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Whether you're travelling or just trying to get out of the house a bit more, there's one thing that plagues us everywhere we go: Wi-Fi. We may not have that cloud of Wi-Fi covering the planet yet, but you can find free Wi-Fi almost anywhere, if you know how to look. Here's what you need to know.

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People like speed. People like 4G. According to Telstra, 300,000 devices are now connecting to its 4G network, which currently incorporates 1,000 base stations. That's good news for Telstra shareholders, but it also reflects an inescapable truth about wireless networks: the more customers there are, the slower the overall speed will get.

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An accidentally-slashed fibre optic cable in Melbourne cut off 1,000 phone lines and 7,000 Internet services for more than a day last week. But that's not all: it also rendered 20 Next G base stations useless, reminding us that wireless services do not in fact exist in a cable-free vacuum.

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Optus and Vodafone have signed an agreement to share more of their 3G and 4G infrastructure, allowing them to expand coverage more quickly and for Vodafone customers in regional areas to eventually roam onto Optus' network where Vodafone coverage is weaker or non-existent. What will that mean for customers of both networks? Will it threaten performance and reception? What happens if you access those networks via another provider? We've got all the answers.

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For no obvious reason, the personal hotspot function on the latest iPad doesn't work on Australian models. Over at Gizmodo, Alex details how you can fix this — no jailbreak required. Definitely worth checking if you want to share the 3G goodness from your new tablet.

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We've known that Telstra would be losing the 2100Mhz part of its 3G network for some time; it was a legacy of the early 3G tie-up between Telstra and 3 due to be switched over in August. Telstra's started notifying customers early, so if you're still on an 2100Mhz 3G phone, you can expect a letter just like this to drop through your letterbox any day now.

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Android (ICS Only): Onavo has made it their business to help streamline the amount of data you use by compressing and removing any unnecessary information for you, so you only use the minimum amount of data required for your apps to work. Already available for iOS, the new Onavo Extend brings the same data compression features that iOS users have had for a while over to Android.

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Adelaide has that rare thing in Australia: an airport that actually offers free Wi-Fi. But just how much better do you do if you use your own paid-for dongle rather than a free option? I decided to find out.

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Dear LH, I'm planning a trip to the UK and I'm trying to sort out my data options for my phones, iPad and netbook. I know there is no way I'm going to use my own network's roaming so I was looking at TravelSIM or similar but I've just found out that the hire car company I'm using offers a Wi-Fi device for £9 a day with 1GB of data a day.

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We're pretty fond of mobile broadband here at Lifehacker HQ, and it turns out that we're far from alone. The latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) suggest that as of June, 44 per cent of all Internet connections were via mobile broadband, while 41 per cent were via ADSL.