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Exetel - Wireless Broadband massive 2GB for $22.50 per month, no contract.

Posted By: sum1, posted 2009/03/04 23:32
All the big telcos are promoting their latest wireless broadband deals, but why bother with them when you can get it at a price to rival even dial-up?

Plans with larger download limits but equivalent value are also available, as are $5 plans with no limits and 2.5c per MB.

As a comparison, Tel$tra charges $30 for a mere 200MB a month - only one tenth of this deal. Also, additional MB are only 5c each and not the 25c youd pay elsewhere.

Although I haven't taken it up, it seems a perfectly legitimate offering that started just recently on 1 March 2009. It's a HSPA service via the Optus wholesale 3G/HSPA mobile network. Exetel provides a USIM and/or USB STICK to provide you access to this.

Amazingly you also get a VoIP account (telephone calls via the internet) with a DID (Direct in dial - normal telephone number for people to call you). The VOIP offers really cheap calls to anywhere in the world, including 10 cent untimed calls to Australian landline numbers, whether they're next door or interstate.

To further add to its attractiveness, there seems to be a whole bunch of other bonuses including 30 free SMS, and 200MB hosted web space.

You'd have to do some research but you could potentially ditch your landline and ADSL internet in favour of this cheaper deal, which would save about $60 a month ($700 a year!), but likely more.

Follow the link to see their website for details. It would be interesting to hear from anyone who subscribes to it.

I have no affiliation with Exetel, but have been very pleased with their Naked DSL package for about a year now, which you can also see on their website.
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  • scubacoles2009/03/05 10:21:10
    You need a wireless modem to access the service though..
    They will sell one to you for $170!
  • MamaK2009/03/05 10:44:40
    I'm with exetel for ADSL (12g peak/48g off peak) and have been very happy with them. Is there a map of where the wireless is available or is it everywhere?
  • closey2009/03/05 20:01:08
    MamaK
    I'm with exetel for ADSL (12g peak/48g off peak) and have been very happy with them. Is there a map of where the wireless is available or is it everywhere?


    http://www.optus.com.au/coverage has it

    I use the Exetel HSPA service myself on my Nokia N78 (which is 'yesg' compatible, so will work in the rural/regional areas). I get ADSL1 style speeds from this, generally somewhere between 50-150kb/s (i.e. 512kbps->1.5mbps). If the optus tower near you is congested, though, you might not get brilliant results.

    In sparse/regional areas covered by yesg (ala 900MHz 3g), you will get fast speeds mostly because there aren't that many people on it (.. yet?). In city areas it might be slower. Then again, I see reports from Newtown, Sydney, of 350kb/s (3mbps) using the Exetel supplied USB modem.
  • bt342009/03/05 21:38:55
    $195 :eek: to activate the service if you don't go on a 24 months contract.
  • betaman2009/03/05 22:15:46
    closey
    If the optus tower near you is congested, though, you might not get brilliant results.

    Yeah I get that with Exetel ADSL2+ also (Optus dslam).

    When the wireless network is congested, how slow are we looking at? 50KB/s?
  • sum12009/03/05 22:33:20
    bt34
    $195 :eek: to activate the service if you don't go on a 24 months contract.


    If you look closely you'll see that the $195 includes the Huawei E16 modem. Activation is only $25 if you bring your own device.

    ...let me know if you find a deal elsewhere that doesn't have the initial $170-odd hardware cost and no lock-in contract.
  • betaman2009/03/06 08:09:33
    Three has $129 no contract plans.
  • admin2009/03/06 10:07:11
    sum1;82270
    If you look closely you'll see that the $195 includes the Huawei E16 modem. Activation is only $25 if you bring your own device.


    I've never managed to unlock one a dongle of any form - I searched around to unlock off three about 2 months ago and didnt turn anything up. Is it just me or have others come across the same issue.

    betaman;82298
    Three has $129 no contract plans.


    Good plans betaman?
  • betaman2009/03/06 12:05:24
    admin

    Good plans betaman?

    I've been considering it as a secondary mobile broadband connection. Price wise it seems the cheapest. After getting the modem you can choose plans that expire within one week or one year. Because I expect to use it only occasionally, a pay as you go plan suits me.

    However, I've heard that coverage is not so great in rural areas. And speed could be slower than Optus and Telstra.

    At the moment Optus (and therefore Exetel) is upgrading their network to higher speeds, so that you can expect 4.5 mbps. Telstra has also recently announced some hyper fast technology that is three times as fast as Optus in terms of theoretical max. speed (to be launched in May).

    I expect to see many new plans coming to the mobile broadband market over the next few months, so I don't want to stuck with a contract now. There is no way to avoid the overpriced proprietary modems though.
  • admin2009/03/06 19:56:47
    Someone was telling me the other day that there's now an app for attaching your iphone as a modem. One way around the issue :).

    Shame telstra is so expensive - I was impressed that it had 3G coverage right the way down to Augusta in WA. Didnt actually think it would have.
  • closey2009/03/06 20:52:41
    With congestion you can expect anything between nothing and 20kb/s I reckon... depends how congested I suppose.
  • sum12009/03/06 21:07:31
    admin
    I've never managed to unlock one a dongle of any form - I searched around to unlock off three about 2 months ago and didnt turn anything up


    Did you come across any of these? Don't know about anyone else but I've bought a fair amount of trinkets from that site before without ever a hitch. At only $6 USD it might be worth buying one of these wafer-thin inserts even just to try it. Besides, if it doesn't work with your locked HSPA modem I'm sure someone will gladly use it with their phone.
  • joelwilliam2009/03/17 23:57:12
    sum1
    Did you come across any of these? Don't know about anyone else but I've bought a fair amount of trinkets from that site before without ever a hitch. At only $6 USD it might be worth buying one of these wafer-thin inserts even just to try it. Besides, if it doesn't work with your locked HSPA modem I'm sure someone will gladly use it with their phone.


    Pros: Works fine with most of devices I've tested with (Nokia, HTC, Sony-Ericsson ...).
    Easy to use and voila ... a free device to use with your preferred (cheapest) Operator.

    Cons: Doesn't work with my Huawei E220 modem so I can't use my cheaper Internet Operator :(
    I think it is a bit fragile item and fat fingers people could damage it

    taken from: http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.13480 which looks to be a newer version.
  • Brad2009/03/18 00:20:57
    closey
    With congestion you can expect anything between nothing and 20kb/s I reckon... depends how congested I suppose.

    Been stuck with that before on the Optus network - not much fun :D

    All the better though, with no contract so you an test it out in your area.
  • admin2009/03/18 09:15:01
    sum1;82330
    Did you come across any of these?


    Good suggestion. Hadnt thought about that.

    joelwilliam;82971

    Cons: Doesn't work with my Huawei E220 modem so I can't use my cheaper Internet Operator :(


    reckons it works with the 120's so wonder why its no good on the 220's. If it doesnt work there has to be something out there.
  • port2009/07/11 05:21:56
    Since we're thread jacking old threads… :)

    admin
    I've never managed to unlock one a dongle of any form - I searched around to unlock off three about 2 months ago and didnt turn anything up. Is it just me or have others come across the same issue.


    I've unlocked a Bigpond dongle before, by way of third party software.

    AFAICT one normally needs to contact the original provider over the phone and arrange for an unlock code and software (if applicable).

    betaman
    However, I've heard that coverage is not so great in rural areas. And speed could be slower than Optus and Telstra.


    FWIW I have a Telstra and Virgin SIM, and the Virgin BB service is always faster than the Telstra one.

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