Thursday, March 30, 2017

nbn again but with Optusnet and nuts

You don't ring nbn first, you ring your provider and if you are lucky she speaks Australian.
Unluckily for her, she had to deal with me.  I have this strange feeling that I've just done a deal with the crossroads demon and in ten years the Hell Hounds will be after me.

Didn't understand a word, can't work out if I'm richer or poorer, forgot to ask what speed but everything must be done before the nbn comes to the house.   She did transfer my phone to optus from Telstra so I didn't lose the number and I will get a bill from them for the balance owing. I hope it's for the $85 a month balance which is the plan I'm on not the 50 or so mobile calls for mother, each one near enough to an hour.

I'll have internet and landline for $110 a month, if I'd brought the mobile phone across it would have been $20 less but I have two mobile phones in my name, pre-paid and one won't be needed at some stage so I went along with leaving things at they were until later when they bring out a better plan. She assures me they will be doing that.  Now before Andrew clutches his pearls and faints on the carpet, I know I could have probably done better elsewhere if I knew what I was doing but it was bad enough trying to work with two companies let alone look at 3 or 4 others.

I was paying Telstra $85 a month for ordinary call and all other mobiles not just theirs which was a lot better than what I was paying before they offered me the plan.  Mother managed to get up to $330 one month when she was sick and I couldn't get down there every day.  Optusnet has been very good with fixing up the computer when it fritzed  and good with the pre-paid which is why I went with them because Telstra didn't have pre-paid when I bought the first phone.  Expensive back then but they had a special two for one deal and we took it.  I was putting $50 on the mobile untill it ran out and $130 on the Internet until it ran out and in the last six months it seemed to be running out very fast. If you can't understand that what do you think it's like inside my brain.

I'm still paying off the tree lopper's visa loan, putting $50 away each fortnight for the house insurance, $50 in the teapot for Mick the mower, hair cut next week, $35 and the bloody cat this week, $17.50 council registration and I might have to go grey, the price of hair dye is discriminating against poor people.  I'll give up ice-cream rather than buy cheap rubbish.  Let's not forget the two grand a year I spend on taxis getting to mother.  The cat won't eat cheap rubbish, $40 a bag for special teeth kibble and it's "Madam, my preferred kitty litter is white crystals with lavender balls, I have a sensitive nose".  It would be nice if the nose chipped in for the litter.  And the freeloading birds are getting cut down on their grub. Direct Debits for AGL, water and Medibank extras, Rates, which I suppose will go through the roof if one more house gets sold for a million anywhere near me.

I can manage all that except for one vital thing.....knickers.  I will have to bite the bullet and make my own, I have the machine, I have the soft fabric, I have the elastic and just thinking about it makes me lose the will to live.  I will be tortured before I reveal what the measuring tape said about the size of my nether regions but I can't go out of the house without wearing knickers in case I fall down. 

At least perving on good looking blokes is still free and half of them don't wear knickers.


Andrew said...

Do what Bone Doctor does, buy men's underwear, which is much cheaper. When we next meet, you must point out to me which men aren't wearing knickers.

JahTeh said...

Andrew, I tried that, even telling the sales moron that they were for my very fat brother but I'm not built like a bloke. I mean the the Bone Doctor probably doesn't have an inch of excess fat anywhere but I have plenty to spare and as wide hipped as a brewery draught horse. It's easy, they jiggle.

Elephant's Child said...

After a very, very long day on the phones I read this post and my eyes crossed. More complicated than I can cope with.
Good luck on the knicker front.

River said...

When I discovered I was running out of data allowance more often I went to the online site where I usually buy a recharge and discovered why. They had downsized the data allowance, same cost and about 10GB less allowance. That's probably what's happened for you too. It's why I bit the bullet and got the wi-fi modem, cost and set up is included in your bill for the first few months until it is paid off, then just the monthly cost, which for me is a direct debit of $54.80 for 100GB allowance. That's far more than I need according to Dodo, they tell me I'm just not surfing the net as much as I thought I was. But I'm sticking with the plan, so I don't unexpectedly run out when I'm cruising real estate sites.
I mentioned in comments at Andrew's a while back that I paid $30 a month, but I made a boo-boo, that's the cost of my phone plan.
Did you learn how to send a text message yet?

JahTeh said...

El Chi, I didn't even ask about the speed which is nbn 25, nbn 50 or nbn 100 or I could stick with what I'm getting now which is equivalent to 12 nbn and is not considered superfast broadband. Really???
And I thought it was just me that took an hour and a half to shop online, page 1, wait, page 2, wait, page connection drops to zero, wait, page 3 and repeat.

River, I did the wifi bit about 2 or 3 years ago with Telstra but they stuffed it up so much I went back to pre-paid Optus. I have sent text messages but I still have trouble answering the damn phone which is why I don't tell anyone the number except for my sister or the Home.
I haven't got to the paying the bill stuff yet but hopefully they have direct debits, so much easier.
The Dodo ads are all over the tv but the fine print after the rah rah 59,95 a month tells about how much the installation fees are.

River said...

I have trouble answering the phone too. People tell me to tap the screen when it's ringing, others tell me to swipe, but don't say in which direction. So I try a random selection of taps and swipes and occasionally get lucky and speak to whoever is calling. Mostly I let it ring out, then get a text message saying "you missed a call from...",then I call it back and ask who and what.