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User reviews of Three mobile broadband?

By johnboy - 7 January 2009 55

Due to the complicated nature of share house living I’ve currently got no internet at home with no immediate prospect of it. (The phone line is in the name of one dude no longer living there, the expired internet contract in the name of a girl who’s departed and no current housemates want their name on a contract)

This has got me looking at Three mobile broadband plans with a little USB dongle.

The prices look reasonable, but before committing to it I’d like to get some idea about whether the speeds in Canberra are actually anything approaching what’s promised.

Thoughts? Suggested alternatives?

What’s Your opinion?


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User reviews of Three mobile broadband?
grundy 3:29 pm 07 Jan 09

H1NG0 said :

Bigpond is a joke for the prices they charge. I wouldn’t even consider them.

I ‘hate’ them as much as anyone and yes, their prices are crazy, but from experience they offer the best performance, reliability and coverage for any wireless internet solution right now.
So you’re still saying you wouldn’t consider them based simply on principle?

I say JB gives Telstra a go. Hell, I tested the connection in (roughly?) the same suburb as him, so that’s gotta count for something. 😉

southeeplace 3:26 pm 07 Jan 09

I use 3 mobile broadband and am very happy. Vodafone was terrible in every way.

H1NG0 3:23 pm 07 Jan 09

Bigpond is a joke for the prices they charge. I wouldn’t even consider them.
My sister has Virign Mobile Broadband and it seems to work well over in Belconnen. I tested it out here in Ngunnawal and it was slower than dial-up speeds due to the mobile reception. Unfortunately I am in the situation where I am unable to get any kind of ADSL service and mobile broadband coverage is not great either. My lines are too bad to handle both voice and data. I wouldn’t mind sacrificed voice services for a broadband connection but Telsra won’t budge. Their words were along the lines of “bad luck, our priority is our voice service”.

grundy 3:22 pm 07 Jan 09

So we’re consistent, can anyone attempting speed tests try:

http://speedtest.velocitynet.com.au

johnboy 3:22 pm 07 Jan 09

Oh and thanks to everyone actually contributing data, keep it coming.

johnboy 3:22 pm 07 Jan 09

peterh said :

perhaps JB, you could see if RA can organise one for business use for you?

TWB (Telstra Wireless broadband) plans are pretty reasonable, and have 24×7 support. You need to be a business to own one though, or it is bigpond.

speak to rocco or wayne at Technology warehouse. They can help you with Wireless business broadband.

Peter if I was after a business service I’d have asked about that. But as it would be of very limited interest to any other readers how about we stick to the subject at hand?

fnaah 3:21 pm 07 Jan 09

First test isn’t great:
Broadband Speed Test Results

Test run on 07/01/2009 @ 03:19 PM

Mirror: iiNet
Data: 3 MB
Test Time: 28.83 secs

Your line speed is 850 kbps (0.85 Mbps).
Your download speed is 106 KB/s (0.1 MB/s).

chrispy 3:18 pm 07 Jan 09

One of the recent APC magazines has done a review of all the wireless broadband services (possibly the latest one). from memory they said that Telstra was expensive but had great speed and coverage, optus (and it’s resellers) had an overloaded network and vodafone was somewhere between.

peterh 3:17 pm 07 Jan 09

perhaps JB, you could see if RA can organise one for business use for you?

TWB (Telstra Wireless broadband) plans are pretty reasonable, and have 24×7 support. You need to be a business to own one though, or it is bigpond.

speak to rocco or wayne at Technology warehouse. They can help you with Wireless business broadband.

caf 3:16 pm 07 Jan 09

I’ve been using 3 broadband with one of those dongles for the past month while housesitting in the inner north – the speeds have been fine (consistent 1Mbps down, peaking about twice that).

grundy 3:13 pm 07 Jan 09

I havn’t tried 3 (I have mobile with them) or Voda, but I did reluctantly try Bigpond. (Because of their coverage of the south coast)

http://my.bigpond.com/internetplans/broadband/wireless/plansandoffers/default.jsp

I used the Wireless Modem instead of USB Key and from my house in O’Connor I got a very reasonable speedtest of 7Mb down / 1.2Mb up!

I can’t promise the same speeds with the USB Key, since you will likely have a lower signal strength, but if you can look past the price and the ‘Bigpond’ label, it is a good service.
Make sure you get the Liberty plans though, so you get shaped if you reach your limit. Bigponds excess usage charges are horrible.

PS: I use TransACT 8Mb cable, the Bigpond wireless was for my parents who moved to the south coast. happy to report that the wireless is still kicking along down there for them too.

realityskin 3:12 pm 07 Jan 09

about 59k

tylersmayhem 3:09 pm 07 Jan 09

Haven’t used it myself either, but have you considered the Virgin equiv:

http://www.virginbroadband.com.au/wirelessbroadband/mobile-broadband.aspx

fnaah 3:07 pm 07 Jan 09

Been using a 3 Mobile Broadband account occasionally for after hours support, haven’t had a problem as yet. Haven’t really speed tested it though – lemme get back to you. 🙂

peterh 3:04 pm 07 Jan 09

speeds and feeds for the current mobile broadband offerings are very important. BUT not as important as the levels of service you will get.

IMHO, check out the comments about the varied offerings at whirlpool, very interesting article about 3 mobile broadband… http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-threads.cfm?f=18

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