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Ask LH: How Can I Check Mobile Phone Coverage Before Moving?

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

Are iiNet's New Samsung Tablet And Camera Bundles Worth It?

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?

Optus Ditching Free Social Networking Access For Its Contract Phone Plans

Optus is ditching one of the main selling points for its postpaid mobile plans: new customers will no longer receive unlimited access to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social networking sites.

Lifehacker Tests Telstra's Prepaid 3G Wi-Fi/Dongle Mobile Broadband Combo

Can’t decide between a Wi-Fi hotspot and a USB dongle? Telstra’s new prepaid 3G dongle offers both: you can plug it directly into your laptop, or use it as a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to five other devices. Here’s how it stacks up.

185GB Of Data At The AFL Grand Final

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.

Rating Internode's $60 NodeMobile Plan

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.

Dealhacker: Vodafone Mobile Broadband USB Dongle For $19 At Coles

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]

Planhacker: Every Australian Prepaid Mobile Broadband Deal Compared

A prepaid mobile broadband service is ideal if you want occasional internet access while travelling, or just need a backup service when your home or office broadband goes down. Who has the best deals? Planhacker rounds up all the current offers in Australia so you can compare and choose.

Chromebooks Work With Australian 3G Networks

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.

Telstra Tweaks Postpaid Plans, Raises Prices

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.

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