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Topic # 191239 28-Jan-2016 21:43
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I was reading the other topic in this board regarding low usage options but my situation is slightly different. I need to find a solution for a couple of low usage users (parents, parents-in-law) who both do not ever use more than ~10GB in a month.

 

Both habe iPads but not the models with the SIM card slots, just Wi-Fi only. There is no reason for them to keep their expensive fixed line plans, most of which are charging them for 8-10x the amount of data they consume so I want to know if there is a decent low usage 3G/4G scenario.

 

I was wondering if it might be possible to buy a 2degrees SIM card, grab a Zone Data Pack and simply slot it in to some sort of router that can happily sit in a lounge/kitchen and only need a top up every six months or so (assuming the $99 data pack).

 

Does anyone else do/need something like this? What solutions do you have that do not require paying upward of $60 a month for a bunch of wasted data.

 

 

 

I should also mention that both sets of parents are happy with their iPads and do not want/need an iPhone or other smart phone. I suppose it would have been a better idea if they bought 3G capable iPads but I wasn't there when they bought them. :(


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  Reply # 1480953 28-Jan-2016 22:51
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Sounds like you just want a 3g portable hotspot, which all the telcos have for sale, even at the likes of the warehouse etc.





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  Reply # 1480961 28-Jan-2016 23:17
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I've seen a few of the mobile hot spot devices but they all seem to run on a battery. I'd prefer something I can leave plugged in to a wall socket somewhere. Less fire hazard and all that.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1480962 28-Jan-2016 23:19
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So get a 3G router or a router that takes a 3G USB stick

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  Reply # 1481015 29-Jan-2016 08:00
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They all charge and run from a USB wall adapter that is normally supplied in the box.




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  Reply # 1481086 29-Jan-2016 10:20
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Skinny has 60gig for $55 with a 4g modem

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  Reply # 1481127 29-Jan-2016 11:34
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Yup, I commented in that Skinny thread too. It is far too much for a low user to pay each month, they would be paying 4-5x the amount that they would use. The Skinny deal works out to be just less than $1 per GB/month. I want a 10GB/month version of that.


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  Reply # 1483007 1-Feb-2016 17:48
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Skinny do 5GB for $60 lasts 6mths
2deg do 12GB (zone data) for $99 lasts 6mths.
Spark mobile WiFi router does all the required bands (band 28 700MHz included), model MF-910 made by zte. Costs $199

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  Reply # 1483092 1-Feb-2016 20:24
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Yup, I commented in that Skinny thread too. It is far too much for a low user to pay each month, they would be paying 4-5x the amount that they would use. The Skinny deal works out to be just less than $1 per GB/month. I want a 10GB/month version of that.

 

 

 

 

Quite simply, what you're looking for doesn't exist and is very unlikely to ever exist, (at least not anytime soon). The reason? MOBILE DATA IS EXPENSIVE!

 

 

 

Across all carriers, even their cheapest data packs work out at around $12-$15 per GB. The cheapest AFAIK is still the 2degrees 'In Zone' $99 for 12GB which still works out at $8.25 per GB! At those rates, even the cheapest option @ 10GB/month would cost you $82.50/month.

 

 

 

That makes the Skinny $55/month for 60GB look great in comparison, but then they aren't going to offer that same $/GB for a 10GB plan like you want... just won't happen. The only way they can offer that kind of per GB value is to have a minimum monthly spend which in this case works out at $55.

 

 

 

Perhaps you should look at it this way. You're getting the 10GB of data you want for $55. That's only $5.50 per GB, much cheaper than any other data pack around. The other 50GB comes free!


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