Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


Satch

1985 posts

Uber Geek


#129385 13-Sep-2013 14:01
Send private message

Hi,

I did a bit of searching on GZ but found nothing current on the subject.

Will be travelling to Sydney next month (there for 5 days) and would like to get a data only SIM for my iPad (3rd Gen).  I choose to do this rather than pay AUD$25 per day for WIFI at the Four Seasons there (this is on top of their premium room rate!).  Which Telco is my best option?


Cheers.

View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
 1 | 2 | 3
ajobbins
5050 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  #895227 13-Sep-2013 14:04
Send private message

How much data do you intend to use?

All of the networks have $2 SIM cards, but what plan and network I would recommend depends on your planned usage and where you will be? (Just Sydney urban?)




Twitter: ajobbins


Affiliate link
 
 
 

Affiliate link: Trend Micro provides enhanced protection against viruses, malware, ransomware and spyware and more for your connected devices.
Satch

1985 posts

Uber Geek


  #895230 13-Sep-2013 14:07
Send private message

Hey,

I'd only really be using my iPad at the hotel so Sydney CBD. And I'l probably look to get maybe a 5GB data pack? I'm after the best network performance for a reasonable price.


Cheers.

hairy1
3162 posts

Uber Geek

ID Verified
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #895231 13-Sep-2013 14:10
Send private message

I am on the Optus $2 per day sim which has been magnificent. No tethering allowed though and word on the street is that if you put it in your ipad it will be shut down as it is not to be used in a data device.

I have been through heaps of data on my phone with no issues (you tube of the Americas Cup) which is probably not what it is intended for either!

Cheers, Matt.




My views (except when I am looking out their windows) are not those of my employer.




Satch

1985 posts

Uber Geek


  #895233 13-Sep-2013 14:12
Send private message

hairy1: I am on the Optus $2 per day sim which has been magnificent. No tethering allowed though and word on the street is that if you put it in your ipad it will be shut down as it is not to be used in a data device.

I have been through heaps of data on my phone with no issues (you tube of the Americas Cup) which is probably not what it is intended for either!

Cheers, Matt.


Thanks, but this is of no help to me.

I would like the ability to tether too.

ajobbins
5050 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  #895234 13-Sep-2013 14:15
Send private message

5GB sounds like a lot for a week. I struggle to use 1GB a month on my iPad. But if you are doing video or Skype I guess.

Amaysim have a 4GB data pack for $29.95, but the downside is all of their plans have 1MB rounding, so depending on how you use it, you may in fact get substantially less than that. Amaysim is a MVNO on the Optus network.

Another option might be Optus's $2 day plan, which gives you unlimited data on a fair use basis. If you are hitting 1GB+ per day, I'd say you might be at risk exceeding what they consider fair use - but you may well be fine.

Vodafone have a 3GB prepaid data pack for $29, and only 1kb rounding - so maybe pretty close to what you would get from Amaysim in reality.

Telstra probably have the best reputation, but 4GB will set you back $80 on prepaid.




Twitter: ajobbins


ajobbins
5050 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  #895235 13-Sep-2013 14:16
Send private message

Satch:Thanks, but this is of no help to me.

I would like the ability to tether too.


Hmmm, be careful here. (iDevice) Tethering is often disabled on plans over here, and some plans that allow it will charge it outside of data packs.

Edit: Amaysim WILL allow you to tether on their data pack plans, but for iDevices you need to be able to send an SMS to have it enabled.




Twitter: ajobbins


Satch

1985 posts

Uber Geek


  #895237 13-Sep-2013 14:18
Send private message

Thanks for the suggestions ajobbins. I've found similar info via Google, but am wondering if anyone has used one recently and can recommend an option from experience?

5GB is a lot but I'd rather pay $30 once off than pay $20 twice if I run out. I also only want to walk into a telco, pay over some money, and leave with a SIM I don't have to do anything more with.

Pay and walk away! :)



Satch

1985 posts

Uber Geek


  #895238 13-Sep-2013 14:19
Send private message

ajobbins:
Satch:Thanks, but this is of no help to me.

I would like the ability to tether too.


Hmmm, be careful here. (iDevice) Tethering is often disabled on plans over here, and some plans that allow it will charge it outside of data packs.

Edit: Amaysim WILL allow you to tether on their data pack plans, but for iDevices you need to be able to send an SMS to have it enabled.


Interesting info, thanks.  I will have my iPhone 4 with me too which I could chuck the SIM in if required.

hairy1
3162 posts

Uber Geek

ID Verified
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #895239 13-Sep-2013 14:22
Send private message

ajobbins:
Satch:Thanks, but this is of no help to me.

I would like the ability to tether too.


Hmmm, be careful here. (iDevice) Tethering is often disabled on plans over here, and some plans that allow it will charge it outside of data packs.

Edit: Amaysim WILL allow you to tether on their data pack plans, but for iDevices you need to be able to send an SMS to have it enabled.


I know it wasn't any help but just thought you might want to consider all options.

Yes. Tethering strictly against the TOS for the Optus $2 plan and for most plans I looked at. If you can get away with doing everything on your iphone then the $2 plan is great value for money. I am here for two weeks and for a $20 Optus Sim I got unlimited data / national calls / Texts. The Optus Sim gives you $30 of value so the $20 lasts for 15 days.






My views (except when I am looking out their windows) are not those of my employer.


ajobbins
5050 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  #895240 13-Sep-2013 14:22
Send private message

Satch: 5GB is a lot but I'd rather pay $30 once off than pay $20 twice if I run out. I also only want to walk into a telco, pay over some money, and leave with a SIM I don't have to do anything more with.

Pay and walk away! :)


By law in Australia you cannot activate a prepaid SIM card without providing 100 points of ID and an Australian address. Make sure you take your passport, a credit card and a valid Australian address (your hotel address is fine) to the store with you. If you go with an MVNO (Ie. anyone but Optus, Telstra or Voda) they don't have stores and the validation will need to be done online.




Twitter: ajobbins


hairy1
3162 posts

Uber Geek

ID Verified
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #895241 13-Sep-2013 14:24
Send private message

I walked into OPTUS to buy a sim and was required to have a passport to buy a Sim so carry that with you. I ended up at a 7/11 which didn't require a passport. Activated over the phone with no ID required. I am not sure why the OPTUS required a passport but I would assume that Telstra and Vodafone may have similar requirements.




My views (except when I am looking out their windows) are not those of my employer.


ajobbins
5050 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  #895242 13-Sep-2013 14:24
Send private message

hairy1: Yes. Tethering strictly against the TOS for the Optus $2 plan and for most plans I looked at. If you can get away with doing everything on your iphone then the $2 plan is great value for money. I am here for two weeks and for a $20 Optus Sim I got unlimited data / national calls / Texts. The Optus Sim gives you $30 of value so the $20 lasts for 15 days.


Or a $2 Optus SIM plus a $10 top up will get you 5 days of unlimited for $12. But I doubt tethering would work.




Twitter: ajobbins


hairy1
3162 posts

Uber Geek

ID Verified
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #895243 13-Sep-2013 14:24
Send private message

Ah. Thanks Adam. That answered the question.




My views (except when I am looking out their windows) are not those of my employer.


hairy1
3162 posts

Uber Geek

ID Verified
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #895245 13-Sep-2013 14:25
Send private message

ajobbins:
hairy1: Yes. Tethering strictly against the TOS for the Optus $2 plan and for most plans I looked at. If you can get away with doing everything on your iphone then the $2 plan is great value for money. I am here for two weeks and for a $20 Optus Sim I got unlimited data / national calls / Texts. The Optus Sim gives you $30 of value so the $20 lasts for 15 days.


Or a $2 Optus SIM plus a $10 top up will get you 5 days of unlimited for $12. But I doubt tethering would work.


It depends on your tethering method ;-)




My views (except when I am looking out their windows) are not those of my employer.


ajobbins
5050 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  #895246 13-Sep-2013 14:26
Send private message

hairy1: I walked into OPTUS to buy a sim and was required to have a passport to buy a Sim so carry that with you. I ended up at a 7/11 which didn't require a passport. Activated over the phone with no ID required. I am not sure why the OPTUS required a passport but I would assume that Telstra and Vodafone may have similar requirements.


Technically this is against the law, but it does happen - I just wouldn't count on it. The law says that ID must be collected before the 'service activation', however the carriers often rely on the collection at point of sale. The ID form they have to fill out for ACMA isn't brief, so your average 7/11 clerk is unlikely to bother for a $2 SIM. But the SIM will still require online or phone activation.




Twitter: ajobbins


 1 | 2 | 3
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic





News and reviews »

Samsung Introducing Galaxy Z Flip4 and Galaxy Z Fold4
Posted 11-Aug-2022 01:00


Samsung Unveils Health Innovations with Galaxy Watch5 and Galaxy Watch5 Pro
Posted 11-Aug-2022 01:00


Google Bringing First Cloud Region to Aotearoa New Zealand
Posted 10-Aug-2022 08:51


ANZ To Move to FIS Modern Banking Platform
Posted 10-Aug-2022 08:28


GoPro Hero10 Black Review
Posted 8-Aug-2022 17:41


Amazon to Acquire iRobot
Posted 6-Aug-2022 11:41


Samsung x LIFE Picture Collection Brings Iconic Moments in History to The Frame
Posted 4-Aug-2022 17:04


Norton Consumer Cyber Safety Pulse Report: Phishing for New Bait on Social Media
Posted 4-Aug-2022 16:50


Microsoft Announces New Solutions for Threat Intelligence and Attack Surface Management
Posted 3-Aug-2022 21:54


Seagate Addresses Hyperscale Workloads with Enterprise-Class Nytro SSDs
Posted 3-Aug-2022 21:50


Visa Launching Eco-friendly Payment Solutions in New Zealand
Posted 3-Aug-2022 21:48


NCR Delivers Services to Run Bank of New Zealand ATM Network
Posted 30-Jul-2022 11:06


New HP Portfolio Supports New Era of Hybrid Work
Posted 28-Jul-2022 17:14


Harman Kardon Launches Citation MultiBeam 1100 Soundbar
Posted 28-Jul-2022 17:10


Nanogirl Labs Launches Creator Project
Posted 28-Jul-2022 17:05









Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.







Backblaze unlimited backup