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12 January, 2009

Telstra PrePaid Wireless Broadband

Many of you may remember that I have a Vodafone Mobile Broadband, I bought that device so I can have access to broadband when I am outside my place. Unlike high tech places such as beautiful Boston, here in Australia, we don't have many free Wi Fi hot spots around, actually, hardly any paid Wi Fi hot spots either. The solution: bring your own.

I've been very happy with Vodafone Mobile Broadband. However, the Vodafone (like Optus) which only provides 3G coverage on metropolitan areas in Australia, and GPRS coverage in most other towns. There is absolutely no 3G coverage (by Vodafone and Optus) in Tasmania at all. GPRS in some areas. Actually, my Vodafone network is not covered in many areas in Tasmania. (Three does not work at all in Tasmania.)

In order to keep connected, I got the Telstra's solution. (Perhaps not the best value for money with Telstra, Telstra does have the best coverage in Australia.)

The Telstra PrePaid Wireless Broadband:
Telstra PrePaid Wireless Broadband

(As usual, more photos follow...)

A photo of Vodafone Mobile Broadband ExpressCard 34 installed on my MacBook Pro. (posted before)
MacBook Pro and Vodafone Mobile Broadband

The Telstra Wireless Broadband I got is pre-paid version. Although it is a bit higher rate compared to on contract, it works great for me as I can recharge it when I need to.

Telstra PrePaid Wireless Broadband contents:
Telstra PrePaid Wireless Broadband

Instead of getting an ExpressCard 34 version from Telstra, I decided to get the USB version. Apple's MacBook and MacBook Air do not have ExpressCard port.
The device:
Telstra PrePaid Wireless Broadband

Why do I need internet connection for the holiday? Well, one important reason for this trip is photography. (I am sure that most photographers would agree with me on this: Taking photos without bring a laptop for better viewing or even some editing is a very bad idea.) Since carrying a laptop was planned, it makes perfect sense to get connected as well. (Like Don's trip to Rochester, equipped with laptop etc, except I don't get free internet.)

And getting the Telstra PrePaid Wireless Broadband was a wise decision. I can get fast wireless broadband connection in Tasmania, including many areas where my Vodafone mobile phone aren't covered. So far, it has been working very well for Laurent and I during the trip. I might change to Telstra's (BigPond) mobile broadband once my contract with Vodafone's Mobile Broadband ends. (to Don: Antony is poor.)

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related blog entry:
Vodafone mobile broadband (29 March 2008)

Posted by Antony on 12 January 2009 9:52 AM | gadget

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Again, what makes you think that there's Wi-Fi all over Boston?
Posted by Don_HH2K on 12 January 2009 10:28 AM.
Coming from Taiwan, living in New Zealand, then using the cheeky way in to Australia, Ant still believes the myth that the US has the most advanced technology on the planet!
Posted by Rev. Dr. Wu Yi on 12 January 2009 10:51 AM.
He probably thinks we go and drink coffee in those high priced "coffee shops". I'm sorry but $2.59 is too much for a cup of coffee. Hell, what they charge at Dunkin Donuts is too much. And, to top it off, I don't have wi-fi or a wi-fi adapter. It's a security vulnerability.
Posted by Dave on 12 January 2009 2:07 PM.
Dave, there was a time when I was waiting for a friend of mine to get out of work. I settled in for three hours at a nearby Panera Cafe. I ended up buying a single fountain drink (I can't remember how much it was), completely abusing their "free refills", and using their Wi-Fi the entire time to stream music from home.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 12 January 2009 3:19 PM.
Good for you DON!!Money well spent!
Posted by Rev. Dr. Wu Yi on 12 January 2009 3:35 PM.
Ooh... what a way to "Stick it to the man". When ever I go to a play where there's free refills I usually get at least 3 refills. Even if I got 100 refills they'd still get a decent profit (albeit a a somewhat smaller one).
Posted by Dave on 13 January 2009 5:00 AM.
It is not the myth that US has the most advanced technology, it is the beautiful Boston.
From the conversation with Don, he was able to get lots of free Wi-Fi access points. In comparison, there's hardly any free Wi-Fi around.
Okay, to Don and anybody's dismay, the world's famous hamburger company - McDonald's Restaurants are rolling out to provide free Wi-Fi access, however, it is won't be completed anytime soon.
Posted by Antony Shen on 13 January 2009 5:16 PM.
There hasn't been any new tech coming out of Boston ever since Lotus got bought out by IBM and DEC by Compaq.
A lot of those Wi-Fi access points weren't "free", but merely "unsecured", no WEP or WPA. Hence Boston is stupid, not technologically advanced.
If we actually did have free Wi-Fi everywhere, then I wouldn't need to use the dial-up modem nearly as often as I do.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 13 January 2009 10:24 PM.
It is not necessary "coming out of [beautiful] Boston", it's the availability in beautiful Boston that also counts.
Posted by Antony Shen on 13 January 2009 10:47 PM.
Boo! DEC ruled. I'm a fan of IBM, so I can't really say anything bad about the Louts/IBM merger.
Posted by Dave on 14 January 2009 2:21 AM.
And there's almost always more available in Japan than in Boston. (Boston has very slow broadband because of Comcast's lack of competition, by the way. Nowhere near the 24mbits you and Mandrake get in Sydney and Perth.)
Posted by Don_HH2K on 14 January 2009 3:14 AM.
So you are now bringing up Japan, the heaven of electronic gadget? Neither you or me live in Japan.
It is not only about the speed. Up to 24mbps ADSL2 is the theoretical maximum speed. You have to live very close to the exchange to get that speed.
Posted by Antony Shen on 14 January 2009 9:08 AM.
I bring Japan up to show how far behind we are here in Boston.
You also need to live close to the cable exchange to get the advertised 6mbps here. I only get about half that.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 14 January 2009 11:21 AM.
You guys don't have download quota, or at least the quota is very very large.
Posted by Antony Shen on 16 January 2009 11:27 PM.
If you are in the U.S., Rovair ( offers "RovAir On-Demand". This service allows you to activate your wireless card using one of their Sprint/Verizon accounts only when you need it.
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