Telstra Mico Sim

15 06 2010

If you are a current telstra pre-paid customer as I am, here is what i did as an alternative to the iPad $20 per month for data. As I have an iPhone on telstra’s 3G network with a prepaid sim. I have accumulated quite a bit of credit. The deal is if you spend $60 you get 250 mins and 250 texts. I do get through the minutes but have thousands of text messages stacked up and a heap of money, as the cash you spend goes into your account for spending on other products such as data, extra voice minutes, or here lies the key, Credit Me To You. I purchased a normal prepaid sim from the T-life store ( this was the most difficult part of the process as for some reason the government now wants you to give your soul for a prepaid sim and this is a time consuming process with some hung over fool on a saturday morning). Then simply cut the sim down to size, it really is easy. I used a pair of nail scissors no worries at all. Place sim into iPad then use the credit me to you feature to the number designated to the sim in your iPad. You can only transfer $10 per day unfortunately.
If you are a current telstra pre-paid customer as I am, here is what i did as an alternative to the iPad $20 per month for data. As I have an iPhone on telstra’s 3G network with a prepaid sim. I have accumulated quite a bit of credit. The deal is if you spend $60 you get 250 mins and 250 texts. I do get through the minutes but have thousands of text messages stacked up and a heap of money, as the cash you spend goes into your account for spending on other products such as data, extra voice minutes, or here lies the key, Credit Me To You. I purchased a normal prepaid sim from the T-life store ( this was the most difficult part of the process as for some reason the government now wants you to give your soul for a prepaid sim and this is a time consuming process with some hung over fool on a saturday morning). Then simply cut the sim down to size, it really is easy. I used a pair of nail scissors no worries at all. Place sim into iPad then use the credit me to you feature to the number designated to the sim in your iPad. You can only transfer $10 per day unfortunately.






Telstra finally enables iPhone tethering

8 12 2009


After months of playing the blame game with Apple, Telstra quietly enabled iPhone tethering over the weekend.The change means Telstra iPhone users can now “tether” their iPhone to a notebook via USB or Bluetooth, providing the notebook with internet access via Telstra’s Next G mobile broadband network. It’s a trick you’ve been able to do with other Telstra phones for years, meaning you don’t have to buy a separate USB modem.

Australia’s other telcos introduced iPhone tethering not long after it became available with the iPhone 3.0 software update in June. Meanwhile Telstra insisted that Apple wouldn’t let it enabling tethering, while all Apple would say was that tethering decisions rest with the telco.

smh.com.au






iPhone for sale on online Apple Store AU

5 07 2009

Finally Apple have realised that they should sell their phone outright in Australia. Considering that every carrier supplies them in OZ, there is no reason they shouldn’t. They are real expensive though. Just have to save your pennies.






Internet Tethering Workaround/ Telstra Fails on iPhone Tethering

20 06 2009

After digging a little further, I found that Telstra has no problem with internet tethering for the Blackberry on their network. I think the settings for this phone will be the key to internet tethering on the iPhone. In fact here are the APN settings for iphone.

Type the following address straight into the Safari Browser on your iPhone.

Telstra with APN of ‘telstra.internet’
http://weave.zarack.com/TelstraTetherv1Internet.mobileconfig

Telstra with APN of ‘telstra.IPH’
http://weave.zarack.com/TelstraTetherv1IPH.mobileconfig

Downloading one of these will activate tethering on your iPhone.

Then activate in Settings/General/Network/Internet Tethering on your phone.

Here is the Telstra Rant on Blackberry.

Using BlackBerry Bold smartphone as a Next G broadband modem

The BlackBerry® Bold™ smartphone supports peak rated download speeds of 3.6Mbps (typical speeds of 550kbps to 1.5Mbps) 1. On the Next G™ network and can be used as a broadband modem when connected to your compatible PC via a USB cable. This means that you can use the internet or connect back to your office 2. From your laptop wirelessly using the speed and coverage of the Next G™ network.

It’s a great feature when you are away from the office and have some down time that requires detailed work on a large screen with a laptop. No need for a separate data card or broadband device because the BlackBerry Bold smartphone is your all in one mobile office solution.

Broadband Data Charges
When you use your BlackBerry smartphone handset as a modem, you are charged over and above what you pay for your monthly BlackBerry email plan.

Option 1: Subscribe to a Next G™ broadband data pack (Recommended)
The modem feature will enable you to transmit large amounts of data very quickly therefore it is recommended that you subscribe to a Telstra Next G™ broadband data pack which will be attached to your existing BlackBerry smartphone service.

Option 2: Pay as you go (NOT Recommended)
Alternatively, if you do not have a Next G™ broadband data pack, modem usage will be charged at Telstra’s standard pay as you go rate. This is NOT recommended as you can incur significant costs when transferring large amounts of data. By default you will be charged at standard pay as you go rates unless you have subscribed to a Next G™ broadband data pack.

Steps to Connect

Pre-requisites
To use your handset as a modem you will require a laptop running the Microsoft Windows operating system and a spare USB port (does NOT support Vista). A USB cable is provided in the box with every BlackBerry Bold smartphone handset so you can connect it to your laptop.

1. Download and Install the Telstra Connection Manager software
If you are unsure about whether this application can be installed on your company laptop, please check with your internal IT helpdesk.

2. Connect the BlackBerry smartphone handset to the laptop



3. Run the Telstra Connection Manager

NB: If your handset has an IT policy you will be asked for the password before you can connect. It is recommended that you do not use the BlackBerry Desktop Manager software at the same time as using the Telstra Connection Manager otherwise you will be asked to enter this password many times.

1. Select “NEXTG Handset: telstra.internet” as your connection setting
2. Ensure that the Telstra Connection Manager has recognised your handset and “BlackBerry IP Modem” is shown as the default modem.
3. Click the “Connect” button
4. Once your BlackBerry smartphone is connected as a modem, you will be able to browse the internet and connect with your office2.

Getting Help
• BlackBerry Individual customers should contact 125111
• Blackberry Enterprise customers should first contact their internal IT helpdesk

Things you should know
1. Actual speeds may vary due to congestion, distance from the cell, location conditions, hardware, software and other factors.
2. Connecting to your office may require additional VPN software to be installed. Please check with your internal IT helpdesk

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TELSTRA MMS and TETHERING iPhone 3G

19 06 2009

I oddly had a good experience with a telstra employee at 0620 this morning. The magic number to ring is 1800 474 663 this is a direct iPhone hotline. They will update the settings on your phone so that mms works. I was also told that telstra will not support tethering (that is technical support)but if you work out how to do it your standard data rate applies as if you were browsing on you phone. We pay through the nose anyway. I was also told there was a technical issue in 3.0 where messages cannot be seen. I’m guessing this is a format issue and was told it would be fixed ASAP.






Apple Rolls Out iPhone 3.0 Operating System Upgrade

18 06 2009

Due to Server overload people are having trouble installing the upgrade. Apple on Thursday released iPhone 3.0, a major upgrade for its iPhone operating system, delivering capabilities customers have demanded, such as multimedia messaging, copy and paste and universal landscape mode.

The operating system, which previewed in march, became available for download at 0310 in the iTunes Store.

The update is free for owners of the original iPhone as well as the current iPhone 3G. Users wishing to upgrade must plug their device into their computer with the USB dock connector and then load iTunes 8.2 (80MB), where they can download and install iPhone 3.0 (230MB).

iPhone 3.0 (which some have confused with the third-generation iPhone, iPhone 3GS), addresses many complaints about the current and previous iPhone operating systems. Despite iPhone 2.0’s introduction of the iPhone’s phenomenally successful App Store for distributing third-party applications, many Apple critics have blasted the iPhone for its lack of a basic copy-and-paste function, among other shortcomings. iPhone 3.0 adds copy-and-paste functionality and many new features that will give immediate benefits to end users, regardless of which applications they use.






iPhone 3G S: Apple Announces New iPhone

10 06 2009

Apple has announced a new version of the iPhone: the iPhone 3G S. The “S” apparently stands for “Speed,” with Apple indicating that the new device is “the fastest, most powerful iPhone yet.”
Features of the iPhone 3G S include “longer battery life, a high-quality 3 megapixel autofocus camera, easy to use video recording and hands free voice control.” The device will include version 3.0 of iPhone’s OS software, which adds “more than 100 new features,” most notably copy/paste, MMS, and a new “find my iPhone” feature that helps you track down a missing device.The iPhone 3.0 software will be available a couple days before the new device (on June 17th, US TIME) as a free upgrade to existing iPhone users.