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Date Registered: 02-2004
Location: SUTHERLAND, SYDNEY
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The Telstra wireless USB stick is working perfectly in Melbourne emoticon

Had a good run from Sydney to Melbourne this morning. Left Sydney and it was raining and cold at 4:00am and got to Melbourne at 3:00pm (with three 3 mins stops) and it's nice and sunny here. The road all the way was almost empty, which made driving so much easier.

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Date Registered: 02-2012
Location: St Peters, South Australia
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We did a trip from South Oz before it got too hot 2013, then thru the centre and turned off at Threeways to head to Townsville.
We bought a Telstra 4G wireless internet unit. About $150.
Fantastic unit, but like anything, the coverage thru the centre was nil til you hit big towns.
My wife and I both use our PC's, so the 4G got a workout.
My phone would not work, it is about 2yo and at the time cost about $300, so had to buy a prepaid $70 telstra phone that did work (it didn't thru the centre)
I also bought a good quality "EPIRB" GPS in case of serious accident along the way. As heaps of dead cattle & kangas on side of road. I just missed one sheep and one pig.
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Date Registered: 09-2012
Location: Brisbane
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My father-in-law has an Optus one on his laptop which works fine. It's a HAUWEI brand with external antenna capability. He doesn't really travel with it much, it was just a lot cheaper than running ADSL into his house and having a monthly fee.

Boost also use the Telstra network and *may* work out cheaper..but potentially not have access to the full Telstra network (Telstra keep the best bits exclusively to themselves).

I personally just use the data plan on my phone, and tether to my laptop via wifi (not all phones and carriers support this config) when I'm travelling. No cables, and I can put the phone in the area with the best 3G coverage and sit anywhere (within reason) on the laptop. Worked great travelling around the UK too.

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Date Registered: 05-2012
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I personally just use the data plan on my phone, and tether to my laptop via wifi (not all phones and carriers support this config) when I'm travelling. No cables, and I can put the phone in the area with the best 3G coverage and sit anywhere (within reason) on the laptop.



That is pretty much the system I use when away from the house connection except that I usually tether the phone to the laptop by the USB cable.

My mobile phone is a cheap prepaid 'blue tick' model which is supposed to give better reception in fringe areas but it usually works well enough to stream Iview and YouTube.

For me it is a cheap and workable option and with a prepaid data pack, there are no billing surprises.

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Date Registered: 12-2010
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In Sept 2012 I purchased a prepaid wi-fi wireless modem dongle from Telstra.
If memory serves me it cost $70:00 with $20:00 download credit (about 250 Mbit of download) to be used within 30 days.

However, if you recharge before the 30 days expiry, e.g. recharge the day before on line, then any remaining credit carries over to the newly paid recharge credit.
So what I did on 25/10/2012, one day before the 30 days expiry, is recharge for $180.00 which gave me an additional 12 Gig of download credit to use within 12 Months (expiry 24/10/2013) . I still had over $19.00 left from my purchase credit even though I used laptop several times away from home.

So on 23 October just gone I recharged again for another $180:00 for another 12Gig to be used in by 22/10/2014. Unused credit from previous upgrade plus orignal purchase credit has carried over.
At home my wife and I use our TPG ADSL2 connection.
Now whenever I am away from home, sometimes even if only for the day, I have my laptop and wi-fi mobile wireless broadband dongle with me to keep up with email, on line banking, and whatever I need to google and of course to keep up with forum updates.

I have just checked my remaining account balance before writing this post and was surprised to find that I still have $341.07 credit remaining with an expiry date of 25/10/2014.
So, initial credit of $20:00 with 2 recharges in Oct 2012 and Oct 2013 at $180:00 each giving a total of $380:00. and I have only used $38.91 in 25 months.
So it will be interesting to see how much credit I have remaining at 21/10/2014.... the day before next expiry.
Downside is if I don't recharge prior to expiry date then I lose all accumulated credit. I guess one day if I keep on recharging annually then I can kiss any home broadband connection goodbye. Wife can share the wireless broadband.

bye and cheers for now as I get ready to head to Stockton beach....Maccas for brekky first.

p.s.... I have never had any network connection problems but admit I have not travelled to any remote areas during the time of usage.

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I have done the same Dave with a pre-paid Telstra SIM for the iPad. Although at the first purchase of $30 credits I did not get notified that my credit was going to expire, so I lost the chance to roll-over the un-used credits towards the new re-charge amount. Now, I got myself the 12GB 12months (or 18 months) expiry plan and set a reminder for myself to renew it a day before it expires next year.

I was amazed by the difference in coverage during my last trip on the bike to Phillip Island and back, as I had the iPhone with an Optus SIM and the iPad with a Telstra one and the coverage signal of the iPhone sometimes dropped to SOS calls only, while the iPad with the Telstra SIM was showing full bars almost all the time and I ended-up using the iPad as my navigator as it was positioned in front of me on the tank bag.

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