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  1. #1
    brian w edginton
    Guest
    I guess this one has been done, before....when it wasn't of much
    interest to me.

    Anyway, I have a contract phone with Simplus/Optus. Works fine.
    But I would like to use one of my old phones on a prepaid SIM.
    Preferably, Telstra.....I get good reception at home and home is where
    I am, mostly.

    Main reason for a "backup" phone on another network is that I live in
    a rural area and am alone a lot. A working phone is handy in an
    emergency. Has saved my bacon, once when I fell and broke an ankle and
    buggered the other one. Had an ambulance inside an hour.
    Then there are snakes and falling trees..

    Then, the local pub doesn't have Optus reception ....LOL

    Just want something for when the Optus system is down...a rare
    occurrence. But it can happen.
    A second phone would be handy if my battery dies or I misplace my
    primary phone.
    Voda would be OK....except they are on the same tower as Optus. A
    lightning strike could take both networks out at the same time.

    Have checked Telstra prepaid starter kits at Big W, etc....can only
    find cards that expire in silly, short periods.
    I want something that will be useable after being inactive for several
    months. A year would be excellent.

    I know I can make 000 calls with a defunct Sim....but there are less
    urgent "emergencies".

    Any clues?


    If you want to stand out in the crowd...
    check the alleys for escape routes, first



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  2. #2
    Liron
    Guest

    Re: Prepaid...

    The only one I know about is Vodafone which has a SIM that expires after 365
    days.

    http://www.vodafone.com.au/personal/...lans/index.htm

    Liron

    "brian w edginton" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    >I guess this one has been done, before....when it wasn't of much
    > interest to me.
    >
    > Anyway, I have a contract phone with Simplus/Optus. Works fine.
    > But I would like to use one of my old phones on a prepaid SIM.
    > Preferably, Telstra.....I get good reception at home and home is where
    > I am, mostly.
    >
    > Main reason for a "backup" phone on another network is that I live in
    > a rural area and am alone a lot. A working phone is handy in an
    > emergency. Has saved my bacon, once when I fell and broke an ankle and
    > buggered the other one. Had an ambulance inside an hour.
    > Then there are snakes and falling trees..
    >
    > Then, the local pub doesn't have Optus reception ....LOL
    >
    > Just want something for when the Optus system is down...a rare
    > occurrence. But it can happen.
    > A second phone would be handy if my battery dies or I misplace my
    > primary phone.
    > Voda would be OK....except they are on the same tower as Optus. A
    > lightning strike could take both networks out at the same time.
    >
    > Have checked Telstra prepaid starter kits at Big W, etc....can only
    > find cards that expire in silly, short periods.
    > I want something that will be useable after being inactive for several
    > months. A year would be excellent.
    >
    > I know I can make 000 calls with a defunct Sim....but there are less
    > urgent "emergencies".
    >
    > Any clues?
    >
    >
    > If you want to stand out in the crowd...
    > check the alleys for escape routes, first






  3. #3
    Pete
    Guest

    Re: Prepaid...

    brian w edginton wrote:

    > Have checked Telstra prepaid starter kits at Big W, etc....can only
    > find cards that expire in silly, short periods.
    > I want something that will be useable after being inactive for several
    > months. A year would be excellent.


    http://www.isim.com.au - owned by Optus.

    No flagfall, per second charging, 39 cents per minute. Call credit
    lasts 6 months, and you can still receive calls for a further six
    months. Lots of other features.

    Peter



  4. #4
    Horry
    Guest

    Re: Prepaid...

    On Mon, 08 Dec 2008 10:49:47 +0000, Pete wrote:

    > brian w edginton wrote:
    >
    >> Have checked Telstra prepaid starter kits at Big W, etc....can only
    >> find cards that expire in silly, short periods. I want something that
    >> will be useable after being inactive for several months. A year would
    >> be excellent.

    >
    > http://www.isim.com.au - owned by Optus.


    Did you even read his post?

    Anyway, "Telstra Long Life" gives 12 months credit expiry on a $60
    recharge. $30 gets you 6 months.

    http://www.telstra.com.au/telstrapre...fers/index.htm



  5. #5
    brian w edginton
    Guest

    Re: Prepaid...

    On Mon, 8 Dec 2008 16:23:09 +0000 (UTC), Horry
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Mon, 08 Dec 2008 10:49:47 +0000, Pete wrote:
    >
    >> brian w edginton wrote:
    >>
    >>> Have checked Telstra prepaid starter kits at Big W, etc....can only
    >>> find cards that expire in silly, short periods. I want something that
    >>> will be useable after being inactive for several months. A year would
    >>> be excellent.

    >>
    >> http://www.isim.com.au - owned by Optus.

    >
    >Did you even read his post?
    >
    >Anyway, "Telstra Long Life" gives 12 months credit expiry on a $60
    >recharge. $30 gets you 6 months.
    >
    >http://www.telstra.com.au/telstrapre...fers/index.htm




    Thanks, all.

    Some good leads.....might have to go Voda. same cell location and all.

    ----------------------------------------------

    If you want to stand out in the crowd...
    check the alleys for escape routes, first



  6. #6
    Marts
    Guest

    Re: Prepaid...

    brian w edginton wrote...

    > Main reason for a "backup" phone on another network is that I live in
    > a rural area and am alone a lot. A working phone is handy in an
    > emergency. Has saved my bacon, once when I fell and broke an ankle and
    > buggered the other one. Had an ambulance inside an hour.
    > Then there are snakes and falling trees..
    >
    > Then, the local pub doesn't have Optus reception ....LOL


    If there is any sort of signal that your current mobile will pick up, then in an
    emergency you should be able to dial 112 (emergency number for mobiles) to get
    help. You shouldn't need to have a second backup phone for this purpose.




  7. #7
    brian w edginton
    Guest

    Re: Prepaid...

    On Tue, 09 Dec 2008 10:21:29 +1100, Marts <[email protected]> wrote:

    >brian w edginton wrote...
    >
    >> Main reason for a "backup" phone on another network is that I live in
    >> a rural area and am alone a lot. A working phone is handy in an
    >> emergency. Has saved my bacon, once when I fell and broke an ankle and
    >> buggered the other one. Had an ambulance inside an hour.
    >> Then there are snakes and falling trees..
    >>
    >> Then, the local pub doesn't have Optus reception ....LOL

    >
    >If there is any sort of signal that your current mobile will pick up, then in an
    >emergency you should be able to dial 112 (emergency number for mobiles) to get
    >help. You shouldn't need to have a second backup phone for this purpose.



    True.
    But, I think I said I want it for other things, too....like if my
    battery is flat, my primary phone is cactus or I can't find it.

    No big deal, though....

    -----------------------------

    If you want to stand out in the crowd...
    check the alleys for escape routes, first



  8. #8
    brian w edginton
    Guest

    Re: Prepaid...

    On Thu, 11 Dec 2008 13:09:43 +1000, Todd Byers <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >On Mon, 08 Dec 2008 20:43:56 GMT, brian w edginton <[email protected]>
    >wrote:
    >>Some good leads.....might have to go Voda. same cell location and all.

    >
    >Savvytel (http://www.savvytel.com.au/) call credits never expire but
    >they use the Vodafone network so there may not be any advantage if you
    >always recharge within 365 days.
    >** Posted from http://www.teranews.com **



    I'll look into that....they have a retailer relatively near me.....
    Thanks.

    ---------------------------------

    If you want to stand out in the crowd...
    check the alleys for escape routes, first



  9. #9
    David
    Guest

    Re: Prepaid...

    Handy to have - I too live in a rural area and rely on NextG for
    emergency calls - but only have NextG as there is no Optus reception
    here.

    While I now have a good plan, prior to that I just had a Telstra $5 a
    month plan and only mad urgent calls - a nice security blanket as I
    drove on the back roads daily, and had call to make urgent calls for
    other people on a number of occasions, and once for me when my battery
    collapsed

    David


    In article <[email protected]>,
    brian w edginton <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I guess this one has been done, before....when it wasn't of much
    > interest to me.
    >
    > Anyway, I have a contract phone with Simplus/Optus. Works fine.
    > But I would like to use one of my old phones on a prepaid SIM.
    > Preferably, Telstra.....I get good reception at home and home is where
    > I am, mostly.
    >
    > Main reason for a "backup" phone on another network is that I live in
    > a rural area and am alone a lot. A working phone is handy in an
    > emergency. Has saved my bacon, once when I fell and broke an ankle and
    > buggered the other one. Had an ambulance inside an hour.
    > Then there are snakes and falling trees..
    >
    > Then, the local pub doesn't have Optus reception ....LOL
    >
    > Just want something for when the Optus system is down...a rare
    > occurrence. But it can happen.
    > A second phone would be handy if my battery dies or I misplace my
    > primary phone.
    > Voda would be OK....except they are on the same tower as Optus. A
    > lightning strike could take both networks out at the same time.
    >
    > Have checked Telstra prepaid starter kits at Big W, etc....can only
    > find cards that expire in silly, short periods.
    > I want something that will be useable after being inactive for several
    > months. A year would be excellent.
    >
    > I know I can make 000 calls with a defunct Sim....but there are less
    > urgent "emergencies".
    >
    > Any clues?
    >
    >
    > If you want to stand out in the crowd...
    > check the alleys for escape routes, first




  10. #10
    David
    Guest

    Re: Prepaid...

    In article <[email protected]>, Pete <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > brian w edginton wrote:
    >
    > > Have checked Telstra prepaid starter kits at Big W, etc....can only
    > > find cards that expire in silly, short periods.
    > > I want something that will be useable after being inactive for several
    > > months. A year would be excellent.

    >
    > http://www.isim.com.au - owned by Optus.
    >
    > No flagfall, per second charging, 39 cents per minute. Call credit
    > lasts 6 months, and you can still receive calls for a further six
    > months. Lots of other features.
    >
    > Peter


    But no good for anyone living in the bush - only Telstra (sadly) has
    good coverage in rural areas

    David



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