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OFFLINE   newtaste #21

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Posted 14 February 2011 - 11:37 PM

Seven's Vivid to finally roll out their 4G wireless network within 12 to 18 months. But instead of using WiMax with speeds of 5Mbps to 8Mbps as they are in Perth, the Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra areas could get LTE with speeds of 40Mbps to 70Mbps.

http://www.theaustra...x-1226005896862

OFFLINE   Squee! #22

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Posted 15 February 2011 - 09:33 AM

I believe severe capacity issues in Perth and an underestimated rate of takeup (especially for the Unlimited plan) is what slowed down the rollout initially as the equipment was been used to strengthen Perth coverage. Good to see it will finally get a national rollout.

OFFLINE   J23 #23

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Posted 12 June 2011 - 09:19 PM

I have Bigpond turbo wireless and I can't even begin to explain how many problems I've had with it. I can't understand why I get slow speed, internet pages that don't load at all, but then there are times when all of a sudden it will run fast, then back to slow speeds and so on. The problem has been so bad that I've had to try Optus wireless. I've had absolutely no problems with Optus at all. The speed is a bit slower but reasonably good. I have 12 months to go on my 24 month contract with bigpond. I signed up on the 24 month contract because I expected bigpond to be good. I don't know why bigpond is like this. Has anyone else had similar issues?

Edited by J23, 12 June 2011 - 09:24 PM.


OFFLINE   newtaste #24

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 12:45 AM

Optus has completed the puchase of Vividwireless and Unwired from Seven Group Holdings. Optus will use the spectrum they have bought for their 4G LTE rollout.

http://www.theaustra...j-1226401641425

I had Unwired around 2005/2006 and it was rubbish. I only had it because it was pretty much the first wireless modem available and was cheapish. You would think that Optus will close down Vividwireless and Unwired and move the existing customers to Optus.

OFFLINE   Squee! #25

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 12:24 AM

Business as usual for Vivid for at least the next Financial year is the word from the top.
Going to be interesting to see what Optus morph it into though.

Vivid is very large in Perth and has a big portion of the wireless broadband market, also very competitive plans, would alienate a lot of customers if they were all ported to optuses (very shitty) wireless broadband service.

OFFLINE   newtaste #26

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 08:30 AM

Telstra to shut their old 2100Mhz 3G network on 30 Aug 2012.

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Edited by newtaste, 09 July 2012 - 09:00 PM.


OFFLINE   Squee! #27

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 10:52 PM

Quite a concern, constantly falls back to 2100Mhz in Perth CBD due to overcrowding of 850Mhz.
Can only imagine its going to be a lagfest like the other networks as soon as that capacity is switched off.

OFFLINE   Commander Slicer #28

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 04:17 PM

Hope I'm not affected, I need my daily porn quota!

OFFLINE   Johnson28 #29

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 10:58 PM

I have since found out the shutdown of the 2100 MHz network is related to Telstra and Hutchison ending an eight-year network sharing agreement: http://www.smh.com.a...0704-21hkq.html

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 10:01 PM

I have since found out the shutdown of the 2100 MHz network is related to Telstra and Hutchison ending an eight-year network sharing agreement: http://www.smh.com.a...0704-21hkq.html


What happens to your 3G phone if you don't have support for 850Mhz?

OFFLINE   Squee! #31

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 10:20 PM

If your on Telstra? Will just roam back to 2G only, rendering data pretty much useless.

OFFLINE   ShadowDan #32

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 11:47 PM

Would this necessarily affect the Ipad 3G sim cards or just the phone network?

OFFLINE   Squee! #33

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 12:00 AM

3G iPads have 850Mhz, meaning they'll be unaffected.

OFFLINE   IanG #34

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 10:57 AM

I use an Optus one which is good for what I use Mobile Broadband needs. My brother keeps asking me about booster antennas for them but I just keep telling him that his problem is simply cause he lives in a black spot.
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OFFLINE   Matlock #35

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 10:58 PM

Quite a concern, constantly falls back to 2100Mhz in Perth CBD due to overcrowding of 850Mhz.
Can only imagine its going to be a lagfest like the other networks as soon as that capacity is switched off.

Some good news for you. In areas where over-crowding may occur on the 850Mhz, Telstra has installed their own 2100Mhz coverage, but it will not be widely avaliable.

Source: Wikipedia.

OFFLINE   triton #36

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 10:53 AM

I'm trying to get mobile broadband for a laptop. I haven't had it before and I want to go with a cheap provider such as Amaysim or Savvytel, but I'm having trouble finding the right sort of modem. My local Dick Smith only had ones already locked to a provider (Telstra, Optus etc.) and said it would cost $80-$100 to unlock. The Amaysim website says this:

What modem or dongles can I use? 

You can use any unlocked modem (or dongle) with amaysim DATA or one that is compatible with the Optus Network. The modem must also have the ability to operate on either the 900MHz or 2100Mhz network frequencies for 3G services to work. Most modems are ‘locked’ by the operator so it’s best to check with your current provider.

 

Can you buy a generic unlocked modem, and any suggestions on brands, models and somewhere to buy them?

 



OFFLINE   Commander Slicer #37

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 11:11 AM

https://www.dc-unlocker.com/



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Posted 16 April 2013 - 11:25 AM

I'm trying to get mobile broadband for a laptop. I haven't had it before and I want to go with a cheap provider such as Amaysim or Savvytel, but I'm having trouble finding the right sort of modem. My local Dick Smith only had ones already locked to a provider (Telstra, Optus etc.) and said it would cost $80-$100 to unlock. The Amaysim website says this:

 

Can you buy a generic unlocked modem, and any suggestions on brands, models and somewhere to buy them?

 

Officeworks has an unlocked Huawei USB modem for $129. However since Amaysim is a MNVO on Optus, you should be able to buy a prepaid Optus stick and put in the Amaysim SIM card without problems.

I have unlocked my Telstra WiFi Hotspot with DC Unlocker as Commander Slicer suggested. Works a treat.



OFFLINE   triton #39

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 11:47 AM

Thanks, guys. The Officeworks one looks a bit pricey if an Optus one (Dick Smith about $50) will unlock cheaply. Amaysim said a modem locked to Optus should work but didn't guarantee there wouldn't be problems. Well, I can just buy it and try it and if I have trouble I can use DC Unlocker on it.



OFFLINE   triton #40

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 09:33 AM

Oops. I thought the inner (smaller) SIM was the right one, but it's not. Optus told me I can fix it with sticky tape. Is that the best way?

 

Instructions were terrible. It said to take out the right size, but nothing that came with the device actually said which was the right size, so I went by eye and picked the wrong one because the larger one looked too big. It's a Huewei E3131.