broadband

Ask LH: What's The Best ISP Option For A Saucy Webcam Babe?

Hi Lifehacker, I work from home as a webcam model, so I need a very reliable internet connection. I can’t have any delay of any sort or I lose customers. My laptop is a bit old — is there anything I can do to ensure the best connection?


TPG's Unlimited NBN Plan Is Finally Here

TPG first announced plans for an “unlimited” broadband service way back in September 2012. That deal is finally available, but as with any purportedly unlimited deal, it pays to read the fine print carefully.


The New NBN: Uncosted, No Upload Speeds And No Timetable

The National Broadband Network (NBN) plan the Coalition took to the 2013 election included a promise that its NBN plans would be subject to a cost-benefit analysis before rollout and that the majority of Australians would be connected to higher-speed services by 2016. Six months later, neither of those things is true anymore.


Ask LH: Can I Just Use My Phone For Internet Access?

Hey Lifehacker, I am a single user of both phone and internet. I am thinking it makes sense for me to get rid of my landline and broadband internet and perhaps just buy a smartphone that does everything. I use the Internet mostly for emails, web browsing, Skype, YouTube, Facebook and share trading activities. I also have a smart TV that I thought might be useful to hook up to internet. What’s the best way for me to go about this?


Ask LH: Does Bad Broadband Make My Computer Run More Slowly?

Hi Lifehacker, I’m wondering: to what extent does a “slow” internet connection affect operating system and application response times? My work connection is much faster than my home connection, and it often feels like the machine is slower at home.


Mobile Data Still Dwarfed By Fixed Lines

Mobile broadband is hugely convenient, and wireless solutions are often proposed as an alternative to expensive rollouts of fibre-based networks such as the National Broadband Network (NBN). But that doesn’t mean it dominates: a new analysis suggests 97 per cent of all data traffic worldwide still comes from fixed access networks.


Ask LH: What's A Good Mobile Broadband Deal For A Student?

Hi Lifehacker, I am a uni student soon to be moving into college in Sydney and desperate for internet. I recently found out that the internet packages available at the college are a good deal dollar-wise but provide incredibly slow speeds. I have decided buying my own is the best option but as a student cost is an issue. Any suggestions? I’m thinking of a mobile broadband solution, and I’d like lots of data, good coverage and speed at a relatively low price.


Which Australian State Has The Most Internet Users?

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released its Household Use of Information Technology report for 2012-13. There’s oodles of interesting data in the latest issue, including which Australian state/territory has the highest percentage of internet-connected households. (The answer might surprise you.)


MyBroadband Details Broadband Options In Your Area (But Often Gets It Wrong)

The newly-launched and government-backed MyBroadband site is designed to offer an indication of the broadband options available for a particular address. However, you can’t actually trust what it says.


Telstra Simplifies Roaming Prices (But Remains A Rip-Off)

Not only does paying for global roaming mean you are often ripped off, it can be very confusing trying to work out what rates you’ll be charged based on your destination. As of 24 March, Telstra will be making its rates a little less confusing — but it’s still a very expensive way to stay in touch on the road, especially when using data.