Satphone on Telstra $10 plan-- options?

Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 15, 2020 at 18:40
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We have an Iridium 9505 on a Telstra $10 per month plan. Trouble is, we are about to look at NBN providers (yep, we have only just been notified of connection, FTTC). Has anyone been on this plan and been able to maintain it after leaving other Telstra services? My guess is they will not allow the plan to continue. We currently have home phone and ADSL with them.

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Mark
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Reply By: Member - rocco2010 - Wednesday, Jan 15, 2020 at 18:56

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2020 at 18:56
You are lucky, Telstra canned my $10 a month plan a couple of years ago. Put it up to $20 and then $25.

I used to have Telstra landline but switched to another provider when I got NBN.

Made no difference to Telstra billing for the mobile.

Good luck with the NBN. Some have trouble, mine was pretty straightforward.

Best advice is get on with it, don't leave it till deadline is near.

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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Thursday, Jan 16, 2020 at 16:42

Thursday, Jan 16, 2020 at 16:42
Interesting. They called and told me that the plan would go to $20 but it never did. It still works. Touch wood.
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Follow Up By: Member - rocco2010 - Thursday, Jan 16, 2020 at 16:48

Thursday, Jan 16, 2020 at 16:48
Thanks Boobook, just what I wanted to hear. Not.

That's the story of my life, but small beer in the overall scheme of things I guess.

I reckon that with all my communications -- mobile, landline, internet -- I am paying a little less with NBN for a better service.

I know others may not have done so well.

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Follow Up By: Member - silkwood - Friday, Jan 17, 2020 at 10:58

Friday, Jan 17, 2020 at 10:58
They called me also (actually texted I think), so I called them back and told them to bugger off or I'd take the rest of my business elsewhere. Apparently they listened for a change). Still don't fancy my chances of the contract being maintained once I move to a different NBN provider, but I'll give it a go.

Cheers,
Mark
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Follow Up By: Member - rocco2010 - Friday, Jan 17, 2020 at 11:08

Friday, Jan 17, 2020 at 11:08
Wish I had thought of that Mark.

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Reply By: Member - Suitcase (QLD) - Wednesday, Jan 15, 2020 at 19:29

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2020 at 19:29
We used to have the Telstra $10 plan without any other Telstra products but when I tried the sat phone last May it didn't work - I think I was able to accept calls but not make calls - I forget which. Instead I went and got the cheapest Pivotel plan. After my trip I just cancelled the plan. For $50/month it was worth it considering we only needed the sat phone for a couple of months compared to the $120/year for the Telstra plan. BTW we didn't use the Telstra sim card for anything but the sat phone - call costs were too high.
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Reply By: Zippo - Wednesday, Jan 15, 2020 at 23:19

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2020 at 23:19
Just went and tested my 9555 which is on the $10/mo plan. Test call to my mobile went through fine.

I have no other services with Telstra. The landline was dumped over 12 months back (when NBN-FTTN became available), but was never on the same account as the satphone. Just sits there being auto-direct-debited to a credit card each month.

Re NBN-FTTC - when you migrate your broadband and "landline", I would not be first-kid-on-the-block to move across, but don't leave it till the last thing either. Each of their units in the pits will support four services. Once the first one is established you know its working and that's when I'd migrate. Keep in touch with your neighbours.

TBH I'd not consider using Telstra for NBN due to cost and their offshore support. I realise that you are hesitant to depart Telstra because of the satphone. That's understandable.
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Follow Up By: Member - silkwood - Thursday, Jan 16, 2020 at 16:14

Thursday, Jan 16, 2020 at 16:14
Good to hear, Zippo. I'll just take a chance and cancel the other services when I decide what provider I'm going with, but keep the $10 plan. Either it will work or it won't (I'm good with logic, eh?).

Cheers,
Mark
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Follow Up By: Zippo - Thursday, Jan 16, 2020 at 18:08

Thursday, Jan 16, 2020 at 18:08
Yeah, like your logic ;-)

Do follow-up down the track for the benefit of others.
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Reply By: Member - Len & Rhoda - Thursday, Jan 16, 2020 at 18:58

Thursday, Jan 16, 2020 at 18:58
Hi Silkwood, We use our Telstra mobile SIM in our sat phone, if you have international roaming set up it works fine, call costs aren't cheap so we only use it in an emergency.

Len
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