If you're looking at buying a new mobile device, especially one that's an import, it's worth knowing which Australian networks it will support. These are all the frequencies currently used in Australia.
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iOS: OpenSignal is a do-it-all toolkit for improving your mobile data and Wi-Fi connectivity. Previously only available for Android, iPhone users can now use this handy utility for maximizing their connection on the go.
Everyone you know has a smartphone and mobile data network usage is growing hugely, but what do those developments mean for IT pros when it comes to managing and deploying apps and equipment? Here are some key trends to watch out for (including average download speeds for Aussies and how many of us really use 4G) and what they'll mean for your future projects.
A group of Dutch researchers has demonstrated a technique for measuring rainfall by examining disruption to mobile phone signals. As well as providing a potential method for providing more measurements in the future, the study also reminds us of one of the downsides of mobile networks: they can be a bit rubbish during a downpour.
Dear Lifehacker, I'm moving to country Victoria (Horsham) and I'm wondering how I can find out before I move what provider I should go with (or stick with.) I'm really stuck with what terms to Google search or how to find coverage maps. Is there a central resource with this kind of information? Thanks, Signal Seeker
iiNet has begun offering Samsung's 7 and 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 2 tablets and the 3G-enabled Galaxy Camerain bundled deals with its mobile broadband service. Are those deals worth signing up for?
Variations in signal quality don't seem to have dampened the enthusiasm of photo-sharing AFL fans. According to a just-issued Telstra press release, a total of 2.4 million data requests adding up to 185GB were made at the MCG during the course of Saturday's AFL grand final.
Internode has expanded its range of NodeMobile plans with a $60 a month plan that includes unlimited calls. It might tempt some existing NodeMobile customers, but there are still better deals to be had.
Once more a simple 3G mobile broadband dongle rises from the primeval bargain soup. From tomorrow (August 8) until August 14, Coles is selling a basic Vodafone USB dongle with 3GB of data for $19 — $30 down on the usual price. (Check how the service compares with our prepaid mobile broadband Planhacker guide.) Coles is also offering $3 off any Vodafone recharge above $29.
We've complained frequently that Google's Chromebooks haven't yet seen an official Australian release. No word on that changing yet, but if you do score one, they appear to work just fine with local SIM cards with a little tweaking, as Lifehacker reader Owen explains.
It's clearly the week for consolidating mobile plans. Yesterday Virgin Mobile trimmed its range, and today Telstra has quietly tweaked its plans, raising most prices by $1 while changing some data allowances.