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    Can anyone suggest a good price for a 4G mobile network in Melbourne looking at Optus Coverage.

    hi all trying to find a decent price for as much data as I can possibly get on a 4G network, I've checked the 4G coverage maps on the Optus pages and it says I can get it outdoors in my area and it looks pretty good on the map:

    https://www.optus.com.au/network/mobile/coverage

    Optus 4G Coverage





    Where is Optus 4G?

    Our 4G network is now in selected areas of Sydney, Newcastle, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide CBD.
    And from June our Canberra customers can enjoy Optus 4G with one of our new 4G Dual band Mobile Broadband modems.
    Just click on each of the maps to see expanded detail.

    Sydney 4G Optus network coverage:


    Newcastle
    4G Optus network coverage:


    Brisbane
    4G Optus network coverage:


    Gold Coast
    4G Optus network coverage:


    Perth
    4G Optus network coverage:


    Melbourne
    4G Optus network coverage:


    Adelaide
    4G Optus network coverage:


    Canberra
    4G Optus network coverage:



    Optus 4G will be gradually rolled out across more parts of the country.
    Not in a 4G coverage area?

    Did you know it can still be worth getting an Optus 4G device even if Optus 4G isn't currently available at your main address?
    That’s because our 4G network is constantly growing all the time (it’s going to cover 50% of Australians living in metropolitan areas by the end of 2014).
    Not only that, if you don’t have 4G coverage today, your 4G device will still work on our 3G network. And with a 4G Single band device you can access 4G whenever you move into an Optus 4G Single band coverage area.
    We have two 4G Dual band modems available that will enable you to access 4G mobile broadband in any Optus 4G coverage areas, including 4G coverage areas in Canberra (4G Single band
    phones and devices can’t access the 4G network in Canberra).But don’t worry, 4G Dual band mobile phones will be coming later this year.
    Important Information
    4G Dual band refers to our 4G 1800MHz/2300MHz coverage and devices. 4G Single band refers to our 4G 1800MHz coverage and devices. You need a 4G plan and a compatible 4G device to access our 4G coverage. 4G devices can also access any available 3G network coverage. 3G Dual band refers to our UMTS2100MHz/900MHz coverage and devices. For detailed coverage maps see optus.com.au/coverage







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    I'll have a look around a bit later today and see if I can find you any good deals.

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    Optus seem quite expensive compared to Virgin who use the Optus Network-

    https://www.optus.com.au/shop/broadb...nd/e3276v2/usb


    Huawei E3276 V2
    USB Modem


    The E3276 4G Dual band USB Modem delivers convenient mobile broadband to your computer or laptop at home, in the office, or while you’re on the move. It’s small, lightweight and installs quickly and easily so you can get connected to Optus’ 4G Dual band* network in minutes!

    SEE
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    Features Specifications Why Optus Your Support Your Network Buy Device





    1.
    Choose your contract length

    24 Months 12 Months Month to Month





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    Min. Monthly Cost

    Data Per Month

    Other Benefits






    for first month
    $ 169 ^

    $20 My Mobile Broadband Plan +
    $149 device repayment



    1 GB 1
    1MB included data = $0.0195 +



    • Light mobile internet use and general social chat
    • Pay only $10 for each additional 1GB of data 2
    • 25% off mobile broadband access fees when bundled with an Optus mobile 3





    Buy Now


    Min. Total Cost is $169.00 for first month excluding any discounts. All for use within Australia.



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    for first month
    $ 179 ^

    $30 My Mobile Broadband Plan +
    $149 device repayment



    4 GB 1
    1MB included data = $0.0073 +



    • Moderate mobile internet use and occasional downloads
    • Pay only $10 for each additional 1GB of data 2
    • 25% off mobile broadband access fees when bundled with an Optus mobile 3





    Buy Now


    Min. Total Cost is $179.00 for first month excluding any discounts. All for use within Australia.



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    for first month
    $ 194 ^

    $45 My Mobile Broadband Plan +
    $149 device repayment



    7 GB 1
    1MB included data = $0.0063 +



    • Regular mobile internet use and downloads
    • Pay only $10 for each additional 1GB of data 2
    • 25% off mobile broadband access fees when bundled with an Optus mobile 3





    Buy Now


    Min. Total Cost is $194.00 for first month excluding any discounts. All for use within Australia.



    Critical Information Summary









    for first month
    $ 209 ^

    $60 My Mobile Broadband Plan +
    $149 device repayment



    10 GB 1
    1MB included data = $0.0059 +



    • Heavy mobile internet use and downloads
    • Pay only $10 for each additional 1GB of data 2
    • 25% off mobile broadband access fees when bundled with an Optus mobile 3





    Buy Now


    Min. Total Cost is $209.00 for first month excluding any discounts. All for use within Australia.



    Critical Information Summary












    Mobile Broadband Plans - Wireless Broadband Plans - Virgin Mobile

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    Awarded Best Value by the experts at PC & Tech Authority, our Broadband plans are sure to please. Choose a new modem, bring your own or get a Micro SIM for your Apple® iPad™.
    "Virgin [Mobile] charges a fraction of Telstra & delivers a solid connection"
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    All our Postpaid plans include

    • No bill shock – we don’t charge for excess usage1
    • Bundle & save $5 per month2
    • Get what you pay for - we charge per KB, not per MB
    • Get great coverage on the Optus network3





    Postpaid Mobile Broadband - 4G

    Monthly PlansData1(Cost of 1MB data included in plan)Contract(min. total cost over 12 months)Good to knowBuy online
    now4 $5913GB($0.0045/MB)12 months($708)

    $0 Upfront Why go
    WiFi 4G?

    • Super-fast 4G speed - in selected areas*
    • Flexible - up to 10 WiFi connections
    • Portable & light





    Postpaid Mobile Broadband - 3G

    Bring your own modem or 3G iPad

    1GB bundle plan





    *4G broadband coverage is currently unavailable in Canberra areas. Modem will automatically revert to 3G network. 4G network is expected to be rolled out in 2013
    4G WiFi Device will only access 4G 1800MHz network, outside of these areas, it will automatically fall back to 3G network. The 4G 1800MHz network is not available in Canberra. Check your coverage.
    The Fine Print: Not for sale in Northern Territory and Tasmania (except for Hobart). International roaming not available with mobile broadband services. 1) Data includes uploads and downloads & is charged per KB. Exceed your data allowance & speed is limited to 128Kbps for the next 250MB. Use more and your service will be unavailable until the first day of your next usage period, unless you purchase a data top up (max 3 per month). Acceptable Use Policy applies. Service cancellation may apply if you download continuously or if your use adversely impacts other users. Peer to peer speed is limited to 32Kbps. 2) With a Post-Paid mobile plan on the same account. 3) Broadband speeds are available in the 3G Dual Band areas of the Optus Open network. Outside of these areas you will fall back to Optus’ GSM/GPRS network. See virginmobile.com.au/broadband-coverage-checker. Acceptable Use Policy applies.
    12 month plans: 4) 12 month connection required. The Equipment Charge of the USB modem is $79, the 4G WiFi modem is $199, and the 3G WiFi modem is $99. Each month the Equipment Charge/12 is paid off your modem. Leave anytime, just pay outstanding balance of the equipment charge, the current month’s pro-rated spend, plus $250 if you leave within the first 6 months. BYO modem: 5) Leave anytime just pay current month’s pro-rated spend and any outstanding amounts. 6) You can change plans once per billing month. 7) 24 month connection required. The Equipment Charge of the USB modem is $79. Each month the Equipment Charge/24 is paid off your modem. Leave anytime, just pay outstanding balance of the Equipment Charge, the current month’s pro-rated spend, plus $250 if you leave within the first 6 months. 8) Devices must be WiFi™ enabled and meet minimum system requirements. WiFi™ signal range varies from house to house and can be affected by the proximity of electromagnetic devices, large metal objects, bodies of water or several high density walls between your computer and WiFi™ modem, and the location of the WiFi™ modem within your home.
    Note: Approved customers only. 1st bill is pro-rated (min monthly spend and included data) from the date you connect to the start of your next month’s bill. Payment by E-Bill & Direct Debit only. All rates apply in Oz.

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    Telstra 4G with Sony Xperia Z

    After seeing Fool's post I'm not sure if you're after 4G broadband or a mobile phone deal, Telstra offer a mega 1GB of data on 4G from $63/month:

    Telstra - 4G Mobile Phones & Plans

    Sony Xperia Z





    • 13.1 megapixel camera
    • Water and dust resistant
    • 5 inch 1080p display
    • Blue Tick



    Available on

    $63 per monthTalk/MMS:$600 value
    Text:Unlimited
    Data:1GB


    Minimum cost $1512 after MRO bonus 24 month term.



    All included usage to standard Australian numbers. Excludes use overseas. $2.38 for 2 min standard call and $0.10/MB for excess data usage.

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    no idea how good their network is or if it's worth the 4G?

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    Telstra managed to convince a friend of mine to get a 4G modem even though there is no 4G in their area, big waste of money that was and the range on his modem for wireless is about 5m, it's garbage!

    iinet also have 4g plans for mobiles and 4G data packages for modems-

    Mobile Broadband - Mobile Broadband Plans - iiNet Australia


    Mobile Broadband plans

    Stay connected in more places with iiNet Mobile Broadband! With 3G and 4G coverage, you can stay connected wherever you are, whether you’re at home, on the train, or out and about, just plug in your USB modem to enjoy wireless broadband access on your laptop.
    Show more

    • 3G available for 97%
      of australians
    • 4G available in most
      metro areas ?


    Plan Quota
    Anytime
    With 4G hardware
    on 24 month contract
    SIM only
    on no contract
    Excess usage
    4G Mobile Broadband 5GB 5GB Anytime $34.95($6.99 per GB) $29.95($5.99 per GB) 2c/MB
    4G Mobile Broadband 10GB 10GB Anytime $39.95($4.00 per GB) $34.95($3.50 per GB) 2c/MB
    4G Mobile Broadband 15GB 15GB Anytime $59.95($4.00 per GB) $54.95($3.66 per GB) 2c/MB
    4G Mobile Broadband 20GB 20GB Anytime $79.95($4.00 per GB) $74.95($3.75 per GB) 2c/MB
    Minimum total cost over a 24 month contract on the 4G Mobile Broadband 5GB plan unbundled plan is $838.80 ($34.95 monthly plan fee, includes 4G USB modem).
    Download the Mobile Broadband Critical Information Summary


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    the smartest of smartphones

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    • Live tiles on customizable home screen
    • OneNote & SkyDrive

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    $25
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    Inspiration doesn’t wait

    • Narrower, thinner, lighter than the Galaxy Note
    • Quad core power with large battery
    • Popup Note

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    Total Minimum Cost over 24 months $2210.75 (including handset, SIM and broadband service). Important terms and conditions apply.**
    designed for humans

    • Recognises when you are looking at the phone
    • Knows when you want to talk
    • Alerts you about missed calls and new messages

    View handset details
    $29
    per month over 24 month contract or $696 upfront

    Total Minimum Cost over 24 months $2114.75 (including handset, SIM and broadband service). Important terms and conditions apply.**
    Live in a world of infinite possibilities

    • Lightest and most sophisticated Galaxy yet
    • 13MP Camera with dual shot feature
    • New Motion Technology (Air View/Air Gestures)
    • 4G Compatible***

    Available Colours : Black and White
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    $33
    per month over 24 month contract or $792 upfront

    Total Minimum Cost over 24 months $2210.75 (including handset, SIM and broadband service). Important terms and conditions apply.**
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    Samsung GALAXY S II


    Samsung GALAXY Ace


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    Samsung GALAXY S III


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    Pick a plan (SIM-only plans also available)

    You can choose a mobile plan to go with one of our Samsung handsets, or bring your own phone – we're totally cool with that. All our mobile plans come with a whopping call and data allowance, and you even get to keep your old mobile number. $15 planBest for a budget200MB mobile data$200
    included value1 View plan details
    $30 planCasual conversation1.5GB mobile data$500
    included value1all inclusive
    SMS to any mobile
    in Australia View plan details
    $45 planTotal peace of mind3GB mobile data$800
    included value1all inclusive
    SMS to any mobile
    in Australia
    &
    iiNet to iiNet
    mobile calls View plan details
    $60 planFor heavy use3GB mobile dataall inclusive
    Local & national
    voice or video calls,
    on any network.
    &
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    &
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    &
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    1 Included value:
    Local & national voice or video calls, on any network.
    $15 plan includes National & international SMS & MMS. and the others include International SMS. National & international MMS.
    Calls to 13, 1300, 1800 numbers. Voicemail deposit & retrieval.

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    Telstra managed to convince a friend of mine to get a 4G modem even though there is no 4G in their area, big waste of money that was and the range on his modem for wireless is about 5m, it's garbage!

    iinet also have 4g plans for mobiles and 4G data packages for modems-

    Mobile Broadband - Mobile Broadband Plans - iiNet Australia


    Mobile Broadband plans

    Stay connected in more places with iiNet Mobile Broadband! With 3G and 4G coverage, you can stay connected wherever you are, whether you’re at home, on the train, or out and about, just plug in your USB modem to enjoy wireless broadband access on your laptop.
    Show more

    • 3G available for 97%
      of australians
    • 4G available in most
      metro areas ?


    Plan Quota
    Anytime
    With 4G hardware
    on 24 month contract
    SIM only
    on no contract
    Excess usage
    4G Mobile Broadband 5GB 5GB Anytime $34.95($6.99 per GB) $29.95($5.99 per GB) 2c/MB
    4G Mobile Broadband 10GB 10GB Anytime $39.95($4.00 per GB) $34.95($3.50 per GB) 2c/MB
    4G Mobile Broadband 15GB 15GB Anytime $59.95($4.00 per GB) $54.95($3.66 per GB) 2c/MB
    4G Mobile Broadband 20GB 20GB Anytime $79.95($4.00 per GB) $74.95($3.75 per GB) 2c/MB
    Minimum total cost over a 24 month contract on the 4G Mobile Broadband 5GB plan unbundled plan is $838.80 ($34.95 monthly plan fee, includes 4G USB modem).
    Download the Mobile Broadband Critical Information Summary


    Mobile Phone Plans - iiNet Australia
    iiNet mobile

    Want to combine great coverage with cutting-edge technology? iiNet has a range of 4G mobile phone plans that you can buddy with any of our awesome Samsung mobile phones, or alternatively, take the SIM-only option and get connected with us while using your own handset.
    Show more



    Pick a handset

    Not an iiNet customer?To purchase an iiNet handset you need an eligible iiNet internet product and mobile SIM plan. Already an iiNet customer?All you need to do is choose a mobile handset (and SIM plan if you don't have one), login to Toolbox and sign up.
    the smartest of smartphones

    • 4.3" SUPER AMOLED Plus
    • Brilliant performance
    • Ultra Slim Design

    View handset details
    $20
    per month over 24 month contract or $480 upfront

    Total Minimum Cost over 24 months $1898.75 (including handset, SIM and broadband service). Important terms and conditions apply.**
    stunning minimalist design

    • Voice-Guided Turn by turn Navigation
    • Minimal Yet Sophisticated Design
    • Market with Limitless Fun

    View handset details
    $10
    per month over 24 month contract or $240 upfront

    Total Minimum Cost over 24 months $1658.75 (including handset, SIM and broadband service). Important terms and conditions apply.**
    Do it All. Windows on the Go

    • Microsoft Office preloaded
    • Live tiles on customizable home screen
    • OneNote & SkyDrive

    View handset details
    $25
    per month over 24 month contract or $600 upfront

    Total Minimum Cost over 24 months $2018.75 (including handset, SIM and broadband service). Important terms and conditions apply.**
    Inspiration doesn’t wait

    • Narrower, thinner, lighter than the Galaxy Note
    • Quad core power with large battery
    • Popup Note

    Available Colours : White or Grey
    View handset details
    $33
    per month over 24 month contract or $792 upfront

    Total Minimum Cost over 24 months $2210.75 (including handset, SIM and broadband service). Important terms and conditions apply.**
    designed for humans

    • Recognises when you are looking at the phone
    • Knows when you want to talk
    • Alerts you about missed calls and new messages

    View handset details
    $29
    per month over 24 month contract or $696 upfront

    Total Minimum Cost over 24 months $2114.75 (including handset, SIM and broadband service). Important terms and conditions apply.**
    Live in a world of infinite possibilities

    • Lightest and most sophisticated Galaxy yet
    • 13MP Camera with dual shot feature
    • New Motion Technology (Air View/Air Gestures)
    • 4G Compatible***

    Available Colours : Black and White
    View handset details
    $33
    per month over 24 month contract or $792 upfront

    Total Minimum Cost over 24 months $2210.75 (including handset, SIM and broadband service). Important terms and conditions apply.**
    ">

    Samsung GALAXY S II


    Samsung GALAXY Ace


    Samsung ATIV S


    Samsung GALAXY Note II


    Samsung GALAXY S III


    Samsung GALAXY S4


    Pick a plan (SIM-only plans also available)

    You can choose a mobile plan to go with one of our Samsung handsets, or bring your own phone – we're totally cool with that. All our mobile plans come with a whopping call and data allowance, and you even get to keep your old mobile number. $15 planBest for a budget200MB mobile data$200
    included value1 View plan details
    $30 planCasual conversation1.5GB mobile data$500
    included value1all inclusive
    SMS to any mobile
    in Australia View plan details
    $45 planTotal peace of mind3GB mobile data$800
    included value1all inclusive
    SMS to any mobile
    in Australia
    &
    iiNet to iiNet
    mobile calls View plan details
    $60 planFor heavy use3GB mobile dataall inclusive
    Local & national
    voice or video calls,
    on any network.
    &
    National SMS & MMS.
    &
    Calls to 13, 1300, 1800 numbers
    &
    Voicemail deposit & retrieval View plan details
    1 Included value:
    Local & national voice or video calls, on any network.
    $15 plan includes National & international SMS & MMS. and the others include International SMS. National & international MMS.
    Calls to 13, 1300, 1800 numbers. Voicemail deposit & retrieval.

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    thanx for these posts, it seems 4G is very expensive and one of those external modems setup as hot spot maybe a better option, with how many places give free wifi now I do wonder if it's worth it I already use the Westfield shopping centre one a lot
    I love to shop!


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