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A smartphone without a big whack of mobile data is like a sports car without petrol in the tank. Almost everything we do with our phones requires an internet connection, so there is no point cheaping out on a plan with puny data inclusions nowadays.

The good news is that data keeps getting cheaper. The rise in popularity (and sheer volume) of mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) has put crushing pressure on the price we pay for each gigabyte, and if you're not regularly checking your options and switching then there is a good chance you are missing out. Here are the best deals.

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Although many Aussies wouldn't believe it if you told them, our country's 3G and 4G mobile networks are regularly ranked among the best in the world. In actual fact, South Korea is the only country that consistently ranks ahead of Australia for overall mobile network speed and 3G or 4G availability, and our average download smartphone download speeds have cracked 25Mbps for the first time ever. OpenSignal's sixth Global State of the Mobile Network report paints a glowing picture of Australia's mobile telecommunications infrastructure.

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Cheap smartphones -- we mean really cheap, off-contract smartphones -- are terrible. They're tormented by horrid, pixilated screens, they're slower than your grandma, and they feel like they're held together by Scotch tape. The $249 Moto G is none of those things. It definitely has significant shortcomings, but put simply, you can't get a better cheap phone.

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The last thing you want to do after buying yourself a sleek, ultra-slim laptop is muck up its lovely form factor with an ungainly mobile WiFi hotspot hanging off a USB port. So taking inspiration from the Eye-Fi, Huawei has cooked up its own SD card that's gutted to make room for a nano SIM slot and a HSPA+ 3G radio to give your laptop mobile internet wherever you roam.

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What began as a shamelessly transparent ploy by the LTE-peddling thugs of the mobile crime wars has evolved into a tale of star-crossed lovers set for the modern stage. Presenting 3G: The Killer Connection, a tale about what can happen when your choice of data carrier turns out to be wrong. Dead wrong.

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It's Friday morning, and already the heat is on. I finish off my third bottle of water and look back at my phone for the building I'm meant to be visiting. My cab driver and I have already circled this block for 10 minutes searching for it. It's a building with no name, no number, and no desire to ever be found by anyone.