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18 May, 2010

some good news from Telstra

As a general speaking, Telstra mobile and mobile broadband does not have very good reputation among youngsters, despite having much much better coverage, and much more reliable network, simply because Telstra charges higher than other mobile carriers.

Just before the date Apple opened iPad pre-order in Australia, Telstra announced a pretty good prepaid data plan designed for iPad. The pretty generous quota received many positive feedback. Another good news today, Telstra will permit unused data on its pre-paid iPad 3G plans to be carried forward into the following month rather than expire at the 30 day use-by period.

And the small catch? The first month's quota on starter kit cannot be rolled over, but all the recharges can. Also, depending on how much you recharge, the new data rate (rolled over, reminding dollar) will be calculated base on your new recharge.

It seems to be fair and like the current Telstra Pre-paid mobile broadband.

Vodafone, one of the three major mobile carriers in Australia, has not announced any pricing plans designed for iPad.

Speaking of Vodafone, I have disconnected my Vodafone mobile broadband, since I don't use that one much. (to Don: Antony is poor.)

Well, unlike beautiful Boston, picturesque Quincy and reputable Rochester, it's very hard to find a free Wi-Fi spot outside here. If you want to get connected, you have to pay.

related blog entries:
'tis the night before the important pre-order (9 May, 2010)
Telstra PrePaid Wireless Broadband (12 January, 2009)
Vodafone mobile broadband (29 March, 2008)

Posted by Antony on 18 May 2010 9:10 PM | iPod/iPhone/iPad

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What I've got to wonder is why the iPad gets its own special plans as far as 3G data goes. With virtually every other 3G device, the idea was that you just got whatever generic data plan the carrier offered
Posted by Don_HH2K on 19 May 2010 4:11 AM.
@ DON: Obviously a deal between Telstra, whose shares are worthless, and Mac who expect all the airheads to rush out and buy their iPad as a "must have", and cash in before it becomes another, "not so brilliant" iPhone debacle. It's only about money!
Posted by Rev.Dr.Wu Yi on 19 May 2010 11:06 AM.
Because iPad uses Micro SIM, not the regular SIM. Unlike the beautiful Boston or advanced United States of America, Micro SIM is new to us.
And there are new plans specifically designed for the iPad (which are better value than current wireless broadband plans from both Telstra and Optus). Those plans are both pre-paid (i.e. no contracts). I fail to see the need of whinging on better value (for money) plans.
Posted by Antony on 19 May 2010 12:26 PM.
Just because the device uses Micro-SIM instead of a regular-sized SIM doesn't mean it needs separate plans.
It is not really "whinging", but just wondering why the iPad gets the preferential treatment while everybody else has been paying the regular price. Seems a bit unfair, wouldn't you agree?
Posted by Don_HH2K on 19 May 2010 10:41 PM.
Well, we do not have any Micro SIM in this country (yet). It is clearly that mobile carriers bring in Micro SIM for the iPad (at this stage). A new SIM card usually means new plan (pre-paid or on contract).
For those currently on mobile broadband (regular SIM), there are discussions that once the Micro SIM (starter pack) become available, some are going to get that, and buy an adapter (Micro SIM to regular SIM adapter) and use the iPad plans on their mobile broadband instead. Simply, the iPad plans are a lot cheaper than current mobile broadband.
Well, the mobile carriers might drop the cost of regular mobile broadband plans on the iPad plans are officially available. Please be advised that mobile carriers here like to hold their pricing plans until the very last minutes (based on iPhone 3G releasing). And the announcement of iPad mobile pre-paid plans by Telstra was a surprise to many people, me included.
Posted by Antony on 20 May 2010 1:39 AM.
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