Need a quick hit of wireless Internet for your laptop when you're out and about? Here's how to set up a "personal WiFi hotspot" – also known as 'wireless tethering' – on your iPhone 5, 4 or 4S. You can also create a personal hotspot on the 'new iPad' (aka iPad 3) if you're ...
POSTED 13 Sep, 2012 7 Comments
If you're heading to New Zealand and renting a car, you can now pick up a rental portable 3G wifi router from Hertz when you reach the airport. Hertz is offering the portable mobile wifi routers, commonly known as "pocket wifi" or "mifi" devices, at Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenst...
POSTED 30 May, 2012 0 Comments
Does your iPhone suffer from the low battery blues at the end of a busy day? Here are five fast ways to keep the iPhone's battery alive for a bit longer. They're especially handy when you're travelling overseas and don't have chargers dotted around you in convenient places. 1) Disable Bluet...
POSTED 25 Oct, 2011 3 Comments
Optus' mobile broadband speeds are set to ratchet up a notch when it launches its next-generation 4G mobile network in April next year. It is also detailing how it has been upgrading its 3G mobile network in response to customer complaints that its performance is too slow for internet use. Tels...
POSTED 15 Sep, 2011 0 Comments
Heading to the UK and wondering how to avoid paying through the nose for data roaming on your smartphone and laptop? You could do a lot worse than the offer from rental car company Hertz, which is now offering 3G+Wi-Fi pocket hotspots for rental. These pocket modems (known as "MiFis" in some co...
POSTED 8 Sep, 2011 1 Comment
IN BRIEF | If you're heading off on a trip soon, and you haven't yet sorted out your internet access, consider picking up one of these Pocket Wi-Fi modems, currently on sale at Dick Smith for $39.50. It takes a 3G mobile network signal, connects to the internet, and provides you with a Wi-Fi hot...
POSTED 19 Aug, 2011 2 Comments
Are you fed up with shelling out $15-$30 per day for the 'privilege' of internet access at Australian hotels? You wouldn't pay it for running water or lighting in your room, so why should business travellers pay for internet? In-room internet remains one of today's great business tra...
POSTED 6 Jul, 2011 3 Comments
"World's best" isn't an accolade to be thrown around lightly, but we believe Telstra's new portable 3G/Wi-Fi hotspot is absolutely deserving of it. The Telstra Ultimate Portable Wi-Fi modem is the best such device for travellers yet, for six key reasons: #1 The fastest possible 3G downloads (in...
POSTED 28 Jun, 2011 1 Comment
Heading overseas? The last thing you want to do is get home to a $10,000 phone bill due to data roaming costs from internet usage on your smartphone. Australian Business Traveller recently investigated which mobile networks charged the most for 'data roaming' and found Optus was by far the worst...
POSTED 15 Jun, 2011 4 Comments
If you're travelling to the USA soon, there's a great value prepaid SIM card that Australian Business Traveller reader Josh Murphy has made us aware of. For an outlay of US$80 (US$20 for the SIM, and US$60 for the 30 day plan), you can buy a SIMple Mobile SIM card, including: unlimited ...
POSTED 1 Jun, 2011 4 Comments
If you're using the iPhone's "Visual Voicemail" feature while overseas, you may have discovered that it doesn't work if you turn off data roaming. The reason is that Visual Voicemail cannot be accessed via Wi-Fi, only through the mobile network's data roaming connection -- which you've wisely di...
POSTED 30 May, 2011 1 Comment
A New Zealand telco has slashed its data roaming rates to Australia, the UK and the USA by 90 per cent. It says its ability to negotiate better rates with mobile networks overseas shows that telcos are lying when they say they can't negotiate cheaper rates for their customers. 2Degrees had been...
POSTED 17 May, 2011 1 Comment
If you're travelling in Australia and still paying for hotel internet, you're not only wasting your money – you're missing out on the convenience of having the internet on tap, anywhere and anytime. One of the newest developments in this area is 3G Wi-Fi modems which work like a personal w...
POSTED 13 Apr, 2011 4 Comments
Telstra is set to launch a new, faster portable Wi-Fi hotspot to enable travellers to access the net on laptops, smartphones and tablets via the Next G mobile network. The new Telstra Elite Mobile Wi-Fi (available from Tuesday 12th April) has an inbuilt battery that lasts up to four hours, and a...
POSTED 7 Apr, 2011 0 Comments
This week Telstra became the second Australian mobile carrier to offer Apple's 'Visual Voicemail' for iPhone, following Vodafone's introduction of the service almost two years ago. Telstra is copping plenty of flack for its decision to charge $5 per month for Visual Voicemail (which it calls Mes...
POSTED 25 Mar, 2011 1 Comment
A new service is offering unlimited mobile internet access in 32 countries around the world for a flat daily fee — adding yet another nail to the coffin of telcos' inflated global roaming data fees. We've recently covered some solutions to the problem of high data roaming fees (typically $...
POSTED 24 Mar, 2011 0 Comments
Update | We've got step-by-step instructions on how to activate the free personal wifi hotspot on your iPhone or iPad – click here. Previous | Sick of hunting out public Wi-Fi hotspots or paying for expensive hotel internet while you travel? If you have an iPhone 4, you'll soon be abl...
POSTED 3 Mar, 2011 0 Comments
Wireless hotspots may suit the casual cafe set but business travellers are increasingly relying on 3G mobile broadband to get connected anywhere, anytime – and avoid the high cost of in-room Internet charged by many hotels. Consider that most Australian hotels hit guests for around $25 per...
POSTED 2 Mar, 2011 0 Comments
Telstra has announced a new annual prepaid Next G plan which will keep 3G iPads connected on the excellent Next G network for just $12.50 a month. The new plan which includes a micro-SIM, 12GB of data and a 365-day expiry for $150 is an ideal choice for even reasonably heavy data users, who don'...
POSTED 18 Nov, 2010 0 Comments
Using your iPad 3G in the US is by far the easiest way to get connected while you're out and about there. Apple designed the iPad to be an unlocked device to be used with any prepaid 3G provider, so you won't run into any of the artificial roadblocks put up by US networks to stop people from usin...
POSTED 4 Nov, 2010 1 Comment
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