How should I test 3G broadband on a train?

880U_BigPond_DSC2844[1] .jpgTelcos love to boast about the range of their 3G networks, but in practice the only way to tell if a service works well is to test it in as many places as possible. This week, I’m going to be travelling from Brisbane to Townsville on the Sunlander train, which strikes me as a great opportunity to see just how extensive Telstra’s Next G network really is and how well it performs on the go. (I’ve regularly tested all the 3G broadband options on Sydney and Melbourne trains, but far north Queensland seems like more of a challenge.)
As well as doing my regular work tasks (the train comes with power outlets), I’m also planning a few specific tests. There are some obvious challenges like using Skype, or uploading YouTube videos, but I’m also keen for ideas from Lifehacker readers. Which Net-dependent apps should I try out while speeding north? Share your ideas in the comments.

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