Optus have updated their mobile broadband plans, offering a range of new data inclusions. Streaming is a major focus of the new 24-month plans, some even including data-free Netflix and Presto.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
We've heard lots from Optus about testing of its 700MHz and 2500MHz 4G networks, but actual details on when consumers would be able to use those frequencies on compatible devices have been thin on the ground. Now those plans are finally beginning to firm up.