Using Cheap Starter Packs for Data and Dispose after Use?

I did do a thorough search about this on OzB but couldn't find anything related to it.

Does anyone use these starter packs to use up the data when needed and dispose of them after the data has run out?
One example would be to use it during NBN downtime. So I was thinking instead of buying data from my mobile provider which would be more expensive, why not buy these starter packs, use it one time and dispose of them. Quite cheap comparatively if you ask me.

Any one tried this? Thoughts?

Comments

  • +1 vote

    It's what I've been doing the past month that I've had an NBN fault. I've been buying the discounted belong ones and referring myself to get extra money to buy extra data and when it ran out I bought Amaysim and Vodafone that were discounted at Officeworks. Fingers crossed the tech can fix it tomorrow and I'll be back on my way!

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      This hasn't been a issue given that you've been using the loophole to get more data? As in, haven't they flagged you yet? (That's what worries me)

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        Not at all, been doing it for over a year with no negative consequences

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    Does anyone use these starter packs to use up the data when needed and dispose of them after the data has run out?
    One example would be to use it during NBN downtime. So I was thinking instead of buying data from my mobile provider which would be more expensive, why not buy these starter packs, use it one time and dispose of them. Quite cheap comparatively if you ask me.

    Thanks to degrading ADSL2+ prior to the half-assed NBN (HFC) I got thanks to the Liberal gov.. my speed on ADSL2+ degraded to 4 Mbps /1 Mbps (Down/Up) speed.

    My home internet was powered by Kogan $5 starter packs (40GB XL plan).
    The sim cards were put in an old android phone, with the signal amplified by a Xiaomi USB WIFI repeater.

    I still need to do this when there's an outage for NBN around my area (HFC)

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    its good, if you want a more stable conection you need to get a dedicated router for the sim card, rather then just use a dongle.

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    Yes I use a $30 boost Sim (bought for $10) when I am low on rollover data. Put it in second Sim slot on phone. Then my balance recovers enough for say 4 months. Then I do again as required.

  • +3 votes

    It is called SIM SLUTTING. Fairly common on this site.

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      Never thought others did this. My NBN has been down for a while and I was looking at buying Data for Belong on eBay. The next day I was at coles and wondered what if I bought starter packs as it's cheaper.

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      If one has 2 phones, one can have up to 4 numbers active.

      Most Telcos that have deals here do not disconnect the expired service(without recharge), giving at least 90 days. Just watch out Belong and Kogan.

      What I do is to always have one or two numbers usable(with enough data/call), two or three numbers expired(receiving SMS). Every time there is a good deal like free/$1/$2 28/30 day plan, I port one or two number to it. I do not dispose any numbers.

      With this method, I barely pay much for my 4 mobile services, even less than an ordinary person with 1 mobile service.

  • +1 vote

    When the NBN went down and we weren't given a ETA to when services were coming back up. These were a lifesaver, esp after a 2 day outage.