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Windows 7: Broadband headaches (relates to Australia only)

03 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 
Broadband headaches (relates to Australia only)

Ah ... maybe here in the lounge I can kick off m' shoes say "as far as I can tell all Aussie Telcos are *%$#@!s. I've been on dialup forever ... or at least since I first went online back when ...and I am so over it and ready for broadband. But the telcos are so (unnecessarily) tricky ... they don't seem capable of offering a plain English straight forward deal ... it's all - you have to bundle this and you have to be eligible for this by also having this and that .... I've already got a mobile and am happy with it .. I jsut want an stand alone preferably wireless broadband offer. Now if you're reading this and you have an income then you might be thinking "hey what's the proble" ... but my income is limited. That's why I want to do away with the landline and go wireless cos I'm tired of having to pay landline rental just so I can have access to an ISP. Grrrrrr....any entrepreneurs out there ... there's a big market here in Australia for folks like me ... One thing ... when a deal includes both uploads (as well as the normal downloads) what effect does that have on useage? does it double it? Anyone have any idea. BTW if you know of a deal let me know ...and sorry but I'm in the regions so none of the city deals are offered here. Now where's a grumpy old emoticon .....oh there's only a mad one ... oo roo.
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03 Mar 2011   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Where do you live in Australia?
What company are you with for your Mobile and how good is the reception on it?
How much a month do you want to pay?
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03 Mar 2011   #3

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Hi Kodi,

Thanks for yr interest.

I'm in the Northern Rivers (nr Grafton) - local exchange only has ADSL capacity. Mob. is Optus pre-paid ... I like that as my family and several friends are on it too so each time I rechange $30 I get 300 minutes to use freely with any other Optus pre-paid. Reception is good...have never had a reception problem. Currently my ISP is Telstra Bigpond. So it cost $30 line rental (I hardly use the phone as a phone) and $25 for unlimited dial - up. So that's $55 before I occasionally make an STD call (capped at $2 for 3 hrs) So I can afford say ..up to $60 per month. (Once landline goes I can use skype which is no good on dial up)

ps I'm wary of the plans which measure upload and download ...
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03 Mar 2011   #4

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Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64 Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Tri-Boot
 
 

Hi,

Check out Internode. I'm not sure if they service your area, but I moved to them from Bigpond BadPond, and I have never looked back. Just a simple straight-forward ISP.

Let us know how it goes.
Golden
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03 Mar 2011   #5

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Hi Golden, thanks for that lead. Just now they don't have what I'm after. They offer 5GB for $49.95 - & count up and down load. That wouldn't be enough. By comparison Optus offers 8GB wireless for same price.
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03 Mar 2011   #6

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nithig View Post
One thing ... when a deal includes both uploads (as well as the normal downloads) what effect does that have on useage? does it double it?
No, it's not doubled.

When up and down is counted - all traffic usage adds up to your plans total.

ie: An 8GB plan.

If you downloaded 3GB of files, used 3GB while browsing (youtube, video streaming, sites with a lot flash, large pics etc) and you 'uploaded' 2GB of data (torrents, e-mail attachments etc ) that all adds up to your 8GB total.

You couldn't download 8GB of data and upload 8GB of data because the total would be 16GB which would cost a hell of lot extra in excess usage fees. I'm pretty sure that all wireless plans count both up and down.

If you haven't already, check out the Broadband and Mobile sections of Whirlpool
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03 Mar 2011   #7

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nithig View Post
One thing ... when a deal includes both uploads (as well as the normal downloads) what effect does that have on useage? does it double it?


If you haven't already, check out the Broadband and Mobile sections of Whirlpool
Beat me to it, as that would be my recommendation also.
Whirlpool rules.
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03 Mar 2011   #8

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Thanks smarteyeball and spinafex ... I'll get onto it.
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03 Mar 2011   #9

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

forgot to say - my gut feeling is that there won't be real competition here until the retail arm of Telstra is privatised ... sooner the better. I just can't see how any retailer can compete with another retailer which is also the wholesaler. Once Bigpond etc are privatised and Telstra is only a wholesaler then companies will compete. Plus of course the NBN will add spice to competition.
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04 Mar 2011   #10

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Have you looked at Either Optus or Virgin (they use the optus network) mobile Broadband wireless dongle.
They have some good plans and if you are getting good reception from Optus now they should work for you.
Unless you are into Torrents you will not upload very much at all so I would not worry about that.

http://personal.optus.com.au/web/ocaportal.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=Template_woRHS&FP=/personal/internet/wirelessbroadband&site=personal&tas=semmb&cid=SL_Mob_BB_001:BAU:OSC:OMB:SEM:Post_Wireless_BB:30062 010&s_kwcid=TC|17954|optus%20mobile%20broadband||S||8275209841


http://www.virginmobile.com.au/broadband/mobile-broadband?s_kwcid=TC|14491|virgin%20mobile%20broadband||S|e|8930634355
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