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Organicpete
10-12-2009, 11:04 PM
Hi Guys,
I am trying to help a friend get online.
I am starting to draw a blank so thought I'd call on some wiser heads :)

He is a post- hippy off the grid in a caravan. No debt what so ever even :D
He wants to get a netbook as they are small and robust for backpacking out to the friendly local library with its wifi.
What are his choices getting online back in the caravan ? :)

Is it woosh etc or does he resort to the vodecom special offer.
$99/mth 'free' 'T stick' 36 mth one kidney plan ?
I wonder how many Nanas get sucked in by these horrific plans?

thanks for any ideas :)
Pete

Speedy Gonzales
10-12-2009, 11:25 PM
Where in NZ is s/he, in this caravan?

Organicpete
10-12-2009, 11:27 PM
Where in NZ is s/he, in this caravan?

In Wanganui :)

Speedy Gonzales
10-12-2009, 11:32 PM
Plug into Metla's power supply :p. Its probably a vodem, or woosh. Unless telecom have something cheaper. Looks like telecom's mobile broadband is prepay (99 for the modem). So, at least when he runs out, he cant use it till he fills it up

Metla
10-12-2009, 11:32 PM
Park the Caravan up by the library.

Organicpete
10-12-2009, 11:40 PM
Plug into Metla's power supply :p. Its probably a vodem, or woosh. Unless telecom have something cheaper. Looks like telecom's mobile broadband is prepay (99 for the modem). So, at least when he runs out, he cant use it till he fills it up

good point about the running out :)

CYaBro
10-12-2009, 11:41 PM
Some of the netbooks do have a 3g device built in, all you need is a sim card I think.

Organicpete
10-12-2009, 11:42 PM
Park the Caravan up by the library.

Untowable...It will never get a warrant :D

tweak'e
11-12-2009, 08:55 AM
vodem is horribly expensive. has a 10meg (yes that meg not gig) daily limit then your charged per meg after that. fine for doing emails but once updates kick in.....$$$$.
a mate did have telecom wirelesss and cost $1000 in the first month. i don't know how much data that was tho.

what power supply to the caravan does he have?
i would look at 2 way satellite.

Metla
11-12-2009, 09:05 AM
My sister went to stay with the old boy while she had some downtime between touring America and Europe (Good for some) Anyway, she ran up a $2500 bill on the old boys account......:xmouth:

pctek
11-12-2009, 10:58 AM
He is a post- hippy off the grid in a caravan.
He wants to get a netbook as they are small and robust for backpacking out to the friendly local library with its wifi.
What are his choices getting online back in the caravan ? :)


Having had one round the other week the only real choices are internet broadband.

Or using wireless hotspots. Neither are cheap.

As for a netbook, my hippy had a full spec laptop with TV Tuner etc. Because one appliance off her 12v becomes, internet, stereo and TV all in one.
He might want to consider that.

Roger Hunt
11-12-2009, 04:09 PM
I live in a caravan in Newtown and use Vodafone 3g broadband 3 gig per month for $80 and $10 gets my cap again if I go over. Its slower than you would expect but at least it works.

Organicpete
11-12-2009, 10:32 PM
Thanks guys :)
a few cautionary tales there !
He is on 12V...told him a loaded laptop was better than netbook.
Also told him to download all the pages he wants to read at free library
wifi and toddle off to the caravan to read at his leisure :)

Pete