My other half is spending more on her PAYG 2degrees mobile plus her 2degrees broadband stick than she wants. I think a good solution is to switch her mobile onto a 2degrees $39/month plan, which comes with 1gb free data, dump the broadband stick, and then use her phone as a wireless hotspot when she needs to use the web when travelling. This will require an update of her phone to one that has wifi. Her requirement for a new phone is only that (a) its easy to use and (b) has good battery life. She uses the phone only to make phone calls.
There are several options;
1. Use the free Huwai u8150 that comes with the $39 plan to replace her phone. It seems its Android Froyo has the wifi hotspot feature built in.
2. Buy a better simple Android phone, say the Samsung S5360, which also has the hotspot ability and a longer battery life.
3. Buy a simple long-life Nokia, say the E52, and use Joikusoft wifi app on it (have used before, works well)
I am a long term Nokia/Symbian fan, but suspect it might make more sense to use a phone with the necessary app built in, rather than a 3rd party one. No (cheap) Nokia has the wifi hotspot feature yet.
All advice (about which phone to choose or if this is even a good idea) appreciated.