aren't going too far inland, but that said I have just driven to Mackay (along the Bruce) from the Gold Coast and I lost reception on my Vodapone 3G most of the time!

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Reply By: Voxson - Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 17:26

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 17:26
http://www.telstra.com.au/shop/Consumer/CategoryDisplay?storeId=10001&catalogId=10101&langId=-1&categoryId=16126&parent_category_rn=16123&s_kwcid=TC|10546|telstra%20prepaid%20wireless%20broadband||S||5924556755&SMIDENTITY=NO
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Follow Up By: travel bug - Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 19:15

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 19:15
Thanks for the link. Now I said i'm not up on the gadgets, so if I don't buy one of them and stay in a van park that has wireless, would I be able to pick it up or do I need to buy on of those usb things!???..........
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 20:35

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 20:35
Van parks that have wireless are usually expensive and use Wifi to connect and there arent that many with reliable full park coverage.
Read my reply further down about the USB thingy or contact me.
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Reply By: Member - Tricky Dicky (NSW) - Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 17:39

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 17:39
Vodapone won't be much good to you once you leave major cities. We have just come back from NT via Queensland and our optus phone and internet was not really much good unless near major towns ie 20lkm. When my contract runs out in 5 months i intend to talk to telstra as they were the only phones working in the areas that we travelled. Remember though they don't work in all areas.

Dick
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Reply By: Member - Thomo - Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 19:09

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 19:09
Telstra is the best coverage and leaves the rest a long way behind. Just need a NextG phone and NextG card. This combination will maximise your coverage.

If you have unlimited funds and need to be contactable 24/7 then the Sat phone would be the answer. Just remember the calls are very expensive

Thomo
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 20:33

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 20:33
I'll be different Bigpond have reduced prices on their data plans and if I was going around the country again I would buy a prepaid Bigpond sim.

I used an old Maxon BP 3 home modem on my last trip and it connected anywhere there was a signal. Far better than the USB stick I started out with.

The modem is now on its second round trip with friends and they reckon its great.
You can buy them on Ebay for about $80

You can use a Telstra 3G phone for a modem but may be more expensive.

A bullbar aerial is about $125 for an RFI 1925 multiband and if the phone doesnt have an aerial connection an inductive car kit usually fixes that.

A good cheap phone at the moment is Telstras Nokia 6120 for $99 Prepaid

However you can use a plan sim card in it.

You can buy a car holder for the phone with aerial connection for $75

I had great coverage with this setup over the last 15 months and the 6120 has far better reception then my new Iphone even with the ext aerial.

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Follow Up By: travel bug - Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 20:51

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 20:51
Wow I think I undersand......Not sure how you use a phone for a modem though!!

So its not worth buying an iphone then, I had my eye on one, but won't bother if the reception isn't that great......

Thanks for your help
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 20:57

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 20:57
Up to you, I got mine free so I took it but usually use the 6120 when in the sticks.

For $99 get both and give it to mum to use Keep Iphone for mens stuff.

I dont think I would get an Iphone 4 and expect good reception after all the hoo ha about it.




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Follow Up By: Ozhumvee - Thursday, Jul 22, 2010 at 08:18

Thursday, Jul 22, 2010 at 08:18
I too used a 6120 as a modem with great results but can get expensive if you exceed the allowance.
When Telstra dropped the data pack prices they did the same with the dongles and if you have a home phone, mobile and internet bundled then the cost for a full broadband wireless service is around $10 a month with no upfront charges. The best bit is that you can exceed the allowance with no penalties as the service is just slowed when you go over with no excess charges.
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Follow Up By: DesF - Thursday, Jul 22, 2010 at 17:15

Thursday, Jul 22, 2010 at 17:15
Hi, I had a 6120 and used it as a modem on the laptop, I now have 6720 and use it the same , because it is on a plan , I get 200meg for $10.00 a month ( Bigpond) and found that it was plenty for checking the mails, booking ahead and some mapping for the month.
Just plug in the phone ( found Bluetooth too fiddly) , click on Nokia PC Suite and you are on in 10 seconds. really fast download as well.
One tip is that I check the Emails on my ISP site and delete any large jokes etc before I down load them on Outlook Express,
Been using this system for about 4 years and all over Aust. also when in a Park with free internet usually use that for bigger things.
Cheers Des.
Note. it must be a Next G phone not 3 g as they only work close to towns .
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Follow Up By: travel bug - Thursday, Jul 22, 2010 at 18:28

Thursday, Jul 22, 2010 at 18:28
Thanks for all your help.....
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Reply By: Member - William B (The Shire) - Thursday, Jul 22, 2010 at 07:32

Thursday, Jul 22, 2010 at 07:32
Hi travel bug,
I have just came back from the corner country, Darling river and Innaminka and needed internet access as well. (not critical though, maybe different if contact is a priority)

I previously had a telstra branded ZTE phone (F156 I think) for going west.

I had it all set up to use as a modem on a laptop, and had the phone connected through a aerial (bull bar mounted)and patch lead that plugged into the back of the phone.

2 days before the trip I brought a new laptop that came with windows 7 on it.
The software that came with the phone did not work under win 7, so off to telstra buy a new prepaid phone, T100, $69.00.
I brought a data package for the internet as well.

It all worked well, when you have telstra coverage on the phone you can dial up the internet connection.
Generally I was pretty happy with the setup and speed.
Browsing web pages consumed a lot of data but for emails it works a treat.

Hope I haven't clouded things for you,
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Follow Up By: mynance - Thursday, Jul 22, 2010 at 22:09

Thursday, Jul 22, 2010 at 22:09
I did a trip from Hervey Bay to Lawn Hill last Sept, used my Nokia N95 as a modem it was just as quick as my ADSL2 probably quicker.

I am with Telstra and managed to get out everywhere we stayed except for Adels Grove.

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Reply By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Thursday, Jul 22, 2010 at 23:06

Thursday, Jul 22, 2010 at 23:06
The best system is Bigpond , this also allows you to use Outlook or Windows Mail , check it out HERE

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Reply By: Steve and Viv - Wednesday, Jul 28, 2010 at 23:13

Wednesday, Jul 28, 2010 at 23:13
next G is the only option really and with the eternal aerial it really improves your range. I'm not sure what your doing about a mobile phone but some can be used as the modem so you don;t need to buy a second device. Best pop into a T-Shop and see what model phones can be used as the modem if your in a position to get a new phone. just a thought. In any case we used our NEXT-G through out Aus and found it quite good. We cold even hold skype call with family and friends some time
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