Tagged With mobile broadband

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Australia's main police, ambulance and fire agencies have their own dedicated radio bands, but need more rich communication between officers and dispatch to use 21st century tools like GPS, smartphones, tablets and the internet. A draft Productivity Commission report recommends using mobile broadband from commercial telcos like Telstra, Optus and Vodafone rather than cordoning off mobile spectrum and constructing a $6 billion dedicated public safety broadband network.

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Being a frequent traveller used to mean being cut off from your email and social media unless you were lucky enough to find a free or paid Wi-Fi hotspot. International mobile data has become a lot cheaper over the last couple of years, but it's still a little confusing depending on which Aussie carrier you use. If you don't want to shell out for your home telco's daily roaming rates or bundles, there's another legitimate option in Globalgig.

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If you can't get ADSL or cable or NBN internet at home, or if you don't need that much data per month over the 'net, and you live relatively close to a city or metropolitan area, a 4G mobile broadband device might suit your needs very well. These usually come in the form of a Wi-Fi hotspot, portable and battery-powered, but this Huawei Wi-Fi Cube is designed to live in your home and connect everything in it wirelessly to the internet through Vodafone 4G.

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If you use a lot of mobile data, it can be attractive to go all-out and find a plan that has extra capacity over what you'd usually use. Having the freedom to browse the 'net and download and not limit yourself can be a liberating experience. There are times when you should hold back, though — it just doesn't make sense to buy Telstra's two most expensive mobile broadband plans.

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Because the SIM card in your phone dictates the number people can contact you on, it might seem axiomatic that one should be enough for anyone. Yet there are circumstances where having more than one SIM makes sense. Here are five reasons to consider multiple SIMs.

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Everyone's favourite MVNO, Virgin Mobile, has been hot on the heels of every 4G announcement Optus has made for the last few months. True to form, Virgin now has a 4G mobile broadband offering that seems to work out as better value than its larger rivals can offer.

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Going abroad for business, pleasure or bl-easure (patent-pending) is grand, but staying connected to the real world while you're there is not only a frustrating experience, but one that's also frightfully-expensive. Here are our best gadgets and tips for staying connected while abroad in a fashion that won't have you setting fire to large piles of money.

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The first major change under the Telecommunications Consumer Protections (TCP) Code kicks in from today: any company selling a mobile plan in Australia must provide a clear, consistent statement of how much you'll pay for calls, texts and data. That's a welcome development, but you still need to check the details carefully. Here's what you need to know.