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    Default Specific iPad data pack from Telcos?

    Are we expected to see new data packs released for the iPad 3G like in the US?

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    Yes, they say it be around June. Ether way I plan to go with Telstra for broadband. I have nothing bad to say about Voadafone with 3G it's not bad. But When I do use the 3G I want it to work. Vodafone is to patchy and Optus well, I think the iPad will brake their network.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ecto1 View Post
    Yes, they say it be around June. Ether way I plan to go with Telstra for broadband. I have nothing bad to say about Voadafone with 3G it's not bad. But When I do use the 3G I want it to work. Vodafone is to patchy and Optus well, I think the iPad will brake their network.

    It's interesting how you can use both 'brake' and 'break' and it makes sense. (Brake as in slow down and break as in destroy).
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    if you mean are there going to be data packs that are unique to the iPad, then...

    my guess is that if the carriers treat it like a phone and sell it subsidised on a contract then there would be specific data plans (because it wouldn't be bundled with phone calls) - whether Apple allows them to lock it to the network remains to be seen

    whereas if you can buy it unlocked and sign up to a plan then i'd think it more likely that the carriers would just offer their existing data plans as (micro)SIM-only. i do note that such a scenario is different to the US, but then we're going to be different to them anyway coz of likely choice of carrier and non-unlimited data.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guy View Post
    .....my guess is that if the carriers treat it like a phone and sell it subsidised on a contract .....
    What makes you think Apple is going to let the Telco's sell it.

    You wont be able to buy one from AT&T in the states. Apple is selling it direct from its retail stores and outlets - unlocked. And setting up the 3G connection will be able to be done directly from the iPad.

    It will be sold like a computer or iPod.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skritter View Post
    What makes you think Apple is going to let the Telco's sell it.

    You wont be able to buy one from AT&T in the states. Apple is selling it direct from its retail stores and outlets - unlocked. And setting up the 3G connection will be able to be done directly from the iPad.

    It will be sold like a computer or iPod.
    Well Apple have stated that they're going to be working with telcos to sell specific packages for the device. I don't see why Apple can't sell it directly, unlocked in their usual channels *plus* the telco channels. More shops selling it! Besides, a $49/month 3GB of data $0 upfront iPad 24 month contract would be very appealing to a lot of people I reckon.

    These deals won't be worked out until mid-year (again, according to Apple), so on launch day of the 3G model (late April), you won't be able to get them from a telco.

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    Optus just bought a whole stack of bandwidth to support its growth in data services - rapidly catching up on tel$tra

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renoman View Post
    Optus just bought a whole stack of bandwidth to support its growth in data services - rapidly catching up on tel$tra
    Have you used an Optus device and a Telstra device side by side, in various locations? From my experience (in Melbourne), the gap between Optus and Telstra is so large, I doubt Optus will be catching up and should just plough all their money into LTE/4G and make that the best experience they can, rather than wasting money on 3G.

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    Quote Originally Posted by decryption View Post
    Optus will be catching up and should just plough all their money into LTE/4G
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    Quote Originally Posted by Renoman View Post
    Optus just bought a whole stack of bandwidth to support its growth in data services - rapidly catching up on tel$tra
    *snorts* yeah and I'm about to be birthed by a Rhino...

    Optus is shit and it's going to remain shit until it invests massive amounts of money it should have been investing all along to catch up years ago.

    I use optus for my iPhone, I'm lucky when a web page loads at anything within something mildly reasonable (ie, go make my self a coffee)
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    Optus just bought a whole stack of bandwidth to support its growth in data services - rapidly catching up on tel$tra
    Optus is shit and it's going to remain shit until it invests massive amounts of money
    The original quote states Optus IS investing money....and I have noticed an improvement over the past few months. A long way to go, yes, but an improvement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by decryption View Post
    I doubt Optus will be catching up and should just plough all their money into LTE/4G and make that the best experience they can, rather than wasting money on 3G.
    +1

    If they could do what Telstra did with NextG for LTE/4G and position themselves as a fast data network, I think they'd be onto a winner. Hey, they could probably even raise their prices slightly if they did it.

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