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Inflight WiFi actually manages to be cheaper than Telstra

By Leigh D. Stark | 10:56 am 01/03/2013

How expensive are Telstra’s international data packs? At 40,999 feet, we find out that even Singapore Air’s premium WiFi service packs in a better deal.

Let’s just get this out of the way. I’m an addict for Twitter. On the trip I’m coming back from, there’s WiFi, so what better way to say “hey” than to login and post.

But in doing so for the first time (I’m an inflight WiFi virgin), I’ve found something rather interesting: the cost of inflight wireless actually manages to be a better deal than what Telstra offers for international data roaming.

The last time I checked – and I can’t do it now at 41,000 feet – 10MB of data on my Telstra Prepaid would cost me $29. Here on Singapore Air, it’s $10USD.

You are here.

Is the pricing great all round? Probably not, but it more or less confirms that the government checking into overpriced international costs for customers on Australian telcos is a good thing.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to lock my tray table into position.

Singapore's satellite connection for $10USD is technically a better deal than Telstra's $29 pack offering 10MB of data. How does that work?!


Posted from an A380 travelling over NSW from Singapore. Leigh D. Stark was attending the Samsung Forum in Jakarta, Indonesia as a guest of Samsung Australia.

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