expired Telstra Prepaid 4GX Broadband USB & Wi-Fi Plus $9 Was $39 @ Target

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    Good luck finding stock

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    I would assume this is locked to Telstra…? And also it would cost something to unlock as well? TIA.

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    you can go and check at Coles supermarket, i saw this at $9 last week not sure today onwards.

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      Yes, on sale for two weeks till Tuesday next week, but seems to be out of stock in a lot of places as they have not received re-stocking orders in most Coles.

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        No restocking at Coles near me - checked at usual restocking on Tuesday night. Those stores were supplied with only 2 each by Telstra for whole sale period­čśá

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          Yep, my experience too, similar to super cheap deals in past. They are happy just to sell a few from each store, then others might pay full price or less of a special price next time. They use these sales sometimes like product launch advertising/promotion part of marketing tactics. I have a sales and marketing background, so understand this kind of promotion, it stirs up interest. Kind of dirty tactics if you ask me, that's why I got out of that industry. We are talking about Telstra here though, still half government owned. lol

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          @ozhunter68: so you're saying their only half c@#ts,
          And the other half are a bunch of wangkrs?

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          @Beach Bum:

          Take it how you will. We know how we got a slow third rate NBN ( lot's still waiting for that too ).

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    Saying unavailable online for me.

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    Actually can see descent in-store stock. Unavailable online though.

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    If this turns out to be the Huawei E8372, discussion on unlocking is over here https://www.ozbargain.com.au/comment/4534881/redir

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    Cheers OP, found the last one at Target Myer Centre that was on display

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    Assuming that this comes with "$39 with 3GB of data to use in Australia within 28 days" as per the same product from Telstra's website, it could be a good way to get some extra data with bonus dongle.

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    does it come with any data?

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    Can these be run of a battery pack or do they have to be plugged into a computer?

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      It appears to be a USB dongle.

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        It appears to be a USB dongle.

        They call it a "wingle", in that as well being usable as a conventional USB dongle, it can also be used like a pocket WiFi device, as long as it's plugged into a USB power source.

        EDIT: Only does 2.4GHz WiFi, and only channels 1 through 7 at that. Probably not an issue for most people.

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      Can these be run of a battery pack or do they have to be plugged into a computer?

      Just need 5V @ 750mA or more (according to page 12 of the included booklet). I bought one recently during the Coles deal and have since run it off an external battery and an AC adapter, with no problems.

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        Brilliant. Thanks man

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        How much power does this thing draw? I'm trying to see how long a USB battery will last using this. Thanks

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        I doubt you need 750mA. I thought most USB ports were 500ma and some are less. Basically I guess like most old 3g dongles, they'll be built to use < 0.5A. Any argument?

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          Basically I guess like most old 3g dongles, they'll be built to use < 0.5A. Any argument?

          I suppose it could be argued that they might draw a bit more than an old 3G dongle, since these ones are 4G and also have the WiFi component. I've used mine successfully on a couple of different USB ports on my Asus G75VW, but I honestly don't know if they're only spec'd at 500mA, or can deliver more.

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    None in Target Centrepoint (Adelaide city). Apparently someone cleaned them out.

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      More likely there was no or little stock supplied by Telstra. Coles stores were only supplied with 2 per store & not restocked for it's 2 week sale.

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        A staff member told me that someone bought them all that morning, although didn't elaborate on how many that was.

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          I bought "the last one" there, at around 8.45 this morning (it was the last one in the display cabinet). The gent there said that they had had someone call in first thing and put 8 of them on hold.

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          @Old Grumps:
          Coles had a 1 per customer policy, pity its not the same here

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        Interesting. My local Coles had no stock and the one 10 minutes up the road had 5+.

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    Is it 28 days expiry from the time of purchase, or is it 28 days from the time of activation?

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    Where is stovk in Brisbane?

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    Does anyone know how many devices can connect to this at the same time?

    Edit: looks like 5 according to the link above

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    Telstra supplied very limited stock to Coles $9 deal (2 per store near me in Brisbane, not restocked in week of sale). So likely to be limited stock available.

    See discussion there about this device & free unlocking.

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    Just picked up one (exp May 2018). 6 still avail at Target @ Roselands for folks in NSW who are interested.

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    I got 1 (of two available) at a Coles last week, didn't know if I'd be able to unlock it, but have since unlocked it, so I got 5 of them this morning at Newton Target - Lady behind the counter said "ohh, didn't know they were so cheap" and grabbed one also… Looked like they had another 5 there… Very good these Huawei's. Fast LTE, good WiFi coverage, runs of power banks, usb chargers, usb ports.

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    Plenty at my local store, unlike Coles deal where I had to come back empty handed from all local stores.

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    These Target ones don't mention anything about the 3GB of data either on the website or in store - are we sure they actually include the data like in the Coles & Telstra site deals?

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      On the barcode sticker of the retail box it says: "TP PREPAID 4GX USB+WI-FI PLUS 3GB30D", which suggests it does incl the 3gb data for use over 30 days but im not 100% certain, unless someone has already activated and can double confirm :)

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    Thanks OP! grabbed a couple here…

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    Rhodes had 5 left @ around 3pm.

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    Would this work with a PBX setup in Raspberry Pi and Chandongle?

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    Can this be unlock

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    Can this be unlock

    Yes. See carwashhair's comment further up.

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    Thanks, just snagged one from my local Target store. Unlocked it and working great (Huawei E8372h) :) Here is what I did, no need to pay for any unlock codes. These are partially based of instructions from here:
    http://freeunlockighuawei2015.blogspot.com/2015/10/how-to-un...

    1. Follow steps 1-3 from the above link. When installing the drivers, run DriverSetup and wait 10 seconds or so because they install silently.
    2. Plug in the modem and run DC-Unlocker as admin from here: https://www.dc-unlocker.com/downloads
    3. Press the magnifying button so the drivers are loaded correctly and that the modem is detected. Your SIM Lock status will be reported as locked. Minimize the program for now. Now flash using the downgrade 7z and unlock code (if you missed it, it's here).
    4. Get "Huawei Calculator.zip" (right-click on the file > Download > Standard Download) from here:
      https://mega.nz/#F!3FtiSS6J!Knek_Ws7Q0XaJzdpPE_tLA
      PS - I have manually inspected and decompiled the code and determined it to be 100% safe.
    5. Run "SalluhassanNewHuaweiLowDotNet.exe" from the ZIP and select "(NCK) Network Unlock Code" from the drop down.
    6. Click "Click to Read data". Your modem should be detected if you did step 1-3 correctly. Press Calculate. Wait while it determines your unlock code.
    7. Click Unlock and if everything goes right your modem should be unlocked. You can confirm this again using DC-Unlocker which will report "SIM Lock status: unlocked".
    8. Flash the modem again to a newer version otherwise you will not be able to find the WiFi at all like I did:
      https://routerunlock.com/?wpfb_dl=1587

    Enjoy :) Tested and working with a $1 Kogan SIM Card.

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      Does flashing this unofficial firmware add or remove any network bands? I'm tempted to unlock.
      Also, what's the Vodafone network like on it? Does it support all the required 4G bands?

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        Testing it now, I think I am running on 3G+ cause its all green, with the unlock flash, I couldn't see the connection status but it still works.

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        I honestly don't know; I would assume it would support all the usual bands that is specified on the product box (4G 700/1800/2100/2600MHz and 3G 850/2100MHz). I just flashed the latest Universal WebUI and it doesn't provide me with any other detailed information to answer your question apart from a signal bar and network name. I am currently getting 1 bar (4G) at the moment on Vodafone but that's probably because I'm inside the house with the modem plugged into my PC.

        EDIT - Just went outside for a bit and got 2-3 bars so it seems to be working alright.

        PS - To get signal information you need to flash using stock WebUI which you can grab here (after you've flashed the firmware):
        https://routerunlock.com/?wpfb_dl=1583
        You will need the unlock code from the unlock calculator tool (not the website) to flash it however. If you didn't save it somewhere you'll need to reflash it all over again.

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          Working alright for 3G+, or actual LTE?

          Thanks in advance.
          Also thanks for that detailed write up, we OzThank you!

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          Hi master131, i managed to unlock the modem using pretty much your method above (thanks btw) but im not able to flash the stock WebUI component above using the unlock code from the calc tool. Keeps on saying my password is wrong. Any ideas on how to resolve? Thanks in advance!

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          @pnstar: Maybe try using the code from the flash calculator. When I tried it didn't work but it might work for you.

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          Yeah, also tried with the original flash code but getting the same error message, thanks though

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          Tried to reflash all over again as in loading the downgrade firmware, unsuccessful unfortunately. It keep boot looping in back to operations mode, not download mode. Anyway, I gave up and just leave as is.

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          @cloudie9: Hmm, well after some thought I think you need the OEM unlock key instead to flash WebUI specifically which can be obtained by the same calculator tool. All I remember was copy-pasting a number I saved in Notepad but it was probably the OEM key instead of the NCK one. Apologies for not making that realisation earlier.

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          @master131: can you please advise how to obtain one? When I tried to flash your latest webui file, it prompted me for data unlock codes. Did some googling around and can't find anything .

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          @cloudie9: As I said, you can get it from the "Huawei Calculator" tool from the 1st comment. You need to select the "OEM" option to calculate the correct key for the DATALOCK to flash WebUI.

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          @master131: ok got it but the problem is after flashing to the first re flash files with wifi support, trying to get the Huawei calculator program to recognize post flash is quite futile. Says can't find com port. Will try again when I go back home later.

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          @cloudie9: Yes, post-flash it isn't recognised at all. The OEM code needs to be calculated before performing the NCK unlock.

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          @master131: looks like no luck at all. I'll stick with what it has anyway.

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          @master131: I can comfirm the OEM code works as input for the DataLock code when updating the stock WebUI as per master131's advice. Did this successfully for a friends device. For those that have yet to unlock the device please make sure to select the OEM option first and calculating that value (write it down somewhere or screenshot it) prior to continuing with selecting NCK option and onwards to calculating and finally unlocking the device. Thanks again for the instructions master131, much appreciated!

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          @pnstar:

          I missed this step. Anyway to update stock WebUI now?

          @master131: Just a suggestion, might be worth updating your step 5 guide to read the OEM code first then the NCK.

          Thanks.

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          @wildstone: There is a way but it's tricky. You'll need to open up the device to access the board inside. Need a small torx screwdriver and a piece of wire or similar. You need to ground one of the pads on the PCB as the device is powered on i.e. as it's plugged it into a USB port. Then with some further utilities you can downgrade the firmware again so that you can run the calculator again to get the OEM code. The reason for this rigmarole is that after you've upgraded the firmware you won't be able to downgrade to the 21.110.xx firmware, which is the only firmware that the calculator works on.

          The method is described here: https://routerunlock.com/unlock-huawei-e8372h-locked-mascom-botswana/

          Note: doesn't work in a virtual machine.

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      Thanks for the instructions. I used a virtual machine, so even after installing the serial driver and the Huawei drivers, DC unlocker did not detect the modem.
      I had to throw the modem into COM mode using http://unlockclub.ru/downloads/E8372_switch_mode.7z first (and edit the script to select the right URL for the modem, which is 192.168.1.1, not 8.1 as per the script).

      Funnily enough, DC Unlocker says my modem was unlocked. Go figure.
      After downgrading the firmware, I then ran the SalluhassanNewHuaweiLowDotNet.exe program (after installing the dotNET 3.5 software, which it prompts for). In fact, this program actually does most of the work. In my opinion, the only use of the DC unlocker program above is to verify connectivity across the COM ports.

      After unlocking/reflashing, I then reverted the virtual machine. All good!

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        Thanks for the clarification. I didn't use the switch mode script and it still worked for me somehow.

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          Did you use a VM? I think some of the connectivity issues I was seeing was due to running inside a virtualized environment. Take it that some of the mucking around above is due to doing this.

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          @Helmuth: No I didn't use a VM, didn't see the need to considering I already checked the binaries myself for malware. And perhaps you're right about that. Also about DC-Unlocker reporting it as already unlocked, the same happened to me too, but it will report it as locked if you switch out the SIM card with a non-Telstra one.

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        Hey I'm using a virtual machine too (XP).

        How did you determine the URL of the modem?

        Also which VM software do you use?

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          I used VMWare (fusion).
          By default the modem is on http://192.168.1.1, but after the downgrade flash it goes to 192.168.8.1.

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          @Helmuth:

          So I'm stuck at the stage where

          .6. 'Click "Click to Read data". Your modem should be detected if you did step 1-3 correctly. Press Calculate. Wait while it determines your unlock code.'

          — SalluhassanNewHuaweiLowDotNet.exe doesn't recognise it in XP/Parallels (although DCUNlocker under XP/Parallels does and reports it as unlocked already)

          I've decided to give up. Does it matter if it's in COM mode? Can I revert to a disabled COM mode?

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          @WaywardOne:
          Did you verify that you had connectivity using DC unlocker? What did it say?

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          @Helmuth:

          OK I think it's finally done. I downgraded it, unlocked in, upgraded it…I think I will just never fiddle with this thing again…although I am curious to see if it was unlocked. I might try a $1 kogan sim for testing purposes…

          …and I can confirm that the web interface now defaults to 192.168.8.1

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          @Helmuth:

          By default the modem is on http://192.168.1.1, but after the downgrade flash it goes to 192.168.8.1.

          You can change it back to 192.168.1.1 (or 192.168.whatever.whatever) if you want to. Settings > WLAN > DHCP

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      For anyone going down this route and needing a SIM card to play with, Woolies are doing $1 Vodaphone SIMs at the moment. No need to wait for Kogan to ship you anything :)

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      @master131
      Thanks for your detailed instructions, they are really appreciated, as I was searching the web for unlocking without success. Your method although at first read, seems complicated, it is actually a very neat and structured process.

      Previously tried a web site with title of "Jailbreaking Huawei Routers and Modems". This failed with poor communications, and very badly explained second option, when the first unlock failed.

      I have unlocked device and are running a Kogan/Vodafone sim card with good transmission rates. Tested also with an Optus sim card, which also gives a good 4g signal at my location.

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      I cant download that Huawei Claculator Zip in step four. Just wont budge, have tried all different browsers etc Am I missing something basic here? Is MEGA buggy today? Half way through and stuck

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      Thanks heaps.Just got around to doing this and works like a charm.

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      Just wondering whether there was anything special you did to get the kogan $1 sim to work. Optus working fine but doesn't want to detect Kogan sim. Changed the network setting and tried rebooting but doesn't like it.

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