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Discussion in 'Health & Lifestyle' started by hoorsur, Dec 10, 2008.

  1. hoorsur

    hoorsur Guest

    Can anyone tell me if the mobile "wireless" broadband is of any use in the Sunshine Coast, which provider for speed and reliability, value for money and I notice that most are contract based for the best prices, how easy is it to get a contract with these firms with no credit rating since we will be coming over soon?
    Virgin seems the cheapest, any good?

    Not too many questions there.......

    If anyone can help, that would be great. Thanks in advance.

  2. cal

    cal Super Moderator

    It all depends on the area you will be in ,like a mobile phone some places dont have a strong reception meaning you keep getting disconnected , other areas are great , i think it will be a case of try and see or ask any neighbours if they have tried using one , hope this helps
    Cal x
  3. cal

    cal Super Moderator

    Forgot to add when we signed up for contract , we had to give credit card details ,, as we had only been here a few weeks we didnt have one only a uk dormant one , which they happily accepted!! so you shouldnt have any problems getting contract as long as you have proof of address.
    Cal x
  4. hoorsur

    hoorsur Guest

    Cheers for that, we may be looking for something about 5GB per month what with Skype video calls for friends and family, photos and emails and just general surfing.
  5. UK_OK

    UK_OK Guest

    We're with Virgin - they seem good value plus you get free calls to your landline from your mobile if you buy certain vouchers (also free calls between virgin mobile).

    One thing that's a bit of a shock is the download limits that all providers seem to have - I don't remember that been the case in the UK. Plus you have to sign up for two years - which is a bit of a shock - maybe you don't intend staying for 2 years or your not sure, or what if you want to switch service......?

    From memory, the Virgin package is a 12 month job, plus we avoided signing the direct debit so we could probably leave whenever we want!

    Downsides to Virgin Broadband: the service drops out relatively frequently for no reason meaning you have to restart the modem (like turning a mobile phone on and off again). I suspect this affects most mobile providers.

    You WILL need a credit card in Aus. You can't pay with EFTPOS (like Switch/Maestro) for anything online. Visa Debit is just getting going, so that will become more of an option. SOme restraunts etc also don't take EFTPOS, which is a bit of a shocker (we've had to go and find a cash machine leaving the Missus as a deposit).

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