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iPad Pro 11" M1 Cellular $649 Upfront on Telstra $69/Month 5G Mobile Broadband Plan (300GB P/M for 12M) @ JB Hi-Fi (In-Store)

2010

Greetings everyone, spotted this deal on the JB Mobile page and seems to be a pretty great offer.

JB are offering the iPad Pro 11" M1 128GB Cellular + Wi-Fi for $649 Upfront on their $69 / 300GB Per Month Mobile Broadband Plan.

The net amount for the whole year is $1477, considering that the iPad alone has an RRP of $1449, this seems to be pretty ridiculous to get 300GB of 5G connection per month for effectively $28 (or a big discount on the iPad). Might be a good choice instead of NBN for lower use users and tether internet off the iPad to save some money.

The plan is 300GB per month at full speed and then drops to 1.5Mbps after that.


This is for "new" customers, which should essentially be taking out any new or additional Telstra plan, rather than be a new customer in total.

I'm not too sure, but it may also be possible to jump on Telstra Live Chat after purchasing and ask if they can apply a $10 monthly credit for being a new user. It has previously worked and might be worth it to save a further $120.

As the price of the iPad is upfront, you can pay that portion with gift cards too to save a bit more.


Considering the discounting, this is effectively an $828 gift card which is provided for the iPad. You may be able to negotiate to get a higher storage model for an extra price but that is dependent on the staff member.


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As always, enjoy :)


NOTE: In-Store only, may exclude most areas of Greater Sydney due to lockdowns imposed.

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  • +8 votes

    Unfortunately I’ve found USB tethering on iPad to a Windows PC running internet connection sharing to be unreliable for long periods of time. It certainly isn’t set and forget. Good deal though.

    • -11 votes

      Tether the iPad to a device using another OS to get better results. Windoze main job is is not routing, it forgets to do it when updating, sleeping, getting busy with apps and cloudy stuff, working for MS, TLAs, forgets its head and loses routes, drops interfaces,

      • +9 votes

        The GL.iNET mini routers are good for this. You can USB tether to an iOS device very easily and output to physical ethernet or WiFi that multiple devices can utilise.

        https://www.amazon.com.au/GL-iNet-GL-MT300N-V2-Repeater-Perf...

        • +1 vote

          Noting I have no idea on this stuff … Would replacing NBN with this type of setup, could I still be able to use the smart plugs etc? Assume it just connects automatically to the mini router whenever the iPad is home being used as hotspot ?

          • +2 votes

            @orbital: It wouldn't be automatic. You would need to connect the iPad to the router via USB or WiFi hotspot each time. Once you connect with USB cable, it usually connects to the internet without further intervention. To save power, WiFi hotspots only broadcast when the iPad / iPhone is in the 'personal hotspot' settings. Once broadcasting, the GL-iNet will eventually scan and connect to the WiFi hotspot.

            I've only used this setup a few time while traveling. It's probably not reliable enough to replace a home NBN connection, but ultimately it depends on your use and expectations.

            • -11 votes

              @blueturkey45: If using an iOS device, best to maintain a named product all the way. Easy to get a second hand Access Point (no too old) from eBay/gumtree. Best by far are anything branded Apple, unless its enterprise kit.

              Anything unbranded or that uses internal stack built by SE Asian producer will just be insecure consumer poverty grade Unless using a trusted software stack or hacking with skill, best to avoid.

              For up to $50 you can buy all kinds of used but decent wifi routers- just have to look: Best to get a modern Apple Air Port or Time Capsule- their radios are top-notch and the stack is very well built, secure, and based on super-stable BSD, will last until you move to WiFi 6 which atm means new kit such as Ubiquiti U6 Lite at $200 odd

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                @resisting the urge: As far as I'm aware, you cannot directly tether an iOS device with USB to Air Port or Time Capsule to share the connection with other devices on your network.

                You can tether the iOS device to a PC (as you mentioned) and share the connection that way, but that's reliant on the host machines uptime.

                GL.iNet is based on OpenWRT which is open source. GL.iNet have a custom interface for ease of use but not sure labeling it insecure consumer poverty grade solution is justified. It's no more or less secure than any other home router (D-link, Netgear or ASUS etc) you're probably using for an NBN connection.

                • +1 vote

                  @blueturkey45: Yes those solutions like the GL.iNet require wireless so not USB tethering, but any would work with an ethernet adapter-USB-C adapter/docking device.

                  A lot of devices are based on OpenWRT, but if the manufacturer hacked the stack together, rather than it being a well etablished/supported opensource port of OpenWRT, what I say is absolutely valid.

                  Indeed, anyone using D-link, Netgear or ASUS etc to connect are in this boat too.

                  OpenWRT is a great project indeed, but is it enterprise secure? No. Just better than a hacked up Rom, esp when done by a manufacturer or anyone else that is not audited/constantly under pressure to maintain internet resilience.

                  • +2 votes

                    @resisting the urge: GL.iNet routers are one of very few that support direct USB tethering without any mucking around. It's literally plug-n-play.

                    https://docs.gl-inet.com/en/3/setup/mini_router/internet/#4-...

                    I've found USB tethering out performs WiFi hotspot sharing that typically operates in the congested 2.4Ghz WiFi radio space.

                    Not sure why you're talking about enterprise solutions in the context of this post. Anyways, we actually see more and more enterprise vendors leveraging open platforms and packages their products. In fact, I can name a few SD-WAN vendors that use OpenWRT as the base for their products.

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                      @blueturkey45: I'm just not sure why you would want to use this when for similar money you can buy a well engineered, (relatively) trustworthy unit used.

                      The router doesn't need a usb socket at all, just RJ45/ethernet. Of course you need a USB-C hub that includes Ethernet, (if you don’t have one already). But you need it also to break out the power, so you can keep the tablet charged and use it uninterrupted.

                      So much better than unplugging every time the tablet's battery runs out, then plugging back in and restarting the network interfaces again. There is just no need to buy a ShenZhen electronics market router at all.

                      Open Platforms, just like proprietary ones, can be implemented well. Or implemented badly, a million ways in between, and both can be turned against the consumer without them knowing. It still takes a lot of skill, and a lot of effort. This means having a big brand and a business model to prevent the hardware that needs to be supported from being landfill in short order. Or a really decent FOSS effort with skilled leads doing it for life, love, or both.

                      Failure happens all the time which is why I mention it. As consumers, we are not empowered to limit our risk when putting all our data through products like the GL.iNet, TP-Link, D-Link and other made for profit poverty spec products. In the absence of a highly secure product that is well audited and supported, we are best to rely on a brand that makes something that does what we need. Not ideal, but… there is nothing in this space that comes close.

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                @resisting the urge: Lol. So many people buy crap kit and want to rate it.

                But pressing '-' doesn't deny reality :-(

          • +1 vote

            @orbital: Get a dedicated 4G router modem would be much more straightforward if that's what you are looking for
            I'm using tplink mr6400 for this,but bear in mind it has some issue with some vpn such as Palo alto global protect, and tplink is not the best company in providing firmware and software update… Some of the Big Sur user still waiting for them to update their software

    • +1 vote

      My USB tethering to a windows PC is rock solid. I use it everyday working from home and all evening when streaming video and gaming. Never had an issue.

      • +1 vote

        They're saying use the Windows PC to share the USB internet connection to other devices over WiFi/LAN.

        And yes, that doesn't work very reliably.

    • +1 vote

      Huge pain in the ass because it’s a CLI install but if you have an old router, openWRT and the libimobiledevice plug-in got me through a few months of travelling with this exact setup.

      Pain in the ass because if you reset the router, it uninstalls everything. You need an internet connection to reinstall the iPad/iPhone USB tethering driver to the openWRT install again. I think I just kept a copy on a thumb drive

      • +1 vote

        I would be quite pleased to avoid NBN HFC entirely if I could reliably turn to 4G/5G for about the same price. I’ve yet to find something on 4G/5G that is consistently better and more reliable than NBN though after HFC lead in was replaced. I think iOS tethering is unlikely to be beaten by a native 4G router.

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          Probably not but using a mobile product with non replaceable battery as a permanent solution has it's own cost (admittedly this wont become unusable in a year like many phones due to capacity and efficiency but it's still worth considering). I destroyed my previous mobile phone waiting for the copper to be fixed so fttn was at least usable (not an ideal situation). I really should have checked before moving. Going from fiber to early adsl speeds with drop outs is jarring.

  • +8 votes

    Not a bad deal usually - but being (pandemically) locked at home that also has relatively cheap NBN plans, it's harder to justify a 300GB mobile data plan etc.

    • +2 votes

      If it helps, my Telstra 5G does 750mbit and 4G B818 achieves 350mbit. For 'similiar' pricing to NBN, albeit less data

      • +1 vote

        This is the problem. What is the use of a superfast connection if you burn out of data within a week.

        • +2 votes

          Don’t go to phub and you’ll be fine

        • +1 vote

          if you dont download things I have an 80gb a month plan and hardly use more than half of it a month.

  • +10 votes

    Is it a SIM or just eSIM?
    ie can you transplant the SIM to a 4g/5G modem as a home internet solution?
    I do not expect the SIM to be locked to the device.

    My home usage is below 300Gb/month and I've run the house on a 4G connection previously, so this is a serious option for me.

    • +1 vote

      I just saw on youtube you need to insert physical sim in ipad , therefore I assume you can also put it in a phone/pocket modem?

    • +1 vote

      JB should be able to provide you with a sim or esim for this plan, if they don’t have the one you are after you can always sign up and do a sim replacement at a Telstra Store.

  • +11 votes

    Any deals on 12.9" iPad Pro?

    • +1 vote

      There is no stock at JB for the Cellular ver.

    • +3 votes

      I’d take this deal if it applied to the 12.9” version.

  • +4 votes

    Hopefully they a similar deal in the few months for the 12 inch when there is stock!

  • +2 votes

    Great deal, wish I had better telstra reception in my area. I get 8-9mbps on "4G" on iPhone :(
    Optus is worse.

  • +1 vote

    What about ETC?

    • +2 votes

      ETC isn't particularly good because they implemented a voucher reimbursement fee. You would need to pay $414 and then $250 on top of that if you cancelled within the first month (reduced by $34.50 each month as you progress).

      • +1 vote

        Thanks for the info doweyy… I don't quite understand though what would be the true minimum charge, if you do cancel immediately?
        Are you saying $649 + $414 + $250 = $1,313? Is there a link to the terms that can explain it for me? Thank you.

        • +3 votes

          I believe that is effectively what will be charged. Please find the CIS here for this plan which runs through some more information.

          I take it as:

          • Maximum ETC : $414 (plus any Voucher Reimbursement Cancellation Fees (if applicable))
          • Maximum Voucher Reimbursement Cancellation Fee : $250

          It depends on whether Telstra charge you the voucher cancellation fee or not, personally I haven't done it under these new CIS' so I can't advise what will actually be charged, just going off what the terms state.

          • +1 vote

            @doweyy: Thanks again. The CIS is written for a $250 voucher, which then has a $250 "Maximum Voucher Reimbursement Cancellation Fee"… but if the special deal is giving around ~$800 voucher towards the iPad, I wonder if the "Maximum Voucher Reimbursement Cancellation Fee" would still be $250, or if it would scale up accordingly? Either way this is too rich for me unfortunately. :)

            • +4 votes

              @pronoun: I think the maximum would have to be $250 regardless of the discount here because that's what the terms state. I personally don't think it's worthwhile anymore to cancel early on these plans considering the sizeable ETC, used to be good but now not so much :)

              • +1 vote

                @doweyy: Yep, it’s a "Maximum Voucher Reimbursement Cancellation Fee" of $250 despite the fact that the actual voucher is $800.

                I was told exactly this by the JB salesperson when I got my new iPad today.

                I’m not planning on canceling while the included data and very high network speed remain so competitive or when I can get another device for not much more than the price of the data.

  • +1 vote

    Is this proper 5G?

    • +2 votes

      5Xi

    • +4 votes

      No.

      A2459 does not have 260, 261, mmWave

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        And 5G mmWave is a very very long way away, anyway I'm still waiting for sub 5G to happen in my area, might be a different story for highly densed populated areas like the CBDs of each cities in Australia and I doubt it would be feasible in suburbs especially when sub 5G is doing a great job already and wondering what pricing would be like for 5G mmWave

        My 2 cents 👍😁

        • +1 vote

          Telstra has mmWave, although probably not very much coverage even compared to 5G zones.

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            @coxymla: Yupz Telstra I guess and the other big telcos have had 5G mmWave test sites for few years now since the big 3x telcos have bought the 5G mmWave frequency licenses and I'm sure they've started 5G mmWave towers here and there

            Here's an article from the ACMA, seems like there are other players obtaining the 5G mmWave licenses other then the 3x big telcos, dated December 2020, even Nokia is in the list,..

            Edit: And I might be wrong as the article states "A number of successful applicants intend to provide wireless broadband services across all states and territories and across urban, regional and rural areas"

            https://www.acma.gov.au/articles/2020-12/successful-applican...

            Another article stating Optus to be one of the first to setup 6x commercial 5G mmWave sites, article dated May 2021

            Also states "The new mmWave sites include four Sydney-based locations: Kings Cross, Surry Hills, North Ryde and Optus Sydney Campus, as well as Huntingdale in Melbourne and Strathpine in Brisbane"

            https://www.rcrwireless.com/20210521/5g/optus-deploys-initia...

            Tried searching the internet without any success as would love to know the location of were the Optus 5G mmWave is exactly located in Melbourne, anyone know?

  • +2 votes

    The thing is none of the stores can process it as they are currently click and collect. I’ve called up my 2 local ones they can’t do it but the ad specifically says in store only lol that’s for the greater Sydney

    • +1 vote

      I know in the past they have been able to process it over the phone when a state is in lockdown. It seems like that has changed now, but it might be worth attempting to call their main customer service line on 13 52 44 and see if they can do anything for you. Quite rough to mostly exclude greater Sydney from this otherwise..

      • +1 vote

        Called a few times, same answer no plan deals over the phone and is currently suspended. Not available to me

        • +2 votes

          Sorry to hear that, that's quite annoying.

  • +2 votes

    Holy hell that's a great deal. Even better than the iPad Air 4 last year

    • +2 votes

      Not understanding the downvote… I mean I'm one of those who got the iPad air 4 deal which was $749 up front with a $69/month 12 month plan. IPA4 was $1329 outright before the voucher at the time

      Shrug I guess being technically correct is now offensive

  • +1 vote

    great so finally I can sit at MCG watching Collingwood getting their ass handed back to them

    while simultaneously watching a replay of them beating Demons as a consolation

    again and again

    thank you Telstra!

  • +2 votes

    Basically giving everyone in sydney the middle finger when no one can go to a physical store to signup due to lockdown!

    • +1 vote

      100% lol what a laugh

    • +1 vote

      my ability to give a shit has been mysteriously localized to my middle finger

      could the lockdown magic be at work here AGAIN?!

  • +1 vote

    The plan is 300GB per month at full speed and then drops to 1.5Mbps after that.

    So which means there is no extra charge after the data run out?

    • +4 votes

      Correct

      • -1 vote

        this gets even better

  • +1 vote

    OP, when you click the link it says $69/month 80GB data?

    • +4 votes

      That's for the normal $69 mobile plan, this one is specifically separate as a mobile broadband plan which is usually 150GB but comes with a bonus 150GB (in the banner up top) :)

  • +2 votes

    :( in greater Sydney. would like to know if someone found a way to get this while in Sydney.

    • +1 vote

      Nope, you’ll have to jump the border

      • +1 vote

        Sent a friend to JB hi-fi in Victoria. He will call if there is a way for me to get it.

  • +1 vote

    Good if you need the SIM

  • +1 vote

    thinking about getting this and chucking it into by Huawei B818 modem

    • +2 votes

      Can recommend, I get 350mbit down with mine

      • +1 vote

        Huawei B818 modem can support 5G SIM? is it the one from Telstra or Optus? I'm interested to know because I have 5G coverage but no 5G modem and looking for cheap 5G modem option?

        Thanks

        • +3 votes

          B818 is a 4G modem only.
          It will accept a 5G SIM (just like any other SIM), but it will only connect at 4G.

          • +1 vote

            @ESEMCE: Thanks ESMCE, 4g in my location is bad about 10 mbs speed but 5g around 200 mbs.
            I'm not sure(Lolitsjoel Can recommend, I get 350mbit down with mine) is she refer to the same modem or using different modem on 5g?

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            @ESEMCE: my B818 connects to optus 5g no problem (except that in my area 5G isn't fully provisioned yet)

            • +1 vote

              @ShannonN: The B818 doesn't have a 5G modem, so that's simply not possible.
              It's connecting to the 4G network only

              • +1 vote

                @ESEMCE: Apologies I was confusing the option to have both 2.4 ghz and 5GHZ with 5G my bad

        • +3 votes

          It will just default to 4G. I'm like 500m away from the tower and acheive 750+ on my iphone's 5G. I'm super happy as I had a B525 that was maxing at 140mbit with external 7db antennas to a B818 no antennas at 350.

          Definitely worth checking different locations for speeds throughout the house to find optimal spot

        • +1 vote

          Telstras Wifi Pro (ZTE MU500) is a capable 5G modem, it has an ethernet port and is unlocked even though it's branded and builtin software is for Telstra, it also has an external attenna port for the 4G side of the modem, keep an eye out on eBay as there selling around the $350 to $400 mark second hand, as these new are $599 directly through Telstra

          Though search Ozbargain for a 5G mobile phone as one could use it as a portable Wifi modem as I've seen past posts advertising new for 5G mobiles under $300

          Important something to research, the CAT speed/mimo antennas and capable of carrier aggregation of your device and your signal strength/position from 5G towers/bandwidth of towers etc will determine your download speeds, great Android/IOS app to use to check what your nearest 4G/5G tower is capable off is an app called "Aus Phone Towers"

          • +1 vote

            @Italkdigital: Hi Italkdigital for your details reply, actually I ended yesterday get the same device with 300 GB data on $69 plan from the good guy's

            • +1 vote

              @sam2021: The mu500 is over priced device very expensive 5G modem for a RRP of $599, I'd rather buy it second hand on eBay, well I have under $350, dare I say everything Telstra is over priced as a true Ozbargainer there are better deals to be had 👍😁

              Edit: but the mu500 second hand certainly has been holding its price well, why another reason to buy it second hand

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              @sam2021: Hi Sam, can I ask when uou bought this mu500 5G modem and signed up for the Telstra contract service from Harvey did they have the 5G modem in store or it was ordered and sent to you on a later date

              Edit: supposedly I heard one can get $10 per month off on that $69 data plan by contacting Telstra through Telstra chat, I guess the contract is 12 months so a saving of $120

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                @Italkdigital: Hi Italkdigital, I just bought the modem yesterday, they did have one in stock at the GG, the contract is for 12 months but I couldn't get any other discount, I hope that help.

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    Just called their main sales line. They said it's not available for anyone in Greater Sydney and NSW due to lockdown. You need to be in store because we need to check ID etc which cannot happen. Now I feel really sad because of this lockdown….

    • +1 vote

      Is Greater Sydney and NSW in different areas that they had to distinguish them separately…. Lol

      • +3 votes

        So you think NSW is Greater Sydney??? NSW is a lot bigger than Sydney alone. Suggest you do some intrastate travelling after lockdown to the north coast or south coast. Ballina is a great place but that’s more QLD than NSW lol

        • +2 votes

          You missed the point. Greater Sydney is in NSW. It’s like saying “I have to isolate in my bedroom AND in my house.”

          • +1 vote

            @TomGum: Not really. It’s like saying “no one is isolating in my room AND my house” even if other people are isolating in other rooms in the same house.

      • +1 vote

        I just wrote what I was told over the phone. Not sure why I am getting negged. Would love to know if someone found a way to get this deal in the Greater Sydney area.

  • +1 vote

    any recommendations for case and protector?
    thanks

  • +1 vote

    dupe

  • +1 vote

    Has anyone tried using one of these mobile data plans on an iPhone as an eSIM for data with some cheapo annual SIM for calls and SMS?

    • +1 vote

      I believe Telstra restricts the use of its MBB SIMs in phones, though I'm happy to be corrected if that has changed.

    • +2 votes

      From the T&C's

      JB Hi-Fi and The Good Guys Mobile Broadband Plans are for personal use only with compatible tablets or mobile broadband devices. Other devices including telemetry devices and mobile phones may be blocked

      Tried it for a few hours today in an iPhone and wasnt blocked, would be interesting to see if it worked longer term.

  • +1 vote

    Any idea if local store does not have stock if you can sign up instore & wait for them to order in?

    • +1 vote

      In my experience they can't do it because the device IMEI is tied to the account at sign up. They can't sign you up with the offer if the device is not available. Since the offer is good for two weeks, you could order it and then hope it arrives before the offer ends.

  • +1 vote

    I could just put this in a modem right? Pretty tempted as I can't get nbn in my new place

    • +2 votes

      I am wondering the same thing. Was checking the 5g modem/router on eBay, they are quite expensive compared to 4g.

  • +1 vote

    What is the best way to use the SIM for home internet?

    We tried Optus mobile broadband SIM via tethering internet works fine but when you do gaming the ping is high and VPN remote server for work is also laggy. Would this be the same?

    • +1 vote

      Ping is a lot better than it used to be, but it isn’t going to be as good as a cable line.

      • +1 vote

        Even on Telstra? would plugging it to a Modem be better?

        • +1 vote

          4G/5G speeds/ping etc has a lot to do with how capable the device your using is to connect to a 4G/5G tower, more importantly also is the position of the device and what your connected 4G/5G tower is capable of etc, a great Android/IOS app to use to check what your nearest 4G/5G tower is capable of is an app called "Aus Phone Towers"

          Edit: posted more above 👍

          Mind you too I'm one of those nerds that drives around to different 5G towers in my area trying to get the fastest speed tests with my Samsung 5G Note 10 Plus mobile, highest I've ever achieved with sub 5G connection was 1065 Mbbps with s 34 ms ping, have had speed tests with ping as low as 8 ms ping, importantly moving position of ones device just 1 meter can dramatically effect ones speed test in the wrong direction,..
          https://www.speedtest.net/my-result/a/7454933490

  • +2 votes

    Anyone know if this can be datapooled with existing Upfront plans, or would that not be in keeping with "new customer" ?

    • +4 votes

      No data pool as these plans are in the old system (Siebel) and Upfront are in the new (Console/Salesforce)

      • +1 vote

        Thanks 👍

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    Better to transfer/port to get the $10 credit on Live Chat rather than signup a new number. Anyone successfully got the credit on this mobile broadband plan ?