Can Digicel or B-Mobile give me USB internet?

By Emmanuel Narokobi

Just looking at what’s available at Telstra and wondering if maybe Digicel or B-mobile have any of these in store for us this year? You know,  like just before Christmas because my Birthday has passed already.

Come On guys… I know you have the network to do it!!

Product Usage Price Benefits
BigPond Wireless Broadband 7.2 USB Mobile Card USB Mobile Card

Laptop and PC

Access starts from $14.97  per month for the first 12 months on a 36 month plan for eligible customers with our special 1/2 price access offer2. Plus eligible customers get a device rebate of $299.

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  • access our exclusive unmetered sites without affecting your usage allowance
  • get free network anti-virus and anti-spam security.
BigPond Wireless Broadband Mobile Card Mobile Card

Laptop only

Access starts from $14.97  per month for the first 12 months on a 36 month plan for eligible customers with our special 1/2 price access offer2. Plus eligible customers get a device rebate of $299.

Latest Offers

  • access our exclusive unmetered sites without affecting your usage allowance
  • get free network anti-virus and anti-spam security.
Pre-Paid Wireless Broadband Pre-Paid USB Modem

Laptop and PC

Purchase a Telstra Pre-Paid Wireless Broadband pack for $149. It has everything you need to get started including a USB Modem3 and $10 included credit (equivalent to 75MB4) with 30 day expiry. Only pay for what you use and there’s no fixed term contract.

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Update: 25/3/09

So Emax from Oz sent me this picture of his laptop on an Optus USB internet connection, while surfing my blog of course. He says that Vodafone, 3 and Dodo all offer pretty much the same package as both pre-paid and post-paid. His connection speeds from his home in Boondall, Brisbane are  7mbps. Impressive, I must say…

optus-wireless-modem

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12 thoughts on “Can Digicel or B-Mobile give me USB internet?

  1. E,

    I’ve been in Sydney now for 3 weeks with just under two weeks left before heading back to Goroka.

    Did you have to remind me of the “horrible” prospect of going back to my shitty dialup in Goroka?

    You talk about Telstra wireless – what about 3G? An incredible phenomenon and service….

    1) Purchase a 3G USB card for around $39 (500Mb download)
    2) Plug it into your PC or Laptop.
    3) Get access to high speed Internet services from anywhere with mobile phone coverage!

    If there was one reason and one reason only why I would leave PNG and move back to Australia – it would surely have to be “Internet”.

    R

  2. Hi Bro M, just thing thing about the WiMax, last year on oct 13, We are indeed proud of the fact that we have put Malaysia on the world map of WiMAX. Today, not only is P1 the first WiMAX operator in Malaysia to open for subscriptions, but we are also one of the first in the world to offer WiMAX service commercially…I know, I know “big head” 🙂 anyway….here r the link for the WiMAX. U and I know that the network is there. Have a nice day.

    http://www.p1.com.my/

    ps if tomorrow morning not doing anything, pls come down to Ela Beach for the Va’a Challenge, time from 7am to 11am

  3. @Rob:
    Certainly is a big temptation isn’t it Rob? Lucky for us you have other reasons to be in PNG. BTW, what sort of internet setup does the Goroka hospital have?

    @Alex:
    No you have every reason to be proud, its efforts like what Malaysia has done which will encourage us all in the Asia Pacific region to look into its benefits and whether we can apply it in our countries like PNG or Fiji.

    and yes I’ll be there at the Corporate Va’a, see you then…

  4. E,

    GGH has a 128kbps over copper (V35). We’re on a LineNet1000 subscription with Datec. For a 128 it works OK.

    When I researched the options for the Hospital earlier last year I discovered that over 90% of Broadband/satellite installs in GKA are technically illegal. I was reluctant to recommend anything other than a slower copper connection at the time.

    As far as the legality of installs today… still the same as 12 months ago. I think that once Telikom sorts out the mobile gateway mess with Digicel they might finally tackle the Internet side of things.

    R

  5. Hi Manu,
    Manu… I’ve got something that I am 100% sure you’d be interested in. I’m in town so give me a call on 722 56656 and we can catch up.

    cheers

  6. USB internet already exists in PNG. Telikom has been trialling it for a couple of months and it is wonderful! However, ICCC is blocking its release because the price is too cheap (!!!) ICCC want to protect the ISPs and Digicel Mobile because the USB internet and Telikom wimax will put them out of business because of the pricing that Telikom wants to put on it.

  7. Well here we go!! a break through from biro. Thanks for that. I guess mobile broadband wouldn’t be an issue with the ISP’s if they are allowed to use Digicel’s and B-Mobile’s infrastructure as well to sell internet.

    But on the other hand if ISP’s can’t compete, then they have to find ways of investing in more ways we can access their services. What about building WiMax services to compete with USB internet?

  8. Is wireless broadband being supplied in Port Moresby by anyone at the moment. If not, is there any indication when this might take place? If you want a high speed connection in Waigani around the uni area, what are your options?

  9. Martin the only wireless internet I know of right now would be through your Digicel mobiles. That however is not broadband. ‘biro@png.com’ is saying above that it is being tested, but when it may be released I really don’t know.

    For fixed wireless you have your ISP’s that all offer that. So check with them for costs.

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