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- How Mobile Network Usage Will Change Your Work Environment
- Planhacker: Every Australian Prepaid Mobile Broadband Deal Compared
- Best Ways To Get Free Wi-Fi Everywhere
- Airport Broadband Showdown: Free Vs Paid
- Road Worrier: Lifehacker Reluctantly Tests XPT Broadband Again
- Lifehacker's Total Guide To Telstra's New 4G LTE Network
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. [Coles]
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.
If it feels like Vodafone has been trying to rebuild its network and its reputation forever, that’s because it started way back at the beginning of 2011 and has been doing a rather poor job so far. But there are finally some new services in sight: Vodafone says it will begin offering higher-speed ’3G+’ services in September this year, with 4G to follow at some point in 2013.
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.
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.
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.