Originally Posted by Jim Cate
Our deal with Boost is 40 AUD/mo for 5 gigabytes plus 1 extra gigabyte each weekend, plus unlimited calls and text in Australia
and unlimited calls/texts to 10 other countries, including USA, NZ, UK and some others of little interest to me. They have a couple of other deals, see their site.
We broke down and bought (from them) an Alcatel smart phone
for 79 AUD and are using it as a local hotspot on the boat
. Seems to work pretty well... only criticism is hard to read screen
in full sunlight. All in all, a way better deal than 180 Aud for 12 gigs from Telstra, no phone
, so had to maintain a separate phone prepaid.
Yes, don't get between Telstra and a bucket of money
. However, I think you will find that their current
wireless bigpond broadband
is now $140 for 16GB and runs for two years. Still a bit outrageous, but an improvement on the $180/12 GB/12 months deal.. You still need to buy the dongle. Not sure what they want for one. Probably about $100. True, no phone, but could use Skype within the bigpond broadband
. Coverage? Australia
is a big place very sparsely populated so checking with Telstra is essential. However, Telstra usually has the best coverage.
More to the point is the absence of a dedicated Wi-Fi service
in most Australian marinas
In Darwin where nearly all of the international cruisers stop over, the marinas
(all lock gated due to the large tide range) offer nothing, or long term subscriptions via private companies...unless there have been recent improvements.
Many years ago, Telstra operated a VHF
which used the normal VHF
radios of the day. The VHF units of the day had dial pads. People used these for all sorts of phone messaging events
. Emergencies or international calls. But they could not sell you ads. so the service was withdrawn. That's progress. The HF service has also essentially folded as well. Gee, just rush out and buy a satellite phone
. Now these are seriously expensive!