The National Broadband Network (NBN) is Australia’s major effort at providing online services to every populated nook and cranny of the country. The $43-billion infrastructure project, one of the largest in development, will provide data rates of up to 100 Mbps to all but 7 percent of the country, which engineers say will require a different uplink.
However, for many schools yet to be wired to the NBN, fast internet can’t come fast enough. A number of schools in Adelaide are struggling with slow-to-no internet, hampering lectures and other classroom activities. As a result, Tim Williams of The Advertiser writes about how some students are forced to use their phones to watch videos, among others.
The SA Secondary Principals Association says thousands of students are being robbed of a modern education because one in four schools has a slow internet connection or it cannot handle many users at once without crashing.
And teachers are avoiding doing online work until after hours because students need all the available bandwidth.
The beauty of mobile internet is that users can connect to the Web anytime, regardless of Wi-Fi presence. This works for people in areas where infratstructure is unlike the one in big cities like Melbourne. In fact, getting mobile internet is as simple as visiting Telstra shops in Melbourne such as TelcoWorld and choosing among the plans being offered.
With fair use policies limiting bandwidth of today’s internet plans, unlimited internet is all but extinct not just in Australia but around the world. Below are some money-saving tips.
Get a Bigger Plan
For example, Telstra charges $0.03 for every MB in excess of the data limit. Telstra’s S plan comes with a 500 MB data limit and costs $55 a month; another 500 MB of use will bring the cost up to $70 ($15 for excess data usage). Based on Telstra’s plans, you’re better off with the M plan, which costs $70 a month but comes with a 1.5 GB data limit.
You can also take advantage of Telstra’s add-ons such as extra 500 MB a month. This will make bigger plans more worth their weight in gold.
Take Only What You Need
While a bigger plan helps, it also pays to get a plan based on your intended use. Prepaid plans, for instance, are ideal for low-frequency users since it only provides credit when they really need it. Prepaid plans are still subject to bandwidth limits under fair use policies, but it’s not an issue for those surfing the Web occasionally.
Visit a Telstra shop in Melbourne for more details on your options. You’ll be surprised that high immediate costs can actually save you more money in the long run.
(Source: Students forced to use own phones to go online in class because of slow or non-existent internet, The Advertiser, August 3, 2014)