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.
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.
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.
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?
One of the more frequent questions we get here at Lifehacker is where to find an affordable 4G service for use as broadband in the home. While still not as cheap as wired ADSL broadband, Vodafone's new 4G WiFi Cube and associated plans are a decent option if you're in a Vodafone 4G coverage area.
We used to recommend the old version of Telstra's prepaid Freedom plan as one of the best options for mobile phone users, until a change in the conditions earlier this year eliminated the ability to add extra data without having to pay a king's ransom. Now Telstra has increased the available data on its Freedom plan, is it worth revisiting?
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.