29 March, 2008
Vodafone mobile broadband
Internet in Australia is not a cheap as in the United States of America. It is expensive here, most internet accounts come with quota system. If you live in metropolitan area, it is relatively easy to get broadband installed in your place, but not outside.
Since I don't live in beautiful Boston, and I can tell you that it is very hard to find free Wi Fi spots outside. In order to get connected outside, I decided to join mobile broadband.
After some research online, I decided to go for Vodafone instead of Three. Vodafone's current 5GB Mobile Broadband deal seems to be the best for money. (to Don: I am poor) Another major reason I decide to go for Vodafone is that I know Three's coverage is not very good outside metropolitan area, and outside Three's coverage area, the cost is extremely high.
At Vodafone shop, I insisted on having a data card instead of USB modem. For a simply reason, I will be using it on the road, and USB modem (portable) is simply too ugly to carry around. (I actually asked a few Vodafone outlets, none of them have data card in stock, and the website says its out of stock. But one Vodafone outlet was able to order it for me.) The data card is in the popular ExpressCard/34 format with adapter for older PC laptops (PCMCIA).
The speed of Vodafone is not as fast as the ADSL2 at home, but still faster than dial up.
Outside Vodafone's 3G area, the modem will be using GPRS network. Although GPRS is much slower than 3G, but I will be connected at least.
My mobile phone is also with Vodafone (prepaid).
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