Cheap Mobile plans on Telstra network

Just wondering if anyone know if there are any companies which other mobile plans but are on telstra network?

Similarly to tpg and liveconnected which are on optus. So, you get cheap prices from tpg but you know the network service as it is on optus.

Basically, I am light user and on cheap $5 plan on liveconnected which gets $100 call credit and 100MB data. However, I do not get reception on optus at where I live. Telstra is the only one that works but their cheapest plans are $30 or $50. $30 on Telstra is far less value that what I currently get on my $5 liveconnected.
So, trying to suss out any alternative.

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    Telstra don't resell their network.. if you want Telstra you have to buy Telstra.
    The only alternative is for you to buy a Femtocell device (Vodafone have them, dunno about Optus) that provides a small mobile phone transmitter that uses your internet connection (you'd need a reasonable speed ADSL connection up and down I reckon) to transfer voice signals to the rest of the mobile and telephone network.
    You have to pay to buy a Femtocell and of course you have to pay to supply said Femtocell with an internet connection (if you didn't already have one) and it'll eat your download quota to a certain extent.

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      Femtocells are here:
      http://www.optus.com.au/home/mobile-phones/homezone/
      and here:
      http://www.vodafone.com.au/business/expand/

      Both are for Business users only at this stage.

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        "However, I do not get reception on optus at where I live" could mean OP is out of town a bit and this may also mean low speed internet.
        Also, if OP is on liveconnected and wants a cheap Tel$tra plan they prob don't want to invest in femtocell !

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          maybe so, but they're the only options apart from going Telstra

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          or stay on Telstra GSM network:
          eg:
          http://www.thinkmobile.com.au/plans/

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          Nice pickup battler!
          That looks like what the OP is after!

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          in worst case scenaro thinkmobile looks pretty good. Their simply $12 classic might do the trick. However, I'll try first if 3 with gsm only works as its 3 have good $19 cap plans where you also get a new phone.

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          question will be whether Telstra's GSM coverage in your area is as good as their NextG coverage.
          restricting a 3/Voda to 2G might give you that indication, as you say you will investigate.

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          Make sure to get one where you can turn off 3G! 3 phones used to have that feature disabled.
          Also 3 are pretty strict about who they sell to, if you live out of their coverage area, they wont sell you a phone. So you'll have to "live" at a friend's place in the city somewhere.

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          www.lycamobile.com.au is the other mob who use Telstra GSM apparently.

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        We definately do not get any reception for vodaphone at our place. Optus is slightly better. Unfortnuately Telstra is the only one which works throughout the house. I've got silly question. Does anyone how to set the phone to use gsm only and also restrciting phone to 2G. I am not able to figure out the setting. I am using Nokia 63 phone.

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          if it is a branded "3" phone, it has to have generic firmware on there.
          "3" branded nokia phones have the "gsm" only option removed because "3" don't want you using the telstra network, look up debranding, then it shoul dbe in connections, network

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          Interesting. Thanks for the information. I have a spare phone on which I can try this. Cheers

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    for short term you can try 3, they roam onto telstra,
    just set your phone to gsm only

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      Tried 3 and wasn't workng properly. I'll work out how to set the photo to gsm only. Maybe that was the problem.

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      Tried 3 and wasn't workng properly. I'll work out how to set the photo to gsm only. Maybe that was the problem.

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