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- The New NBN: Uncosted, No Upload Speeds And No Timetable
- Malcolm Turnbull's Facebook Q&A: What He Said About The NBN
- How To Keep Track Of Your Smartphone Data Usage
- What The NBN Strategic Review Means For Consumers
- Why It Takes Time For Broadband To Translate To Profit
- How Politics Is Depriving Us Of A Decent NBN
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.)
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.