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Telstra has launched the Telstra Go Repeater. This is antenna solution the company says will improve mobile coverage or provide coverage in most places where it’s unavailable. With mobile black-spots and dead zones a constant hassle, particularly now that many people are abandoning landlines completely, this is a good step forward for those dependent on mobile coverage for their comms.

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"Phone season" is well and truly in swing, with many of this year's big devices now available. There are a few more yet to be come, but a plethora of new phones is the perfect time for telcos to fight over customers looking to upgrade. This has led to some shakeups in the plan space, with plenty of new big data options.

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While the rumour mill is gathering momentum around the next iteration of the iPhone, it looks like the Apple Watch will also get an update later this year. Last year, Apple released the Apple Watch Series 2, adding GPS and waterproofing as well as announcing an alliance with Nike. But this year, we could see the Apple Watch pick up cellular comms so it can operate completely iPhone-free.

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A few weeks ago, travel writer Tim Richards chatted to me about hotel Wi-Fi services. I spend quite a bit of time travelling - I'd rack up about 50-60 nights a year staying in various hotels here and abroad. And that often puts me at the mercy of hotel and airport Wi-Fi. So, Richards asked me which hotel Wi-Fi was better - Australian or overseas?

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If your device, your carrier and your data plan allows it, you can turn your mobile phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot to get your laptop online. But just because it's a hotspot doesn't mean the rules of data usage don't apply. You'll still want to keep data use down to a minimum. Here's how you can enjoy all the perks of a mobile hotspot without wrecking your wallet.