Since I posted this post on my problems with my wireless broadband, I’ve received constant emails from around the Tropposphere on how I am going with the problem, begging for a sequel. Well folks, I can report the next exciting episode is that I contacted Optus at the end of my 30 day guarantee and told them that what they’d served up was a crock of shite and that I wanted to cancel the contract. I’ve just signed up with Three, and I get 1 Gig a month for $15 plus $5 per month for the modem – which is cuter and littler than the previous ‘dongle’ (their word). I can also upgrade it temporarily to the 2 Gig service for double the price – which I’ll need to do during christmas when I use it solidly over the six week Christmas break.
They said it wouldn’t work on Mum’s farm out past Hall, but because she’s about to move to a retirement village in town, I went with them and prepared to use a dialup for the next week or so. This halves the cost of access, so it’s a Good Thing. Three were also pretty good to deal with – less waiting and so on. (Though they refused to send me a connection if I couldn’t nominate a home base that had Three access. I told them that this was used for travelling – hello, is anyone home – but rules are rules and they told me that I would have had to go into a store to get the service if I had been in a base that didn’t have coverage. Anyway I did.
Anyway, I tested it on Mum’s farm, and it works just fine and dandy – I’ve just clocked it at 2177 kbps download and 350 kbps upload. (I suspect the problem with Optus was a technical one – as reception was good. On one occasion a technician told me some settings needed changing, but I wasn’t in the trouble zone when I rang and, though I repeated this lead to a couple of techies I talked to at Optus, nothing came of it. Anyway I’m saving money and getting better service now, so there you go, a bit of bad technical advice is sometimes a boon).
One thing I’ll have to watch is that outside the metropolitan area if it can’t rustle up the Three network it can go onto roaming and you get charged a bomb for that. Anyway, I don’t seem to have that problem where I am, and like most people I just want metro coverage outside this, so I’m a happy camper.
So I recommend it. In fact, if you want to email me on nicholas AT gruen DOT com and then DOT au, I’ll send your details to Three which means you and I will each get $25 for our trouble if you sign up.