Did You Know Telstra Launched a Super Fast HD Mobile Download Speed in Late February?

Did You Know Telstra Launched a Super Fast HD Mobile Download Speed in Late February?

As you may or may not be aware, but near the start of 2017, Telstra tested and launched the world’s first mobile network that is able to download HD movies and TV shows in a matter of seconds. Say what? Did anyone else miss the memo on this? It seems many of us did.

Testing Phase

Before we get too ahead of ourselves on the matter and make our readers think this service will be available to everyone, it is important to understand that prior to February, theses network capabilities were only tested and shown to be reliable but not necessarily ready for an extremely high volume of users quite yet. While the news of this release was exciting at the time, it was only made available to part of Telstra’s network in selected cities. The rest of Australia will have to wait for the time being.

Telstra, together with Netgear, Ericsson, Qualcomm, successfully tested their LTE mobile capabilities and speed and announced in late January that the service was going to be released to Australian consumers at the end of February, 2017. The question is, did you know you that could now download your favorite TV show in a matter of seconds?

Like many, you’re probably wondering exactly how fast the mobile download speeds are. To illustrate, a one-hour long TV show can be downloaded in less than seconds. Incredibly fast, right? How about having the ability to download a 3GB HD movie in 3 minutes? Telstra began allowing customers access up to 1Gpbs of download speeds and up to 150Mbps of upload speeds over Telstra’s 4G network.

As a comparison, prior to offering these insanely fast speeds, the network only offered a maximum of 100Mbps, which at the time, was at about 10 percent of the network’s capabilities. One of the major reasons it has taken some time to be able to offer these high speeds was largely due to reliability. The capabilities were there but the network needed further testing in order to ensure it was reliable before making promises the network would not be able to deliver to consumers on a consistent basis.

Naturally, media and other industry members were impressed with what Telstra could do and looked forward to the release into Australia’s telco market.

How to Access Fast Download Speeds

Many people may be wondering if they can access their favorite TV show or movie to their handheld device using these high download speeds on their mobile network, and unfortunately not at the moment as this is basically for home use, for the time being anyway. Sine LTE stands for “Long Term Evolution”, the company and the industry does expect to see these capabilities being offered to mobile devices at a later time, but we are not quite there yet.

So, how and where can consumers take advantage of such fast download speeds? Through the use of a Nighthawk M1 device that used one SIM card that has the ability to connect to more than one 4G band. The device is pocket-sized and can connect up to 20 devices to the internet all at the same time. Basically, from wherever Telstra’s network can be accessed, users will be able to access the internet and enjoy super fast download speeds across multiple devices (up to 20 at the same time).

For $360 in upfront costs or through a range of plans, you and the entire family can connect your devices and enjoy unprecedented download speeds. Each family member can now enjoy their favorite TV shows or movies without having to fight over the remove or argue about what to watch.

The Ultimate Goal

One of the main reasons Telstra developed, improved, tested, and launched this service was largely due to the fact that the telco firm wanted to help prepare consumers for what will come in the near future of telco capabilities.

For example, the Telstra’s device management director released the following statement in reference to this, “It’s going help people further embrace a new breed of mobile applications and experiences including immersive virtual reality, connected cloud computing and rich entertainment, and it brings us one step closer to introducing 5G in Australia.”

The downside to all of this is (and was) the real-world experience was definitely going to operate much slower for a variety of reasons.

The Network Today

Fast forward to today (7-8 months after release), the 4G trend has definitely caught the attention of the industry with all other providers in Australia on board—Vodafone being the last to jump on the bandwagon.

The 4G network has been respectively packaged and sold as the 4GX or 4G Plus network and the latest smartphone releases were created with these capabilities in mind so they are ready and fully compatible for when the 4G network expands into more rural locations since a high percentage of smartphone users will have already made the switch to one of the latest releases.

Not much else has changed in terms of service coverage over the past few months as coverage areas are still quite limited and users must be in a designated 4GX coverage area in order to access the services. However, there is still more progress expected to be made in the coming months and years as the demand for faster download and upload speeds will only continue to increase and those not living within major city limits have been chomping at the the bit in order to have access to this service.

The great news for those in the Queensland is that the service is widely available, however, Telstra cannot guarantee that every single area or building will have anything outside or normal network services. Visiting one of the Telstra shops in Melbourne and the surrounding areas to inquire about the available services in your area will help consumers understand what they have access in their coverage area.

Conclusion

It is clear that the release of the 4GX/Plus network changed the market and has it prepared consumers for what will come next. With this in mind, it is also evident that telco in general still isn’t operating at the level industry leaders have hyped up consumers for. Time will only tell where the future of 4G and 5G networks end up, in which case, those of us who are still operating on 3G networks and capabilities will need to continue to remain patient as the more advanced network services we’re all waiting for eventually reach our areas, which is a telltale sign that companies are not ready for the network expansion just yet, but many hope that will soon change.

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Top 10 Smartphones of 2017

Top 10 Smartphones of 2017

It’s that time of year again, the smartphone market starts to see the latest models and smartphone versions hit the shelves, or at the very least, we will see them advertised in preparation for a new and upcoming launch. With new versions being released all the time coupled with the amount of different manufacturers, deciding on which phone to buy is not always easy.

The question often is; do I even need to buy the latest smartphone version? Not necessarily, but if you want to be able to use your smartphone model’s latest features, an upgrade is essential. We wanted to help you decide on which model and version to buy, which is why we put this guide together for you. Check out which smartphones Australians loved this year in 2017, along with their features below.

  1. iPhone 8 Plus

The iPhone 8 was released earlier this year and proved to be the smartphone of all smartphones. Why? It mainly won over Australians (and the world) due to its performance and unprecedented battery life. It also has a dual camera system that kind of outdid the Galaxy Note’s camera because of its low-light camera system. However, in the end, the iPhone 8 plus certainly is a larger phone with even better features compared to other models.

Features and Specs:

  • 5 inch screen
  • 2 storage options – 64GB or 256GB
  • Weighs 202 grams
  • Apple A11 Processor
  • Dual 12MP rear camera
  • 7MP front camera
  • Battery – 2,691mAh
  • 1980 X 1080 for screen resolution
  1. Samsung Galaxy S8

The Galaxy S8 was the “it” smartphone right up until iPhone released its eighth generation. In terms of battery life and performance, Samsung’s Galaxy 8 is still up there, but Apple 8 Plus still outdoes Samsung. Samsung has come out with incredible screens, excellent battery life, and powerful performance. Aussies loved this phone, up until Apple’s recent releases. Don’t get us wrong, It’s still a great smartphone, but still lacks where Apple’s iPhone 8 makes up for that lack.

Features and Specs:

  • 8inch screen size
  • One storage option: 64GB
  • 152 grams
  • Exynos 8895 Processor
  • 12MP on the rear cam
  • 8MP on the front cam
  • Battery – 3,000mAh
  • 2960 x 1440 for screen revolution
  1. Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium

Many of this year’s smartphones have impressed the market, and Sony is not an exception to this either. It sits in third position and for good reason. It has a few great features not offered on the bigger smartphone name brands, such as their 960 fps slow motion camera, amazing speed, incredible battery life, and its ability to resist water damage. In comparison to Apple and Samsung’s latest releases, it is a bit on the bulky side, but excellent performance can be found in this phone.

Features and Specs:

  • 5 inch screen
  • One storage option: 64GB
  • 195 grams
  • SnapDragon 835
  • 19MP rear cam
  • 13MP front cam
  • 3,230mAh battery
  • 3840 x 2160 screen resolution
  1. Galaxy Note 8

It’s not surprise to see Samsung on this list again, however, what is surprising is that it’s the Galaxy version. As many faithful Galaxy users know, the Note 7 was a complete disaster but the Galaxy Note 8 has made up for where the Galaxy Note 7 lacked. The Note 8 is a overall great device with some excellent power and excellent battery life, but there’s not much else to report on overall features of this phone, but it’s still a great phone.

Features and Specs:

  • 3 inch screen
  • One storage option: 64 GB
  • 195 grams
  • Octo-Core Exynos 8995
  • Dual 12MP rear cam
  • 8MP Front cam
  • 3,300mAh battery
  • 2960 x 1440 screen resolution
  1. The HTC U11

HTC was once quite popular and now it seems to have risen in popularity once again with the U11. The Galaxy S8 may top it, this phone provides users with similar performance, a unique design, and a much cheaper price tag, making it an economical choice for budget conscious Australians.

Features and Specs:

  • 5 inch screen
  • One storage option: 64GB
  • 169 grams
  • SnapDragon 835 processor
  • 16MP rear cam
  • 12MP front cam
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • 2560 x 1440 screen resolution
  1. iPhone 8

Apple’s iPhone 8 may not be the iPhone 8 Plus, but it’s pretty close. It has a lot of the same features, performance power, and functionality, but still doesn’t quite add up. What made this phone make it on our list was the fact that the the engineers managed to create a phone with less of battery capacity while somehow maintaining a powerful performance. No, it doesn’t have a dual cam, but it is still an overall impressive device.

Features and Specs:

  • 7 inch screen
  • Two storage options: 64GB or 256GB
  • 148 grams
  • Apple A11 Bionic
  • 12MP rear cam
  • 7MP front cam
  • 1,821mAh battery
  • 1334 x 750 screen resolution
  1. OnePlus 5

OnePlus 5 is a new brand that recently launched its phone in Australia for an impressive price of $599. What makes the price so impressive is that the phone is packed full of power, features, and performance to a budget-conscious Aussies who are looking for comparable performance and features without the big name price tag.

Features and Specs:

  • 5 inch screen
  • Two storage options: 64GB and 128GB
  • 153 grams
  • Qualcomm SnapDragon 835 processor
  • 16MP/20MP rear cam
  • 16MP front cam
  • 3,300mAh battery
  • 1920 x 1080 screen resolution
  1. Galaxy S8 Plus 

The plus version of the Samsung S8 is almost identical to the smaller version. The main differences are the screen size and the battery life. The extra longevity in the battery life is pretty amazing but that’s about all the plus variant really offers with a price tag few are willing to pay, which is why it’s near the bottom of our list. The screen size is also much larger making the S8 an overall better choice in terms of size, price, batter life, and performance, unless of course you prefer larger phones.

Features and Specs:

  • 2 inch screen
  • One storage option: 64GB
  • 173 grams
  • Octa-core Exynos 8895 processor
  • 12MP rear cam
  • 8MP front cam
  • 3,500mAh
  • 2960 x 1440 screen resolution
  1. Huawei P10

Huawei isn’t a brand that is going away anytime soon and this version comes with an impressive battery life considering its size with excellent performance and features. Consumers looking for a great phone without spending a fortune one one will love the Huawei P10 smartphone.

Features and Specs:

  • 1 inch screen
  • One storage option: 64GB
  • 145 grams
  • Kirin 960 octa-core processor
  • Dual 20/12MP rear cam
  • 8MP front cam
  • 3,200mAh battery
  • 1920 x 1080 screen resolution
  1. The LG G6

LG’s G6 model has an incredible 18:9 display and still has its dual camera from the G5 version. Both the camera and processor alone are worth investing in this phone model, but don’t forget about its water resistance and excellent battery life features either! All round, this is impressive smartphone.

Features and Specs:

  • 7 inch screen
  • One storage option: 32GB
  • 163 grams
  • Qualcomm SnapDragon 821
  • Dual 13MP rear cam
  • 5MP front cam
  • 3,300mAh battery
  • 1440 x 2880 screen resolution

If you want to take the time to check out the features of some of these smartphone models and versions, we encourage you to come into our Telstra shop in Melbourne to view our range of the latest and most popular smartphone models on the market today.

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Simple Solutions for Common iPhone Problems

Simple Solutions for Common iPhone Problems

Your iPhone is an indispensable part of your life, humming along while you text, check the weather, snap photos and pay your bills. It works great, until one day when it just doesn’t. Suddenly, your trusty little phone is having battery or connection problems or freezing up. It’s at times like these that you realize how much you rely on your iPhone–and how frustrating it is when it just doesn’t work!

While some problems might need professional help, other issues may be something you can fix yourself with just a few tweaks. Read on to uncover some of the most common issues that crop up with iPhones, along with some of the simplest solutions.

When in Doubt, Restart!

There’s a reason that “Did you reboot it?” is a common refrain of IT help desks everywhere. Restarting your iPhone is the first step to correcting any sort of issue you may be having, whether it’s an app being buggy or problems with battery life, wi-fi connections or more. By turning your phone off, waiting at least 10 seconds and then restarting it, you close out of processes and apps, essentially clearing the slate for your phone.

Battery Problems Are a Real Drain

Rapidly draining power on your iPhone can sometimes mean that a new battery is needed, but they can also be a sign of power-hungry apps. To investigate, check iOS’s battery usage utility to see how your iPhone’s power is being used by different apps. Visit Settings > Battery, where the Battery Usage list will give you the lowdown on which apps are drawing power, both in the last 24 hours and over the last week. If you see that one of your apps has a sky-high battery usage, there is a quick fix. From your Settings, go to General and then Background App Refresh. Locate the app and turn off background refresh for it.

Apps can also drain your battery when you simply have too many of them. Clean up your iPhone by periodically uninstalling apps that you never use, and turn off notifications for seldom-used apps that you wish to keep.

Wi-fi Woes

Connecting to wi-fi is a great way to save on your mobile data. That’s why it’s especially irritating when your phone struggles to make or keep a connection. An easy fix for this common problem is to turn the wi-fi off and then on again. Toggling the connection multiple times may be all it takes to restore connectivity. You can also try forgetting the network, then reconnect and re-enter the password. Finally, you can reset networks settings by going to Settings and choosing General > Reset > Reset network settings.

Bluetooth Not Working

If your phone is not connecting with your car or Bluetooth device, there may be a straightforward solution. Begin by checking to make sure Bluetooth is enabled on your iPhone by going to your Control Center and making sure the Bluetooth symbol is highlighted in blue. Assuming it is already enabled both on your phone as well as on your car stereo or Bluetooth device, try toggling it in your phone’s Control Center. Tap the Bluetooth symbol twice to turn it off and then on again. Then restart your iPhone.

You can also try unpairing your iPhone from the device or car stereo, then pairing it up again. Under Settings > Bluetooth, find the device you wish to unpair it from, tap the “i” symbol and then choose Forget This Device. Then restart both your iPhone and your car or device before pairing them back up again.

Freezing Phone

When your iPhone is not responding, the fastest way to get it back in service is to do a force restart. This is different than a normal restart in that you press both the sleep/wake button and the power button together. Hold them while counting to ten until the screen shows the Apple logo, then release them.

Sluggish, Unresponsive Touchscreen

The touchscreen is how you communicate with your iPhone, so it’s all the more frustrating when it slows down or stops responding. The most obvious cause of this problem is the case or covering for your phone. Try removing it and wiping the phone’s screen with a soft, slightly moist, lint-free cloth. If your phone is charging, unplug it. And as always, be sure to try restarting your device.

Overheating Phone

Some iPhone users have noticed that their devices get surprisingly hot to the touch. Assuming that there is not a hardware problem such as physical damage to the phone, this can simply mean that the phone’s CPU, or central processing unit, is revved to the max. Often, you’ll notice your phone getting hot when you’re using it for high-intensity activities such as broadcasting a live video. In that case, simply give your phone a chance to rest and cool off. Close out of all apps by double-tapping the Home button, then swiping all active apps off the screen.

If your iPhone remains hot even when you’re not using it, you can track down the likely source of the problem. Oftentimes it’s one misbehaving app. Check Settings > Battery and Battery usage to see if there is one particular app showing a high usage, then update that app or uninstall it altogether.

Restore Your iPhone

This is the step of last resort for all sorts of problems with your iPhone. If the solutions listed above aren’t working, you can try starting over with your phone by restoring it to factory settings. Begin by backing up your data. Make sure your iPhone is connected to wi-fi, then go to Settings > Your Name > iCloud (for iOS 10.3 or later) or Settings > iCloud (for older versions) and choose the items you’d like to back up. Everything you don’t choose will be gone forever. Scroll down to the Backup button, select it and turn on iCloud Backup, and then Back up now.

After you’ve backed up your phone, go to the Settings menu, choose General, and Reset. This will take you to the reset screen, where you can choose Erase All Content and Settings, then Erase iPhone.

Once your phone has reset, you can either use the iOS Set Up Assistant as though you were starting from scratch, or restore from the iCloud back-up you created.

Conclusion

As you can see, many of the common problems presented by your iPhone have relatively simple solutions. With a few taps and swipes, you can fix many of the annoying issues that crop up from time to time. If you’ve tried some of the fixes listed here and your problems persist, it may be a sign that there are bigger problems with your phone. That’s when it’s time to visit an iPhone repair store https://www.telcoworld.com.au/ near you.

 

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Important Smarphone Features: What You Should Look For

Important Smarphone Features: What You Should Look For

When it comes to modern smartphones, we’re spoiled for options. While some features provide clear advantages, knowing what to prioritize can be difficult. Furthermore, some aspects of smartphones are tradeoffs, and users need to find the right balance. Here are a few tips for comparing smartphones and finding the right one for your needs.

Choosing the Right Screen Size

The most obvious factor that differentiates smartphones is their screen sizes, and it’s a factor that requires considerable thought. For people who regularly use their smartphones for browsing the web and watching videos, large screens have an obvious advantage. Large screens are also great for people who enjoy gaming, and they can make it easier to read text and view images. Large screen sizes tend to be more expensive than phones with small screen sizes, but there are large devices at nearly all price points.

Small screens have some advantages as well, the primary one being that they’re easier to grip. Some people prefer phones that are easy to use with one hand, so if portability is important, try to see how much area your thumb can reach while you’re holding the phone. Small phones are easier to stow away as well, and they’re lighter to hold. When it comes to choosing a screen size, it’s worth spending some time trying out devices in a store. If that’s not an option, ask friends to try out their phones to get a feel for varying screen sizes.

Battery Life

Battery technology has improved dramatically over the years, and modern devices can provide more than a day of operation with mild use. For people who use their smartphones more often, especially those who watch videos and play games, battery life can drop significantly over time. Devices with more battery life tend to be more expensive, but a few extra hours of battery life can be a great investment.

Another feature worth considering is devices with replaceable batteries. Many batteries are simple to replace, letting you refresh your phone in a few seconds by swapping out your batteries. Some devices, including many high-end devices, have sealed batteries that aren’t easy to swap out. Replacement batteries are also great for people who spend time away from electrical outlets. If you’re a fan of camping, for example, it might be worth purchasing a device and a few extra batteries you can charge up before heading out.

Screen Resolution

Today’s smartphones have far higher resolutions compared to early models, and even low-resolution devices provide a clear image. Devices with higher resolutions still have some clear advantages. Video looks even smoother with high-resolution screens, and photographers might notice small differences unnoticeable on lower-resolution phones. Furthermore, higher resolutions provide smoother text rendering, and they can be great for games. If you plan on using your phone as a virtual reality device, a high resolution is essential.

The main drawback of higher resolutions is battery life; higher resolutions have more pixels to render, and these pixels consume more battery power. Furthermore, higher resolutions are more demanding in games, and those looking for high frame rates might prefer devices that run at a slightly lower resolution. Fortunately, even devices with relatively low resolutions still provide better clarity than most laptops and televisions, so consider if a premium high-resolution screen is worth the extra expense.

Navigation Features

Smartphones are great devices for navigation, whether you navigate by car, by bike, or on foot. Today’s devices almost always support robust navigation capabilities, letting you take advantage of both included and third-party navigation apps. However, not all devices connect to the same satellites. GPS support almost always included support for the United States constellation of satellites, but support for GLONASS, Russia’s equivalent, can provide better resolution and faster connections. Galileo, a constellation supported by European nations, can provide better connectivity as well.

GPS connectivity is critical for navigation, but there are other tools that help as well. Integrated compass support helps navigation apps respond more promptly, leading to smoother performance. Accelerometers in smartphones also help pick up on turns more quickly for better interaction. If you’re going to use your smartphone for navigating regularly, especially if you navigate on foot often, it’s worth seeing if these hardware features are supported.

Software Updates

Apple devices have relatively reliable update schedules, so find out how long your Apple device will be supported before making a purchase, especially if you’re picking up a used device. Also note that Apple devices sometimes degrade in terms of performance as updates are released, so it may be worth spending a bit extra for a newer device.

Android devices are a bit more complex, as both manufacturers and plan providers offer varying support timelines. Find out how often security updates will be provided to ensure your device stays safe for as long as you plan on using it. If certain features of a new version of Android seem appealing, consider checking out if support will come to your device.

The Right Interface

Smartphone interfaces can vary dramatically. In fact, Apple’s smartphone interface is at the core of why iPhone fans often stick with Apple devices. The iPhone provides an intuitive design that doesn’t change dramatically between versions. If you haven’t yet purchased a smartphone, make sure you give an iPhone a shot when comparing devices.

Google’s Android interface offers a clean look that’s easy to customize, and its familiarity for users makes it a must-have part of any smartphone they buy. Some manufacturers, however, provide their own takes on the Android interface, including Samsung. When comparing Android phones, take some time to explore custom interfaces to find out if there’s one you prefer to Android’s default interface. While hardware elements are important on smartphones, the interface is what you’ll interact with most of the time.

Worldwide Connectivity

Over the years, smartphones have come to support more and more mobile network infrastructure, and it’s now easier to find devices that work across the planet. However, people who travel to specific regions frequently should investigate if devices they’re comparing work well on the latest mobile infrastructure. LTE connectivity offers far greater connection speeds than other connection types, and some countries deprecate older equipment faster than others. Check out if legacy connections will be available in foreign nations you visit.

Another feature worth considering is dual-SIM support. Phones that support two SIM devices are easier to move between countries, and they allow you to keep your familiar phone interface even while crossing borders. Phones with two SIM slots often provide superior connection options to those with a single SIM slot, but it’s still worth investigating before settling on a single device.

Even people who don’t consider themselves tech-savvy regularly use smartphones. They help us stay connected, and they’re great for relieving stress or boredom while waiting. The right device can serve you well for years to come, but choosing one you aren’t happy with might have you wanting to upgrade in a short period of time. Take your time when comparing devices, and try out devices in person if they’re available at a store. By making a list of priorities and narrowing down devices based on the features you value most highly, you can ensure that your chosen phone is one you’ll enjoy for years to come. Visit your local Samsung Melbourne store to shop around and compare smartphones and their features.

 

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How to Choose the Right Phone and Mobile Internet Plan

How to Choose the Right Phone and Mobile Internet Plan

Communication is the key to improving our relationships, running a business, and simply staying involved in the world. Choosing a smartphone or home phone that suits your communication style and needs is the first step to staying in touch. The next step is to select a mobile internet and phone plan that is best-suited to the type of communication you need, whether you prefer to text or make calls. There are different considerations to keep in mind when choosing a plan for small businesses, a busy household, and for your personal use. Think about the services you need, the cost, and what kind of features you will use on a regular basis. The most effective way to choose the right plan is to look for one that provides every feature you need without requiring you to pay for things you will not be using.

Home and Business Phones

Although many people grab their mobile when they want to make a call, there is still a significant need for landlines, and not just for when you want to locate your mobile phone by calling it from another number. Every home needs a regular phone for emergencies and if there are younger family members who need access to a phone but who do not yet own a mobile phone. Your business also relies on traditional phones for clarity of communication. Even though the reception from cell phones is often pretty clear, if a customer feels they are being called from an office rather than from someone riding a bus, the experience and sound are more professional. In addition, telemarketing is still an important way to reach new customers and talk to them about your brand or product. Every home and business can benefit from having a high-quality phone plan.

When looking at your options for a regular phone plan, think about how your phone is used and what kinds of calls are made frequently. Do you make many or few long distance or international calls? Do you use the phone heavily on weekends and evenings? Are your calls relatively long or short? Observe the phone usage of the entire family and decide on a plan that will give you deals on the kinds of calls you make the most frequently. Look at the rates per call and per minute. There is likely to be a significant difference in price between calls made to a regular phone and a cell phone. Some calls have a capped maximum amount, which will enable you to talk for hours if you wish while only paying a certain amount of money. However, in many cases, these caps are not available for international calls.

Mobile Plans

There are many different kinds of mobile plans available, so it is useful to do research and think about what kinds of features you need before making your decision. It is a good idea to monitor your mobile usage. Ask yourself how important speed is for accessing the internet. If you rely on your mobile for your work, it may be worth the investment to opt for a plan with high-speed internet, since this plan will literally pay off as you earn more money. On the other hand, speed may simply be a personal preference. Some people value fast internet more than others depending on how you feel about delays.

When you look at different plans available, you may see various prices with a list of features. Take the time to decide which is the best value for money related to your usage. Some plans will offer unlimited evening or weekend usage, advanced texting, and video messaging features. If you prefer audio to video and don’t feel you need unlimited weekends, you may want to opt for the cheaper plan instead of having these features available. On the other hand, if you value convenience and want to be able to calls, texts and video messages when you want to, you may want to invest in a plan that has a slightly higher price tag. In general, you are likely to get more value from higher priced plans, but this matters to you if you will actually depend on these services.

If you travel frequently or prefer to have access over a wide area, consider what kind of reach you want your mobile plan to have. Is it important to you to be able to make calls overseas or have connectivity over a large area? The kind of reach you need for your calls and use of your mobile device can help you decide what kind of plan to get.

Customer service is tremendously important to many mobile users and can make or break a good plan. When you ask questions of the company about their plans, think about the customer service you receive. Are your questions answered promptly and thoroughly? Are the representatives courteous and helpful? Is the service merely adequate, or do the representatives give you information that you have not heard before or let you know about plans that can save you money? Also, think about technical assistance. If your service is facing a problem, you want to get up and running as soon as possible. Make sure that technical assistance is available around the clock and that your service can be restored promptly if there is an interruption.

In addition to speed, access, and customer service, look at special features provided by the plan that make it unique. There may be member plans that provide you with discounts and additional services. As a subscriber to a specific plan, you may have access to discounts from local retailers or for items such as additional mobile devices and other products. Your plan might give you special access to entertainment, such as sports, films, and games. In addition, your network may provide anti-virus and anti-spam features for added security.

Bundle Plans

Bundle plans allow you to pay your bills for different services in one convenient place. You can combine broadband and phone service, for example, in one package. As with many other types of plans, the more diverse services that are offered, the greater the value. Not only can you enjoy the convenience of having multiple services delivered in one package, but can have the flexibility to choose from different combinations of services. The kind of bundle plan you choose depends on what your usage is like. If you live in a household in which children like to stream and download films endlessly on weekends and vacations, a bundle plan that addresses these needs while providing unlimited calls and data may be the best value for your family.

Bundle plans offer flexibility in your telecommunication use. You can access mobile phones affordably from your home phone, and have access to a large number of messages and texts as well as high-quality broadband. Look for plans that have special features such as 3-way chat for convenient communication. Bundle plans are also ideal for businesses or a household with members who use telecommunications differently.

Making the Most of Your Service

Once you have found the right service for your home or business, it is essential to make the most of it. If you are noticing that bills are higher than you expected, it may be because of excess usage rather than problems with the plan. Track your usage and make sure you are not going over the limit. Find out what the data allowance is and how it is measured. You may be surprised at how much you get charged when you exceed the limit. Check with your provider and find out the policies of charging when limits have been exceeded. You may find it useful to use an app that will calculate usage to help you keep tabs on usage and to avoid exceeding certain amounts.

Many people replace regular phone calls with texting and emails or avoid connecting to another Wifi and use their data instead. If this is the case, be prepared for data bills that are a bit on the high side. If you are comfortable with paying extra for the convenience of the internet and having your own data available, this may be an acceptable trade-off. However, you can save money by making calls rather than using the internet sometimes. Try connecting to another network now and again. However, it is important to make sure this network is secure and avoid taking chances on using a public network where others can see your private information. Hackers may gain access to your passwords by using unsecured networks, so use only networks that protect information.

Business Plans

If you run a small business, you know how valuable effective communication is to create a relationship with your customers. One of the things people value most when they choose to do business with a company is clear communication. Whether you are taking orders by text or your employees answer customer service questions by phone, your business needs to make the most of the technology available to make communication clear, helpful and effective. The type of plan you choose for your company depends on its size, the type of communication that is used the most often, your budget and other considerations.
When deciding on a data service plan for your business, it is important to consider the speed of data and the kind of the kind of features you need. For many companies, business can be seasonal. There can be certain times of the year when you do the bulk of your business, and other times that are relatively light. There are a number of business data plans that are flexible and can accommodate these changes. If your requirements are lighter at certain times of the year, you may be able to save money and adjust your plan during these periods.

Missed calls or unanswered texts can cost you customers, and that is why an effective business plan is important. Your company should provide fast internet to its employees, whether they are accessing the web through a tablet, smartphone or a laptop. Your employees may have different working styles, and it is a good idea to give them the options and flexibility they need. Some employees prefer making calls to texting, whereas others prefer phone communication. Your customers are likely to be as diverse in their communication preferences as your employees, so that is why it is important that you have all of your communication options covered in a comprehensive business plan.

You may have a business that involves communicating with employees on the go. This applies to a wide variety of businesses, whether you are a taxi dispatcher or a partner at a law firm. Relying on employees to have their own internet may seem cost effective at first glance, but it can be risky. You can lose business if communication suddenly fails with one of your employees who is out and about. In addition, you want to make sharing your company’s data convenient for staff members who are out of the office. Look for a data sharing plan that allows your employees to connect anywhere and share data with other employees. Create a company-wide data pool that allows anyone employed by the company to share data securely and effectively.

Bring your own device, known as BYOD, is a working style that is gaining in popularity. In the old days, employees would sit down to company-owned computers. With the widespread nature of mobile devices, it is more convenient to allow employees to bring their own devices to work and to connect to the same network. You can find a company that offers special plans for BYOD businesses and a low monthly rate. Make sure everyone in your company has access to the internet and company data with a BYOD plan.

Finding the Right Service

There are many phone and mobile service packages to choose from, so do research on the plans and evaluate your phone and internet use thoroughly before making a decision. Look for business plans that provide internet to your employees whether they bring their own devices or use company computers. For home use, analyze phone and internet use among all members of the household and think about what plan is best for everyone. Unlimited plans eliminate the need to constantly keep track of how many calls are made or how much data is being used. These unlimited plans may seem to carry a higher price tag, but they can represent significant value. You can also check out your local Telstra shops in Melbourne to compare plans and pricing.

 

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