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.)
(As usual, more photos follow...)
A photo of Vodafone Mobile Broadband ExpressCard 34 installed on my MacBook Pro. (posted before)
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.
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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