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  Reply # 480773 13-Jun-2011 21:58
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I don't think Virgin in AU are doing the $19 for a gig any more? I was there last week and couldn't find it. Their website has $29 for a SIM and 250MB data, which is more like $40 NZD.

Anyway, with the exchange rate the way it is, 2degrees is fairly competitive and I reckon I only spent a few bucks extra roaming with them in Sydney, with no hassle of changing SIMs.

My tip is to find a cafe with wireless and see if they leave it on at night when they're closed (Cherry Beans in Pyrmont).

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  Reply # 480793 13-Jun-2011 22:49
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So...you're stealing a wifi signal and that's how you beat roaming costs? Ooookay.

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  Reply # 480843 14-Jun-2011 08:28
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Nope. I paid, they gave me the password, I happened to be walking past the same place later and my phone hooked up again. But I'd be more likely to go back to the same place again.

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  Reply # 480899 14-Jun-2011 10:03
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Now compare the NZ prices with Optus prepaid at $1.32/60 KB ($22/MB) on the cheapest plan and $6.60/60 KB ($110/MB) on the most expensive! I saw the $6.60 rate mentioned in another thread and couldn't believe it...

NEW Turbo Cap Plus, Boost Super Cap and BlackBerry Super Cap - $6.60 per 60KB (+ 22c flagfall)
Data Blaster - $3.96 per 60KB (+ 22c flagfall)
All other plans - $1.32 per 60KB with a 22c flagfall.

Edit: Telstra's basic prepaid rate is $15/MB... an improvement but still not the best (especially considering that they're in AU$). I haven't looked at the other Aussie operators but it looks like we get a better overall deal in the cases that I've looked at.

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  Reply # 480903 14-Jun-2011 10:10
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Lol I'd buy a prepaid Optus sim card or sign up under a fake name for post paid then bring it back here and just torrent it up. Would be a great party trick to show off the invoice !





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  Reply # 480906 14-Jun-2011 10:12
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Alas Optus "only" charges $20/MB on postpaid.

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  Reply # 480914 14-Jun-2011 10:22
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Zeon: Lol I'd buy a prepaid Optus sim card or sign up under a fake name for post paid then bring it back here and just torrent it up. Would be a great party trick to show off the invoice !


only a couple of problems here,

1, credit check

2, need for credit card in most cases

3, not being able to return to Australia (well this one might not be a problem) 

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  Reply # 480927 14-Jun-2011 10:43
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amaysim is probably about the best deal for casual use in Aussie now.

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