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internet access


My husband and I are keen to make the big break and travel right around this beautiful country.  Does anyone have advise in relation to internet access....is it difficult to maintain.  For example does anyone have experience in using satellite or mobile access in remote areas?

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Hi Shelly1.
We have sat access via a Globalstar sat 'phone, but it is slow (less than dial-up) and costs $1 per minute, so we don't use it, but could in an emergency.
We use a Telstra NextG wireless modem which is quite fast and works anywhere there is NextG service. Our plan is $49/month (200mb) or $79/mth (500mb) which is not cheap, but very convenient and includes the modem.
Better plans might be available via Bigpond, and "relocatable" plans are cheaper than "mobile" plans. You need to suss them out at the local Telstra Shop. Don't let them tell you what is best for you until you have investigated very thoroughly.
It is also possible to use some mobile phones as a modem, but it depends on the plan you are on how much this costs.
If you want good coverage, you must have it via a Telstra NextG service. No options.

Cheers,
Peter.

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Thanks so much Peter I will take that info into consideration and check out the Telstra option.
Shelly



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We use vodaphone mobile net $39 pm on 24 mth plan 5 gigabytes download.
Where there's NextG coverage it's excellent, where there's not it's very slow or non existant.
Most van parks we've found have either free or prepay wifi access.
If your'e not running a corporation from your van you should find you'll manage quit well.
We have found a way to do our blogs offline then post them when we hook up. 

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Shelly 1,
I have just setup a Next G mobile as a modem with a $29.00 80mb monthly package from Telstra.
My server is Westnet, but by setting up another account in Outlook with outgoing mail as mail.bigpond.com.au instead of mail.westnet.com.au, it works a treat. The speed is good and I only use when on the road or when other options are not available.
Hope this helps you and others seeking this advice

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