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Pre-paid wireless broadband debuts

Pre-paid wireless broadband debuts

Mobile broadband offered from as little as $10 via pre-paid service

Casual users of wireless broadband now have the option of accessing pre-paid services thanks to a new partnership between gotalk and PBA (Personal Broadband Australia).

Over the last few years, gotalk has built a reputation for being a leading player in the long distance pre-paid calling card market. But in recent times the company has diversified its business to also offer pre- and post-paid offerings for fixed line Internet, mobile, and VoIP.

Gotalk CEO, Steve Picton, said it had chosen to work with PBA because of its broad iBurst mobile network coverage. iBurst wireless broadband is currently available in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide.

Minimum pre-paid cards cost $10. The service fees range from $0.115 to $0.14 per MB, depending on how frequently it is used. Users are also charged a daily access fee of $0.39 cents. The peak download speed is 1MBps. Users also get a free VoIP and free dial-up account and five email addresses.

A portable desktop modem costs $239 while the laptop modem will cost $199.

Picton said the service would have most traction with people who cannot enter long-term ADSL accounts, such as international students.


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