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- How To Keep Track Of Your Smartphone Data Usage
- 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
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.
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.