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Geeks, I need your advice

Running two different roleplaying games over the weekend at places that didn't have internet I could use showed to me how much I rely on it.

So I'm looking at getting some mobile broadband, and I was wondering if anyone had any advice or prior experience?

Currently I am running two freeforms a month in venues that don't have access, and since I'm in charge of those games, those are the ones that I think I really need it for.

My mobile is currently with Vodafone, and I've been advised that Three is pretty good, plus I'm aware of a number of other providers.

I'd rather not get tied down to a contract because I already have internet at home, and there is no guarantee that I'm going to need it for the next 24 months or so (which is what most of the contracts look like being). Anyone have any knowledge?

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ethanthescribe
Nov. 10th, 2008 04:18 am (UTC)
We use Three, it's been pretty good.

It only has coverage for major cities, but coverage is pretty good when within said major cities.

Price excellent. ($29 for 3Gb, or you can get 1Gb for $19)
If you don't want a contract, you can buy the modem dongle outright, but the exit cost of the contract comes to about the remaining cost of said modem, so I'm not sure if it makes much difference.

irishmark
Nov. 10th, 2008 04:33 am (UTC)
Telstra has recently started prepaid mobile broadband. Again you buy the modem outright ($149) and the credits expire in a month but if you only need wireless on and off it might be the thing.

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dvoid
Nov. 10th, 2008 07:38 am (UTC)
There was an excellent article in APC Mag recently comparing the wireless broadband offerings from the various carriers. I have it at work, unfortunately I'm not at work now.

The short version is that you're best off going with Telstra or Three if you want it to be at all usable. Avoid Optus for this reason but mainly because their pricing structure for this product is ridiculous - charges in ten meg increments.
motokomaharet
Nov. 10th, 2008 08:24 am (UTC)
I have Optus.
$199 for the modem outright and I am currently getting 3 gb, upload and download, with some sites free, for $30.00 prepaid mobile broadband. 1 month worth...

I have used it various places around Adelaide now and am happy with the cost.
I actually used on Saturday at Cam, it was really useful. It was basically plug in, load self drivers, (which didn't take long) and play.

The Optus help line sucks because it is voice a activated menu. I don't know if that is a consideration.

I went with Optus, because I won't go near Telstra again and no-one else had them prepaid when I was looking.

:)
fengshuiguy
Nov. 10th, 2008 01:11 pm (UTC)
I used iBurst for over a year, and I've found their coverage to be pretty damned good with some minor exceptions - I couldn't get coverage in Lorne, and I can't get coverage in Osborne Park in Perth at the moment.

But while it's been a little expensive if I download a lot, I've found it reliable both in terms of being able to get a signal, and keep it over time. Fast, too.

That being said, iBurst is apparently about to go under...

I've had to switch to 3G now because work uses them as a standard, I'm not as impressed so far. It seems to have a habit sometimes of dropping in and out of being connected.
ozisim
Nov. 10th, 2008 01:26 pm (UTC)
I have experience with Three and Optus. Not entirely happy with either... txt me with a good time to call tomorrow and I can elaborate.
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