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mattydee
9th December 2009, 09:32 PM
got a 3G modem? why not grab a $2 Telstra sim card, activate it as a wireless broadband account and they will give you 1GB free

from lifehacker (http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2009/12/get-next-g-data-credit-on-a-2-sim/)


A prepaid Next G modem (http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2008/09/next_g_wireless_broadband_goes_prepaid/) is a good way to get go-anywhere access over the holidays, but the rates you get charged are steep. Over at Whirlpool, an ingenious poster has worked out how to take advantage of a current promotion to get cheap data on a $2 SIM.

Essentially, the approach is this: pick up a $2 Next G SIM from a convenience store, and ring Telstra to activate it as a data connection. Telstra is currently offering 1GB of free data on new prepaid Next G modems, but you can also activate a SIM (by phone) and get the same deal.


No doubt Telstra will clamp down on the arrangement eventually, but numerous Whirlpool posters have made it work (using both Next G and other modems), so it may be worth a try if you’re looking for some casual Christmas connectivity.

Whirlpool Thread
(http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies.cfm?t=1336407)
i'll be doing it tomorrow!

haydio
9th December 2009, 09:42 PM
Grr, why couldn't they be doing this one month ago…

Buthidae
10th December 2009, 12:03 AM
Way to not invent time travel, haydio!

Nice tip, might give it a crack since I've been wanting to test out Telstra for a while

Shaun R
10th December 2009, 09:18 AM
Oh so tempting!!

However, I haz no modem dongle thingy... If anyone has one for sale (locked to Telstra, or unlocked) that would be most appreciated... :)

haydio
10th December 2009, 09:39 AM
Why don't you just buy a brand new one, they are only $99 and you still get the 1GB.

mattydee
10th December 2009, 10:42 AM
Why don't you just buy a brand new one, they are only $99 and you still get the 1GB.

currently 69 at Big W

incanspyder
10th December 2009, 10:52 AM
Uh, can't you just use your iphone as the modem after you've activated the 1gb?

mattydee
10th December 2009, 11:53 AM
Uh, can't you just use your iphone as the modem after you've activated the 1gb?

that would work too assuming it is locked to telstra or unlocked from somewhere else

cactus68
11th December 2009, 02:28 PM
currently 69 at Big W

yeh only when you buy a $30 telstra recharge at the same time!

so total of $99

mattydee
11th December 2009, 03:10 PM
yeh only when you buy a $30 telstra recharge at the same time!

so total of $99

the asterisk wins this round