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May 02, 2008

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Nick Cowie

you a few alternatives

telstra is fast, expensive, coverage outside the major cities (if you do the tourist thing), don't know if your N95 can use telstra frquency 850Mhz? cost prepaid data is 200Mb for $60Aud

All the other networks Vodafone, 3 (hutchinson), Optus use the upper end (1800 - 2100Mhz) as the rest of the world.

Vodafone prepaid mobile data is $1Aud for 5 minutes. Do not know if the others do prepaid data.

If you can get a post paid contract with a carrier (don't know if they will do that with a non resident) I would suggest 3. For a N95, you can get a call cap that suits you, and mobile data in 4 different monthly packs, 100mb for $12aud to 2Gb for $40aud that include Skype time in addition to that bandwidth.

The 3 site is http://www.three.com.au/ the data plans for phones can be found under Xseries and you can use their contact form to ask them if you can get a contract (which you end just before you leave Oz).

3 are probably the cheapest (though Vodafone and Virgin are competitive now) all have good coverage in major Oz cities. The downside of 3 is having to deal with their indian call centre (staff quality/knowledge varies dramatically).

Bhaskar @ Qik

@kanter some data points on prices from Optus and Telstra.

Optus: http://personal.optus.com.au/web/ocaportal.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=Template_wRHS&FP=/personal/mobile/3gmobile/3grates&site=personal

Telstra: http://www.telstra.com.au/mobile/plans/browsing_packs.html

steve Garfield

Hi Beth,

Great write up on QIK and Twitter!

Do you need the SIM card for a presentation the next morning? If so, how about finding out if the location had WiFi?

That would be best.
-Steve

Beth Kanter

@steve - thanks for that - also asking, but wanted back up .. in case the wifi flakes out and I'm traveling around and want to be able to send qiks home to Walter and kids .. video post cards.

From: Ramesh Nadan
To: Bhaskar Roy
Subject: Re: Help?

With regards to the SIM and a data plan, here are some options...

http://www.three.com.au/threestore/prepaidmobiles.xhtml

https://www.virginmobile.com.au/shop/default.aspx?campaign=paidsearch
(This has the SIM option only)

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If you can get a post paid contract with a carrier (don't know if they will do that with a non resident) I would suggest 3.

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If you can get a post paid contract with a carrier (don't know if they will do that with a non resident) I would suggest 3.

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