There was a time when we thought of prepaid plans as the domain of children and drug dealers, but thanks to a bevy of tiny telcos offering great prepaid rates, the market for these no commitment SIMs is heating up. Here are our picks for prepaid plans with the longest expiry, 10GB of data and under $30 per month.
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While there are just four mobile phone network operators in Australia (you all know about Telstra, Optus and Vodafone, but Pivotel is there as well in remote areas), there are stacks of MVNOs who sell services on top of the networks built by the other operators.
Moose Mobile is one of those MVNOs. And it has just signed a five-year deal to resell Optus' 4G services on top of their business selling refurbished handsets.
The reviews are in and everyone seems to agree that the new Galaxy S8 is the world’s best phone ever. (Take that, Nokia!) With that decided, we now turn our attention to the question that our worried spouses and accountants are asking: What’s the best way to buy the S8? Outright or on a contract plan?
The way we buy mobile data is pretty unusual, if you think about it. Unlike other utilities, like water and electricity, we're asked to estimate our usage in advance, and what we don't use, we lose. Worse still, if we underestimate our usage we might get slugged $10 for an auto data top-up.
It's no wonder that data rollover is a feature we're often asked about. In Australia it's difficult to find plans that let you carry unused data from one month into the next month, but it's not impossible. Here are some of the best.
Australia continues to fall behind most of the developed world when it comes to home broadband internet speeds. According to Akamai's latest State of the Internet Report, our internet connection speeds are now slower than 50 other nations, including the likes of Thailand, Estonia, Bulgaria and Kenya. Here's the full list of countries with better internet than Australia. (It makes for painful reading.)
Optus switched on 4.5G network services in the north-western Sydney suburb of Macquarie Park today, kicking off a year-long rollout that will ultimately aim to see over 70 per cent of the Optus network reached in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.
Tests at the Optus Macquarie Park campus yesterday showed speeds of 1.03Gbps, the telco says.
If you live or work somewhere with terrible mobile reception, you've already felt the pain of trying to make or receive a call and having it drop out or go straight to voicemail. Optus has finally switched on its solution to that problem, letting you make calls over whatever high-speed Wi-Fi network you're connected to — at least if you're using one of Samsung's Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge phones.
Australia's remote internet coverage is so bad there is a dedicated lobby group to campaign for services. Steps are (slowly) being taken to increase coverage, and now Optus is installing satellite small cells in five locations across regional Northern Territory - as well as six locations across regional South Australia.
Okay, so it's not actually wi-fi. But Optus has just scored funding to build 114 new mobile sites as part of the Federal Government's $60 million second round of funding for its Mobile Black Spots Program, aimed at improving mobile coverage across regional and rural Australia.
The announcement comes the day after a new coalition fighting to end the rural "data drought" was announced.
Ever been stuck without data? Everyone has. Cash running low? Happens to the best of us. Thought to yourself "if only I could use my phone's lock screen as an advertising platform, and get paid in data"? Er, maybe not. But now you can, if you want to.
Optus has an app just for Android users to earn extra data or credit by viewing ads on your smartphone. Here's how it works.
Huawei and Japan's NTT Docomo just completed the world's first large-scale field trial of 5G mobile data, and the results were fast. Like, 11290 megabits per second fast, with one tenth the latency of even the best 4G connections. 5G may still be five or more years away from hitting Australian cell towers, but the future is looking rosy.
Customer complaints about NBN connections are up by 63 per cent, and complaints about NBN line faults are up nearly 150 per cent, according to the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman's 2015-16 annual report released today. The NBN now accounts for almost 12 per cent of TIO complaints, but there's also a good side to the news: we're not complaining as much about our mobile and landline telephones any more.
Complaints to telecommunications providers are up by over 16 per cent, according to the latest report detailing the number of new landline, mobile and internet complaints the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) receives.
Optus is the worst offender, while Amaysim proves the most loved among customers.
If you watch a lot of streaming video on your smartphone — while you're commuting, during a lazy day at the beach or a hardcore one at the gym, or if you're one of the surprisingly large number of young Aussies that don't even have a hard-wired internet connection at home — then you'll know exactly how much data it eats up. If you're an Optus customer, you can just throw in an extra $10 per month and get a bunch of streaming services, now including iView and Stan, quota-free.