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  1. Gazza

    Gazza Member

    Feb 5, 2006
    Anyone here had experience with Ipass internet connection.

    My IT dept (in the USA) wants me to go on it but as far as i can tell the number of locations (including airports) where you can connect is limited. I am thinking about using it mainly for Australian travel.


  2. Mal

    Mal Enthusiast

    Dec 25, 2004
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    Telstra offers access to IPass through most/all of their Wireless connections.

    Irrelevant to most Australian Qantas Club members as Telstra Wireless is now free from the lounges though...

    TBH, Wireless in Australia really hasn't taken off. Very few coffee shops et.al offer Wireless. McDonalds does via Telstra (and I assume offer Ipass), but do you really want to visit there for your wireless fix?

    You may also want to check out the IPass coverage finder for Australia here : Australia Hotspots : AU : Hotspot Finder : Browse by Region - Australia
  3. Gazza

    Gazza Member

    Feb 5, 2006
    Yeah had a look at that.

    Really looks basic (limited options as to where you can hook-up)

    Also looking at Telstra option of a Mobile phone type 3G connection that gives you connections anywhere there is mobile coverage.

    Anyone tried that?

  4. Yada Yada

    Yada Yada Established Member

    Dec 6, 2004
    I've been using iPass for about 3 years. I maintain a cheap OzEmail account just so that I can have access to it.

    Works well for me. It just provides cheaper access to lots of networks (both broadband and dialup) around the world. If you are a bit remote and can only get dialup then iPass often finds a local number, saving you from hideous hotel long distance charges.

    I've used it a lot in Asia and also the USA and UK. Locally, it gives me access to OzEmail's (now iiNet's) entire network in Australia so it's quite comprehensive.

    No complaints.
  5. Shano

    Shano Established Member

    Aug 17, 2006
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    I used to use GRIC Dial (the precursor to iPASS) frequently when travelling OS a few years ago before broadband became as widespread.

    This was only for dial-up at the time but used to work well (and cheaply). I find now that wherever I travel I usually have access to broadband (either free or paid for) so have not used iPASS.

    I have a bigpond dial-up account through my employer that has been retained purely for global roaming (via GRIC at the time). I was unsure whether this would also give me access to broadband hot spots as well.
  6. cssaus

    cssaus Active Member

    Dec 13, 2004
    I've used this technique as a last resort where I do not have access to a wireless service.

    I have a Nokia N70 and on a 3G connection the speed is quite acceptable. Be aware, the cost can be somewhat high and you might want to look into a network usage cap before embarking on this option.
  7. Evan

    Evan Established Member

    Dec 26, 2006
    SIN / MEL
    We use ipass but connect via our own VPN so ipass is also configured to use "open" wireless networks.
    I have found it good and used it around Asia and Europe a lot for an extended trial recently, ipass locations in AU and some Asian countries are limited but the ability to use an open network wireless or wired means that we avoided all those problems and probably reduced cost.

  8. Ipass is very convenient, but the cost must vary from provider to provider.

    My provider of Ipass charges $7.50 per 15 minutes for wireless access and $4 per 15 minutes dialup.

    Not cheap, really.
  9. Commuter

    Commuter Active Member

    Jun 14, 2006
    I have used iPass and it is very handy to have, even if I have to use the dial-up overseas (I'm with Telstra Bigpond for my wireless access).

    I have just got myself the 3's broadband on mobile - it's reasonably priced, and where there is 3G coverage, it seems to be pretty decent overall (and a lot cheaper than Telstra wireless).

    One problem with iPass at the moment - software does not like Vista (or Vista does not like the software...).
  10. econgdon

    econgdon Junior Member

    Aug 17, 2007
    I used iPass 2 years ago for a 1 month o/s trip, access was excellent, though I found the indexing to actually find what hotspaot ipass accessed was poor.. for example if in the UK at Charring Cross... how do you know which BT telephome box is the hotspot ? .. there are no IDnumbers for each hotspot.. and similar with cafes and so on, you have to search through them, log on and then see if you connect successfully .. in my opinion, each hotspotiPass connects with should have its own unique number.. still I found the range etc excellent.. I looked at Aussie services as a mater of interest in passing, only and thought them lacking, apart from maybe Sydney.. Then I got my account.. gigantuaous.... gave it away.. not I seem to find as wifi has grown around teh world.. enough free airports and hotel;s to survive.. though I like to budget.. I pay myown costs.. I think it an impost that at Australian airports we have to pay for internet access. I found afree internet booth at Sydney airport and it wa taken up all time by airport employees surfing the net and chatting !! I personally think that if you were travelling Australia for a limited tiome, the telstra G3 access card for a given time period would is the best.. for alocal resident intemittent traveller.. I am still trying to work one out... I really think that a subscriber to Optus of Telstra at homw should be given access to the roaming network intemittently and be billed, but neither provider seems prepared to do that, so they lose revenue.. I go to an intenet cafe, find open hotspots and have a c5edit with azure blue, which doesn't steel it if I dont use it.. "Beware of the bicycle dealer watching your unused bicycle tethered outside his shop, even if you bought it from him originally. !!"
    Telstra have stopped supporting iPass for macs by the way
  11. econgdon

    econgdon Junior Member

    Aug 17, 2007
    I used iPass two years ago in Eastern Europe and Asia, very good for giving access almost anywhere, even if bydial up in out of the way places. At least access is available, and it does gives access. I did find it very poorly indexed in places where there were lots of options,, say for exapml, in London.. how do you know which BT telephone box at Charring Cross staion is the one that supports Ipass and BT Broadband???
    Its a nightmare. As an intellectual exercie I looked at the aussie service options THEN, and thought it lacking apart from maybe Sydney. I no longer use iPass ,as the account was gigantuous. and not clear. I find now, with wifi so prevalent, that I can survive on open hotspots and plugging into internet cafes.. BUT I woud rather not.... Its also a disgrace in Australia that airports are not free. It shows our backwardness. And very few if any, power points. The new Hobart airport which calls itself international.. has NONE at all. Typical Tasmania, lots of appearance BUT For an international visitor, I would suggest a Telstra G3 internet access card which gives a set time and unlimited access. For locals with intermittent requirements, there is little offering as the main providers steal it if it aint used within a set time.. I woud love a service provider that gave roaming access to the casual user to be charged t a main account on a pay as use basis, if they were signed up for fixed access with that provider..
    Also if you are American, you may be more likely to be using a mac. Telstra have discontined iPass international for Mac
  12. serfty


    Nov 16, 2004
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    FWIW, if you head to the south of the new 'airside' waiting area it is possible to tap in to the 'free' QP Telstra 'hotspot' signal (ignore the much stronger Telstra 'paid' network).
  13. econgdon

    econgdon Junior Member

    Aug 17, 2007
    Thanks, Ive been using Azure blue at Hobart. Also if in Melb, if you sit at the bar in Jetstar underneat Qantas' First Class Lounge, you can tap into the free First cCass wi fi for that lounge. Not even a paid service out at Avalon. Embarassing for Victoria which ONCE wanted to be business friendly and tried to lead the nation in such things ..
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