Telstra has once again been knocked out of action with widespread network outages affecting broadband customers across the country. NBN and ADSL voice and data services in Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Sydney, Adelaide and a number of regional centres haven't been working properly since midnight.
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If you use prepaid for your phone or mobile broadband, it's handy to be able to grab vouchers without having to head to a retail store or use your credit card. After successfully trialling selling Telstra recharge vouchers via NetBank, the Commonwealth Bank is planning to expand that offering to include recharge vouchers for Optus and BigPond media services such as music and games.
When Foxtel launched its Xbox 360 service last October, we couldn't help but point out that it would be an expensive undertaking given that all the data you used to watch would come out of your monthly cap. That has now changed for Telstra BigPond customers, who will get unmetered access to Foxtel on Xbox 360 TV services as of today.
We first heard about them a year ago, but Telstra's ultra-fast cable plans are finally on sale to selected Melbourne consumers. On offer from the BigPond Ultimate plan is a theoretical maximum speed of 100Mbps, but you'll pay for the privilege.
Bundling deals are one of the most common tactics used by telcos to attract your business, the theory being that you get cheaper prices in return for spending more money overall. But as Dan over on our sibling site Gizmodo reveals, Telstra is now going to charge a setup fee for customers who add phone or broadband services.
If you don't fancy excess usage charges, shaping remains the most palatable alternative. BigPond customers on Telstra's more expensive plans will now find the experience a little less painful, with shaping speeds increasing fourfold from 64Kbps to 256Kbps.
Back in June, Telstra increased broadband data allowances for customers who bundled a bunch of other products with their home internet connection. Now it has increased the data allowances and dropped prices on its BigPond ADSL range more generally, but the prices are still only available to customers who sign long-term contracts and take on other services.
As promised, Telstra has made major changes to the prices of its BigPond ADSL broadband services. One welcome change is the elimination of 200MB monthly download limits on its cheapest plans and a shift to shaping on some services, but not all the news is so good.
If you're a customer of BigPond Wireless Next G and you're running OS X 10.5 Leopard, you may have experienced some connection issues, according to APC magazine's Danny Gorog. He says when he tried to set up his network, the wireless card (Bigpond's Next G 7.2 Wireless expresscard) didn't like Leopard and the connection manager would keep disconnecting. While Telstra says a fix is on the way, Danny has written up a workaround at APC which involves downloading the latest driver for the Sierra card and deleting the "Sierra Watch" application which is causing the problem. He's written up a full walkthrough with screenshots.Connect to BigPond Wireless Next G in OS X 10.5 Leopard