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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Xenon, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. Xenon

    Xenon New Member

    We're moving over in August, and in anticipation of having to drive around looking for streets while house hunting, I was going to buy a GPS/Navi device. Primarily I want it to find streets in Brisbane, but long-term I guess I'll want to use it out of the car for small hiking tours etc. Also, we'll need a mobile phone because we're staying in temporary accomodation at first which has a fixed phone line, but we'll need to make a few calls out and about.

    What experiences have people got using smart phones for car-based navigation? I got the impression that mobile services can be a bit patchy in Australia, although I would hope that Brisbane and its' suburbs should be OK.

    Any recomendation for a (not too high end) smart phone with GPS and a payment plan that allows you not to have a fixed address. Soemthing that only relies on a valid credit card, I guess.

    And where do you buy the phone? Is there any point in shopping around, or are most "phone warehouses" the same +-5%?


  2. srp

    srp No longer active member


    Mobile phones out here can be a minefield to work your way through the various plans and "caps" that are available. Also using your phone for internet connection can be a bit hit and miss. You can buy a simple TomTom sat nav for around $130. A cheap mobile phone on pay as you go may be worth thinking about until you are established. I just purchased one from our local Coles petrol station for $30 and it had $35 worth of credit included, but that is just a plain phone to make calls in an emergency, nothing fancy.

    You will find it will be well worth shopping around if you want a smart phone to get the best deals available.
  3. fish.01

    fish.01 Member

    note that Telstra has the best mobile phone network.

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