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Frizzo
11th November 2006, 02:25 PM
I wish to connect to Telstra Next G wireless broadband network using my Powerbook however it does not have a PCMA slot to use the card Telsrta supply. Can anyone advise me on a way around this or if USB compatable technology is coming available in the near future for us Mac users?

The Architect.mac
11th November 2006, 02:50 PM
I beleive USB version is coming soon as they dont have an expresscard version (the new PCMCIA) and USB will alleviate most scenarios for most people...

mikinoz
12th November 2006, 07:44 AM
Crosses fingers!

Joltman
12th November 2006, 09:21 AM
i am using bluetooth to connect to an i-mate JASJAM on Telstras next g network. Only required some scripts for internet connect to be able to use it as a GSM style modem.

Transfer rates have been a little dissapointing so far.

I have a HR PBG4 for the record.

luke_in_tas
12th November 2006, 09:53 AM
I contacted Telstra about this issue. Below is the reply I received:


Dear Luke,

Thank you for your email dated 13/10/06, regarding your recent USB modem enquiries.

Luke, I do apologise as regrettably I am unable to confirm when or if a USB device will be
released at this time.

I do apologise that we could of not been of more assistance on this occasion, however we
recommend you keep in contact with us to receive regular updates regarding this information.

Thank you for using Telstra's online services.

Please do not hesitate to contact us on 125 111 (a 24 hour/7 days per week service which is
a 25 cent call from any Telstra service including mobiles, except via Telecard) or via
www.telstra.com if you require further information or assistance.

Looks like the Maxon MiniMax (http://www.maxon.com.au/products/consumers/consumers-minimax-home.asp) is the best way to go at the moment, unless you get a NextG phone. I believe Telstra have something in the works to replace the EVDO modems with NextG modems for free, when they become available, but I can't remember where I saw it. I think there may also be some limitations on who is eligible, but I can't recall the details.

The Architect.mac
12th November 2006, 09:59 AM
joltjam - thats becuase your working on non-HSDPA speeds, try using the demo of launch2net http://www.novamedia.de/e_pages/e_produkte_mac_l2n.html and see if you can get it using HSDPA speeds unless the scripts you used had that sort of support... where did you get the scripts etc...

luke_in_tas
12th November 2006, 10:03 AM
Oh, I forgot. If you want to use it in an area covered by Vodafone's 3G network another option is their Vodafone Mobile Connect USB Modem (http://www.vodafone.com.au/business/bussol/vmc/vmc_usbmodem.jsp?gs=business&hd=bussol&st=laptop&ss=modem) (it also drops back to the GPRS when not in a 3G coverage area).

Although it says on Vodafone's site that it the minimum requirements are a PowerBook G4, this article (http://www.apcstart.com/node/3810) by Dan Warne suggests that it will also be compatible with MacBooks (i.e. Intel machines as well as PowerPC ones).

Unfortunately Vodafone's 3G network isn't available in Hobart yet :(