• How to find hotels with fast wi-fi...

    Fed up with hotels with slow, s-l-o-w Internet connections and wi-fi that's next to useless? Click your way over to HotelWiFiTest, which lets travellers rate a hotel's Internet connection. Think of it as TripAdvisor for hotel wi-fi, so you can know just how good – or how bad &nda...

    POSTED 31 Jul, 2014 2 Comments

  • Turn your iPhone 5, iPad Mini or iPad 4G into a personal 4G-WiFi hotspot

    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

  • One-tap shortcuts to iPhone/iPad settings: Wi-Fi, Timezones & more

    Want single-tap access to any of your iPad or iPhone's settings -- especially the ones buried deep uder the iDevice's General menu? Many of the ones frequent travellers use most often -- Wi-Fi, Date & Time, Data Roaming and so on -- require several taps to reach. (That's if you remember whe...

    POSTED 16 Nov, 2011 0 Comments

  • Etihad CEO: inflight wi-fi Internet on Europe flights "this year"

    IN BRIEF | Etihad passengers will see inflight wi-fi Internet aboard the airline's flights later this year, which is a boon for business travellers on Etihad's own flights and on Virgin Australia's codeshare services to Europe. However, you won't yet be able to work during the nearly fifteen hou...

    POSTED 15 Oct, 2011 0 Comments

  • Avoid data roaming fees in Taiwan: 2,520 free Wi-Fi hotspots

    IN BRIEF | If you're making a trip to the Mecca of electronics, Taiwan, you will soon be able to avoid data roaming fees entirely. Authorities are setting up free Wi-Fi hotspots in 2,520 locations, including government agencies, tourist attractions and public transport stops. Taiwan's leader, M...

    POSTED 28 Sep, 2011 1 Comment

  • How to get free wi-fi Internet at Singapore's Changi airport

    Arriving, departing or connecting through Singapore's Changi airport? There's free wireless Internet on offer throughout Terminals 1, 2 and 3 through the Wireless@SG service. The trick is that you'll need to register because of Singapore's Internet laws. But it's hardly onerous, especially if yo...

    POSTED 22 Sep, 2011 2 Comments

  • Hertz hearts MiFis: rent unlimited UK internet with your car

    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

  • NZ: Free Wi-Fi wireless Internet now available in Wellington CBD

    Travellers to the New Zealand capital have free wi-fi available across the centre of Wellington from this week, with the cbdfree network stretching across almost the entire area where business travellers are most likely to be working and staying. It's great news for travellers who need to get on...

    POSTED 8 Sep, 2011 0 Comments

  • Virgin Australia mulls inflight internet and WiFi media streaming

    Update Virgin Australia has added media streaming to its wishlist of inflight services, alongside Internet access. "We're investigating WiFi for both inflight internet access and media streaming" airline spokeswoman Emma Copeman told Australian Business Traveller.  Media streaming is...

    POSTED 6 Sep, 2011 2 Comments

  • Alaska Airlines offers free inflight internet, with a catch...

    IN BRIEF | Connecting from Qantas or V Australia at LAX onto Alaska Airlines? Throughout this month you'll find free inflight internet on offer -- although there's a catch. The 'free internet' deal is restricted to smartphones and iPod Touch devices. Other more data-guzzling gadgets like laptops...

    POSTED 6 Sep, 2011 0 Comments

  • Where to find free Wi-Fi wireless internet in Australian airports

    Sydney Airport charges through the nose for parking, but it's top of the list for when it comes to free Wi-Fi. In fact, it's the only major Australian airport to offer every passenger at T1/T2 full internet access when they connect with a smartphone, laptop or tablet. That's a pretty sad state o...

    POSTED 31 Aug, 2011 6 Comments

  • Travel tech tip: buy WiFi access by the minute using Skype

    Travellers can buy access to over a million Wi-Fi hotspots on a per-minute basis, rather than having to buy in hourly or daily blocks. Skype is marketing the service as "Skype Wi-Fi" (previously known as "Skype Access".) The rates range from 4c per minute to 14c depending on the operator of the...

    POSTED 24 Aug, 2011 1 Comment

  • Travel Tech: new wireless hard drive for iPads now available

    UPDATE | This nifty piece of tech has gone on sale in Australia today, for $219 inc GST -- practically the same price as the US$199 price, which excludes sales tax. Australian Business Traveller had a brief hands-on with the hard-drive this morning and it works as described, streaming video, musi...

    POSTED 23 Aug, 2011 8 Comments

  • REVIEWED: world's best MiFi - Telstra Ultimate pocket 3G/Wi-Fi hotspot

    "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

  • Why doesn't "free public WiFi" at the airport work?

    Ever noticed that airports all over the world have hotspots called "free public WiFi" that simply never work? Unfortunately these hotspots are not real -- they are the result of a very poorly designed feature of Microsoft Windows XP. When a Windows XP PC can't find any recognised Wi-Fi networks...

    POSTED 28 Jun, 2011 3 Comments

  • Battle of the MiFi: best value portable 3G Wi-Fi modems

    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

  • China blocking Gmail and secure VPNs

    Bad news for business travellers to China: reports are emerging that the Chinese government is more actively blocking virtual private network (VPN) services, which travellers use to get past China's tough internet filtering. The timing coincides with protests for democracy in China, being organi...

    POSTED 17 Mar, 2011 2 Comments

  • Inflight internet to GoGo worldwide - including Australia

    Popular US inflight internet service GoGo is set to go worldwide by 2015. GoGo parent company Aircell says the global version of the system will use a satellite link to planes, rather than hundreds of mobile phone towers pointed at the sky, as in the US GoGo system. GoGo is currently ...

    POSTED 11 Mar, 2011 0 Comments

  • Top 5 features of today's free iPhone 4 update for business travellers

    Apple released its iOS 4.3 software update for the iPhone 4 today. It offers a surprising number of extra feature for business travellers at no additional cost. Here are the top five: #1 Personal hotspot With the new update, you can turn your iPhone 4's mobile internet connection into a Wi-Fi...

    POSTED 10 Mar, 2011 0 Comments

  • Wi-Fi makes aircraft cockpit monitors go blank: Boeing

    Boeing has confirmed that Wi-Fi made cockpit displays go blank during testing of its latest 737-NG aircraft, a revamp of one of the most common planes in the sky. The story was uncovered by FlightGlobal's Runway Girl blogger Mary Kirby. Boeing stressed that no planes had rolled off the producti...

    POSTED 10 Mar, 2011 2 Comments

  • iPhone 4 to get free Wi-Fi hotspot feature

    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

  • Study: Bad Wi-Fi experiences drive away hotel guests

    We know that Wi-Fi access at hotels is an expected necessity for many business travellers these days but a new study from iPass goes even further, suggesting that hotels that have poor Wi-Fi service and availability may be losing more than a third of their business travel clientele.  The st...

    POSTED 22 Dec, 2010 0 Comments

  • ABC launches iView app for iPad

    Catching up on your favourite ABC TV shows on the move just got easier for travellers with today’s launch of the ABC iView app for the iPad. The free iView app allows iPad owners to watch all content currently available on the ABC’s iView site, including the popular live News 24 chan...

    POSTED 3 Dec, 2010 0 Comments

  • Lufthansa revives inflight internet

    Inflight internet continues to gain momentum everywhere – except, it sometimes feels, Australia – with Lufthansa now offering in-flight wifi on its North Atlantic services. Tantalisingly Lufthansa’s launch holds out the possibility of a similar service in Australia. Lufthansa's...

    POSTED 1 Dec, 2010 0 Comments

  • Google gives free WiFi to US flyers

    Those travelling through the States on domestic flights will soon have access to free Wi-Fi internet. Google is offering free in-flight internet on all Airtran, Delta and Virgin America flights within the US from November 20 until January 2, 2011. Free Wi-Fi will be accessible on a total of 700 ...

    POSTED 9 Nov, 2010 0 Comments

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