June 18, 2011 at 12:16 am #255168
We are thinking of switching internet providers, currently with Telstra who have actually been ok for us for years, and no problems with their broadband, other than we are paying $70 per month just for the internet connection (old style, modem wired into the laptop) which I think is far too much. (We are not on a fixed contract with them)
I am looking at Virgin who have a deal on mobile broadband (USB plug-in thingy –forgive the lack of technical jargon :blush: ) for much less than our deal above, either a $29/month is adequate or $39/month allows more than enough for us, and the first 5 months are half price. Less cost and I get to sit anywhere I like in the house. Or even in the garden! 🙂 It is a 12 month contract.
It sounds pretty good to me, but I would love to know if anyone uses Virgin or has done for internet, and how did you find them for service etc? I am a bit scared of leaving telstra since the service has been good, just they are very expensive, especially since we want to go ‘mobile’.
Any comments welcome!June 18, 2011 at 12:27 am #498340
I do! I have a virgin dongle for the netbook computer I carry around in my car. They use the Optus network and while there are a few black spots around, I haven’t had much trouble with it at all.
I recently went on a holiday in Victoria and I drove from SE Qld. I had internet nearly everywhere I went, including my motel rooms of a night. I did 5,800 kilometres so I gave it a pretty good test.
Mine is a pre-paid one and I bought 12GB for $149 which lasts 12 months. That reminds me, I have to renew it at the end of this month.
It was the cheapest pre-paid one I could find at the time. 🙂June 18, 2011 at 12:31 am #498341
Oh wow that sounds good Steve! I didn’t even look at the pre-paid options, we do our mobile phones from virgin that way (as they rarely get used).
Apparently we are using roughly 2GB a month or less, so that might work out cheaper for us too.
OK- 1 vote for Virgin then! anymore?June 18, 2011 at 12:35 am #498342
Here are their pre-paid prices:June 18, 2011 at 12:45 am #498343
we use vodaphone Pocket WIFI
Like Steve we travel around a lot Coona-central coast-sydney never had a problem with it.
Again some black spots but very good
12 GB/month $39
DavidJune 18, 2011 at 1:21 am #498344
MM, telstra has some big advantages over other carriers so my suggestion is that you talk to them about your needs. We got a bundle of home phone, mobiles, Internet and foxtel all on one plan and have saved heaps. They are desperate to keep customers so work out what you need and bargain with them to get the best deal. I have been quoted a variety of different prices for the same things so they do have room to move on price if you play hard ball. As the great late Teddy Whitton once said “stick it right up ’em” and you will get a good price.June 18, 2011 at 11:59 am #498345
We were with Telsux for a few years with IDSN until they decided they would cut it off for personal customers. The only thing they would offer was their nextg at well inflated prices. I demanded a rep come around with a laptop and show us that the nextg would work in our place before we commit to a huge contract. Well a rep did come around with a mobile phone and said well with 2 bars of signal on my phone and it will be good enough. I researched into satellites and found we qualified for the rebate so went that way.
Now I did try a 3G optass dongle and found it to work great at times then not at all. With those 3G USB dongles one can put them on a 5 metre USB cable to get a better signal. But bear in mind with any package you get under contract that ehen you go over the max they charge like a wounded bull @ something like $60 a gig or more.
I think the cheapest way for you to trial it out is go buy a 3G dongle from optass and buy a sim card with say 5 gig of data over a 6 month period. Try it out at all hours of the day and see if you can still get decent broadband speeds. Doing a trial like this can save a heap of $$ and heartaches if a wrong choice is made.
Regards BryanJune 18, 2011 at 1:03 pm #498346
Have you looked at Westnet? Great prices and fantastic service. Telstra doesn’t even recognise other browsers other than IE :huh: but the team at Westnet has fixed every single issue I’ve ever had and are nice and polite in the process. :clap:June 18, 2011 at 8:27 pm #498347
We went with westnet when we first got the sat, went through a heap of problems and we were on the top plan and they refused to do any better deals. When we went over the cap we were charged close to $60 a gig. I had a look around and we switched to Skymesh and got a much better deal like 6 gig peak and 12 gig off peak. The off peak time is 11.30pm to 1.30pm Qld time and if one does go over the cap the speed is throttled back and no over charging is done. Although we are on a 2Mb plan I have seen better than 4Mb downloads. As far as service goes they are much better than westnet ever was and I would be happy to recommend them to anyone on a sat who wants a better deal.
We will never get ADSL here as telsux blatantly refuse to upgrade the exchange and refuse to let any company put a Dslam in so the locals can get ADSL.
Cheers BryanJune 18, 2011 at 11:56 pm #498348
OK — I have found a deal with Telstra thats a bit more acceptable than we currently have and has a free dongle (cheers for the jargon!) :tup:
It doesn’t have as much GB allowance as Virgin (only 3GB instead of 10GB) but that is enough for us, and going over the limit only means the connection slows down, but we have never gone over 3Gb in one month except when we had a teenage niece staying here… :pinch:
The price is the same – $39.95 per month for a 2 year contract. I need to talk to them first to see if I can swap without any hassles and ensure that I do actually still get my monthly $10 discount -from having our phone line with them- (otherwise its $49.95/ month)
It is a small gamble to see how good the connection is, but their website check puts us in the clear. Supposed to be exactly the same available speed as we have now.
If its not looking promising after I speak to them, I reckon those Virgin pre-paid deals would be our next choice (probably my first choice, but hubby is worried about them not being as reliable as telstra, and we have to change email addresses, virus security etc. he has a point)
Good to hear about others experiences anyway :tup:June 19, 2011 at 4:58 pm #498349
rofl rofl rofl
Steve post=314675 wrote: I have a virgin dongle 🙂
:woohoo: :woohoo: I don’t believe a word of it :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
Sorry Steve but that tickled my funny bone and I can’t resist commenting.
Bobbs :blush: :blush: :blush:June 19, 2011 at 5:05 pm #498350
Bobbee, you are a naughty girl! 😉
Must admit the same thought crossed my mind when I wrote it. I wondered who would have a similar bent or perverse mind to me….. heheheJune 19, 2011 at 5:08 pm #498351
Guilty as charged!
Bobbs :whistle: :whistle:June 19, 2011 at 6:00 pm #498352
We use virgin prepaid. We have a wifi dongle, so multiple computers / laptops can connect at once.
The thing I like with virgin is if your signal cuts out you can just reconnect and you are off again. We used to have an optus stick and it would disconnect constantly and they hit you with 20mb flagfall every time you reconnect.June 19, 2011 at 7:12 pm #498353
I’d love to be able to get BB here 🙁 I bought a Telstra dongle and I get speeds just about the same as dialup plus I have to sit outside to use it so I try and take the laptop into town at least once a week and enjoy the speed while in the carpark.
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