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Whatโ€™s the best mobile-data option in Australia (Melbourne) for nomads?


in Melbourne, Australia by @iamfledge | 6yr  | 4 comments

Iโ€™m due to spend a couple of weeks in Melbourne in April and looking to see if thereโ€™s a good non-contract mobile data option for my time there.

Ideally Iโ€™d like to be able to tether to my laptop. Any Aus based nomads able to make some recommendations?

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@grum | 6yr

Depends on what your expectations are for โ€˜bestโ€™.

You have 3 main carriers and a bunch of virtual operators. The best carrier is Telstra but it can be the most expensive. Their network is the best for speed and coverage however if youโ€™re only going to stay in Melbourne, all 3 carriers will be fine. If you go bush, go Telstra.

I personally use Optus with their $2 days. $2 gives you unlimited calls, texts and 500mb of data. If I need more data, an extra $2 will give me 500 more megs but youโ€™re capped after that for the day. For days where I just use wifi, I pay nothing.

Not many carriers give you large amounts of data. Youโ€™ll find 10-15 gig options from Yatango and Amaysim who are virtual operators (they resell Optus I believe). I believe Amaysim is 3G only but Yatango should be 4G as well by now (if not now, soon). Those will cost you around $70-$100 off the top of my head.

There are other options, including data-only plans but most come on a plan that lasts 12-36 months. I probably have missed something as the last time I did research was late last year.

Telstra: https://www.telstra.com.au/mobile-phones/prepaid-mobiles/offers-and-rates/plus-packs
Optus: http://www.optus.com.au/shop/mobile/prepaid/plans
Yatango: https://yatango.com.au/mobile/pricing/personalised
Amaysim: http://www.amaysim.com.au/mobile-plans/amaysim-as-you-go

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@dfcowell | 6yr

Last time I was back home I did a lot of research (just before Christmas) - this is by far the best option I found for nomads. Up to 31GB of data per month and your credit expires after 12 months, which means if you come back within that time youโ€™re good to go.

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@grum | 6yr

The credit expiry has changed now - it lasts between 5 days to 100 days depending on the amount you top-up. Very annoying.

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@iamfledge | 6yr

Just checked out that Optus $2 prepaid daily plus plan - looks absolutely perfect.

Thanks a lot guys.

Kinda wish I could get the sim-card posted to me in advance (outside of Australia) - but looks like theres an Optus shop at Melbourne airport:
http://melbourneairport.com.au/shopping-eating/technology/optus

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Not sure if this has been addressed anywhere, but if we could specify which languages we speak, the nomad score for various non-English speaking destinations will change, making it more personalized per user.

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Hey there!

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Apple TV and Netflix: Do these work for Nomads?


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How do I ensure that getting refused entry to the UK won't keep me from getting an Australian 462 (work and holiday) visa?


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On New Yearโ€™s Day this year, I was refused entry to the UK due to not having proof of funds, an outward-bound plane ticket (I was road-tripping out with a friend via car) and not being able to prove that I had indeed canceled the lease on the apartment I had leased during a prior recent trip.

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What's the best mobile-data option in New Zealand for nomads?


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Hi All! Iโ€™ve heard Spark and Vodafone are the best. I plan to move around, so I care mostly about having good coverage, and all Iโ€™ll need is around 1 GB of data or so.

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Is Three's 'Go Roam' package any good for British nomads?


by @alexnapierholland | 2yr 1 year ago | 2 comments

Hey, Three in the UK offer a โ€˜Go Roamโ€™ package that - at first glance - looks good for nomads.

It essentially promises data use abroad, up to 12GB,

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Bali/Indonesia and Australia are both included, which are top destinations for me.

Thailand is not, which may be annoying.

I could do with a new iPhone before I leave for Bali again in January and as Iโ€™ve been launching a new business, am a bit short on cash.

Unsure if this is a good solution, or if it makes more sense to sit-it-out on my iPhone 6 until I can buy an iPhone XS Max with cash and stick whatever SIM I want in it.

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The Australian government apparently has bilateral agreements with a number of signatories to the Schengen Visa treaty that predate, and supersede, the standard 90/180 for traveling in the Schengen zone.

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Whatโ€™s a good European call & SMS forwarding service?


by @adrienbetweets | 2yr 2 years ago | 5 comments

Hi all

What do you guys use for receiving both sms & calls on a European phone number?

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I did my homework & found this thread but itโ€™s only about US services so I donโ€™t think itโ€™s relevant: Whatโ€™s a good US call and SMS forwarding service?
Also, I looked into Google Hangout but it doesnโ€™t support European phone numbers.

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San Pancho, Mexico for digital nomads?


in Mexico by @proghani | 2yr 2 years ago | 5 comments

Hey! Trying to learn more about digital nomad locations in Mexico. Anyone living in San Pancho (San Francisco), Mexico? Do you recommend it?

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Where's a good place to live in Central America for digital nomads?


by @damian692 | 3yr 2 years ago | 7 comments

I am deep in the search from Mexico to Barbados, Cayman Islands to Columbia.

Anyone know of a hostel with good internet on the beach or a co-living house happening?

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Where is the best place to live in London for digital nomads?

 

in London, United Kingdom by @nicholasdnewell | 3yr 3 years ago | 35 comments

Iโ€™m moving to London for a year and would like to know where Iโ€™ll have the best โ€œaccessโ€ to other digital nomads as well as facilities such as coworking spaces. If possible (I know itโ€™s asking a lot for London), Iโ€™d prefer to live somewhere cheap (a relative term I know, but Iโ€™m looking to spend no more than ยฃ1,000), but still have the aforementioned items. Any help, guidance, or just simple insider advice would be much appreciated! Thank you =)

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Bali vs. Chiang Mai for digital nomads?


in Chiang Mai, Thailand by @snu6ew | 3yr 3 years ago | 16 comments

My girlfriend and I started our DN life this March and went straight to Chiang Mai because of itโ€™s ease of living. We love it. CM is great โ€“ we got a scooter for 2700 THB, a nice apartment for 8000 THB all in, we get our laundry done for 50 THB, eat out at nice places every day for less than 100 THB etc. Arriving here needed nearly no preparation โ€“ it just worked out all by itself.

We are still on tight budget and donโ€™t want to give up much of CMโ€™s quality of life but we want to see other places and we are now thinking about what could be our next destination. We are not really willing and able to spend more than what we spend now. Bali seems to be a good place according to what you all wrote.

How does it compare to Chiang Mai or Thailand in general?
CM can get very hot and we often acknowledge that we should have chosen an apartment with a pool here. Can I rent something in Bali for a few months with a pool for less than 250 USD?

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in Philippines by @lopesrosanna | 3yr 3 years ago | 16 comments

Hi there,

Iโ€™ve been wanting to visit the Philippines for a while. I need a stable connection to make skype calls and get my work done. I have some questions:

  • If Iโ€™d spend a total of 2/ 3 months there, and would stay minimum 3 weeks and max 1.5 months in one place, which would you advise me to visit?
  • Any coworking spaces in those places? How is the Wifi availability in cafeโ€™s/ restaurants?
  • Places to absolutely avoid?
  • Is it safe for a woman alone?
  • Is it easy to meet other nomads there?
  • Is it easy to mingle with locals?
  • What was your average spending per month?
  • Best time to visit?
  • Any major events that I should experience?
  • Howโ€™s the food?
  • Any other Philippines tips?

I know some of these questions are relative, but please give me your own honest opinion and advice.

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