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Re: The telecommunications discussion thread

Postby rogf24 » Sun May 15, 2016 9:20 pm

Does anyone have experience with Dual Sim phones? I'm thinking of getting one. 1 Sim for lots of data (including for OTT) using a Sim intended for tablets and another Sim for phone calls+text that is cheap and will last a while since I don't use it much these days.
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Re: The telecommunications discussion thread

Postby simonl » Mon May 16, 2016 9:59 am

rogf24 wrote:Does anyone have experience with Dual Sim phones? I'm thinking of getting one. 1 Sim for lots of data (including for OTT) using a Sim intended for tablets and another Sim for phone calls+text that is cheap and will last a while since I don't use it much these days.

You generally pay a performance penalty.

Getting one sim with a number and data on post paid isn't difficult or expensive. In fact, probably cheaper than what you're proposing.
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Re: The telecommunications discussion thread

Postby rogf24 » Mon May 16, 2016 11:16 am

simonl wrote:
rogf24 wrote:Does anyone have experience with Dual Sim phones? I'm thinking of getting one. 1 Sim for lots of data (including for OTT) using a Sim intended for tablets and another Sim for phone calls+text that is cheap and will last a while since I don't use it much these days.

You generally pay a performance penalty.

Getting one sim with a number and data on post paid isn't difficult or expensive. In fact, probably cheaper than what you're proposing.


No, not really on performance. It's mostly a bit more battery drain.

I did a bit of digging and found a tablet data plan from Optus that is probably the best deal and a pre-paid payg plan for calls+text from Aldi with credit that lasts 365 days so I might go with that combination. As I said, I don't use plain old calls+text these days since I use OTT a lot more (FB messenger, Whatsapp, Skype and even Snapchat, that kind of thing).
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Re: The telecommunications discussion thread

Postby macpro622776 » Fri May 20, 2016 6:40 pm

I've found that many of the dual-sim devices only support a limited number of bands on the secondary SIM. E.g. you can use 4G LTE on the first SIM, but the second SIM would be limited to 2G/3G networks. Just bear that in mind when choosing a phone.
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Re: The telecommunications discussion thread

Postby rogf24 » Fri May 20, 2016 11:18 pm

Most dual sim phones are limited to 2g, which I don't mind for calls and text but it's being shut down, which is the problem. 3g seems fine though. I don't think there are any dual sim phones that puts out a 4g signal from both sims.
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Re: The telecommunications discussion thread

Postby B10BLE » Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:00 pm

NBN speeds are a pain. Provider is TPG

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Re: The telecommunications discussion thread

Postby simonl » Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:07 pm

B10BLE wrote:NBN speeds are a pain. Provider is TPG

I've seen the same thing although not as extreme.
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Re: The telecommunications discussion thread

Postby B10BLE » Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:35 pm

and my connection is fttp which is better than fttn and I'm in a suburban area. how my connection is this absurdly slow is astronomically mind boggling
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Re: The telecommunications discussion thread

Postby Douglas » Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:51 pm

B10BLE wrote:NBN speeds are a pain. Provider is TPG



If you can replicate the same speed tests a couple of times throughout the day (and ideally on a wired connection to your router) call TPG and complain. If they can't fix it then I would complain very loudly and see about moving to another provider.
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Re: The telecommunications discussion thread

Postby mubd » Mon Feb 27, 2017 5:01 pm

If it's NBN FTTP, it's almost certainly the fault of TPG. No Liberal Party meddling could have given you speeds that low on FTTP (if you had FTTN then you might have something to complain about).

Generally speaking, you get what you pay for on the NBN. E.g. If you pay Telstra $100 a month for 100GB, you should expect to get a high level of service with low congestion. But pay Dodo $10 a month for unlimited, and you can certainly expect to get XXX speeds and high amounts of congestion.
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Re: The telecommunications discussion thread

Postby crazyturbo76 » Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:28 pm

Optus is now accepting pre-orders for the new Samsung GS8 - got a SMS from 'em yesterday about it. I'm still on the wall about whether to get one of those to replace my GS5 (contract finished this month), but it'll all be a matter of wait and see methinks.

I just wish Telstra hadn't hogged exclusive rights to the Google Pixel... :(
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