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Feb 15, 2005
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Has anyone got or tried this?

It was being flogged in the Melbourne QC yesterday (yes, this was *before* the flight!)

It looks pretty nifty, to this dedicated early adopter. For $399 you get a small mobile modem which slots into a port on your laptop. Signing up before Christmas gives you three months free access, after which monthly plans range from $29.95 up.

I love the idea of mobile broadband without having to find a wireless zone!

Gave my card to the guy on the display so he could send me a brochure setting out the details, and by the time I had got my macchiato and found an armchair, some other guy in the head office was calling my mobile to pitch to me all over again. The product looks really attractive but this sort of selling technique smacks of desperation, and worries me.

Anyone succumbed yet?


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Jan 8, 2003
Me either, and I have been through SYD T1, SYD T2, SYD T3, MEL (DOM and INT) BNE (DOM) and PER (DOM) in the last week, and haven't seen a thing.



Mar 28, 2005
I believe that Telstra is doing a similar thing, don't know what they call it or too much about it. I know one person who uses it and he was happy with how it worked. Another friend of mine was doing tech support for it, and apparently lots of issues...However most of these were due to Telstra selling people in the bush the normal cards, when they had no coverage and needed the CDMA version.



Aug 27, 2004
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cabbage74 said:
I believe that Telstra is doing a similar thing ...
Telstra have two options for wireless broadband access to Big Pond, one being a wireless modem at $199 up front cost, and the other being a PC Card (PCMCIA) for $299 up front.


Veteran Member
Nov 25, 2004
Optus announced today a rpoduct that works when you have hotspot, 3G or plain CDMA coverage, kind of takes the gueeswork out of working how to get access - whirlpool has more info.


AFF Supporter
Dec 25, 2004
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Sounds to me like they are using GPRS for this... Don't think that either Voda or any of their friends (bar 3 mobile) actually use anything else for data yet. I know telstra have done some trials with other technologies, but unsure if they offer anything in a PCMCIA slot yet!

It should be an ok technology for what you would require (I assume basic web surfing and/or emails from the office). Bear in mind that the cost could become pretty high per month depending on the plans and what you downloaded.

Also, to access emails from the office could be complicated unless you have internet facing email servers, or a VPN solution that works. (Ie, can you access your email from a normal internet connected computer?)

This has intrigued me enough to go searching on Voda's site as to what they were flogging. A quick search shows a device called the "Vodafone mobile connect card". The plans available seem to be shown here: http://www.vodafone.com.au/business/bussol/databundle/databundle.jsp?gs=business&hd=bussol&ss=databundle

Other phone companies would sell a similar device. To me it looks like a rebadged Sony Ericsson GPRS modem. You might want to talk to your corporate mobile phone provider about what they might want to offer for similar technology.
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