Tagged With mobile broadband

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You can imagine that one day all internet will be mobile, untethered from cables, implanted directly into our brains. We'll look back at the spider-like routers in our homes with the same nostalgia that we feel when we think of screeching dial-up modems.

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If you want to start an irrational argument there are lot of ways to kick one off if you're a techie type. Mac vs Windows. SQL Server vs Oracle. But the biggest tech rivalry at the moment is between iOS and Android. Which platform is the fastest? Ookla, who bring us the Speedtest app and service, looked at the data they have collected through their Speedtest tool and come up with some interesting insights.

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Mobile Broadband was once something used by road warriors and students; people who spent long stretches of their day away from a reliable WiFi network. And it still is, but more and more people are now turning to a mobile data connection for everyday internet as well.

It's a good time to take a look, too. While you wouldn't describe mobile data prices as cheap, especially compared to fixed line internet prices, the prices are certainly more affordable now, and the plans come with much more data than before. Here are some hand-picked options to consider.

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Thanks to the dropping price of data, mobile broadband is becoming an increasingly affordable way to stay connected. Whether you want an alternative to an ADSL or NBN broadband connection, a SIM card for a tablet, or a stop gap for a move or a holiday, mobile broadband could be the answer.

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For as much as we all want a stable, blazing-fast internet connection at home, for a lot of people, fixed connections are just not working out. If this sounds painfully familiar, it might be time to consider mobile broadband.

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It used to be that mobile broadband was for a very specific kind of person. A road warrior who needed to stay connected between sales meetings or nights away from home, for example. But with the price of data dropping all the time, the rise of tablets, and with the prevalence of features like Data Sharing, mobile broadband is enjoying increased popularity.

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Dear LH, My partner and I are heading to Europe for three weeks – we’ll be in Germany first, then Austria and finally the Netherlands. We're normally happy to hit up wi-fi when it’s available, but we’re going to be cycling for a large part of the trip and want to make sure we’re connected, with plenty of data. Happy to grab a local sim when we get there, but unsure whether we need to do that in each country or the best provider to go with for coverage in all three?

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Mobile broadband usage is often irregular: you don't need it when you're at home, but if you travel for work or a holiday, your demands shoot up. Telstra's new prepaid mobile broadband "data passes" are designed to deal with that need, but how do they measure up as a value proposition?

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Australians love us some free Wi-Fi. According to new figures from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), three million Australians made use of public Wi-Fi hotspots for internet access.

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Phone companies are obliged to inform you if you're chewing through your mobile data allowance -- but an annoying quirk of the TCP Code means they only have to do so within 48 hours of it happening, by which point you can have wasted a lot of money on excess charges. Telstra is currently rolling out a system which will see those notifications apart near-instantly.