cheapest mobile broadband?

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    Max Guest

    Max, Nov 16, 2014
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  5. Taking this question literally, lately I've been looking at the cheapest
    Mobile Broadband with min. of 1GB/month for use as permanent connection.

    Here are my notes (pretty rubbish because I haven't finished yet, and sorry
    about the long links):


    1GB $9.90/m -

    1GB$11/m -


    1GB $11/m -

    *Telstra 12GB for $200 lasts 365d

    *iiNet 1GB (+ 1GB 12pm-7am) - $16.66 (inc. $20 SIM cost)

    *ALDImobile plan not for continuous connection - may cut you off - $16.50/m 1.5GB

    Best deal was the garage sale I went to last week. A Telstra WiFi mobile
    broadband thing with an un-activated 5GB Pre-Paid SIM in it, bought for
    $1 (not knowing about the SIM)!

    Also, if anyone's interested, last month I did a similar thing trying to
    find the cheapest deal that gives you mobile coverage for a phone that
    doesn't get used (in my case an emergency phone to keep in the car). That
    comparison is much better and complete than above, I can post it if someone

    That result for me was ALDImobile, especially if you buy a new SIM each year.
    The $5 credit included with the SIM lasts a year..
    Computer Nerd Kev, Dec 5, 2014
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    Rod Speed Guest

    The pay as you go data can be much better
    value depending on how much data you use.
    You don’t need a wifi modem broadband thing
    if you use your mobile phone as a hotspot.
    Amaysim pay as you go leaves that for dead. Just $2 for the sim
    and no ongoing cost at all, just play for the calls you make.
    Don’t need to with amaysim.
    Lasts forever with amaysim.
    Rod Speed, Dec 6, 2014
  7. I saw that they used to have a "Post-Paid" deal like that, but I
    couldn't find it on their website, so I assumed they must have
    dropped it. Best deal I could find for "no use users" was
    $5 Pre-Paid which expires in 90 days.
    Computer Nerd Kev, Dec 6, 2014
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    Petzl Guest

    As Rod said depending on the way you use your mobile.
    If you use your mobile calls only and pay $10 it will expire in 90
    But if you top up with $10 on 3 day warning SMS call advising you of
    your 90 days almost up, your credit left is added to the $10 top-up
    If you don't you can still receive calls for another 90 days but can't
    make calls via mobile.

    If your Mobile is a "smart phone" you can (often) use Skype on WiFi
    connections (home or hotspots eg Macca's) to make calls but cost a
    minimum of AU$16, calls cost 2.5 cents a minute to anywhere in world
    land lines bit dearer to mobiles but still cheap
    premium annually no call charge AU$100. no time limit

    Don't recomend it to recieve calls I were getting to many wrong
    Petzl, Dec 7, 2014
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    Rod Speed Guest

    You didn’t look very hard.
    You don’t have to do prepaid, you can do pay as you go instead.
    That is just the initial credit, not the plan.

    And you can get a sim for $2 anywhere and it doesn’t expire.
    Rod Speed, Dec 7, 2014
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    Rod Speed Guest

    The pay as you go post pay doesn't.
    Doesn't happen with post pay.
    That isnt really any use for the emergency calls he was talking about.
    My mate who uses that doesn't get that.
    Rod Speed, Dec 7, 2014
  11. I understood the previous offer only required that you _use_
    your phone once every 90 days to keep it going, so I assumed
    this was a different plan.
    From what I see, if you give ALDI your $5, you get a working SIM
    for 365 days (if you don't use it). With your $5 at Amaysim, you
    get 90 days.

    Amaysim might be better if you used $5 credit in 90 days, but in
    my case I won't use this in ALDI's 365 days.
    I looked in-store at a few of these (Optus, Volafone and some other
    small crowd I can't remember). The lady at the counter informed me
    that she wasn't aware of any that lasted more than a month (and the
    sales booklets backed her up).
    Computer Nerd Kev, Dec 7, 2014
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    Rod Speed Guest

    That was never the case, that 90 expiry is jus the initial $5
    credit you get when you buy the sim off the web site for $5.
    Nope. You keep confusing how long the sim works for with
    the $5 CREDIT you get with amaysim when you buy the sim
    for $5 on their web site.
    Doesn’t matter if you use the $5 credit in 90
    days or not, the sim keeps working regardless
    and is available to use if your car breaks etc.

    And buying an amaysim sim for $2 at any major retailer
    like woolys etc is even better value in that case.
    Works even better with amaysim
    because it doesn’t expire in 365 days.
    Not with amaysim. She just doesn’t have a clue.
    Rod Speed, Dec 8, 2014
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    Rod Speed Guest

    And you can get it even cheaper than that if you get
    someone who is already an amaysim customer to
    sign you up, you both get a credit. No real value for
    you since you only use it if the car breaks but still
    much better value than Aldi if you use it at all.

    Only downside is that it uses the Optus 3G service
    instead of Telstra's 3G service in the case of Aldi.
    Rod Speed, Dec 8, 2014
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    SG1 Guest

    A very big downside if you are not in a capital city.
    SG1, Dec 8, 2014
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    Petzl Guest

    That works both ways though
    Some areas (includin Citis) Optus works were others don't
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    Petzl, Dec 8, 2014
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    Rod Speed Guest

    Bullshit. There is a lot more Optus service around than just in the capital
    Rod Speed, Dec 8, 2014
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    SG1 Guest

    Well it is crap just out of Toowoomba. Helstra has a transmitter in our
    Nearest Oparse is in Toowoomba.
    SG1, Dec 8, 2014
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    Rod Speed Guest

    Your problem.
    Optarse has more than one in our surrounding villages
    and some which arent in villages at all as well. Helstra doesn’t.
    We have well over a dozen Optarse towers here,
    in a place a lot smaller than Toowoomba.
    Rod Speed, Dec 8, 2014
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    SG1 Guest

    Maybe the folk in Qld are smarter than NSW.
    SG1, Dec 8, 2014
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    Rod Speed Guest

    Obviously not, they get shafted by Helstra.
    Rod Speed, Dec 8, 2014
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